Associate Professor FAN Wai Yip

(Deputy Head – Education)

BSc (London), PhD (Cambridge), Postdoctoral Fellow (UC-Berkeley).

Contact Information

Office: S8-05-06
Tel: (65)-6516-6823 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691


ORCID: 0000-0002-9963-0218
ResearcherID: B-3995-2018


Research Interests

Two primary areas: (1) Earth-abundant transition metal complexes as catalysts for electrochemical proton reduction and organic transformations such as dehydrogenative coupling. (2) Molecular and nanomaterials for catalysis and photochemical processes.


Research Highlight

Ref: Yap, C. P.; Hou, K. P.; Bengali, A; Fan, W. Y., A Robust Penta-Coordinated Fe(II) Proton Reduction Catalyst Stabilized by a Tripodal Phosphine, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 10926-10931.

We report the preparation of a robust iron complex capable of sustaining the catalysis of electrochemical proto reduction at a low overpotential and catalytic efficiency. The design on the complex is inspired by the distal Fe center of the [FeFe] hydrogenase.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM3231 Quantum Chemistry & Molecular Thermodynamics


Representative Publications   

  • Yap, C.P.; Chong, Y.Y.; Chwee, T.S.; Fan, W.Y. Electrocatalytic proton reduction by an air-stable nickel(II)-thiolato PNN pincer complex. Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 8483-8488
  • Yap, C.P.; Hou, K.P.; Bengali, A; Fan, W. Y., A Robust Penta-Coordinated Fe(II) Proton Reduction Catalyst Stabi-lized by a Tripodal Phosphine. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 10926-10931
  • Teo, A. K. L.; Fan, W. Y., A novel iron complex for highly efficient catalytic hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of organosilanes. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 7191-7194.
  • Hou, K. P.; Poh, H. T.; Fan, W. Y., Electrocatalytic hydrogen generation by a trithiolato-bridged dimanganese hexacarbonyl anion with a turnover frequency exceeding 40 000 s(-1). Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 6630-6632.
  • Ng, C. H. B.; Fan, W. Y., Reuleaux Triangle Disks: New Shape on the Block. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 12840-12843.