Tse Nga Ng

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Research Focus
Printed electronics, flexible sensing systems

Research Summary

Professor Tina Tse Nga Ng’s research focuses on the development of flexible electronics. Her research method is based on additive printing, which allows low-temperature patterning that is compatible with a wide range of materials, reduces wastes from mask steps, and enables rapid design changes and complex geometric or materials permutation. Her research aims to push the boundary of how electronics are made and used by incorporating electronic control and power sources onto any surface.

Tse Nga Ng
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Professor Tina Ng's research involves flexible electronics patterned by printing instead of traditional photolithography. She is a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (2021) and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Mid-Career Advancement Award. She is a Hartwell Investigator on biomedical devices for spasticity assessment and has been awarded second place in the 2017 Bell Lab Prize Competition for her work in organic short wave infrared detection. Prior to joining UCSD, she was a Senior Research Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center. Her work includes demonstration of bendable image sensors for x-ray medical imaging, complementary organic circuits and non-volatile memory for a sensor tape that monitors head concussions. She led the development of printed sensor platforms (a joint project between PARC and ThinFilm Electronics) -- which was awarded the 2012 FLEXI Innovation Award and named Runner-Up of Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in 2012. Professor Ng received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University, where she worked with Professor John Marohn on (1) examining charge injection processes in organic semiconductors by electric force microscopy and (2) thermomagnetic fluctuations and hysteresis loops of sub-micron magnets for magnetic resonance force microscopy.