John Thong graduated with a B.A. (1* Hons.) in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University in 1985, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the same university in 1989. In the same year, he was elected to a research fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge, where he remained until 1991.
He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at NUS as a lecturer in 1992, as was promoted to senior lecturer (1995), associate professor (1999) and professor (2014). He served as sub-dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s office from 1998-2000, and deputy group head (1998-2007) and group head (2008-2009) for the microelectronics group. He was served as ECE Deputy Head for research & graduate programs from 2010-14, before his current appointment as Head of Department.
He has held appointments as senior academic associate at IMRE (1998-2000), and is currently an NGS faculty member (since 2003). He has served on various grant review panels for A*STAR SERC and the Ministry of Education. He is actively involved with the IEEE Rel/CPMT/ED Chapter, Singapore Section, as an ex-co member, and with the IEEE International Symposium on the Physical & Failure Analysis of ICs (IPFA) serving on its organization committees as well as the IPFA Board.
Following his PhD research, John’s early research interests were in scanning electron microscopy and related techniques, electron-optical instruments and electron sources. His interests turned to nanotechnology in the early 2000’s, and his research group currently works on various aspects of nanomaterial synthesis, nanostructures and devices, focusing in particular on structural, electrical and thermal properties.