Lecturer CHUI Sin Yin, Stephen

(Chief of Chemistry Teaching Laboratories)

PhD (1999): Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Postdoc, Research Associate, Research Assistant Professor (2001-2011) University of Hong Kong

Contact Information

Office: S5-02-21
Tel: (65)-6516-3699 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691
Email: chmcsys@nus.edu.sg

Research Interests

Crystallography for Chemical Education

Commercial and open-access crystallographic database such as CSD, ICSD-FIZ, COD and AMCSD are the world’s repository of experimental crystal structures of various organic and inorganic compounds. Strategic exploration, innovations, analysis and transformations with all these useful experimental evidence or resources for educational or pedagogical purpose would enhance a variety of teaching and learning outcomes for undergraduate core and advanced elective modules. Crystallography in Undergraduate Classrooms is of interest as implemented by using freely downloadable software – OLEX2 for teaching structure determination of X-ray structures of molecular and polymeric organic, inorganic and organometallics compounds. Exploring the uses of qualitative and quantitative phase analyses by X-ray powder diffraction for undergraduate practical modules are of current interests.

Structure-Property Relation of Functional Molecules

Fundamental understanding of this concept is of interests for both basic and applied research. New crystalline condensed and open metal-organic framework materials exhibiting interesting solid-state properties such as selective gaseous adsorption, charge-transport, magnetism, ferroelectricity, vapoluminescence, liquid-crystal behaviours are of academic, scientific and technological significance.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM2191 – Experiment in Chemistry 2
  • CM3291 – Advanced Experiments Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • CM3212 – Transition Metal Chemistry
  • CM4214 – Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chair of Teaching Laboratories
  • Departmental Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Projects in Science (UROPS)
  • Chemistry Safety Committee Member – Educator-Track Representative
  • Chairperson of CHEMDAYCAMP of NUS CHEM WEEK 2013 2015 2017


Representative Publications   

  • Tang, Y. Y.; Chui, S. S. Y.; Shih, K.; Zhang, L. R., Copper Stabilization via Spinel Formation during the Sintering of Simulated Copper-Laden Sludge with Aluminum-Rich Ceramic Precursors. Env. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45 (8), 3598-3604.
  • Kui, S. C. F.; Chui, S. S. Y.; Che, C. M.; Zhu, N. Y., Structures, photoluminescence, and reversible vapoluminescence properties of neutral platinum(II) complexes containing extended pi-conjugated cyclometalated ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128 (25), 8297-8309.
  • Chui, S. S. Y.; Chen, R.; Che, C. M., A chiral [2] Catenane precursor of the Antiarthritic Gold(I) drug Auranofin. Angew. Chem. Int. Edit. 2006, 45 (10), 1621-1624
  • Chui, S. S.; Ng Mf Fau - Che, C.-M.; Che, C. M., Structure determination of homoleptic AuI, AgI, and CuI aryl/alkylethynyl coordination polymers by X-ray powder diffraction. Chem. Eur. J. 2005, 11(6), 1739-1749. [Front Cover Page].
  • Lo, S. M. F.; Chui, S. S. Y.; Shek, L. Y.; Lin, Z. Y.; Zhang, X. X.; Wen, G. H.; Williams, I. D., Solvothermal synthesis of a stable coordination polymer with copper-I-copper-II dimer units: [Cu4{1,4-C6H4(COO)2}3(4,4 '-bipy)2]n. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122 (26), 6293-6294.
  • Chui, S. S. Y.; Lo, S. M. F.; Charmant, J. P. H.; Orpen, A. G.; Williams, I. D., A chemically functionalizable nanoporous material [Cu3(TMA)2(H2O)3]n. Science 1999, 283 (5405), 1148-1150.