TAN Tuck Lee, Augustine

Associate Professor

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

Office Location


Research Interests
microlithography, molecular atomic physics, spectroscopy

  • Augustine Tan graduated from National University of Singapore in 1982 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics. Thereafter, he obtained the Diploma-in-Education with Credit from the National Institute of Education at Bukit Timah Campus in 1983. He was trained to teach Physics, Mathematics and Art. He then taught Secondary 2 Science to the pioneer batch of students in Raffles Institution in the Gifted Education Program. Later, his teaching experience was extended to the teaching of 'A' Level Physics in Victoria Junior College. He successfully completed the M.Sc. program in Applied Nuclear Physics in 1986. He was awarded a full-time Research Scholarship in 1989 by the National University of Singapore to pursue a Ph.D. research course in the field of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. He was conferred the Ph.D. degree in 1993. He worked with experts in Infrared Spectroscopy in the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, and in Jet propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology. Collaborative works were started. He then worked as a Senior Process Engineer in Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication, Hewlett-Packard Singapore. He was trained in San Jose, Silicon Valley, in high volume production of III-V semiconductor devices in the areas of photolithography, plasma etching, wet chemical etching, mask designing, and photo-resist technologies. For failure analysis and reliability studies on devices, he made use of scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, XPS and EDXRF techniques. Since 1999, he has been an Assistant Professor in Natural Sciences (Physics), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He is actively teaching in the areas of Wafer Fabrication, Spectroscopy, Optics, and Physics Bridging Courses. His current research includes Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic characterization of atmospheric gases, semiconductor and medical materials and gemstones, and ultraviolet (UV) and soft X-ray lithographies of resists for wafer fabrication. So far, he has had published more than 60 refereed papers in international journals of USA, Europe, and UK.

    Academic Background
    • BSc(Hons)1982 NUS
    • Dip(Ed), 1983, NIE
    • MSc (Physics), 1986, NUS
    • PhD (Physics), 1993, NUS
    Professional Organisations
    • Member, Institute of Physics, Singapore
    • Life member, Singapore Art Society
    • NAP542 Wafer Fabrication Technology, Jan 2000
    • SM2 Physics Bridging Course, March 1999 onwards
    • NAP506 Spectroscopy, July 2000
    • ISSDP02 Optics, July 2000
    • NAP520 Physics Academic Exercise & Research project, July 2000
    Research Interests
    • Infrared Spectroscopy of Gases (of Atmospheric Interests) and of Materials (Electronic, Medical, etc.)
    • Analysis of Gemstones (Jadeites, etc..) using spectroscopic techniques
    • UV and X-ray Lithographies (photo-resist materials)
    Research Grants
    • RP14/99 TTL Chemically-amplified resists (CAR) for deep UV and X-ray Lithographies.
    • RP 16/99 LS High Aspect Ratio Structure for Micromechanics Technology.
    Professional Activities
    • 1999-2000 Physics Bridging Program for Chinese scholars, Coordinator 1999-2000 School Research Program and MOE North Zone Science Cluster, Mentor and Judge
    • 2000-NSTB R&D project: Synchrotron Radiation, External Expert Evaluator
    • 2000-Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (USA), Referee for research articles
    Graduate Supervision
    • 1998 onwards, Goh Ker Liang, High Resolution Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gases, PhD