Prof Mark B H Breese

Director, NUSNNI

Professor, Department of Physics & SSLS

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Prof. Mark Breese is the director of Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) and the co-director of NUSNNI. He was educated in the University of Manchester for both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Following that, he spent a few years in Oxford University, a few years in Australia, and a year working in Portugal, in the University of Lisbon. He joined NUS in the year 2002 and has carved a niche for himself in his field of Ion Channeling Microscopy by walking away with various awards (NUS Young Researcher Award 2006 & Institute of Physics Singapore World Scientific (Physics Research) Medal and Prize 2005). He has made several significant contributions to pure and applied physics research, one of which is the study of how high-energy ion beams interact with crystal lattices and defects through the "ion channelling" effect, which has received international recognition. Has the only research team in Asia to use proton beam writing technology for silicon micromachining and controlled porous silicon formation. He and his team members used this technology to create the world's smallest 3-D structure of Stonehenge on a silicon wafer and microscopic size colour images and pixels in porous silicon.


Academic & Career History

  • 1984 to 87. BSc  in Physics and Electronic Engineering, University of  Manchester.
  • 1987 to 90. PhD undertaken at AEA Harwell and the University of Salford.
  • 1990 to 92. Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, University of Oxford.
  • 1993 to 94. Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Melbourne.
  • 1994 to 96. Research Fellowship, University of Oxford.
  • 1996 to 97.  E.C. Professor,  University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1998 to 01.  Lecturerin Physics, University of  Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 2002 to 08.  Associate Professor, Department of Physics, NUS
  • 2006 to 10.  Deputy Head, Department of Physics, NUS

Research Areas:
  • Ion-solid interactions, Ion optics, Ion channeling, Accelerator physics
  • Electrochemistry, Nanofabrication, silicon machining
  • X-ray lithography,  soft X-ray scattering
  • Liquid Crystal Devices

Selected Publications:

1. Defect enhanced funneling of diffusion current in silicon, S. Azimi, Z. Y. Dang, J. Song, M. B. H. Breese, E. Vittone, and J. Forneris, Applied Physics Letters 102, 042102 (2013)

2. Influence of the Narrow {111} Planes on Axial and Planar Ion Channeling, M. Motapothula, Z.Y. Dang, T. Venkatesan, M. B. H. Breese, M. A. Rana, and A. Osman, Physical Review Letters 108, 195502 (2012).

3. Fabrication of complex curved three-dimensional silicon microstructures using ion irradiation, S. Azimi, M. B. H. Breese, Z. Y. Dang, Y. Yan, Y. S. Ow and A. A. Bettiol, J. Micromech. Microeng. 22 015015 (2012)

4. Fabrication of large-area ultra-thin single crystal silicon membranes, Z. Y. Dang, M. Motapothula, Y. S. Ow, T. Venkatesan, M. B. H. Breese, M. A. Rana, and A. Osman, Applied Physics Letters 99, 223105 (2011).