Dr Yuan-Fong Chou Chau


Professor, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences



Yuan-Fong Chou Chau

1. Educational Background

(1) Doctor of Philosophy (Department of Electrophysics, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, R.O.C.,2001/09-2004/0707/2004) (App. 002)
(2) Master of Science (Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., 1999/09-2001/06) (App. 003)
(3) Master of Engineering (Department of Electronic Engineering, Chung Chein Institude of Techonology, Taiwan, R.O.C.,1988/09-1990/06) (App. 004)
(4) Bachelor of Science (Department of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Military Academy (Taiwan), Taiwan, R.O.C.,1981/09-1985/07) (App. 005)

2. Employment history

(1) Senior researcher (1992/02/01-2003/07/01), Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan
(2) Assistant Professor (2004/08/01-2005/07/31), Department of Electrical Engineering, Lee Min institute of technology, Taiwan
(3) Assistant Professor (2005/08/01-2008/07/31), Department of Electronic Engineering, CYU, Taiwan
(4) Associate Professor (2008/08/01-2012/07/31), Department of Electronic Engineering, Ching Yun university (CYU), Taiwan
(5) Professor (2012/08/01-2015/06/30), director, Department of Electronic Engineering, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology (CHUST), Taiwan
(6) Associate Professor (2015/07/07-2018/12/07), Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
(7) Professor (2018/12/08-), Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

3. Major areas of research:
My research is at the boundary between material and energy science in the context of simulation, design, measurement and precision fabrication. I research optical simulation and measurement techniques to characterize the geometry or optical performance of nanophotonics components. This is of interest to industries such as nanophotonic device design and manufacturing. The need for optical techniques for fabrication and measurement based on simulation results in a design guidance is growing as technology moves forward, pushing limits of component tolerance and specification. There are few academic research programs with this focus, and the need for graduates with this expertise is strong and growing. The research falls under one or more of the following categories: (1) new measurement and simulation methods and techniques, (2) extending analysis methods or measurement capabilities, (3) establishing calibration methods, and (4) evaluating simulation and measurement uncertainty. These categories have been applied to the general areas of (i) nona-optics and nano-structure metrology and (ii) nano-scale optics and precision components, i.e., nanophotonics (simulation, experiment, fabrication and measurement), plasmonics application (e.g., plasmonics photocatalytic, plasmonic solar cells, biosensors, metamaterials, near-field optics, and nano/micro-optical system), photonic crystal and fiber optics.

4. Major areas of accomplishments:
(1)Published more than 100 journal articles (referee; Scopus)
(2) Published 2 books (Optics and Electromagnetism, Chinese version)
(3)Obtained for 18 patents
(4) Received 11 research projects (2 in UBD, 9 PI and 2 co-PI)
(5) Received 18 prestigious research and teaching awards


Nanophotonics (experiment fabrication and simulation), Electromagnetic field simulation, Photocatalytic application, Green energy, Biosensors, Metamaterials, Biophotonics, Near-field optics, Plasmonics, Nano/Micro-optical System, Photonic crystal and related applications, LED Lighting, Fiber optics and Plasmonic Solar Cells


Investigation of Hybrid Plasmonic Nanostructures for Water Purification and Nanophotonic Devices

Hybrid plasmonic nanostructures (HPNs) are a combination of structured metal and dielectric materials in the nanoscale. HPNs possess special optical and electrical effects which are applicable to the diverse applications on water purification and other nanophotonic devices, such as nanoantennas and bio-sensors. The water purification technology will compliment existing water treatment technologies where the HPNs based water purification technology is targeted for the treatment of industrial waste water containing organic compounds, metals, and micro-organisms. In this project, the investigated HPNs will be performed by using the simulation and experiment methods simultaneously.

Applications Invited
Phd degree

Design of the nanoplasmonic metamaterials for applications on light manipulation and energy harvest

In this project, we will focus on the design and analysis of high throughput of nanoscale plasmonic metamaterial for light manipulation and energy harvesting. We will aim to promote the development of nanoplasmonic metamaterials for applications in light manipulation and energy harvest, such as plasmonic solar cell, plasmonic nanoantenna and highly sensitive plasmonic biosensors. For achieving this purpose, four research steps will be carried out base on our previous works: design, fabrication, measurement, and application. In addition, a numerical method by using the finite element method will be performed to simulate and design the tunable efficiency and nonlinear enhancement of electromagnetic resonances of various plasmonic metamaterials.

Applications Invited
Phd degree

Investigation of a photonic crystal fiber based on surface plasmon resonance sensing

A photonic crystal fiber based on surface plasmon resonance (PCF-SPR) sensing of a gold layer or gold nanoparticles will be investigated. The sensor has two advantages: polarization independence and less noble metal consumption. The coupling characteristics and sensing performance of the sensor are performed by using by the finite-element method (FEM) based on Maxwell's equations. The characteristics of birefringer, foundmantal modes and optical loss spectrum of the PCF-SPR sensor will be discussed in detail in this project.

Applications Invited
Ms degree

Scopus Publications

Scopus Publications


1. Yuan-Fong Chou Chau*, CM Lim, VN Yoong, MNS Idris, “A simple structure of all circular-air-holes photonic crystal fiber for achieving high birefringence and low confinement loss,” Journal of Applied Physics 118 (24), 243102 (2015) (28, Dec., 2015)

2. CT Lin, MN Chang, HJ Huang, CH Chen, RJ Sun, BH Liao, Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, CN Hsiao, MH Shiao, “Rapid fabrication of three-dimensional gold dendritic nanoforests for visible light-enhanced methanol oxidation,” Electrochimica Acta 192 15-21 (2016) (20, Feb, 2016)

3. Yuan-Fong Chou Chau*, “Intriguing Standing Wave Numbers and Plasmonic Effects on the Solid-Metal/Metal-Shell Nanorod Surface,” Plasmonics 1-9 (2016), DOI 10.1007/s11468-016-0261-y (01, May, 2016)

4. Yuan-Fong Chou Chau*, CTC Chao, JY Rao, HP Chiang, CM Lim, Ren Chong Lim and NY Voo, “Tunable Optical Performances on a Periodic Array of Plasmonic Bowtie Nanoantennas with Hollow Cavities,” Nanoscale Research Letters, 11: 411 (2016) (DOI: 10.1186/s11671-016-1636-x) (20, Sep., 2016)

5. Yuan-Fong Chou Chau*, Jhih-Cyuan Jiang and Chung-Ting Chou Chao, Hai-Pang Chiang and Chee Ming Lim, ”Analysis the optical spectrum of cavity resonance based plasmonic nanoantenna arrays,” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49, 475102 (2016) (01-Nov.-2016)


1. Yuan-Fong Chau*, "Long-ranging propagation based on resonant coupling effects using series connection of ten nanoshells in plasmon waveguide", Applied Optics 51, 640-643 (2012/3)

2. Yuan-Fong Chau*, Ci-Yao Jheng, "Buried Effects of Surface Plasmon Resonance Modes for Periodic Metal–Dielectric Nanostructures Consisting of Coupled Spherical Metal Nanoparticles with Cylindrical Pore Filled with a Dielectric," Plasmonics, 9, 1–9 (2014)

3. Yuan-Fong Chau*, Yi-Ju Lin and Din Ping Tsai, “Enhanced surface plasmon resonance based on the silver nanoshells connected by the nanobars”, Optics Express 18, 3510-3518 (2010)

4. Yuan-Fong Chau*, ”Surface Plasmon Effects excited by the Dielectric Hole in a Silver-shell Nanospherical Pair”, Plasmonics, 4, 253-259 (2009)

5. Linfang Shen, Tzong-Jer Yang, Yuan-Fong Chau, ”The effect of internal period on the dispersion behavior of indefinite medium materials”, Phys. Rev. B 77, 205124 (2008)


(1) Numerical design of the nanoplasmonic metamaterials for applications on light manipulation and energy harvest (PI) 2016/01/01~2017/12/31 Grant No. UBD-ORI-URC-RG331-U01 (BND$ 20,000) UBD
(2) Investigation of Hybrid Plasmonic Nanostructures for Water Purification and Nanophotonic Devices (PI) 2017/01/01~2018/12/31 Grant No. UBD/OVACRI/CRGWG(004)/170101 (BND $71,000) UBD
(3) Design of a high sensitivity biosensor in silver nanoshell structures (PI) 2014/08/01~2015/0531 Grant no. 103-2112-M-231-001-(NT$910,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(4) Characterization and study of localized surface plasmon resonance on relating nanophotonic devices (PI) 2013/08/01~2014/07/31 NSC-102-2112-M-231-001-(NT$599,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(5) Studies and applications of surface plasmon effects on solar cells (PI) 2010/08/01~2013/07/31 Grant no. NSC-99-2112-M-231-001-MY3(NT$3,063,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(6) Study on the efficiency promotion and integration applications of the green photonic components and system (Co-PI) 2011/08/01~2014/07/31 Grant no. NSC-100-2632-E-231-001-MY3 (NT$15,000,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(7) Development and applications of green plasmonics (Co-PI) 2010/08/01~2013/07/31 Grant no. NSC-101-2120-M-002-004- (NT$45,000,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(8) Investigation of light harvest and emission on plasmonic nanostructure of matamaterials (Co-PI) 2007/08/01~2010/07/31 Grant no. NSC-96-2112-M-231-001-MY3 (NT$45,000,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(9) The fundamental study and application of efficient beaming, directional emission and beam splitter from photonic crystal waveguides (PI) 2007/08/01~2010/07/31 Grant no. NSC-96-2112-M-231-001-MY3 (NT$1,370,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(10) The analysis of two and three dimensional super-resolution near-field structure near-field optical disk (PI) 2006/08/01~2007/07/31 Grant no. NSC-95-2112-M-231-001- (NT$3,17,000) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan
(11) The study of some characteristics in photonic crystal using near-field optics (PI) 2005/01/01~2006/07/31 Grant no. NSC-94-2112-M-231-001-(NT$4,10,800) Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan


1.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M502841 (2015/06/11~2024/09/04), Taiwan patent, "Metal shell nanorods detection device"
2.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M498390 (2015/04/01~2024/10/16), Taiwan patent, "Cavity type nano antenna"
3.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M496768 (2015/03/11~2024/09/18), Taiwan patent, "Photonic crystal fiber structure with circular air-holes in core and elliptical air-holes in cladding"
4.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, Chung-Tin Chou Chao, M495897 (2015/02/21~2024/1/08), Taiwan patent, "TiO2 photocatalytics with Ag nanoring"
5.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M494339, (2015/01/21~2024/10/13), Taiwan patent, "Plasmonic nanocavity"
6.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M492545 (2015/01/21~2024/10/08), "Nanometal (gold) bow-tie antenna"
7.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M493222 (2015/01/01~2024/10/08), "Plasmonic waveguide with nanoring arrays"
8.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M484112 (2014/08/11~2024/04/24), "Birefringence photonic crystal fiber"
9.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M464670 (2013/11/01~2023/05/02), "S-type optical waveguide"
10.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M461065 (2013/11/01~2023/07/03), "Air-holes birefringence photonic crystal fiber"
11.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M497280 (2013/09/01~2023/01/17), Taiwan patent, "Photonic crystals equal power beam splitter"
12.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M432840 (2013/03/11~2022/09/13), "Cavity resonance waveguide with Ag nanoshell rod"
13.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau et. al., M448404 (2012/07/01~2021/06/01), "Automatic starter device circuit of directing light in vehicle"
14.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, I366691 (2012/06/21~2028/04//09), "Rotational air-hole photonic crystal fiber"
15.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M432041 (2012/06/21~2021/06/01), "Ultrahigh photonic crystal bandgap structure"
16.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, M417560 (2011/12/01~2021/06/01), "Ultrahigh birefringence improved photonic crystal fiber"
17.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, T. -J. Yang, D. P. Tsai, I267655 (2006/12/01~2025/08/02), "Near-field optical fiber"
18.Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, T. -J. Yang, W. D. Lee, I250675 (2006/03/01~2025/06/16), "Photonic Crystal waveguide structure"

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan