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The Council

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President
Professor Loh Xian Jun

Professor Loh completed his basic and postgraduate studies at the National University of Singapore. A polymer chemist by training, he is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR. As a pioneer in the area of biodegradable thermogels, he is highly knowledgeable in developing these materials for various applications spanning biomedical, engineering, cosmetics, personal care and food. His scientific contributions have earned him the position of Fellowship in Fitzwiliam College in the University of Cambridge. He holds multiple Fellowships in the Royal Society of Chemistry, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, Institution of Engineering and Technology and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. With his extensive experience in authoring >250 journal papers, 38 patents and know-hows, >30 book chapters and 7 books, he currently sits on several editorial boards of international journals as an expert in his area. He is a multiple Highly Cited Researcher awardee by Clarivate Analytics. He has also successfully helped in the commercialization of 8 different products and is always interested in the translation of science to products. He is also a co-founder of a spin-off, Vitreogel Innovations, a company which looks at developing thermogels for retinal detachment treatment.


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Hon Secretary
Assoc Professor Zhao Yu

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.


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Hon Treasurer
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.


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Hon Asst Secretary
Dr Zong Yun
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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. 


Hon Asst Treasurer
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.


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 Leong Lai Peng

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 served as a member of the Technical Committee on Chemical and Biological Testing of SAC (Singapore Accreditation Council) on behalf of SNIC and is currently one of their technical assessor. 


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Council Member
Dr Liu Xiaogang
 

Dr. Liu Xiaogang is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. He began his independent research with Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) as a SMART Scholar (2014—2016). After joining SUTD in 2017,  he led the Fluorescence Research Group to conduct research on the structure-property relationships of organic dyes, as well as develop high-performance fluorescent products for a wide range of applications (i.e., fluorescence imaging and sensing). 

Xiaogang and his co-workers’ research has been voted as the #4 of Top 10 Breakthroughs in Physics for 2010 by Physics World, highlighted by ACS Noteworthy Chemistry (2014), and featured in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) of American Chemical Society (2020).


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Co-op Council Member
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
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Prof. Shunsuke Chiba is a Professor 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 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
Assoc Prof 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. 



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Co-op Council Member
Prof JJ Vittal
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JJ Vittal received his BSc from the University of Madras, MSc from Madurai University and PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. While working as a postdoctoral fellow and a research associate at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, he was trained in X-ray crystallography by Prof. Nicholas C Payne. Later he managed the X-ray facility in the Department of Chemistry until he left for Singapore. JJ accepted a faculty position as a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1997 and established Service Crystallography Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry for their central instrumentation facility. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He held a World Class University Chair Professorship at the Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea (2009-2013).

JJ is interested in the design & synthesis of coordination polymers & metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), crystal engineering, solid-state chemistry, materials and reactivity. He co-authored ‘Crystal Engineering – A Textbook’ with G.R. Desiraju (IISc) and A. Ramanan (IIT-Delhi). He also co-edited two books on crystal engineering with E.R.T. Tiekink. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and Singapore National Institute of Chemistry. He holds editorial board membership in several journals including ACS Crystal Growth & Design and Nature Scientific Reports. He won several awards including Chemical Research Society of India, CRSI Medal (2020), Outstanding Chemist Award (2014), CRISP Award (2013), Outstanding Research Award (2011) and Best Scientist Award (2007). JJ was highlighted in Angewandte Author Profile (2014). He is the founder and an Organizing Committee member of Singapore National Crystal Growing Challenge (1997-2016). He is an international committee member of Worldwide IUCr Crystal Growing Competition for School Children since 2014. He extensively published over 500 original research papers, authoritative reviews and book chapters and over 250 opening, plenary, keynote and invited talks at national and international conferences. According to the recent Google Scholar his publications has been cited ~22,300 times with an h-index of 74. ORCID: 0000-0001-8302-0733 and Researcher ID: B-2541-2010


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Co-op Council Member 
Dr Wendy Leong
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Wendy is an Intellectual Property Specialist at ResMed, a company that helps people stay out of the hospital, thereby empowering them to live healthier, higher-quality of lives. She supports the Oxygen Product Development team of ResMed in IP-related matters. Prior to joining ResMed, she was at a boutique IP law firm where she advised cilents on their patent filing strategy, drafted patent specificiations and assisted in worldwide prosecution of patent applications. 

Wendy obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University and her BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from National University of Singapore. She is co-author of 11 research articles in top international peer-reviewed journals, which include Nature Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Green Chemistry. Due to her contributions to the development of a green chemistry technology which was recognised to prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry, she was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the Environmental Protection Agency, USA, in 2011. 

 

2020 Council

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Vice President
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Prof Tan Choon Hong
Prof Loh Xian Jun
Assoc Prof Zhao Yu
Dr Ken Lee Chi Lik
Dr Zong Yun
Dr Dien Pandiman
Dr Liu Xiaogang
Dr Leong Lai Peng
Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu
Prof Hardy Chan Sze On
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
Dr Xu Jian Wei
Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi
Prof JJ Vittal
Dr Wendy Leong
Assoc Prof Ang Wee Han
2019 Council
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Council Member
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Prof Tan Choon Hong
Prof Loh Xian Jun
Dr Leong Lai Peng
Dr Ken Lee Chi Lik
Dr Zong Yun
Dr Zhao Yu
Dr Liu Xiaogang
Dr Dien Pandiman
Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu
Prof Hardy Chan Sze On
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
Dr Xu Jian Wei
Dr James Wang Jian Min
Assoc Prof Yan Yaw Kai
Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi
2018 Council
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Prof Tan Choon Hong
Prof Loh Xian Jun
Dr Leong Lai Peng
Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi
Dr Ken Lee Chi Lik
Dr Zhao Yu
Dr Zong Yun
Dr Dien Pandiman
Asst Prof Mihaela Stuparu
Prof Hardy Chan Sze On
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
Dr Xu Jian Wei
Dr James Wang Jian Min
Assoc Prof Yan Yaw Kai
2017 Council
President
Vice President
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Hon Treasurer
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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
Assoc Prof Loh Xian Jun
Prof Hardy Chan Sze On
Prof Shunsuke Chiba
Dr Xu Jian Wei