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Jax Lee

The Entrepreneur | CEO & Co-Founder

Jax Lee has over 10 years of technical and business experience in nanotechnology, displays, touch sensors and solar technologies.

Prior to founding NanoLumi, Jax was the Director of Business Development at Cima NanoTech, an advanced material company with over 100 patents for self-assembling nanoparticles, dispersion formulation and the manufacturing of highly conductive transparent conductors. During his 6 years at Cima, Jax led the commercialisation of SANTE® Technology, bringing it from the lab to pilot runs to mass production for real-world applications like large format projected capacitive touch screens. By successfully negotiating and establishing a joint venture partnership with Foxconn to manufacture large touch modules, Jax accelerated Cima’s business and kickstarted a series of joint development programs with international material companies.

At WK Solar, Jax led the set up of a greenfield manufacturing plant for CdTe (thin-film photovoltaic) in both Singapore and China. He was involved in key areas of the project including designing, sourcing of mass production equipment and selecting of new compatible auxiliary materials for the assembly of solar modules.

Jax brings his tenacity for work into his personal life, successfully climbing to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in 2013 and Huayna Potosi, Bolivia (6088m) in 2017. In his spare time, Jax enjoys scuba diving, skiing, hiking and is always up for a nice, cold glass of whiskey.

Tan Zhi Kuang

The Inventor | Co-Founder

Dr. Tan Zhi Kuang received his Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2010, graduating with first-class honours and specialisations in Chemistry and Technology Entrepreneurship.

Awarded the Singapore National Research Foundation overseas scholarship, he went on to pursue a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2010. During his PhD, Dr. Tan explored the physics of optoelectronic devices, with a focus on the heterojunction interfaces and architectures in solar cells and light-emitting diodes. Through his investigations, he discovered how the rational control of interfacial energetics at material heterojunctions could lead to significantly enhanced performance in organic solar cells.

In 2014, Dr. Tan led the discovery of bright electroluminescence in a hybrid perovskite-based light-emitting diode, which gave rise to a publication in Nature Nanotechnology, as well as several patents.

Dr. Tan currently leads a research group in the NUS Department of Chemistry; The group aims to investigate and expand the luminescent properties of perovskite semiconductors for commercial displays, lighting and optical communication applications.

Wong Ying-Chieh

The Innovator | Co-Founder

Dr. Wong Ying-Chieh received his PhD in Chemistry in 2009 from the National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan. During his PhD, he focused on synthetic organic chemistry and organic metal catalysed reaction and successfully developed a unique method for the synthesis of pyrrolidinones via cobalt-catalysed reductive coupling of nitrile and acrylamide followed by keto-amide cyclization and dehydration in one pot. His outstanding work led to a publication in Journal of the American Chemical Society.

In 2018, he collaborated with Dr. Tan Zhi Kuang on the synthesis of highly stable metal halide perovskite nanocrystals. Together, they developed a proprietary method for the synthesis of stable luminescent perovskite–polymer nanocomposites; Perovskite nanocrystals are used as self-polymerizing agents to dense polymers. The in-situ growth of polymer chains from the perovskite crystal surface allows the formation of individually dispersed nanocrystal cores within an encapsulating polymer matrix, leading to a significant threefold enhancement in photoluminescence quantum yield.

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