University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Design and synthesise organic molecules and organic-inorganic hybrid materials with applications in chemical and bio-sensors and optoelectronic devices
  • Created a novel polymer amplified bead array technology for DNA and protein detection that outperforms commercial microarray techniques, with US and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents filed and its licence granted to a UK company
  • Opened up new possibilities in instrument-free, fluorescence-based detection and analysis by pioneering the use of conjugated polymers to detect and quantify biomolecules in solution
  • Demonstrated the capability of conjugated polymers as signal amplifiers in the solid state that are applicable across a wide range of analyses, a technology that has a PCT patent filed and its licence granted to a US company
  • Devised a new principle for designing fluorescent probes for real-time detection of protein markers in solution and in living cells, a breakthrough that brings wide-ranging impact to the monitoring of biological processes and was granted a US patent
  • 12 out of 21 patents filed have been licensed to companies across the US, UK and Asia
  • Strong ability to identify research directions with both high scientific impact and commercial value
  • Relentless in realising promising ideas
  • Focuses on research originality and fundamental understanding
  • Keen to explore by crossing boundaries between different research areas through collaboration
  • Over 150 papers published in top international journals with over 4,500 citations received
  • Invited by reputable international journals and scientific publishing houses to contribute research articles and reviews as well as edit books
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials (since 2012)
  • Member, Editorial Board of
    • Polymer Bulletin (since 2011)
    • Particles (since 2012)
    • American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (since 2011)
  • Serves as reviewer of 15 top international journals and external reviewer for Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Ministry of Education and National Research Foundation
  • Member, Organising Committee of
    • 14th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChe 2012) and Section Chair of the Energy track
    • 15th Asian Chemical Congress 2013
  • A regular speaker at established international conferences
  • Young Faculty Research Award, NUS Faculty of Engineering (2012)
  • L'Oréal Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship (2011)
  • Young Scientist Award, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (2008)
  • NUS Young Investigator Award (2006)
"To develop innovative functional materials for applications in biotechnology and organic electronics."