Invited Speakers

Dr. Kei Saito
Monash University, Australia


Kei Saito, PhD, FRSC is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Monash University, Australia and also a JST PRESTO researcher. He received his BEng. (2000), MEng. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. From 2004-2005, he was a Research Associate at the 21COE Centre for Practical Nano-Chemistry, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Japan. From 2005-2007, he was a Postdoctoral fellow, at the Centre for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his achievements in 2017.

He is currently a member of ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub – The Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI). He also serves as a Green Chemistry Asia-Oceania Network (AON) Secretary.

His research interests are in developing new green synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign polymeric materials.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Dr. Anli Geng
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore


Anli Geng is currently Assistant Director of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She currently holds the President position in BioEnergy Society of Singapore (BESS). She is also the Co-founder and Director of Sunvisiae Biotech Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based industrial Biotechnology company. Prior to joining Ngee Ann Polytechnic, she was working at Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) as a research scientist. Dr. Geng has more than 25 years R&D experiences, working extensively environmental biotechnology, green energy technology and industrial biotechnology. She has more than thirty journal publications and her work has been presented in many international conferences. Her current research focus at Ngee Ann Polytechnic is developing novel microorganisms for the production of industrial enzymes, chemicals and fuels, novel nutraceuticals and cosmetics ingredients. She obtained Ngee Ann Polytechnic Staff Excellence Award and IChemE Award on Sustainable Technology in 2012.

National University of Singapore

Dr. Saif A. Khan
National University of Singapore, Singapore


Saif A. Khan obtained a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai where he was the university gold medallist. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, where he was a Presidential Fellow. In 2006, he joined the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research group at NUS develops new microfluidics-based ‘factories’ for the continuous manufacture of pharmaceuticals and advanced materials in collaboration with several industrial partners worldwide. He has also co-founded two start-up companies focused on advanced materials manufacture and opthalmic drug delivery.

Prof. Dr-Eng. Eniya Listiani Dewi
Technology of Information, Energy and Material-BPPT, Indonesia


Eniya Listiani Dewi was born in Magelang in 1974. After graduating high school in Magelang Indonesia, she finished Bachelor of Engineering at Applied Chemistry of Waseda University in 1998, then completed Doctor of Engineering in the Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2003. She was promoted as Professor in 2014. Her current affiliation is the Deputy Chairperson for Technology of Information, Energy and Materials on the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, which is under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Indonesia.


Her interests are on electron transfer phenomenon on the nanocatalysts, hydrocarbon polymer materials, PEM-fuel cells, zinc-air fuel cell batteries, as well as hydrogen production from biomass and PEM-electrolysers. Her activities have been recognized by several awards, such as Mizuno Award, Koukenkai Award, Asia Excellent Award, Best Scientist Award, Engineering Award, Energy Research Award, Patent Innovation Award, Habibie Award, etc. She served on the Indonesia Delegation in APEC Meeting 2012, Nobel Laureates Meeting 2006 and International Visitor Leadership Program USA 2011. She is active in scientific organizations as Board member, Committee member, Chair Person and reviewer of many International Conferences and Associations.

Cindy Lee

Dr. Cindy Lee Lai Yeng
Newcastle University, Singapore


Lai Yeng (Cindy) Lee obtained her Bachelors (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS). She received the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance (SMA) Scholarship for her Masters and PhD in Molecular Engineering of Biological and Chemical Systems (MEBCS) and received her PhD from Singapore-MIT Alliance programme in 2008. Her research interests lie in supercritical fluid processing for food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications.


In 2008, she joined the Netherlands Research & Development company as a Project Leader in projects related to food product development using supercritical carbon dioxide process. In 2012, she joined Newcastle University in Singapore, Chemical Engineering Programme. She is a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Supercritical Fluids (ISASF) and her research focus is mainly in the application of Supercritical CO2 technologies for sustainable process development. Currently, she is an Associate Professor (w.e.f. 1 Aug 2018) and Director of Excellence in Learning & Teaching (DELT) at Newcastle University in Singapore.

Hai-Chao Xu

Prof. Hai-Chao Xu
Xiamen University, China


Hai-Chao Xu received a BS in Chemistry from Xiamen University in 2002. He then moved across the Pacific to pursue a PhD at Washington University in St. Louis with Kevin D. Moeller and later to receive postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Jonathan A. Ellman at Yale University. Hai-Chao returned to Xiamen University to start his independent career in 2013 and is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry. His research interests include organic electrochemistry and radical chemistry.

Li Changzhi

A/Prof. Changzhi Li
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China


Changzhi Li received his Ph.D. degree in 2009 from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) under the supervision of Prof. Zongbao (kent) Zhao, then he joined Prof. Tao Zhang’s group where he was promoted to an associated professor in 2012. In 2013, he won “Min Enze Energy and Chemical Engineering Award” jointly established by Chinese Academy of Engineering and Sinopec Group. He has published 30+ papers on international journals including Chem. Rev., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Energy Environ. Sci., Green Chem., etc. He is a young member of Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Catalysis, his current research focuses on the catalytic depolymerization of lignin and the production of aromatic chemicals from bio-based compounds.

Ang EeLui

Dr. Ang Ee Lui
A*STAR – Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences,


Ee Lui received his B. Eng in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2002 and his Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & National University of Singapore Joint Ph. D. program in 2007. Subsequently, he joined Codexis Laboratories Singapore Pte Ltd, where he held the positions of Project Technical Lead, Molecular and Cellular Biology Team Leader, and Project Manager for the BioIndustrial project. He joined the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences in 2012 as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Metabolic Engineering Research Lab. His current research interest is in applying metabolic engineering and synthetic biology approaches to engineer functionally improved or novel proteins, pathways, and genomes for advanced bio-manufacturing.

Waseda University, Japan

Prof Masahiko Matsuka
Waseda University,


1989-1991 Research Associate, Faculty of Engineering, Seikei University,
1992-1996 Research Associate, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University,
1996-1997 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University,
1997-2001 Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University,
2001- Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University,


2008-present, Executive board member, Japan Petroleum Institute,
2012-present, Chair of Green Sustainable Chemistry Network, Japan,
2010-present, President of Japan Association of Zeolites,
2016-2018, Council member of International Zeolite Association, 2016-2022


Current Research Interests: separation science and technologies using zeolite membrane, Synthesis and catalysis of zeolite, Carbon-recycling technologies

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A/Prof Han Sen Soo
Nanyang Technological University,


Dr. Han Sen Soo has been a faculty member in NTU Singapore since 2012. The overarching theme of his research program is artificial photosynthesis. He has pioneered a novel and unique form of artificial photosynthesis including original research in the critical functions of light absorption, charge separation, and multielectron reduction and oxidation catalysis. His current interests include the development of molecular photosensitizers and catalysts to harvest sunlight for CO2 and proton reduction to produce solar fuels and chemicals. Dr. Soo’s team is also preparing photocatalysts and mesoporous materials derived from earth-abundant elements to valorize biomass lignin and degrade environmental pollutants. In his presentation, he will summarize his team’s early contributions to each of these elementary components, with a focus on ambient condition, photocatalytic C-C bond activation. His research is interdisciplinary and he has collaborations with colleagues in the departments of physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering within NTU and the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Dr. Soo recently received the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association Prize for Young Scientists 2016 in recognition of his team’s contributions to artificial photosynthesis.

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof (Neal) Tai-Shung Chung
National University of Singapore,


Prof. Chung is a Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on polymeric membranes. In 2005-2008, he worked as a Senior Consultant for Hyflux, led and built its membrane research team. He became a Fellow in the Academy of Engineering Singapore in 2012 and received IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) Underwood Medal for exceptional research in separations and Singapore President’s Technology Award in 2015. He was a highly cited researcher in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering by the Elsevier and Shanghai Global Ranking in 2016 and received Distinction Award in Water Reuse and Conservation from International Desalination Association (IDA) in 2016. He is also a highly cited researcher in the Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics in 2018. His H-index = 90 (Scopus) or 105 (Google Scholar); Number of citations > 32,285 (Scopus) and > 41,969 (Google Scholar) (Sept 2, 2018).

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof István T. Horváth
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


István T. Horváth received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering (1977) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (1979), both at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. He was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Veterinary University, Budapest, Hungary (1979 – 1980) and a Research Engineer at Chinoin, Budapest, Hungary (1981). He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Yale University (1982 – 1984), a Scientific Co-worker at ETH-Zürich, Switzerland (1984 – 1987), a Senior Staff Chemist at Exxon (now ExxonMobil) Corporate Research, Annandale, New Jersey (1987-1998), and a Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary (1999-2009). He has been a Chair Professor of Chemistry at the City University of Hong Kong since May, 2009 and was the Head of the Department of Biology and Chemistry until July 31, 2015.

A retrospective of his many contributions to sustainable and green chemistry was recently described in the Editorial article of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. WU Jie
National University of Singapore, Singapore


Wu Jie obtained a Bachelors degree in Chemistry at Beijing Normal University. He was trained as an organic synthetic chemist and obtained his Ph.D. at Boston University in 2012. He was exposed to hardcore continuous flow synthesis working with Prof. Timothy Jamison and T. Alan Hatton during his postdoc study at MIT between 2012-2015. He joined NUS chemistry department as a tenure-tracked Assistant Professor in July 2015. His research interests focuses on photocatalysis, continuous-flow synthesis, and green chemistry.

A/Prof Guanghui AN
Heilongjiang University, China


A/Prof Guanghui AN has received his B.S. (2005) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2010) both at Nanjing University. He has also received his Postdoctoral Associate in Chemistry (2014) at Texas Tech University. He is an Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Harbin Engineering University (2014) and Heilongjiang University (2015). Additionally, he has a membership in the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS).


Furthermore, A/Prof An has received the Outstanding Reviewers for Chemical Communications in 2016 and has reviewed more than 200 papers for:  Chem Communications, Organic Letters, Rsc Advances, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, New Journal of Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Dalton Transactions, CrystEngComm, etc.

A*STAR - Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore

Dr. Xiukai LI
A*STAR – Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore


Xiukai Li is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore. He got his Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from Nanjing University (China) in 2006. From 2006-2009, he had 3 years of postdoctoral research in National Institute for Materials Science (Japan). After that, he had another 3 years of teaching and research work in Jiangsu University (China). He joined IBN in 2012 as a research scientist and was promoted to senior research scientist in 2016. His research interests are green chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.

GlaxoSmithKline, Singapore

Dr. Steven TAN
GlaxoSmithKline, Singapore


Steven Tan is part of an Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) team in GlaxoSmithKline, managing multiple strategically important and technically diverse pre-industrialisation projects in GSK newly established Singapore Manufacturing Technology Roadmap.

He was previously involved in validation activities for technology transfer (new plant) as commissioning leader and lead chemist for New Chemical Entity (NCE). He is also experienced in supporting the production of active pharmaceutical ingredient, process understanding and process improvement.

A*STAR – Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences, Singapore

Dr. Praveen THONIYOT
A*STAR – Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences, Singapore


Dr. Praveen Thoniyot holds a Ph. D. in organic chemistry (University of Pune, India, 2000).  He carried out post-doctoral research in organic-inorganic hybrid materials (University Nantes, France, 2000-2002) and polymers and glucose responsive hydrogels (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, 2002-2006) before moving Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore (2005-2011) for working on biodegradable polymers, hydrogels, optical bio-sensing and functional polymers.  He then worked in industry on encapsulation technology (Prochem solutions, Pte Ltd Singapore, 2011-2014).  Later he moved back to A*STAR and is currently a Scientist and Team Leader of Sustainable Polymers and Particle Technologies Group at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), A*STAR, Singapore (2014-2018).  He has done a number of projects with industry in topics of encapsulation and sustainable chemistry.  In the current work, he develops polymer, inorganic and hybrid material based encapsulation systems and new methods for creating biodegradable polymers for various applications.

Institut Kimia Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Chee Cheong HO
Institut Kimia Malaysia, Malaysia


Dr. Ho received his BSc (Hons) degree in chemistry from University of Malaya in 1968. He was awarded the MSc and PhD degrees in 1969 and 1972 respectively by University of Bristol, England.  In 1998 he was awarded the DSc degree from University of Bristol in recognition of his contribution to the field of colloid science. Dr. Ho had held various positions in academic institutions and industries previously. He was the former Vice-Chancellor of the First City University College, Malaysia from 2015 to 2017. Currently he is an Adjunct professor at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.


Dr. Ho was trained as a colloid chemist and has close to 50 years of experience in the field of rubber latex chemistry and technology. He sits in the Council of the Pacific Polymer Federation and is a founding member of the Asia Oceania Green and Sustainable Chemistry Network. He was awarded the National Science Award by the Malaysian government in 1999.

Monash University, Australia

Prof. Milton HEARN
Monash University, Australia


Professor MILTON HEARN AM, FRSV, FTSE, FAICD, FRACI CChem, FIUPAC, FIChemE(A), FRSC, graduated BSc(Hons) (1967), PhD (1970) and DSc (1983) from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.


Milton has authored 675 original peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in the fields of separation science and green chemistry, and is named co-inventor on 32 issued and pending patent applications and invention disclosures. In recognition of his scientific contributions, he has received the American Chemical Society 2015 Award for Chromatography, the American Chemical Society 2015 Alan S. Michaels Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Leighton Memorial Medal [the Institute’s highest honour] as well as the Institute’s Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the H.G. Smith Medal, Applied Research Medal, the Analytical Chemistry Medal and the R.K Murphy Medal, and numerous other national and international awards. He is a recipient of the Centennial Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia for service to the chemical and biotechnology industry and the public. In January 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
for “significant service to science through major contributions to advances in chemical manufacturing”.


Over his career, his research has led to many practical developments, which have been adopted by the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sciences and industry within Australia and internationally. His studies in the fields of bioseparation science, synthesis of new classes of compounds and materials, production and purification of recombinant proteins, and the manufacture of chemical and biological products, are widely recognised.
These contributions have extended from fundamental investigations, their industrial translation and deployment to public policy. More recently his attention has turned to the development and adoption of green chemistry metrics as a major strategic driver for the development of advanced and more sustainable manufacturing processes across multiple industry sectors.

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