Personal Profile

Desmond Loke

Assistant Professor

Pillar / Cluster: Science

Email: qrfzbaq_ybxr@fhgq.rqh.ft


Desmond Loke received BA in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2008. He pursued his PhD at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in NUS, and Department of Chemistry in University of Cambridge, where he worked on the topic of computer simulation and experimental study of the fast transformation for phase-change materials and devices between 2008 and 2012. At NUS and Cambridge, he has pioneered the control of crystallization kinetics of a phase-change material by pre-organizing atoms using a weak electric field, which has allowed the phase-change memory to achieve sub-nanosecond write speeds. In 2013, Desmond was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Singapore University of Technology and Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to start his independent research. Loke attended the Harvard University as a researcher in 2014. His research is aimed at understanding the origin of behaviors of novel materials, and by using these effects, design and enable advanced memory and reconfigurable devices for next generation computing technologies.

Research Areas

  • Non-Volatile Memory
  • Reconfigurable Computing
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Invisibility Cloak

Selected Publications

  1. D.Loke, T. H. Lee, W. J. Wang, L. P. Shi, R. Zhao, Y. C. Yeo, T. C. Chong, S. R. Elliott. Breaking the Speed Limits of Phase-Change Memory. Science 336, 1566-1569 (2012).
  2. D.Loke, J. M. Skelton, W. J. Wang, T. H. Lee, R. Zhao, T. C. Chong, S. R. Elliott. Ultrafast Phase-Change Logic Device Driven by Melting Processes. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 11, 13272-13277 (2014).
  3. D.Loke, J. M. Skelton, L. T. Law, W. J. Wang, M. H. Li, W. D. Song, T. H. Lee, S. R. Elliott. Guest-Cage Atomic Interactions in a Clathrate-based Phase-Change Material. Adv. Mater. 26, 1725-1730 (2014).
  4. D.Loke, J. M. Skelton, T. C. Chong, S. R. Elliott. Design of a Nanoscale, CMOS-Integrable, Thermal-Guiding Structure for Boolean-Logic and Neuromorphic Computation. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 34530–34536 (2016).
  5. D.Loke, L. P. Shi, W. J. Wang, R. Zhao, H. X. Yang, L. T. Ng, K. G. Lim, T. C. Chong, Y. C. Yeo. Ultrafast Switching in Nanoscale Phase-Change Random Access Memory with Superlattice-like Structures. Nanotechnology 22, 254019-1-6 (2011).
  6. T. H. Lee, D.Loke, K. J. Huang, W. J. Wang, S. R. Elliott. Tailoring Transient-Amorphous States: Towards Fast and Power-Efficient Phase-Change Memory and Neuromorphic Computing. Adv. Mater. 26, 7493-7498 (2014).
  7. W. J. Wang, D.Loke, L. P. Shi, R. Zhao, H. X. Yang, L. T. Law, L. T. Ng, K. G. Lim, Y. C. Yeo, T. C. Chong, A. L. Lacaita. Enabling Universal Memory by Overcoming the Contradictory Speed and Stability Nature of Phase-Change Materials. Sci. Rep. 2, 360 (2012).
  8. J. M. Skelton, D.Loke, T. H. Lee, S. R. Elliott. Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 7, 14223-14230 (2015).

Highlighted Honors, Awards and Achievements

  • Global MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award (2016)
  • Asia MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award (2014)
  • MIT-SUTD Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013)
  • MRS Spring Meeting’s ‘Outstanding Paper’ Award (2012)
  • A*STAR DSI’s ‘Best Paper of the Year’ Award (2012)
  • EPCOS Conference’s ‘Most Impressive Paper’ Award (2012)
  • Singapore TKK Young Inventors’ Award (2011)