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The Council

Tan Choon Hong

  President

   Prof. Tan Choon Hong

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Professor Tan joined NTU in April 2012 as an Associate Professor with tenure at the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (CBC) in the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University from 2000 to 2002. Subsequently, he joined Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School as a Research Associate before starting his independent career as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore in May 2003. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and held a Dean’s Chair Professorship from 2011 until his move to NTU.

 

Professor Tan is internationally renowned for his original and outstanding contributions to the field of organocatalysis and ion-pairing catalysis. He has developed 3 generations of catalysts and used them to elucidate the roles of noncovalent interactions in catalysis. He has published over 100 journal papers, 3 book chapters and has received 3 patents. He is a regular reviewer for Angewandte Chemie and has served as guest editor of several journals. He has won numerous international awards including the Asian Core Lectureship Awards from Hong Kong (2009), Japan (2009), China (2010) and Korea (2010) and the prestigious GSK-SNIC Organic Chemistry Award (2011). He won the SPMS Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

 

Professor Tan is currently the director of NTU’s first premier scholar program - CNY Scholars Program. After he took over the directorship in 2013, he revamped the curriculum to emphasise multidisciplinary learning and with increased research components. He introduced residential learning experience to the scholars and spearheaded the formation of Garage@CresPion.  

 

Professor Tan co-founded a tech-social company, AGplus Technologies, in 2012 with his former PhD student Dr Liu Hongjun. AGplus Technologies' key technology is a novel chemistry used to bond silver nanoparticles at low concentration to a variety of materials. Through donations and working with Mercy Relief, AGplus Technologies has deployed this technology several times after natural calamities in Cambodia, Philippines and China.



Zong Yun

   Vice-President

     Dr. Zong Yun 

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Yun Zong is the Head of the Department of Molecular Materials at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He was an Organometallic Chemist by training from Wuhan University and completed his PhD in Materials Science at the Max-Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Germany. He has been in various management positions and sits at in a number of committees which helped to manage research and innovation, industry and enterprise, space and procurement, as well as nurturing and development of talents. His major scientific achievements include a number of inventions, e.g. Optics-integrated Quartz Crystal Microbalance; A low-temperature method to producing white-light emitting nanocrystals; An approach for high-quality ternary and quaternary quantum dots to be produced in bulk cost-effectively; A low-cost UV-blocking materials system. In service, he was a founding member of A*STAR Chemistry Club, a Technical Advisor of Int-Mat Technologies Pte Ltd., and is the Vice President of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC), an Associate Editor of Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials (World Scientific Publishing), and an Editorial Board member of Translational Materials Research under IOP Publishing, United Kingdom. He has co-led the organising committees of a number of international conferences, represented by The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Molecular Materials Meeting (M3)@Singapore, The 15th Asian Chemical Congress, and The 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry. As a Senior Scientist at IMRE he concurrently heads the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)'s Advanced Energy Storage Research Programme, and his research mainly focuses on the development of new materials and systems for rechargeable Zinc-air and Lithium-Sulfur batteries.



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  Hon Secretary

   Dr Leong Lai Peng

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Dr. Leong Lai Peng is a lecturer of the Food Science & Technology Programme at NUS. She obtained B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry major in Cell and Molecular Biology and developed a keen interest in the subject of food and beverages after working for fast food outlet, palm oil refinery and nutrition outlet. She was awarded MSc (distinction) from the University of Leeds in Food Science and granted a research scholarship by the European Union to study for a PhD in Food Science.  Her research focuses on the kinetics of chemical reactions in foods which include the Maillard reaction and reactions involving antioxidants.  Dr Leong also works on shelf life extension and prediction of foods in which both chemical and physical methods were used.  Her team also studies the extraction of antioxidants from tropical plants and fruits and develop methods for the analysis of compounds that are important in foods.  In SNIC, Dr Leong is actively involved in the promotion of chemistry and had pioneered and chaired the first three National Chemistry Week in Singapore.  She is also involved in the organisation of the Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad (SJChO).  During university vacations, Dr Leong also conducts workshops on the science of foods which include popular topics like sensory science, elements of food colloids (e.g. food ingredients used in molecular gastronomy) etc.  Dr Leong serves as a member of the Technical Committee on Chemical and Biological Testing of SAC (Singapore Accreditation Council) on behalf of SNIC and also their technical assessor. 



Ling Xing Yi

  Hon Treasurer

   Dr Ling Xing Yi

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Xing Yi Ling received her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. David Reinhoudt and Prof. Jurriaan Huskens at the University of Twente, Netherlands in October 2008. In May 2009, she joined Prof. Peidong Yang at the University of California, Berkeley for postdoctoral research under the Rubicon fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO, NL). Xing Yi Ling joined Chemistry and Biological Chemistry division at Nanyang Technological University in July 2011. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lectureship Awardee at the 96th Chemical Society Japan Annual Meeting, winner for the 2015 L’ORÉAL Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship (2015), The Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association (APA) prize for Young Scientist (2014), Singapore National Research Foundation fellowship (2012), Rubicon Fellowship by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW, 2009), The Netherlands and IUPAC Young Chemist award (2009). Her research group focuses on the fabrication of surface-enhanced Raman scattering platforms by nanofabrication or self-assembly of shape-controlled noble metal nanocrystals for sensing and anti-counterfeiting applications.

 


Ken Lee

  Hon Asst Secretary

   Dr Ken Lee Chi Lik

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Dr. Ken Lee has more than 15 years of R&D Project Management experience of which majority of his efforts are centred on sustainable technologies and diagnostics research and development. Ken obtained his B.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore and later spent 3 years working in a drug discovery and development company before his current appointment as a Centre Manager in Singapore Polytechnic's Centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences, and concurrently as a Senior Manager in Food Innovation and Resource Centre. Ken's research focuses on broad areas of Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Diagnostic Technology in both Environmental and Biomedical industries. As a Principal Investigator from the Centre of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Ken leads a team of post-doctoral researchers and engineers, Polytechnic lecturers and full-time diploma students. As a Senior Manager from the Food Innovation and Resource Centre, he leads 2 full-time Principal Investigators and 7 researchers. Ken has published several papers in refereed journals and has 7 patent applications. Currently, the focus of his research is on the practical applications of near-infrared (NIR) dyes, Continuous Flow Chemistry and Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technology development. Ken's teaching experience from NUS and SP focuses on Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In his short academic career in Singapore Polytechnic, Ken has been awarded a total of >S$4.5mil from internal and external grants (supported by NRF, MOE, GSK, EDB and PUB) as a Principal Investigator; including his role as Co-Principal Investigator, his total funds have gathered >S$6.0mil. Ken enjoys strong networking with the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and research industries, and more importantly, he has strong links with the relevant government industries through collaborations and grant proposals writing. Ken also works very closely with new start-ups by providing consultancy services and he is also a Technical Assessor with Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC-Singlas) where he has obtained a Gold award in 2014.



Li Xu

  Hon Asst Treasurer

   Dr Li Xu

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Dr Li Xu is a Senior Scientist I at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR and an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry from Shandong University in P.R. China in 1990 and 1993 respectively. In 2002, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from NUS in Singapore. His expertise lies in the characterisation and structural property study of polymer based materials, and his research interest include other areas such as polymer nanocomposites, electrospun micro/nanofiber for energy storage, design and synthesis of block copolymers based on natural polymers, hybrid nanoparticles targeted for drug delivery and bioimaging, and supramolecular hydrogels as controlled release system. Dr Li has filed numerous patents and also won the A*STAR Borderless Award in 2008.

 


HardyChan

  Council Member

   Professor Hardy Sze On Chan

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Prof Hardy Sze On Chan is the Co-Director of Singapore-MIT Alliance, a graduate education and research collaboration in science and engineering between the world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and two of the finest universities in the Asia Pacific region: the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technology University (NTU). He is also a professor in the Chemistry Department of the NUS, a member of A*STAR Tech Scan Committee on Frontiers of Chemicals and Materials (2004); coordinator for A*STAR Thematic Strategic Research Programme (TSRP) in Polymer and Molecular Electronics and Devices (2003-2006); chairman of the Technical Committee on Rubber Products and other Polymers (1999-2001); and technical assessor for SAC-SINGLAS (2001-present). He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (UK); Fellow of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry; Fellow of the Plastics and Rubber Institute (Singapore); and Chartered Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He received the Standard Council Distinguished Award (2002) for contributions to the National Standardization programme and the National Day Long Service Award in 2010. Professor Chan has published over 170 papers in polymer and materials science and he has trained over 50 postgraduate students.



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  Council Member

   Dr Ng Kai Ling

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  Dr Ng Kai Ling is a chemistry teacher in Raffles Girls' School and is passionate about using technology in the classroom environment. She has a keen interest in the education sector and is actively promoting Chemistry in schools. In SNIC, Dr Ng helps out in           various technical issues.

 



Dien Pandiman

  Council Member

   Dr Dien Pandiman

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Dr. Dien Pandiman is the Executive Director of Pidilite Innovation Centre Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for applied research and product innovations of surface coatings and construction chemicals for Pidilite Group of Companies. He has more than 10 years experience in these fields and his research interests are in the future and emerging applications of nanomaterials in surface coatings and construction chemicals. He had developed many innovative products and successfully commercialised in the global markets. A Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC UK), he is the Chairman of the RSC Singapore Section. He is a Member of SPRING Singapore’s Technical Committee for Surface Coatings, and is also a Technical Assessor, under the Singapore Accreditation Council-Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS) for technical audits at various independent laboratories in Singapore.



Loh Xianjun

  Council Member

   Dr Loh Xianjun

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Dr Xian Jun Loh is a polymer chemist working in the inter-disciplinary field of biomaterials. He is currently the Programme Manager of the A*STAR Personal Care Programme. He is concurrently the Programme Manager of the Consumer Care Programme at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also an adjunct scientist at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. His main research interests are in the design of supramolecular and stimuli-responsive polymers and hydrogels for biomedical and personal care applications. Currently, he is the author and co-author of 153 journal papers, 14 patents, 20 book chapters and 4 books, publishing mainly in the area of biomaterials.



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  Co-op Council Member

   Prof Shunsuke Chiba

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Prof Shunsuke Chiba is a Professor and Head of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has been at NTU since April 2007 and was awarded tenure in 2012. Prof Chiba received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Tokyo. His research interests include synthetic organic chemistry - the development of new synthetic reactions and synthesis of natural and unnatural products. He has received many awards such as the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, Asian Core Program Lectureship Award, GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry, and the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Advisory Board Member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry journal by RSC.


 


 

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  Co-op Council Member

   Dr Xu Jianwei

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Dr. Jianwei XU is currently a Principal Scientist I at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) , Agency for Science, Research and Technology (A*STAR), and he is also an Adjunct Research Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr. XU received his B.S. and his M.S. in Chemistry from Department of Chemistry, Nanjing University in China in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He graduated from NUS with a Ph. D degree in 2000. Dr. XU joined IMRE in 2000. From 2011 to 2016, he was appointed as the Head of Synthesis and Integration Capability Group that is the largest research capability group in IMRE. Currently, he is a Strategic Research Councilor of IMRE, A*STAR. He is also program manager of A*STAR, Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) hybrid thermoelectric program. In IMRE, his major research work is focusing on the development of functional polymer materials, hybrid materials, high-temperature lubrication materials, and liquid crystalline materials for various applications. In particular, he has been leading/participating numerous industry-funded projects since he joined IMRE. He has collaborated with many multinational companies including Seagate International Technology, Boeing Company, Procter & Gamble, Rolls Royce, SIA Engineering Company, Honeywell, Symrise, Sumitomo Bakelite, etc. He has published more than one hundred papers in refereed journals, filed more twenty patents and company know-hows, some of them have been licensed to the Singapore and US companies for commercialization. Since 2012, he has been elected as one of the SNIC council members.