Jan, 2011

A paper by Dr Wang Fuke and Dr He Chaobin on 'Prepare Janus nanoparticles by a simple interfacial process' was featured in the 'Noteworthy Chemistry' for the week of 31 January 2011 on the American Chemical Society (ACS) website. Most processes for making Janus nanoparticles require special techniques and long procedures. The IMRE team developed an easy, rapid process for preparing hybrid Janus nanoparticles.

Jan, 2011

Dr Le Hong Quang and Dr Tan Yen Nee were successfully accepted into the exchange programme, JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths), which is done in association with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Dr Le will be working at the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) on “Fabrication, analysis and evaluation of high efficiency organic solar cells”. He will be at IMS, Japan from 11 April - 30 June 2011. Dr Tan Yen Nee will be working at IMS as well but on "Application of gold nanocluster catalyst to green chemistry" from 11 May - 1 July 2011.

Jan, 2011

Dr William Birch, an IMRE Senior Scientist, was appointed as a member to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Biomimetic Sensor Science (CBSS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Jan, 2011

Prof Andy Hor, Executive Director of IMRE, was invited to Chair the International Advisory Panel Panel (IAP) for the School of Chemistry of Monash University (Australia). The School of Chemistry is ranked 64th in Shanghai's Jiao Tong Index and Monash is one of only three Australian Universities in the global top 60 for Chemistry (Academic Ranking of World Universities). The School of Chemistry is affiliated with a number of important research centres, is host to the ARC Centre for Green Chemistry and the Water Studies Centre, and is committed to ongoing involvement with Australian industry.

Dec, 2010

Dr Nikodem Tomczak was selected as a new Board Member of the European Polymer Journal. As a Board Member, Dr Tomczak will look at maintaining and improving the journal standards, i.e. monitoring the editorial policy, in terms of coverage and quality of the papers submitted.This journal acts as a medium for the exchange of research in the area of macromolecular substances, both synthetic and natural, and publishes results bearing on the physics or chemistry of polymers.

Oct, 2010

A paper by IMRE’s Dr Han Ming-Yong and Dr Liu Shuhua was cited as one of the top downloaded articles for 2010 by Chemistry – An Asian Journal. The paper was on Silica-Coated Metal Nanoparticles. The advanced high-quality synthesis of dense and porous silica-coated nanostructures is enjoying ever-increasing research interests for their important properties and diverse applications, especially for catalytic, controlled release, colorimetric diagnostics, photothermal therapy, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection, and so forth. Dr. Han Ming-Yong and Dr. Liu Shuhua are looking to develop robust biocompatible silica-coated surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy (SERS) nanotags for diverse in-vitro-& in-vivo bio-applications. Additionally, they are going beyond silica nanoshell materials and doing technologically important oxide-coating research recently in order to develop green and robust nanocatalysts for sustainable environment and better life.

Apr, 2010

A new revolutionary technique for making hydrogels that is biocompatible, biodegradable and can be easily moulded into various shapes and sizes was published in a paper by Dr Liu Ye, Dr Wu De Cheng and Dr Loh Xian Jun. Entitled, “‘Living’ Controlled in Situ Gelling Systems: Thiol−Disulfide Exchange Method toward Tailor-Made Biodegradable Hydrogels”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (43), pp 15140–15143; DOI:10.1021 /ja106639c, the paper talked about a ‘living’ controlled hydrogel formation method to create loose and compact in situ biodegradable hydrogels. The method executed under mild reaction conditions can conveniently tailor the hydrogel properties. The unique advantage of this novel approach lies in the “living” property, i.e., the cross-linking can be initiated, terminated and re-initiated in cycle. Therefore the cross-linking degree of the same hydrogel can be tuned to meet requirements easily and in a controllable way. In contrast, it is difficult to control the cross-linking degree of other approaches once the cross-linking reactions are started. The innovation can be exploited to prepare ‘block’ hydrogels, micro-/nano- hydrogels, hydrogel fibres and capsules incorporating active agents for drug delivery, tissue engineering and other biomedical applications

Mar, 2010

Professor Andy Hor has been elected as a member of the Advisory Board of the scientific journal, Dalton Transactions one of the most respected international inorganic chemistry journals. He is the only member from Singapore on this panel.

Nov, 2009

Dr Liu Hong Fei paper on "Doping behavior of phosphorus in ZnO thin films: Effects of doping concentration and postgrowth thermal annealing", was cited as one of the Top 20 most downloaded papers for March 2010 in the Applied Physics Letters.

Jan, 2008

Dr Jaslyn Law won the Business Plan Competition as part of a team of international researchers at the 'How to Make Money from Your Science' Student and Postdoc Symposium 2009 held on 19-20 November 09 at The MacDiarmid Institute, New Zealand.

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