University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Supramolecular chemistry and catalysis
  • Nanostructured materials synthesis and patterning
  • Luminescent materials and bioimaging
  • Succeeded in creating complex and customisable nanocrystals capable of diverse functions, from enhancing studies of biological systems to treating cancer, a breakthrough that appeared in Nature and other leading international journals, received extensive press coverage globally as well as attracted significant interest from industry and governments
  • Contributed to the development of a novel super-absorbing and paper-like material that promises to minimise the devastating effects of oil leaks and toxic spills
  • Devised an innovative nanoparticle-based biomarker that has shown great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic applications
  • Discovered novel synthetic pathways for the synthesis of biologically important aryl sulfides and their derivatives
  • Strong ability to identify key problem areas of developing fields and to stimulate collaborative research
  • More than 30 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature and Science, and over 1,200 citations received
  • Reviewer for more than 35 top tier international journals such as Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Communications
  • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, USA (since 2008)
  • Reviewer, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (since 2009)
  • Reviewer, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (since 2010)
  • Reviewer, National Institute of Scientific Research, Canada (Since 2010)
  • BASF-Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Award in Materials Chemistry (2011)
  • Young Chemist Award, Department of Chemistry (2009)
  • Finalist, Young Scientist Award, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (2009)
  • Nominee, TR35, Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008)
  • Young Scientist Award, Faculty of Science (2008)
  • Young Investigator Award, NUS (2006)
"To further expand the work on nanostructured materials with emphasis on environmental and biological applications."