Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1986
    Research chemist and software specialist at the Cooper Union Research Foundation, New York, USA

  • 1985
    Process technician, 3M Centre, Printing Products Process Development Department, St. Paul, MN, USA

  • 1987
    BE in chemical engineering (summa cum laude), The Cooper Union, New York, USA

  • 1987
    Environmental engineer, McKeown & Franz, Inc., New York, USA

  • 1987 – 1991
    Research assistant, Princeton University, NJ, USA, Department of Process Systems Engineering

  • 1988
    MA in chemical engineering, Princeton University , NJ, USA

  • 1988 – 1989
    Research associate, Princeton University, NJ, USA

  • 1989 – 1989
    Member of the technical staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Material Processing Research Lab, NY, USA

  • 1991
    PhD in chemical engineering, Princeton University, NJ, USA

  • 1991
    Lecturer, The Cooper Union, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, NY, USA

  • 1991 – 1992
    Postdoc programme (Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow), Saarland University, Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Since 1992
    Assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Department of Process Engineering

  • Since 2003
    Managing director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Singapore-MIT Alliance, Programme Selection and Review Committee, 2009 – 2011

  • Economic Strategies Committee, Singapore Government, Information Technology working group of subcommittee on Seizing Growth Opportunity, since 2009

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore, management board of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative, since 2009

  • World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, since 2009, Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Nanotechnology, 2008 – 2009

  • National Science Challenge, Singapore, judge of the grand finals, 2009

  • Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, Member of A*STAR Chemistry working group, since 2009, Member of A*STAR ad hoc committee for Intellectual Property and Contract, Management, since 2009, Programme Committee and Session Chair of A*STAR Scientific Conference, 2009, Ex-Officio Member of A*STAR Joint Council, since 2008, Advisor of A*STAR Chemistry Club, since 2008

  • Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, board of directors, since 2009

  • Lifeboat Foundation, scientific advisory board, since 2008

  • Ministry of Education, Singapore, Primary Education Review and Implementation Committee, since 2008

  • SPRING Singapore – Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board, policy advisory committee for technology, 2007 – 2008

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, adjunct professor of engineering and science, since 2007

  • Society for Biological Engineering, advisory board, since 2007

  • Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Asia Committee, since 2006

  • National Academy of Engineering, Committee to Identify Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering, 2006 – 2007

  • Executive Committee Member of A*STAR Biological Resource Centre, 2006 – 2007

  • Molecular Frontiers Foundation, scientific advisory board, since 2006

  • Co-opted member of A*STAR executive committee, 2005 – 2006

  • Co-Chair of Singapore Nanotechnology Initiative, 2004 – 2005

  • Chair of National Science and Technology Infrastructure Panel, 2004 – 2005

  • Technical advisor to Technology Scan Panel on engineering science in medicine, 2004 – 2005

  • National Technology Award, Singapore, selection committee, 2003, 2006

  • National Research Council, Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology, panel on benchmarking for chemical engineering research, 2006

  • Singapore Press Holdings Chinese News Papers, Singapore, advisory panel, since 2005

  • Raffles Girls' Secondary School, Singapore, board of governors, since 2005

  • Science Centre Science.05 – A Month of Science, Technology and Medicine, Singapore, steering committee, 2004 – 2005

  • Technology Review, on panel of judges for TR35 awards, 2005, on panel of judges for TR100 awards, 2004

  • Singapore National Academy of Science Young Scientist Award, Singapore, judging panel, 2004

  • Singapore–University of Washington Alliance in Bioengineering, chair of the governing board, 2003 – 2008

  • United World College of South East Asia, Singapore, board of governors, 2003 – 2004

  • Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore, scientific advisory board, 2002 – 2004

  • National Research Council of Canada Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, Canada, advisory board, since 2001

  • Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany, scientific advisory board, 2001 – 2007

  • American Ceramic Society, Pac Rim Conference symposium organizer, 2001, annual meeting session chair, 1993, symposium co-chair, 2000

  • Singapore–Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance, Molecular Engineering Programme chair, 2000 – 2003, Faculty Fellow, 2000 – 2006

  • University of Queensland Nanomaterials Centre, Australia, international advisory board, 2000 – 2003

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Materials Engineering and Sciences Division director, 1999 – 2001, Ceramics Area chair, 1997 – 1999, Ceramics Processing Topical Conference chair, 1996, annual meeting symposia chair, 1992 – 1995, 1998, 1999, Cooper Union Chapter treasurer, 1986 – 1987

  • American Chemical Society, Canvassing Committee of the ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis, 2000 – 2003, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry executive committee member-at-large, 1999 – 2001, Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, symposium organizer, 1999, national meeting symposia organizer, 1997, 1998, Chemical Sciences Graduate School Finder advisory board since 1992, Cooper Union Chapter vice president, 1986 – 1987

  • Materials Research Society, workshop organizer, 2002, fall meeting symposium organizer, 1994

  • International Mesostructured Material Association, council member, 2001 – 2004, Alexander von Humboldt Association of America, board of directors, 1994 – 1997

  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

  • Society of Women Engineers, faculty advisor to MIT Chapter, 1993 – 1996

  • Princeton University Graduate Student Council, 1990 – 1991

  • Princeton University Karate Club, varsity team, 1988 – 1989

  • Cooper Union Chinese Students Association, president, 1985 – 1986

Additional qualifications

  • Curiox Biosystems Pte Ltd, board of directors, since 2008

  • Seraphima Ventures, board of advisors, since 2003

  • SmartCells, Inc., board of directors, 2003 – 2004, scientific advisory board, 2003 – 2006

  • Corning Inc., consultant, 2002

  • Angstrom Medica, Inc., scientific advisory board, since 2002

  • Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., scientific advisory board, 2002 – 2004

  • Industrial Technology Research Institute Union Chemical Laboratory, Taiwan, consultant, since 2001

  • NanoCat Technologies Corporation, Board of Directors, scientific advisory board, 2001 – 2007

  • Advanced Nanotechnologies, Inc., Board of Directors, scientific advisory board, 2001 – 2005

  • Dow Chemical Company, consultant, 2001 – 2002

  • Scientific Design Company, Inc., consultant, 2000

  • Union Carbide, consultant, 1999 – 2001

  • Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America), consultant, 1998

  • US Genomics, Inc., scientific advisory board, 1997 – 2004

  • The Catalyst Group, consultant, 1997

  • Engelhard Corporation, consultant, 1995 – 2003

  • ICI, consultant, 1995 – 2000

  • Nanomaterials Research Corporation, consultant, 1994 – 1997

  • Terra Environmental Corporation, consultant, 1994 – 1996

  • The Procter and Gamble Company, consultant, 1994 – 1995

  • Catalytica, Inc., consultant, 1994 – 1995

  • W. R. Grace & Co., consultant, 1994

  • Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., consultant, 1994


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Editorial board of The Open Catalysis Journal, since 2009

  • Editorial advisory board of ACS Nano, since 2009

  • Editorial board of Biomicrofluidics, 2009 – 2010

  • International advisory board of Macromolecular Bioscience, since 2008

  • Editorial board of Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering, since 2008

  • Editor in chief of Nano Today, since 2008

  • Editorial board of Nano Research, since 2007

  • Editorial board of Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, since 2007

  • Editorial board of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, since 2007

  • International advisory board of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, since 2007

  • Editorial board of Letters in Organic Chemistry, 2007 – 2010

  • Editorial board of International Journal of Molecular Engineering, since 2006

  • International editorial advisory panel of Biomolecular Frontiers, since 2006

  • International advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, since 2006

  • Advisory board of Journal of Nanomaterials, since 2005

  • Editorial advisory board of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, since 2005

  • Editorial board of Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 2005 – 2010

  • Advisor in life sciences and medicine, World Scientific Publishing Co., since 2003

  • Editorial advisory panel of Materials Today, since 2002

  • Advisory editor of Molecular and Supramolecular Science, since 2000

  • Editorial board of Journal of Metastable and Nanostructured Materials, since 2000

  • Editorial board of Applied Catalysis A: General, 2000 – 2004

  • Associate editor of Acta Materialia, 2000 – 2001

  • Associate editor of Scripta Materialia, 2000 – 2001

  • Editor of Advances in Chemical Engineering, 1999 – 2004

  • Editorial board of Nanoparticle Science and Technology, since 1998

  • Associate editor of Nanostructured Materials, 1997 – 1999

  • Guest editor of Chemistry of Materials, volume on sol-gel derived materials, 1997

  • Guest editor of AIChE Journal, volume on advanced ceramics processing, 1997

  • Guest editor of Nanostructured Materials, 1997

  • Editorial board of Journal of Electroceramics, 1996 – 2006

  • Guest editor of Materials Science & Engineering A, 1995

  • Editorial board of Journal of Porous Materials, since1993


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