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Name: Soon Wei Daniel Lim

Preferred name: Daniel



Harvard University, Ph.D. Applied Physics (2018 - Present)

Harvard University, S.M. Applied Physics (2022)

Advisor: Prof. Federico Capasso

Dissertation title: Sculpting the dark: Singularity engineering with metasurfaces

GPA: 4.0/4.0

California Institute of Technology, B.S. Physics (2013-2017)

Research Advisor: Prof. Sandra Troian, Laboratory of Interfacial and Small Scale Transport

GPA: 4.3/4.3 (A+ average), top in class of 254 students.

Cambridge University, Caltech Cambridge Scholars Program (Winter 2015)

Predicted honors class for five Part II Physics courses: 1st

Raffles Institution, Integrated Programme and 'A' Levels (2005-2010)

Distinctions in all eight 'A' level courses, including one at the Higher 3 level (Essentials of Modern Physics)


Professional and Research Experience

    • Research Officer, Bioprocessing Technology Institute, A*STAR Singapore (2018)
      • Awarded the Chairman's Best Poster Award
      • Advisor: Dr Shireen Goh
    • Research Engineer, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A*STAR Singapore (2017)
    • Kiyo and Eiko Tomiyasu Research Scholar, California Institute of Technology (2016) and Toshi Kubota Aeronautics Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (2015)
    • Research Intern, Institute of Infocomm Research, A*STAR Singapore (2014)
      • Advisor: Dr Ng Tian-Tsong
    • Research Intern, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR Singapore (2013)
    • Corporal First Class, 6th Divisional Air Defence Artillery, Republic of Singapore Air Force (2011-2013)
      • Received Fulltime National Serviceman of the Year (NSF of the Year). 
    • Research Intern, National Neuroscience Institute (2007-2009)
      • Advisors: Dr Lim Kah Leong, Dr Jeanne Tan May May
    • Research Intern, Plasma Radiation Source Laboratory, National Institute of Education, Singapore (2007)


    Peer review activity


    Teaching and Outreach

    • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University (2019)
      • Course taught: Laboratory Electronics (Physics 123/223, Engineering Sciences 153)
      • Course instructor: Professor Thomas Hayes and David Abrams
    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, California Institute of Technology (2016)
      • Course taught: Analog Electronics for Physicists (Physics 5/105)
      • Course instructor: Frank Rice
    • Research Mentor, Raffles Institution, Singapore (2011)
    • Teaching Intern, Zhonghua Secondary School, Singapore (2011)
      • Mentors: Ngiam Kar Yin, Ong Lay Hong

    Publications, Conferences, Patents

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      ORCiD: 0000-0003-1689-6860





      Experimental: Analog and digital circuit design, Microscopy (confocal, interferometric, polarimetric, atomic force, spectroscopic), aseptic technique, cell culture, optical tweezing, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

      Nanofabrication: Electron beam lithography, focused ion beam (FIB) lithography, standard semiconductor processes (e.g., dry/wet etch, CVD/PVD/ALD, mask writing).

      Electron microscopy: STEM/TEM, FIB TEM sample preparation, EDS, EELS, REELS, environmental/low voltage SEM.

      Computational/Data Analysis: Assembly, C++, Python, R, Mathematica, MATLAB, LaTeX, ImageJ, COMSOL, Solidworks, Ansys Lumerical FDTD, Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA), Automatic Differentiation and Machine Learning (e.g., Tensorflow, Pytorch).