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Dr. Hoang-Phuong Phan

Hoang-Phuong Phan won the third prize at the Vietnamese National Mathematic Olympiad (VMO, 2004) and participated in the final round for the selection of the Vietnamese Team for the International Mathematic Olympiad (IMO). His mathematic solving skill and the ability to connect different areas of math shape his engineering approaches to address technological challenges and innovations. Currently, Dr. Phan is a Senior Lecturer and an ARC DECRA fellow at the school of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney. His research interests cover a broad range of semiconductor devices and applications, including MEMS/NEMS, integrated sensors, flexible electronics, and bio-sensing applications. Dr. Phan was a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan in 2016, Stanford University, CA, USA in 2017, and Northwestern University, IL, USA in 2019. Dr. Phan has published over 100  journal articles (e.g. Nat. Comm.Science Adv., PNAS, ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater.Angew Chemie.Nano Energy), two US patents, and four book/book-chapters, all in micro and nanotechnologies. He was a recipient of the Japanese Government scholarships (MEXT) for talented undergraduate & postgraduate students (2006 - 2013) at The University of Tokyo, Japan, and GUPRS & GUIPRS scholarships from Griffith for the doctoral course (2013-2016). Dr. Phan was honored with the GU publication award, the Springer outstanding theses award, the Australian Nanotechnology Network Fellowship, GU Postdoctoral Fellowship, the DECRA award, the Pro Vice-Chancellor ECR award (2019), the Griffith Vice-Chancellor Excellence in Research Award for ECR (2020), and the GROW award from UNSW. He serves in the Executive Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Conferences on MicroElectroMechanical Systems (IEEE MEMS).

List of Awards & Honors



2023 Nov. - Another ARC DP project for the Phan Lab!! UNSW will be awarded $100k from ARC to support the development of optoelectronics by Phan and his students.

Research Highlights



  • Flexible mesoporous electronics for neural recording

  • Low-frequency acoustic sensors for health monitoring

  • Sensors and actuators for soft robotics

  • Wide band gap semiconductor nanomembranes for peripheral neural recording

  • Multimodal surgical endoscopy

  • Smart textile for health monitoring


  • SiC NWs using top-down process and thermal oxidation

  • SiC neural electrodes

  • Optoelectronics using mesoporous semiconductors

  • 3D nanoarchitectures using strain engineering

  • Label-free biosensing using micro cantilevers & bioprinting

  • Material systems for biodegradable and long-lived flexible devices


  • Transfer printing of stretchable SiC nanomembranes

  • Self-powered SiC accelerometers and position sensors

  • Stretchable microfluidics and polymeric respiration sensors

  • Direct bio-printing on SiC MEMS

  • Electrochemical sensors using mesoporous architectures

  • ScAlN/SiC piezoelectric-piezoresistive hybrid systems


  • Long-lived flexible SiC electronics for bio-implant

  • Giant piezoresistive effect using opto-mechanic coupling

  • Wireless sensing in harsh environments 

  • SiC/Si-based UV-NIR photodetector 

  • SiC electrodes for  cell stimulation & observation

  • Flexible CNT sensors


  • Microfluidics integrated SiC power  electronics

  • Cryogenic SiC strain sensors

  • First-principle calculation of the PZR effect in n-type SiC

  • SiC flow sensors at 200C

  • Colorimetric and Electrochemical RNA sensors

  • SiC NWs pressure sensors


  • SiC-on-glass anodic bonding

  • 3C-SiC NWs on insulator 

  • Paper-based actuators

  • Excellent Rectifying Properties of the 3C-SiC/Si

  • SiC membranes for cell culture

  • Wearable sensors for respiration monitoring


  • CNT yarn flexible electronics

  • SiC NWs fabricated using FIB

  • Piezo-Hall effect in SiC

  • Si Origami 3D-structures using FIB

  • PZR in SiC at high temperatures


  • Thermoresistive effect in amorphous SiC

  • PZR in top-down Si NWs

  • SiC Van de Paw devices

  • Paper-based graphite sensors

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