Assistant Professor

Yap Yuen Kiat
Roles and responsibilities

Mr Yap is Assistant Professor for Foundation Programmes.


During his PhD studies, he was responsible for the generation of ultrafast laser pulses using 2-dimensional nano-materials, which are currently undergoing rapid growth for application in medical surgery and industrial material processing. His research also combined the use of 2-dimensional materials in planar lightwave circuit, particularly on the fabrication, characterization and performance of broadband light polarizer. His current research interest include amongst others: nano-photonics, high power lasers, short pulsed lasers, fibre optics communication, and non-linear optics.

Besides being enthusiastic in teaching, Mr Yap is a active research member at the Photonics Research Centre - a Higher Institution Centre of Excellence at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur). Highlights of recent work include planar waveguide humidity sensor with fast response of < 1 s, and optical switching and modulation in planar waveguide. On-going work include low threshold Q-switched fibre laser and sub-femtosecond mode-locked fibre laser.


Mr Yap has a cumulative 10 years of experience in education industry, mainly in Teaching & Learning. He has taught fundamental physics for a wide range of pre-university programmes such as the South Australian Matriculation, EDEXCEL and Cambridge A-Levels, Victorian Higher School Certificate, Canadian Pre-University etc.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Physics. He pursued Master of Science degree in Medical Physics, specializing in medical radiation dosimetry and theoretical nuclear physics.

Upon appointment at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, he has completed Doctor of Philosophy degree studies - majoring in Optics, Lasers and Photonics.