Inaugural Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium
The inaugural Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium was organized by the Chemistry Graduate Society on 12 Aug 2016 at the University Hall. It was a one-day poster presentation event which a total of 71 Chemistry graduate and post-doctoral researchers presented their research work in front of their peers and the faculty members in the department. The participants were divided into 4 chemistry major research areas i.e. Analytical Chemistry and Energy/Environment; Physical Chemistry and Materials; Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis; Organic, Medicinal, and Chemical Biology. Besides highlighting the participants’ achievements, this event also served as a platform for sharing cross-disciplinary ideas among different research groups and educating our undergraduates /graduate students about the research done in our department . The event was very well received and culminated in the presentation of seven travel awards by HoD, Prof Richard Wong, to students with the best posters as judged by an independent jury of faculty members based on their content, scientific merit and presentation. In addition, five “Peoples’ Choice” prizes were given out to the posters which garnered most votes from the participants.
Lunch appreciation for Mr Yeo Keng Joon and Mr Seah Cheng San
The Department of Chemistry has organized an appreciation lunch on Monday 15 Aug 2016 for Mr Yeo Keng Joon and Mr Seah Cheng San to express our gratitude for their help and support in establishment of Chemistry Alumni Fund since Nov 2015. A token appreciation was also presented to Mr Yeo for his contribution to the fund by establishing the “Chemistry Alumni – Yeo Keng Joon Study Award”.
The 48th International Chemistry Olympiad
The 48th International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on July 23 – August 1, 2016 with 67 participating countries and 264 students. The Singapore team has been trained and led by Department of Chemistry staff, Dr. Zhang Sheng (Head Mentor) and Dr. Foo Maw Lin (Deputy Mentor). Singapore Team has won two gold medal (Nan Zhihan, NUSH and Wong Huai Zhe Matthew, RI) and two silver medals (Wang Kaiying, RI and Glen Goh Wee Zhuan, NUSH). The Singapore Team ranked 6th among the 67 participating countries. One of the students, Nan Zhihan, was also awarded with the IUPAC Prize for achieving the highest score in the experimental exam.
Chemistry Alumni Fund and Appreciation Dinner
Inspired and initiated by several of our senior alumni members, a fund-raising campaign to establish “Chemistry Alumni Fund” was started since Nov 2015. The main objective is to help and encourage outstanding bursary students through sub-named Study Awards. The campaign has received overwhelming support from our alumni and friends and was culminated with an “Chemistry Appreciation Dinner” on 27th May 2016 at NUSS Guild House. Altogether 12 sub-named Study Awards were set up and a total of $360k gifts were pooled together to establish this endowed Fund.
Metallkraft Singapore Pte Ltd has donated D2-Phaser instrument to X-Ray Diffraction Lab, Department of Chemistry.
Mr Teo, Managing Director of Metallkraft, and Professor Wong, Head of Department of Chemistry, signed the letter of transfer on 11 July 2016 to officiate the transfer.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Chen Wei for being appointed as Dean’s Chairs in the Faculty of Science.
NUS and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will be jointly organizing the SETAC AP Singapore Conference to be held during September 16-19, 2016 at University Town, NUS. More information is available at: http://www.setac-singapore2016.org/index.html.
We welcome Class of ’62 Visiting Professor Rodney Scott Ruoff.