ICES Leadership Team


Dr Peter Nagler
Chief Innovation Officer, A*STAR and Executive Director, ICES

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Professional Affiliations

  • Supervisory Board, Fraunhofer ISC Wuerzburg
  • Advisory Board, C&EN

Research Interests and Areas

  • Innovation Management
  Dr Ng Wai Kiong

Deputy Executive Director
Director, Strategy & Development

Dr Ng Wai Kiong is the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Strategy & Development at ICES. In 2012, he was appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor by the Department of Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from NUS and Diplom Ingenieur (Chemical Engineering) from the Technical University of Clausthal in Germany supported by the GlaxoSmithKline- Economic Development Board (EDB) scholarship. Upon graduation, he joined the Chemicals group of EDB Industry Development Division. During the formative years of ICES, he was assigned to ICES and subsequently headed the Industrial Programme Development group. He has also previously managed the Applied Process Technology group of Sulzer Chemtech.

Research Interests and Areas

  • Novel formulations: amorphous solid technologies via mesoporous materials, co-extrusion, co-milling, and co-precipitation using supercritical fluids
  • Particle technology: micronisation, granulation, powder flow, fluidisation, advanced characterisation, process analytical technologies
  • Mass transfer technologies in oil & gas industry

Dr Calum MacBeath
Head, Formulated Products

Dr Calum MacBeath is a technologist with almost 20 years of global experience in the consumer products industry. He received his D.Phil in Chemistry from the University of Sussex in the UK. After completing a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Murcia in Spain, he joined Procter & Gamble in its research centre in Pescara, Italy, and relocated to Singapore in 2011. During his time in P&G, Calum managed technology development programmes across the company's business units, bringing new technologies from the lab to the market.

  Prof Alexander M. Van Herk

Head, Functional Molecules & Polymers

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in Bioinorganic Chemistry Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1986
  • MSc in Inorganic Chemistry, Amsterdam 1981
  • Bsc in Chemistry, Amsterdam 1978

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), IUPAC, Royal Dutch Chemistry Association (KNCV) and the International Polymer Colloid Group (IPCG)
  • Chairman of the Foundation Emulsion PolymerizationFull Professor Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) since 2001 and currently Guest Professor at TU/e

Research Interests and Areas

  • Polymer/Polymer Materials

Dr Armando Borgna

Head, Process R&D and Catalysis


Dr Armando Borgna is the Head of the Process R&D and Catalysis division at ICES. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina (1983) and his Ph.D. from the same University (1987). From 1987 until 1990 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse (IRC- CNRS), Villeurbanne, France. In 1991 he was appointed Professor and Researcher of CONICET (National Research Council of Argentina) at the Institute of Research on Catalysis and Petrochemistry (INCAPE), Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina. From 2001 to 2004 he worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. He was Visiting Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (USA) and in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the Universidad of Zaragoza (Spain). He was awarded an ACS fellow (1997) and Fulbright Fellow (1999). He has been involved in research on Catalysis and Materials Science for more than 15 years. His research interest is in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and the goal of his research is to understand the relationship between the catalytic performance and the microscopic structure and composition of the catalytic materials.

Research Interests and Areas

The goal of Dr Borgna's research is to understand the structural/electronic characteristics of catalytic active sites and the structure-catalytic performance relationships. Achieving this goal requires multidisciplinary studies involving materials synthesis, materials characterisation under reaction conditions, and precise measurement of the catalytic performance.

Research interests in the area of heterogeneous catalysis:

  • Gas-to-Liquids (GTL), Fischer-Tropsch, C1 chemistry
  • Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels
  • Catalysts for Clean Fuels
  • Molecular sieves
  • Metal Catalysts, Catalyst Deactivation and Regeneration
  • Nanostructured Materials: Advanced Mesoporous Materials Nanoalloy Clusters, Carbon Nanotubes
  • Catalyst characterisation: Characterisation under working conditions, X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy: EXAFS and XANES, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Kinetic Modeling

Dr Brendan Burkett

Head, Scientific Infrastructure & Analytics


Dr Brendan Burkett heads the Scientific Infrastructure & Analysis division at ICES. He is a PhD graduate in Chemistry from the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University and has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Southampton's Combinatorial Centre of Excellence, and in the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After a brief stint in academia at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, he joined ICES in 2008 where he has been involved in the development of antifouling additives for marine coatings and establishing capabilities in the area of stimulus responsive molecular systems.

Research Interests and Areas

  • Thermally promoted molecular fragmentation reactions
  • Programmable molecular architecture
  • Multifunctional additives for care chemicals
  • Mechanistic organic chemistry
  • R&D Strategic Planning 

Personal Affliations

  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Mrs Eleanor Ng

Director, Corporate Services

Eleanor joined ICES in August 2007 as Head (Finance). In this capacity, she was responsible of the company’s finance and procurement functions. In 2009, she joined Science and Engineering Institutes (SCEI) SERC Shared Services and had undertaken a number of key roles in shared services finance. During her tenure, she was involved in improving systems and processes in a number of Research Institutes as well as growing the capabilities of finance and procurement within SCEI.

Eleanor is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the private and public sectors.
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Director, Business Development & Contract Management

Norhazry is an Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, industry professional, with over 20 years’ experience in the private sector, holding various positions and leadership responsibilities in Technology Licensing, Mass Transfer Technologies and Plant Operations. He has resourcefully guided Multinational company start-ups in Singapore to successfully build regional Asia Pacific presence. This has allowed him to cultivate a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary initiatives and projects. 

Before ICES, Norhazry plied his expertise for equally established companies such as Honeywell UOP, Koch Glitsch, GTC Technology, Sulzer Chemtech and Shell Chemicals. Apart from his core passion for sales, Norhazry is similarly adept in the areas of Commercial Excellence, Business Development and Mass Transfer Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and majored in Economics and Finance.