University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Crystal engineering and coordination polymeric materials
  • Solid-state reactivity and supramolecular structural transformations
  • Single-molecular precursors for materials synthesis
  • Shape- and size-controlled synthesis of battery materials and other nanomaterials
  • Advanced the frontiers of crystal engineering and opened up possibilities for the development of new materials
  • Pioneered structural transformations in coordination polymers and contributed to the fundamental understanding of reactivity in the solid state
  • Succeeded in transforming the inherent properties of coordination polymers to be similar to that of processable materials, such as gels and fibres, for potential applications as advanced materials
  • Developed single-molecular precursor routes for creating soluble nanocrystals, paving the way for unravelling their unusual optical properties
  • Strong teamwork with very dedicated and motivated students and several researchers in Singapore and abroad
  • Adept at leveraging on novel research ideas
  • Successful in making the best of available resources
  • Ability to apply crystallographic knowledge to materials chemistry
  • Published over 400 papers in internationally refereed journals, reviews, book chapters, and received more than 8,000 citations
  • Current Hirsch index of 41, signifying quality of research and impact
  • Co-edited two books: "Organic Crystal Engineering - Frontiers in Crystal Engineering", Wiley (2010) and "Frontiers in Crystal Engineering", Wiley (2006)
  • Edited several special issues for leading journals
  • Several outstanding papers have been highlighted on journal covers and rank among the top 10 most accessed electronically
  • Serves on the editorial boards of several international journals
  • Invited as external reviewers by funding agencies, professional bodies, research institutes and universities around the world
  • Reviewer of about 120 manuscripts yearly for about 30 different chemistry journals
  • Presented plenary, keynote and invited talks at several international and prestigious conferences such as American Chemical Society National Meeting, International Coordination Chemistry Conference, Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry and PacifiChem
  • Fellow, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (since 2003)
  • Member, Materials Research Society of Singapore (since 2003)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (since 1997)
  • World Class University Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea (2009 - 2013)
  • Erudite Scholar in Residence, Kerala State Higher Education Council, India (2011)
  • Outstanding Scientist Award, Faculty of Science (2007)
  • Finalist, President's Science Award, Singapore (2009)
  • Bronze Medal, Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists (2001)
" To understand the intermolecular interactions in the context of crystal engineering and utilise the knowledge in packing of molecules in solids at will in order to control and fine-tune the solid state properties. "