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The Council

 

Prof Tan Choon Hong
President
Professor Tan Choon Hong
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Prof 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. Prof. 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. Prof 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. Prof 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.


Loh Xian Jun 1
Vice-President
Dr Loh Xianjun

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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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. 


XingYi
Hon Treasurer
Assoc Ling Xing Yi
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Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi 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). Dr Ling Xing Yi 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.


KenLee
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. Dr 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. His 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, Dr 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. He 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. His teaching experience from NUS and SP focuses on Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In his short academic career in Singapore Polytechnic, he 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. he 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. He 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.


Zhao yu
Hon Asst Treasurer
Assoc Professor Zhao Yu
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Assoc Professor Zhao Yu obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Peking University in 2002 where he carried out his undergraduate research with Prof Limin Qi on Surface Chemistry. In the same year, he went abroad to Boston College and obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Marc L.Snapper and Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda. After that he had the honor of working with Nobel laureate Prof. Richard R. Schrock at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in the field of organometallic chemistry. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious NRF fellowship from singapore and joined Department of Chemistry at NUS as an assistant professor. In July 2017 he was promoted to associate professor of chemistry.


Hard Chan
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. Prof. Chan has published over 170 papers in polymer and materials science and he has trained over 50 postgraduate students.


Mihaiela Stuparu
Council Member
Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu
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Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu is an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at NTU. She obtained her doctoral degree in the group of Prof. A. D. Schlüter from ETH-Zürich, Switzerland. In 2009, she received the Ambizione fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research focus is on the preparation of corannulene-based polymers differing in their chemical composition and architecture together with studying their properties.


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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.


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Council Member
Dr Zong Yun

Dr Zong Yun 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. 


SChiba
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.


xujianwei
Co-op Council Member
Dr Xu Jianwei
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Dr Xu Jianwei 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. 


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Co-op Council Member
Dr James Wang Jian Min
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Dr James is national sales manager for Procter & Gamble Chemicals Greater China & South Korea. He is responsible for oleo chemicals total Go-To-Market Strategy in the above-mentioned markets. He owns the Revenue and Profitability target of Procter & Gamble Chemicals. He is a Procter & Gamble "The CEO Award" winner. The CEO Award is given to only 3% of the total Procter & Gamble employees. James obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore and obtained Master's degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. His research focuses on organocatalyst catalysed asymmetric synthesis & Synthesis, and Characterization of helical polymers & co-polymers.


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Co-op Council Member
Assoc Prof Yan Yaw Kai
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Assoc Prof Yaw Kai obtained his B.Sc. (Hon) from NUS and was awarded the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal (best Chemistry Honours student) and the Lijen Industrial Development Medal (best Chemistry Honours research project). He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group in NIE. Yaw Kai received the Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2013, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Singapore) Education Award in 2001, and the GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education in 2011.  

 

 

2017 Council
President
Vice President
Hon Secretary 
Hon Treasurer
Asst. Hon Secretary
Asst Hon Treasurer
Council Member
Council Member
Council Member
Council Member
Co-op Council Member
Co-op Council Member
Prof Tan Choon Hong
Dr Zong Yun
Dr Leong Lai Peng
Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi
Dr Ken lee Chi Lik
Dr Li Xu
Dr Ng Kai Ling
Dr Dien Pandiman
Dr Loh Xian Jun
Prof Hardy Chan Sze On
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
Dr Xu Jian Wei