Achievements

Awards

Sep, 2018

Dr. Anjan Soumyanarayanan was one of the recipients of the Young Scientist Awards (YSA) 2018 at the President’s Science and Technology Awards ceremony on 25 September 2018.

Electronic miniaturisation and growing computing demands have fuelled the quest for fundamentally new technology platforms that are fast, stable, and energy-efficient at the nanoscale. Dr. Soumyanarayanan’s research seeks to realise such scalable nanoelectronic devices by harnessing novel quantum phenomena emerging at material surfaces and interfaces. His contributions unveiled the emergent properties of electronic materials and enabled the tailoring of two-dimensional quantum phases and spin topology towards advanced nanoelectronics. 

Dr. Soumyanarayanan’s A*STAR team recently developed material knobs to control atomic-scale spin interactions that generate magnetic particles called “skyrmions”. Their ready tunability on an industry-friendly platform is promising for fast, low-power data processing. His interdisciplinary team aims to develop these as elements for next-generation computing, to efficiently combine information storage (memory) and decision-making (logic) capabilities – much like the human brain.

The YSA recognises highly innovative and productive Singapore-based scientists and engineers who are at the age of 35 or under who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise.

Click here to find out more about Dr. Anjan's research 

 


Jul, 2018

Congratulations to the IMRE researchers who were among the winners of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2018!

Dr Yao Kui, Mr Lai Szu Cheng and Mr Chen Yi Fan were recognised for their work in creating a unique UV sensing and monitoring technology which includes a battery-less and wireless UV monitoring system. The team’s technical breakthrough led to a reliable, robust, low-cost and energy-autonomous UV sensing and monitoring solution, with the potential to contribute significant value to society and the industry. The award was presented by Mr Heng Chee How, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, at an award ceremony held on 26 July 2018.

Jun, 2018

Congratulations to the IMRE scientists who were among the winners of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) Awards 2018!

Dr. Cedric Troadec was awarded the MTI Commendation Award  for his exceptional service to IMRE, A*STAR. The award aims to recognise officers within the MTI family, who have consistently delivered outstanding service to internal and external customers. Dr. Troadec was also the recipient of the A*STAR Go-the-Extra-Mile-for-Service award in 2017.

Dr. Evan Williams, Dr. Leong Yew Wei, Dr. Hendrix Tanoto and Dr. Andrew Ng were part of the Operations and Technology Roadmapping team that won the MTI Borderless Award (Silver). The winning team, which won the A*STAR Borderless Award 2018 as well,  included A*STAR colleagues from SIMTech, SME Office and the Industry Development Group. The award recognises the team for their effort in launching the OTR programme through cross agencies collaboration and its impact to the industry.


May, 2018

Ms Georgina Estelle Seah was one of the recipients of the T-Up Excellence Awards 2018, in recognition of her work with ChemoPower Technology, a local SME. The award was presented during a ceremony at the SME Technology and Innovation Day 2018. Georgina used her expertise in material characterisation to develop a methodology to export and process data from Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry equipment. This expansion of research capabilities has led to an increase in sales requests from potential customers. Previously, the company only had the capability to process data from Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry equipment.

Apr, 2018

IMRE shone at the annual A*STAR Awards Ceremony 2018, bagging the Patent Power award,  The Outstanding Publications (TOP) award, and registering wins in the Go-the-Extra-Mile-for-Service (GEMS) award and the Borderless award.

This is the fifth time that IMRE has received the Patent Power Award, which is given to the Research Institute in each of the two Councils (the Biomedical Research Council and the Science and Engineering Council) with the most primary patents filed and utilised per research budget dollar spent as at 31 December each year. Previous wins were in 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2010.  
IMRE also received The Outstanding Publications (TOP) Award, which the institute had won in 2017, 2016 and 2013. The TOP award recognises the Research Institute in each Council with the highest number of quality publications per researcher in high impact journals as at 31 December each year. 

To top it off, IMRE staff and partner were among the awardees as well. Mr Ong Kian Soo (IMRE Principal Specialist) and Mr Tey Boon Song (IMRE’s ITSS partner) were awarded the Go-the-Extra-Mile-for-Service (GEMS) Award for going beyond the call of duty to help IMRE colleagues. IMRE scientists Dr Leong Yew Wei, Dr Evan Williams, Dr Hendrix Tanoto and Dr Andrew Ng were part of the team that won the Borderless Award. The winning team included colleagues from SIMTech, SME Office and the Industry Development Group.  The award recognises staff who excel at working collaboratively across organisational boundaries to achieve significant results.


Mar, 2018

IMRE-mentored junior college students won 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze, 1 Special and 4 Merit awards at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2018 for their research projects. The award-winning research projects focused on R&D such as an effective method to separate oil-water emulsion and an adsorbent for pollutant removal in wastewater. The SSEF is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). For the full list of the winners, their research and mentors, please refer to  the table below:


 
Award  Research Title  Student   Mentor 
 Gold Affinity of Aptamers Studied by Precision Ellipsometry Kee Jin Wen, National Junior College  Dr. Nikolai Yakovlev
 Gold Regeneration of High-Performance Thin Film Adsorbent for Pollutant Removal in Wastewater Tan Yue Shuian, National Junior College Dr. Ren Yi
 Gold Membrane to Separate Oil-water Emulsion effectively Yang Qize, Hwa Chong Institution

Meideline Santika, National Junior College

Dr. Chen Xinwei,
Ms. Man Shu Mei
 Gold Investigation of Rotating Magnetic Nanoparticles Koo Wei De, National Junior College Dr. Nikolai Yakovlev
 Silver Magnetic Interactions in Composite Thin Films Fenna Hoi, National Junior College Dr. Nikolai Yakovlev
 Silver Development of a Photothermal Ablation Agent using Prussian Blue Nanoparticles Yap Kang Zheng, Hwa Chong Institution

Ooi Ren An, Hwa Chong Institution

Dr. Benedict Hsu
 Silver 3D-printable Porous Polymer Membrane with TiO2 Nanoparticles for Malodour Removal from Polluted Air Megan Seah, National Junior College

Kelly Yeoh Kaili, Dunman High School

Dr. Chen Xinwei
 Bronze  Making 2D Nanolayers Visible by Optical Imaging

 Zhang Xiaohe, Victoria Junior College Dr. Yang Jing
 Bronze Formation of Molecular Multi-layers Studied by Portable Precision Ellipsometer

 Yun Waddy Soe, National Junior College Dr. Nikolai Yakovlev
 Bronze  3D Printed Wearable Fragrance  

Chua Shae-Linn and Chee Zhe Liang,

Dunman High School
Dr. Chen Xinwei,
Dr. Kwok Sen Wai
 Bronze  High Temperature Carbon-based Membranes for Converting Low-grade Heat Energy to Useful Energy Tan Yong-Jia , Naaman, National Junior College

Wong Zi Xin Benita, Hwa Chong Institution

Dr. Chen Xinwei
 Merit Inorganic Engineering of Organic Semiconductor for Thermoelectric Investigation Sui Lulu, National Junior College Dr. Bai Shiqiang
Ms. Ivy Wong Hoi Ka 
 Merit Chemical Tuning of 3D Printable Polymer for Sustaining Fragrance Release Khor Kiat Siong, National Junior College

 

Ng Wen Wei Victoria, Hwa Chong Institution

 Melber Ang, Hwa Chong Institution

Dr. Chen Xinwei 
Dr. Ankit Bhardwaj
 Merit Highly-Efficient Membrane with Nano-pits to separate Oil-water Emulsions Lim Zheng Feng Wayne, Anglo-Chinese Junior College

Ang Kai Jun, Raffles Institution

Dr. Chen Xinwei
 Merit Modulation System for Precision Ellipsometry Grace Cheong, Hwa Chong Institution Dr. Nikolai Yakovlev
 Special Nanoglued Activated Carbon Membrane for Air Pollution Bernice Mak Hui Ru, National Junior College

 

Guo Kaiting, National Junior College

Dr. Chen Xinwei

Feb, 2018

Dr. Tan Yen Nee was one of the recipients of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Scientist Medal for contributions in the field of “Advanced Materials and Technology”. The award was presented during a ceremony at the Advanced Materials World Congress 2018, on 5 February. The Advanced Materials World Congress (AMWC) is a biennial international conference jointly organised by IAAM and VBRI Press – a publisher for scientific journals. IAAM is an international organisation that provides research and education platforms for Advanced Materials researchers as well as academic and industry professionals to discuss developments in advanced materials innovation and technology.

Nov, 2017

Dr. Wesley Zheng was honoured as one of the top 10 innovators of the regional MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 (TR35) competition for Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. He was commended for his pioneering work in developing high energy density lithium batteries for automotive, aerial and renewable storage applications. This award recognises the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve global problems in industries such as energy, materials, biomedicine, computing, communications, web, and transportation.

Aug, 2017

Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director, IMRE & IHPC, was awarded the National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver). He was among the 90 recipients, including public servants, community and grassroots leaders and educators who were recognised for their contributions to Singapore. The Public Administration Medal (Silver) award is one of the 21 award categories under the Singapore National Day Awards.

May, 2017

IMRE's Consumer Care Technology programme manager, Dr Loh Xian Jun, was awarded the PS21 (Public Service for the 21st Century) Star Manager Award for his commitment and efforts in leading the programme towards excellence and in alignment with the mission of A*STAR. The PS21 Star Manager Award recognises public officers who have consistently demonstrated high standards of service excellence and is one of several award categories under the Excellence in Public Service Awards.  

Apr, 2017

IMRE was presented with 3 awards at the annual A*STAR Workplan Seminar 2017. This year marks the fourth time that IMRE has received the Patent Power Award, which is given to the A*STAR Institute with the most patent applications filed per budget dollar. Previous wins were in 2015, 2014 and 2010.  

IMRE also received The Outstanding Publications (TOP) Award, previously won in 2016 and 2013. The TOP award recognises the A*STAR Institute for the highest number of quality publications per researcher.  

To top it off, IMRE scientist Dr Cedric Troadec was awarded the Go-the-Extra-Mile-for-Service (GEMS) Award. He was recognised for going beyond the call of duty for his colleagues.


Mar, 2017

IMRE-mentored junior college students won multiple awards at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2017 for their research projects. These included 4 Golds,1 Silver,1 Bronze and 1 Merit award. The SSEF is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS).  For the full list of winners and their research, please refer to  the table below:

Award Research Title Student Mentor
Gold

An Investigation into a system for remote object fetching on water surfaces

Muzammil Arif, Raffles Junior College Dr NikolaiYakovlev
Gold Magnetic Impedance Spectroscopy for Thermal Sensitive Gel

Lu Hui,  National Junior College

Chen Lu, Hwa Chong Instituition

Dr NikolaiYakovlev
Gold Electrodeposition of Thin film Mg-Fe Layered Double Hydroxide for Anionic Dye adsorption
Lee Rui Yi Kay, National Junior College Dr Ren Yi
Gold Developing polycations-functionalised silver nanoclusters  or effective gene delivery Zhang Zhiyuan, Hwa Chong Instituition
Dr Yu Yong
Silver
Quantitative Analysis of Molecular Layers using Precision Ellipsometry Imaging
Brandon Lim, Soong Rui Kai, NUS School of Math and Science
Dr NikolaiYakovlev
Bronze Designing Porous Hollow Poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) Spheres for 3D Cell Cultures Nabila Fatharani Azka, National Junior College Dr Chen Xinwei 
Merit The Smart Sensor - Know Your Milk Freshness before   You Pay Boon Jia Hui, National Junior College Dr Anton Sadovoy

Dec, 2016

Dr Seh Zhi Wei was named as one of the top 10 young Innovators under the age of 35 in Asia by MIT Technology Review. He was honoured for his pioneering work in the design of new materials for clean energy storage and conversion, such as next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries, which have five times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries today. The award recognises the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve global problems in industries such as biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, web, and transportation.

Oct, 2016

Two of IMRE’s joint-staff were honoured at the President’s Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) 2016 ceremony on 18 Oct. Professor Liu Bin was awarded the President’s Technology Award (PTA) for her outstanding research on organic nanomaterials for environmental and biomedical applications. Associate Professor Liu Xiaogang was awarded the President’s Science Award (PSA) for his outstanding research in developing rare-earth-doped nanocrystals that could be used as luminous tags for tracking cancer cells and deciphering various biologically relevant phenomena. The PSTA  recognises the outstanding contributions by research scientists and engineers to the research and development landscape in Singapore.

Oct, 2016

IMRE scientist, Dr Benjamin C.K. Tee was one of the award recipients of the Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2016. The YSA recognises highly innovative and productive Singapore-based scientists and engineers who are at the age of 35 or under who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise. Dr Tee was commended for his research in artificial skin – next-generation sensor technologies for human-machine interfaces, robots and healthcare.

Oct, 2016

Out of the 600 participants, Dr Loh Xian Jun was selected as one of the ‘12 Rising Stars’ (under the age of 40) in the area of innovative polymers for controlled delivery applications. The award ceremony was held during the 4th Symposium of Innovative Polymers for Controlled Delivery (SIPCD). Dr Loh was recognised for his research on controlled delivery with biodegradable thermogelling systems. SIPCD has been held biennially since 2010 and brings together experts in the fields of biomaterials, controlled drug delivery, protein and cell delivery, gene delivery, polymer-based diagnostics, and tissue engineering.

Jul, 2016

Ms Nancy Wong was awarded the Best Poster award at the International Conference on Electronic Materials (ICEM) 2016. She presented her team’s research on the ‘Study of Optical and Electronic Properties of Niobium Pentoxide for Transparent Solid Electrolyte Applications’. The team includes IMRE scientists, Dr Chiam Sing Yang, Dr Wang Shijie and Dr Ren Yi. The winning research is about understanding a solid state electrolyte that can be used for applications such as electrochromic devices. ICEM was organised by The International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS),  focusing on the research capabilities of electronic materials and related technologies.

Jul, 2016

Congratulations to our IMRE scientists who were awarded the IES (Institution of Engineers, Singapore) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2016! The award recognises the engineering achievements that demonstrate outstanding engineering skills which have made a significant contribution to the engineering progress and the quality of life in Singapore. For the full list of winners and their research, please refer to  the table below:

 

 Name of Winner(s)   Research Title   Description of research
 Dr Donna Zhou

 (Team award-collaboration  with Temasek  Polytechnic and Tan Tock  Seng Hospital)                
 Rapid Diagnosis of Sepsis  using a Plasmonic Sensor  based Point-of-Care (POC)  System  This POC system significantly reduces the detection time to    measure procalcitonin (PCT) , a biomarker indicating bacterial  infection in human serum, from 4.5 hours to less than 30  minutes.
 

 Dr Teo Ee Jin, Dr Teng  Jinghua and Dr Yang  Chengyuan (Team award)

 Innovative LED-based  communications and privacy  windows for Smart Nation  living
 A fast switching light emitting diode with GHz intrinsic speeds  for fast visible light communications as well as a new light  control technology for a true one-way-view privacy window.
 Dr Karen Chong, Dr Mark  Moxey and Dr MSM Saifullah

 (Team award-collaboration with Wangi  Industrial)
 Anti-Reflective Glass –  Engineering Large Surfaces  with Nano Solutions  Anti-reflective glass technology using combined biomimicry, 

 the chemistry of materials and simple engineering solutions.


 

May, 2016

Dr Tan Yen Nee received the Early Career Award at the Young Giants of Nanoscience 2016 conference, organised by Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was recognised for her excellence in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Only 1-2 investigators among more than 200 participants are selected annually for this award on the basis of the outstanding quality, novelty and significance of the candidate's research.

Apr, 2016

IMRE celebrated two wins at the annual A*STAR Workplan Seminar 2016! Dr Loh Xian Jun was one of the winners of the Most Insipring Mentor Award and IMRE won The Outstanding Publications (TOP) award. The Most Inspiring Mentor Award recognises inspirational and dedicated scientists who have played instrumental roles in nurturing other scientists/scholars. The Outstanding Publications (TOP) Award recognises the A*STAR research institute with the most quality publications per Research Staff in high impact journals.


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