PK Johnny Wong


The basic information

PK Johnny Wong

School of microelectronics




Work Experience

Professor (2021-Present), School of Microelectronics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Professor (2020-2021), School of Electronics and Information, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Senior Research Fellow (2017-2020), Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, National University of Singapore; Advisor: Prof. Andrew Wee and Prof. Antonio Castro Neto

Visiting Senior Research Fellow (2014-2017), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore; Advisor: Prof. Andrew Wee

Marie Curie Fellow (2014-2017), MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, The Netherlands; Advisor: Prof. Michel de Jong

Postdoc (2009-2014), MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, The Netherlands; Advisor: Prof. Michel de Jong

Education Experience

PhD in Electronic Engineering (2005-2009), University of York, UK; Advisor: Prof. Yongbing Xu

BSc (Hons) in Engineering Physics (2001-2004), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Education And Teaching

Supervisor of 1 postdoc, 7 doctoral/master students, and 2 bachelor students.

Awards Information

Shaanxi High-Level Talent Programme (2020)

NPU "Ao Xiang" Overseas Scholar (2020)

European Union Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2014)

Scientific Research

Main research theme on Artificial Spintronic Information Materials and Technologies, directing to in-memory computing applications.

In pursue of the main theme, the following sub-topics have been identified:

(1) Fabrication and manipulation of exotic magnetic ultrahin films and associated hybrid interfaces, with potential applications in multifunctional spintronic devices.

(2) Organic (or molecular) spinterfaces and flexible devices

(3) Wafer-scale growth of epitaxial van der Waals information materials

Team Information

Academic Achievements

Prof. Wong has over 15 years of research experience in Hybrid Spintronics and Artificial Materials. Before moving to the mainland of China, he was a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (2014-2020), where he worked with Prof. Andrew Wee and pioneered the molecular beam epitaxy and surface characterization of 2D vanadium dichalcogenides (Adv. Mater. 31, 1901185; ACS Nano 13, 12894 (2019)). He successfully established atomic-scale doping and non-covalent molecular adsorption to tune the 2D properties of those magnetic monolayers (ACS Nano 13, 8997; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 11, 43789 (2019); Appl. Mater. Today 18, 100535 (2020)). He was previously a postdoc at the NanoElectronics Group of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology in the University of Twente, the Netherlands (2009-2014). There, he set up jointly with Prof. Michel de Jong the world’s first all in-situ system for device-level fabrication and characterization of organic/ferromagnetic spinterfaces. He was the first to report the observations of magnetic orbital hybridization and induced charge rebalancing effects at the C60 spinterfaces with Fe and Fe3O4 ultrathin films (Org. Electron. 14, 451; J. Mater. Chem. C 1, 1197 (2013); Org. Electron. 29, 39 (2016)). He received a PhD in Electronics (2010) from the University of York, UK, for his thesis on hybrid spintronic structure for electrical spin injection, that integrated magnetic ultrathin films with III-V and -nitride semiconductors (IEEE Trans. Magn. 44, 2640 (2008); Phys. Rev. B 81, 035419 (2010); Sci. Rep. 6, 29845 (2016); Prog. Mater. Sci. 99, 27 (2019)). He obtained his BSc in Engineering Physics from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2004).

        He has actively participated in major project grants funded by FOM (NL), EU, Singapore NRF, MOE, NSFC, etc. with a total value >100M yuan. As PI, he currently manages 2 grants (~2M yuan) and has completed 10+ projects granted for the access to major synchrotron radiation infrastructures around the world (ALS, MAX-Lab, Elettra, DLS, etc). He has published 19 referred articles out of 57 in total, in which he is the first/corresponding author. These include Adv. Mater., Prog. Mater. Sci., ACS Nano, and so on. He is the recipient of the highly prestigious Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2014), Shaanxi High-level Overseas Talent Programme (2020), “Ao Xiang” Overseas Scholar (2020), and IAAM Innovation Award (2020). He sits on the international review panel of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) since 2018, and serves as reviewer for many top-tier journals, such as Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Appl. Phys. Lett., etc. He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board for Heliyon, an all-science, open-access journal under the Cell Press family, and Research Topic Guest Editor for Frontiers in Nanotechnology.  

Social Appointments

Journal Reviewer for Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Applied Physics Letters, etc.

Grant Reviewer for the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research), Italy.

Guest Editor for Journal of Alloys and Compounds' Special Issue: "2D van der Waals magnets: the future of spintronics"

Editorial Advisory Board Member for Heliyon published by Cell Press.

Research Topic Guest Editor for Frontiers in Nanotechnology.

Admission Information

Our group has multiple openings for motivated master and doctoral students as well as postdocs, who wish to pursue highly multidisciplinary research on Spintronic Materials and Technologies! 

Please get in touch if you have one or more of the following backgrounds: physics/materials science/electronic information/microelectronics.