AlumNUS Quarterly, NUS: Green promise

Jan 08 2013

AlumNUS Quarterly, NUS: Green promise

 PhD students lauded for environmental research.

In July, five outstanding NUS PhD students received this year’s World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research. As the only such award in Singapore, the prize seeks to recognise excellence in doctoral-level “green” research, with five winners each from NUS and Nanyang Technological University receiving US$10,000 for their work on environmental sustainability.

Taking the honours for NUS this year were:

          Dr Chen Jie, Faculty of Science

          Dr Panu Sukitpaneenit, Faculty of Engineering

          Dr Kuppan Saravanan, Faculty of Science

          Dr Wei Yuting, Faculty of Engineering

          Dr Zhang Wei, Faculty of Engineering

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, NUS Vice Provost (Education) Prof Tan Thiam Soon noted the quality of the 110 proposals received, saying, “Our winners have once again distinguished themselves with their high-quality projects and by demonstrating passion, creativity and innovation in develop­ing multidisciplinary solutions towards solv­ing environmental problems.”

 

This sentiment was also echoed by Dr Feng Lun, Chairman of the WFF Board and a committed social entrepreneur. Established in 2010, the WFF is a Singapore-based phil­anthropic foundation dedicated to promoting research on environmental issues.

 

One of five NUS recipients of the 2012 WFF PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, Dr Kuppan Saravanan is working to enhance Li-ion batteries through the use of novel materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 


POWERED UP // Dr Kuppan Saravanan’s winning proposal looks at ways to enhance lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries as a possible solution to our energy woes. Studying new, eco-friendly electrode materials to use for Li-ion batteries, he created a meso-porous titanium oxide alternative that combines excellent energy storage with low cost. With funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Dr Saravanan and his team are now working to scale up production of the material for further study.

 PhD students lauded for environmental research.

In July, five outstanding NUS PhD students received this year’s World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research. As the only such award in Singapore, the prize seeks to recognise excellence in doctoral-level “green” research, with five winners each from NUS and Nanyang Technological University receiving US$10,000 for their work on environmental sustainability.

Taking the honours for NUS this year were:

          Dr Chen Jie, Faculty of Science

          Dr Panu Sukitpaneenit, Faculty of Engineering

          Dr Kuppan Saravanan, Faculty of Science

          Dr Wei Yuting, Faculty of Engineering

          Dr Zhang Wei, Faculty of Engineering

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, NUS Vice Provost (Education) Prof Tan Thiam Soon noted the quality of the 110 proposals received, saying, “Our winners have once again distinguished themselves with their high-quality projects and by demonstrating passion, creativity and innovation in develop­ing multidisciplinary solutions towards solv­ing environmental problems.”

 

This sentiment was also echoed by Dr Feng Lun, Chairman of the WFF Board and a committed social entrepreneur. Established in 2010, the WFF is a Singapore-based phil­anthropic foundation dedicated to promoting research on environmental issues.

 

One of five NUS recipients of the 2012 WFF PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, Dr Kuppan Saravanan is working to enhance Li-ion batteries through the use of novel materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 


POWERED UP // Dr Kuppan Saravanan’s winning proposal looks at ways to enhance lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries as a possible solution to our energy woes. Studying new, eco-friendly electrode materials to use for Li-ion batteries, he created a meso-porous titanium oxide alternative that combines excellent energy storage with low cost. With funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Dr Saravanan and his team are now working to scale up production of the material for further study.