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SNIC - Industry Award Round 1 (2010-2014)

The Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) collaborates with four major corporations - BASF, GIST, GSK and HYFLUX – launched in Mar 2009 a new partnership award program to recognise and reward outstanding individuals who have achieved research excellence in selected areas of chemistry and chemical sciences.

These awards are first-of-its-kind inSingapore. They were launched to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of SNIC and 80th Anniversary of Chemistry inSingapore.

SNIC partners four major organisations to inaugurate the following awards:

  • BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry.  The BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry recognises R&D of outstanding scientists with a vision to provide unique innovations that would benefit mankind. BASF is committed to the advancement of research in scientific disciplines particularly related to chemistry which is their core strength. 
  • GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry.  GSK, corporate partner for the GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry acknowledges the commitment to support excellence in Chemistry by playing a broader role in society. The company strives to support the roles individuals play to improve healthcare activities, education, environmental projects and scientific medical research.
  • HYFLUX-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry.  Hyflux supports the SNIC-Hyflux award which underscores their commitment in promoting technological advances in environmental sciences.  As a leading membrane technology company, Hyflux also strives to improve lives by addressing the increasing demands for clean water in the markets. According to Mr Sam Ong, Group Deputy CEO & CFO, Hyflux Ltd, they also reach out to the social and business communities by supporting initiatives that promote Environment and Water; Education and Community; and Entrepreneurship.
  • GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education.  GIST-TUM Asia (GIST = German Institute of Science and Technology; TUIM = Technical University of Munich), believes in the importance of continuous education. Participating as a partner in this award will further strengthen the working relationship between SNIC and GIST.  GIST combines the business, scientific and technical expertise from the East to the West to offer its students a unique education experience that carries them successfully across geographical and cultural barriers. The award in Chemistry Education is a significant collaboration between GIST and SNIC.

The nature of the awards reflects the significance of the pharmaceutical, chemical and environmental industry toSingaporeand our emphasis on chemical education. These are represented by GSK, BASF, HYFLUX and GIST respectively. They also mark the significance of the research-industry-academic trilateral relationship.

A Steering Committee was formed to provide the framework of these Industry-SNIC joint awards, which will run annually for at least 5 years. Each award winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, certificate and trophy.  Click here to view the committee.

The steering committee for the SNIC Joint Awards, after having considered a wide range of options and criteria, has defined the following executive rules and procedures for these inaugural awards:

  1. Frequency of the awards: all the above awards will be offered annually; however, successful recipients are selected on the basis of merits tied to demonstrated, high impact achievements. If, after extensive efforts through nominations and selections, the judging panel for a particular award still cannot find a suitable recipient, the particular award will be withdrawn for that year.

  2. Eligibility: for the inaugural cycle of the awards in each discipline, any professional individual with outstanding achievements from work largely conducted in Singapore are eligible. In subsequent cycles of the awards, besides the achievements of an individual, achievements that can be clearly identified as resulting from the collective efforts of a group of professionals may also be eligible. There is no restriction on the age, and association or affiliations of the candidates; however, when achievements of individuals are considered as being equal in excellence, the judging panels will give preference to members of SNIC.

  3. Nomination: any individual, group or organization based in Singapore can submit nominations for all the awards to the Joint Award Steering Committee for considerations. All nominations must be accompanied by the following supporting documents: a brief professional CV, documentation of achievements and contributions which could be in the forms of published papers, citations, patent filed or granted, commercial or application successes, or other relevant information. The Joint Awards Steering Committee can also actively seek nominations from individuals, groups, or organizations.

  4. Judging Panel: The steering committee will appoint a maximum of 3 to 5 judges for each award. The judging panel for each award should be widely represented from the sponsor, and the relevant industry, government research institutes and academia (universities, polytechnics, and/or junior colleges for the award in Chemistry Education). Appointment of judges should be based on merits. The judges should have the scientific competence to prescribe and deliver scientifically sound judgments on all the candidates through nominations and selection procedures. Ideally, judges should serve for 3 years, subject to eligibility for reappointment.

  5. Recipients: the successful candidate selected as recipient for each award will receive the award at the annual AGM of SNIC; each recipient is invited to give a technical lecture of his/her own choice.


  • CITATION (maximum ONE page -approximately 200 words)

    Please provide a concise description of the merits and impact of the candidate in an area related to the Award.

  • BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (maximum ONE page)

    This is a one-page summary of the background and accomplishments of the nominee.

  • CURRICULUM VITAE (maximum TWO pages)

    A “bullet” summary of education and professional background as well as achievements, fellowship, prizes, awards and prominent services and recognitions would be desirable.


    Any supporting information that could help the evaluation panel understand and appreciate the merits of the candidate would be desirable. Past services to SNIC should be highlighted. Publication list should be selective rather than comprehensive.


    The candidate may submit up to FIVE letters of support, each of which should be no more than 1-page.

Download the Nomination Form here.

SNIC-Industry Award Winners 2014

  • Dr. Lawrence Chia (TUM Asia-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)

  • Dr. Zhang Zhongxing (Hyflux-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry)

  • Assoc. Prof. Shunsuke Chiba (GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry)

  • Assoc. Prof. Liu Bin (BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry)

 SNIC-Industry Award Winners 2013

  • Assoc. Prof. Lu Yixin (GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry)

  • Professor Lee Hian Kee (Hyflux-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry)

  • Assoc. Prof. R. Subramaniam (GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)

  • Dr Karen Chong (GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)


SNIC-Industry Award Winners 2012

  • Dr Wu Jishan (BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry)

  • Dr Liu Zhaolin (Hyflux-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry)

  • Dr Adrian Michael Lee (GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)

SNIC-Industry Award Winners 2011

  • Dr Tan Choon Hong ( GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry)

  • Dr Liu Xiaogang (BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry)

  • Dr He Jianzhong (Hyflux-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry)

  • Dr Yan Yaw Kai (GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)

SNIC-Industry Award Winners 2010

  • Prof Loh Teck Peng ( GSK-SNIC Award in Organic Chemistry)

  • Prof Ying Yi-Ru, Jackie (BASF-SNIC Award in Materials Chemistry)

  • Prof Chung Tai-Shung, Neal (Hyflux-SNIC Award in Environmental Chemistry)

  • Prof Hor Tzi Sum, Andy (GIST-SNIC Award in Chemistry Education)