Prof Lee researches on materials for batteries and fuel cells, membranes for water treatment; and the design and construction of complex nanostructured materials. Prior to becoming the center director, he has coordinated several energy-related initiatives for the Faculty of Engineering at NUS. Prof Lee also a Senior Principal Fellow appointment at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI). He is an Associate Editor of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research and on the editorial board of Energy Technology. Prof. Lee is one of the world’s most highly cited researchers according to Highly Cited Researchers 2014 report, published by Thomson Reuters.
A/Prof LEE Poh Seng
DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND CO-LEAD FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Prof Lee’s current research interests include microfluidics and microscale heat transfer, high performance thermal management techniques (in particular microchannel single- and two-phase cooling), waste heat recovery and reuse and solar thermal energy harvesting and storage. His group has developed various patent pending heat transfer enhancement technologies and they are working closely with various industry partners to commercialize them.
Prof CHOU Siaw Kiang
CO-LEAD FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Prof Chou’s research interests are in Energy performance of buildings and thermal performance of building envelopes, microscale combustion, micro thermophotovoltaics, micro thrusters and propulsion systems, heat-driven and hybrid thermal systems, and internal combustion engines burning biofuels. He is credited with the formulation of the Envelope Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) and the Residential Envelope Transmittance Value (RETV) criteria in the building energy standards used in the Singapore Green Mark Incentive Scheme. He is presently Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal, Applied Energy, and Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the Asian Journal on Energy and Environment. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of other energy related journals.
A/Prof Stefan ADAMS
CO-LEAD FOR ENERGY STORAGE
Prof Adams’ group has leading expertise in fast-ion conducting oxides and sulfides for use in Lithium-air-, all-solid-state-Lithium-, flow- and structural batteries. Adams also serves the Asian Society of Solid State Ionics as their Secretary. Combining decades of experience on (in situ) structural and electrochemical characterization and battery performance testing with DFT and empirical simulations (especially his bond-valence method for the predicting ion migration pathways in solids) his group contributes to structural charac¬terization and optimization of lithium and sodium solid electroytes, designs high power performance cathodes exploiting nanostructured interfaces in heterogeneous conductors, integrates the solid electrolytes studied by his group into high performance battery concepts and coordinates a collaborative research effort at NUS on Aqueous Lithium-air batteries.
A/Prof PALANI Balaya
CO-LEAD FOR ENERGY STORAGE
Prof Palani’s group focuses on basic battery research at one hand, developing novel concepts and electrode materials for lithium-ion battery and sodium-ion battery resulting in impactful publications and patents, and other hand on translational battery research developing proto-types of various battery cells close to industry standards without compromising safety. A state-of-the-art pilot line has been set-up for fabrication of commercial type (cylindrical and pouch) battery cells with the aim of developing capabilities for prototyping high performance lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries. Currently work is in progress to develop 18650 supercap battery cells with the hybrid capability of moderate energy (like battery) and high power (like capacitor).
A/Prof Sanjib K. PANDA
LEAD FOR SMART GRID
Prof Panda is an expert in power engineering and associated technology fusion, both at the component-level and at the systems-level. More than 25 years of research experience in power electronics, converter control, electric drives and energy systems has garnered him pragmatic insight towards the technology implementations. He supervises the development of renewable source integrated microgrid test-bed at ECE Department and is well-versed with the subtleties in operation of such complex systems. His current interests include grid-integration of renewable energy sources, green data centers, integrated chemical and electrical system operation, intelligent building controls, wireless sensor-actuator networks, smart-metering, power quality, demand side management using electric springs, predictive maintenance via condition monitoring and high-altitude wind power harnessing.
Prof LIU Bin
LEAD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Prof Liu’s overall research goal is to design, synthesize and characterize new materials with an emphasis on their applications in nano-biotechnology and clean energy. Her group is creating an active program of research which bridges areas of materials science, polymer chemistry, nano-science, bio-technology and device fabrication. Her current research interests include bioprobes based on fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics, conjugated polymers for bioimaging and cellular detection and development of dye-sensitized and perovskite solar cells.
Prof I A KARIMI
LEAD FOR NATUAL GAS
Prof Karimi’s main research interests are in the area of Process Systems Engineering. His current work focuses on energy systems including natural gas supply chain, process optimization, process operations, process synthesis, energy integration, carbon capture and utilization, and systems biology. Over the years, he has managed industry collaborative projects with several local chemical and logistics companies, and addressed a variety of practical problems.
A/Prof Praveen LINGA
CO-LEAD FOR NATURAL GAS
Praveen LINGA is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He holds a PhD (2009) from the University of British Columbia, Canada in Chemical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of clathrate (gas) hydrates, storage and transport of fuels, carbon dioxide capture, storage & utilization (CCS & U), seawater desalination and recovery of energy. He is interested in fundamental and applied aspects of research. His 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. Up to date, he has published more than 50 research articles and delivered about 20 keynote/invited talks. He serves as an associate editor in the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (Elsevier, Oxford UK).
Energy-efficient and miniaturized integrated circuits and systems (“silicon chips”) with full sensing, processing and data sensemaking capabilities
Enabling of ubiquitous and continuous sensing of environmental parameters that permit to use energy and other resources in a more efficient manner (e.g., first millimetre-sized autonomous CO2 sensor for green buildings with very energy efficient air conditioning)
Development of clean combustion technologies for sustainable transportation system and power plants, especially on internal combustion engines, various boiler systems and micro power generation systems.
Green technology features ranging from energy efficient building mechanical systems to photovoltaics where many green buildings have adopted in Singapore
Energy efficiency and conservation of building HVAC systems
Renewable energy applications for buildings in the tropics, green building design and practice
Application of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) in the tropics which include analytical works on all building mechanical system components, human factors such as thermal and indoor comfort perceptions and their responses to the climate change
Computational materials modeling and statistical thermodynamics, currently focused on gas hydrates, nanoporous and membrane materials for energy, environmental and pharmaceutical applications (e.g. natural gas upgrading, carbon capture, water desalination and drug delivery).