Self-introduction (education, working experience)
I had by education in chemical engineering right throughout my undergraduate to doctoral degree. I obtained a Bachelor degree from the University of Madras in 2000 ,then went on to obtain my Master degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. I obtained my PhD degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). After working for about a year as a post-doctoral fellow in UBC, I joined as an assistant professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering here at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Currently, I am an associate professor in the department. I also serve as the the co-lead for natural gas research in the centre for energy research & technology at NUS.
Which module you teaching in NUS?
I co-teach a number of modules in Chemical Engineering at different levels that includes Heat and Mass Transfer, Process Synthesis and Simulation and Future Fuels Options (post graduate module).
Which area are you specialized in? Can you share more about the FYP research supervised by you?
I work in the frontier areas of water, energy and environment. More specifically, I work on gas (clathrate hydrates) pertaining to several applications like seawater desalination, CO2 capture and sequestration, energy storage and LNG cold energy utilization. My research group at NUS particularly focuses on enhancing the kinetics of hydrate formation for several applications of interest by developing novel reactor designs, experimental methods and techniques. In a nutshell, I am interested in both fundamental and applied aspect of research.
Over the past six years, final year project (FYP) research done by undergraduate students has contributed significantly to my research productivity and research innovation. A fascinating journey I have had in NUS is in motivating and inspiring our very own undergraduates to pursue top-notch research and to encourage them to write research papers within their final year or UROP project timeline. This fruitful journey has resulted in our excellent undergraduates contributing in 16 journal publications (7 as first author and 9 as co-author) so far. What is more satisfying is that undergraduate students have received top research awards within the University and externally for their research projects.