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Wenjian’s 1st Paper publication - Congratulations, Wenjian! Our very first in 2018! Song et al. IEEE JPV Vol. 8 No. 1, Jan 2018 – please see attached. Very auspicious too – with a few “8”s in the title! J   Song-et-al.=IEEE-JPV-201831694  
Prof Arief Budiman interviewed by CNA news -   Prof Arief Budiman was interviewed by Channel Newsasia (CNA) to share his insights on the Housing and Development Board (HDB) approach to renewable solar energy by the announcement of solar leasing tenders to install many solar panels across Singapore. Check it out! HDB calls 'largest tender' to install solar panels across government agencies Channel NewsAsia, 1 Nov 2017 SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has called what it says is its largest solar leasing tender to date, it announced in a joint release with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on Wednesday (Nov 1).   This is the third tender to be launched under the SolarNova programme which is jointly led by HDB and the EDB. The first SolarNova tender was awarded in December 2015 and the second was awarded in June this year.   This third tender will aggregate demand for the installation of solar panels across eight governmental agencies, including the Building and Construction Authority, Institute of Technical Education, National Heritage Board and Sport Singapore.   Compared to previous tenders, more HDB blocks have been identified for this tender, said the joint release.   A total of 848 HDB blocks under West Coast and Choa Chu Read More
EPD Lecture Series Talk by Prof Francesca Iacopi - Prof Francesca Iacopi and Prof Budiman went back several years when their career paths kept overlapping each other – first in Silicon Valley, Bay Area (where they worked together for AMD/GlobalFoundries) and now here in Asia Pacific! It is our pleasure to welcome Prof. Iacopi at SUTD and present in this distinguished EPD Lecture Series.
Singapore 3MT Finalist – Sasi performance @ NTU - Sasi Kumar Tippabhotla was one of the finalists representing SUTD for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition organised by Springer Nature Asia. It was a great showdown between the four universities @ NTU on 4 Aug 2017 evening. Well done for making this far! Check out the highlights To be able to say your four year PhD research in 3 minutes is no easy feat. For the twenty contestants who were at NTU on Friday, they did well in explaining their research and interest their crowd with their speeches. Sasi talked about how he could improve the solar cell performance through the reduction of cell stress and quantify it through high energy x-rays (or synchrotron x-ray diffraction). Well done for making XML group proud by presenting your work to Singapore!
SUTD FIRST Industry Workshop 2017 Best Poster Prize Winner – Congrats Sasi! - Congrats to Sasi Kumar for winning SoilBuild Graduate Research Competition Prize for Best Poster during the SUTD FIRST Industry Workshop 2017! His work was entitled" Process Induced Residual Stress and Role of Encapsulation Polymers in the Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Modules."
ICMAT 2017 poster winners – Congrats Hashina and Sasi! - During the ICMAT 2017 conference, Sasi and Hashina presented their work during the poster session on Wed 21 June 2017. Both of them have done exceptionally well - clinching the MRS-S singapore prize. Congrats to both of you! Sasi won MRS-S Singapore prize for Symposium G: Solar PV (Photovoltaics) Materials, Manufacturing and Reliability Poster ID 170447 Flexible PV (Photovoltaics) - Enabling Integration of Most Powerful Solar Cell into Aesthetic Design for Greener Sasi Kumar TIPPABHOTTLA, Arief Suriadi BUDIMAN, Vincent Adhi HANDARA Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Hashina won MRS-S Singapore prize for Symposium I: Extreme Mechanics - Mechanical Behaviours of Nanoscale and Emerging Materials Poster ID 170444 Designing Novel Multilayered Nanocomposites for High Performance Coating Materials with Online Strain Monitoring Hashina Parveen ANWAR ALI, Ihor RADCHENKO, Arief BUDIMAN Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Each of them won a cash prize of S$200 for their efforts. Congrats again!                                        
ICMAT 2017 Invitation - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - ICMAT 2017 in Singapore (Symposium I: Extreme Mechanics) 18 - 23 June 2017 | Suntec Singapore Dear Colleagues, We welcome you to attend ICMAT 2017 by participating in our symposium. ICMAT2017 will provide an exciting opportunity for productive interactions and networking with leading mechanics and materials researchers around the globe. Symposium I – Extreme Mechanics: Mechanical Behaviors of Nanoscale and Emerging Materials at the ICMAT 2017 focuses on novel cutting-edge, materials-based mechanics research and designing advanced innovative materials with and for extreme applications and/or complexities that potentially have real world impacts in the next generation manufacturing and design (3D/4D printing, biomimetic, 3D multihierarchy microarchitecture, etc.) both globally as well as locally in Singapore/Asia Pacific! Symposium I Committee Arief S. Budiman (SUTD)                                          Chair Shailendra Joshi (NUS)                                             Co-Chair Mark Jhon (IHPC)                                                     Co-Chair Julia Greer (Caltech)                                                Co-Chair Javier Llorca (IMDEA)                                               Co-Chair Leading extreme mechanicians and materials experts from the biggest names in the world – from Stanford and Caltech in the U.S., to IMDEA, Technion and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in EU and KAIST, Chinese Academy of Sciences, The University of Tokyo, The University of Hong Kong Read More
MRS Science as Art 2017 Second Prize – Congrats Ihor! -   Congrats Ihor Radchenko for winning second prize in the MRS Science as Art 2017! You have done SUTD and our XML group proud. Thanks to all who voted for this photograph at the conference! The actual picture presented at MRS science as art 2017 exhibition with its awarded 2nd prize ribbon   Ihor Radchenko (Back row, 2nd from Left) with Prof. Alfonso Ngan and the other prize winners [Photo taken from]
Prof Budiman’s talk in Scientific highlights of MRS Spring meeting 2017 - Prof Budiman presented the work of Biomimetic, Strong yet Tough Composites through 3D Printing by Yinning Zhou, Komal Agarwal  in NM6: Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Composites symposium on Tuesday 18 Mar 2017. It received as one of scientific highlights in the MRS Spring Meeting 2017! The talk got very good responses and attracts quite a bit of interests. The MRS community is now looking forward to hearing further exciting findings from us! I think they are excited especially with smaller scale fibers. On with our march to biomimetic, additively manufactured materials design science! Excerpt is at :
New Solar Cell Publication in PIPV – Congrats Sasi! - A new solar cell  publication to Progress In Photovoltaics (PIPV)  has been accepted, entitled "From Cells to laminate: probing and modeling residual stress evolution in thin silicon photovoltaic modules using synchrotron X-ray micro-diffraction experiments and finite element simulations". This paper encompasses almost all the members of XML and XPV groups. Congrats to all! Check it out! From cells to laminate: probing and modeling residual stress evolution in thin silicon photovoltaic modules using synchrotron X-ray micro-diffraction experiments and finite element simulations Authors: Sasi Kumar Tippabhotla, Ihor Radchenko, W.J.R. Song, Gregoria Illya, Vincent Handara, Martin Kunz, Nobumichi Tamura, Andrew A.O. Tay and Arief S. Budiman DOI:   Abstract Fracture of silicon crystalline solar cells has recently been observed in increasing percentages especially in solar photovoltaic (PV) modules involving thinner silicon solar cells (<200 μm). Many failures due to fracture have been reported from the field because of environmental loading (snow, wind, etc.) as well as mishandling of the solar PV modules (during installation, maintenance, etc.). However, a significantly higher number of failures have also been reported during module encapsulation (lamination) indicating high residual stress in the modules and thus more prone to cell cracking. We report here, through the use of synchrotron X-ray Read More


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