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Professional Activity

Professional Activity


July 2021-present: Director and Senior Professor, BITS-Pilani, Dubai Campus
Aug. 2016-June 2021: Associate Dean, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2015-present: Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2001-2015: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
2000-2001: Visiting Scientist, CPIMA (Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies), University of California at Davis and Stanford University, USA
1997-2000: Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, NUS
1998-2001: Visiting Scientist, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Japan, with JSPS Fellowship (Japan Society for Promotion of Science)
1993-1997: Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, NUS
Research Scientist, Materials Research Institute, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, USA.
Areas of research: thin films, molecular assembly, molecular optics and photochromic materials. 
Manager, West Coast, CTC Technologies, Inc., California/Arizona, USA. 
  • Consultant, thin film fabrication and characterization
  • Contract research in molecular assembly
  • West Coast representative for marketing and sales
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, UC Davis (with Professors B.J. McCoy and J.M. Smith).
  • Supercritical fluid / environmentally benign processing
  • Re-generation of spent activated carbon
  • Equilibrium and kinetic studies for ethyl acetate sorption on activated carbon
  • Extraction of natural materials – b-carotene, essential oils
  • Decaffeination of coffee beans with supercritical CO2 Solvent-free cleaning of microelectronic devices and equipment
Graduate Research Assistant, USAFOSR (United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research) and GE (General Electric) contracts:PhD Research (Thesis advisors:Professors P. Stroeve and B. Higgins (Chemical Engineering) and S. T. Kowel (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Online diagnostics in Langmuir-Blodgett films
  • Non-centrosymmetric molecular assembly
  • Organic-hybrid nano-structured thin films for nonlinear optics
  • Microelectronic device fabrication and application for film diagnostics 
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Chemical Engineering
  • Fluid mechanics, process control courses and laboratory
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
  • Research in shear-induced flocculation for water treatment systems
Undergraduate Research Intern (University of Madras)
  • Fluidized bed combustion for power plants

Professional Training

  • Crisis Management:Making it Business-as-Usual.Emergency Management Division, OSHE, NUS, 2011.
  • Students at Risk.Counselling and Psychological Services.Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE). NUS.2010. 
  • CPR-AED training.OSHE, NUS, 2010. ·Safety and Management Systems Training, OSHE, NUS, 2009.
  • Overview of semiconductor process technology.Institute of Microelectronics, ASTAR, Singapore, 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Editorial Board, Processes Open Journal of Applied Sciences. 
  • Organizing Committee Member, Chemeca 2017. 
  • Co-Chair, Symposium on Molecule-based surface/interface modification, ICMAT 2015, Singapore, July 2015.
  • Co-Chair, Symposium on Nanomaterials, ICMAT 2013, Singapore, July 2013. 
  • Member, Executive Committee, Materials Research Society of Singapore. 
  • Member, International Advisory Committee and Technical Committee, Second International Conference on Nanotechnology – Innovative Materials, Processes, Products and Applications (NANOCON 2012) October 2012, Pune, India. 
  • Member, International Advisory Committee, International Symposium on Physics and Technology of Sensors (ISPTS-2012), Pune, India. March 2012. 
  • Co-chair, Symposium on Chemical Engineering Education, Asia-Pacific Chemical Engineering Conference (APPChE), Singapore, February 2012. 
  • Co-Chair, Symposium on Nanomaterials, ICMAT 2011, Singapore, July 2011. 
  • Co-Editor, Special issues of Materials Science and Engineering B (volumes 132 (2006) and 168 (2010)), Elsevier, Amsterdam. 
  • Member, International Advisory Panel, International Conference on Nanotechnology – Materials and Composites for Frontier Applications (NANOCON 2010), Pune, India, October 2010. 
  • Co-Organizer, Symposium on Advanced Materials and Polymers for Aerospace and Defence (SAMPADA 2008) Pune, India, December 2008. 
  • Co-Organizer, Symposium on Advanced Materials and Polymers for Aerospace and Defence, ICMAT 2005, Singapore, July 2005. 
  • Session Chair/Co-chair, Sessions on Supercritical / Dense Gas Fluids, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meetings (2001 onward). 
  • Reviewer for journals and proposals in research areas pertaining to surface, materials, environmental, chemical engineering, nanomaterials and polymers. 
  • Member, Public Sector Funding Panel, Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), ASTAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore 
  • Consultant, Delphi Singapore 
  • External Examiner for PhD theses:Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Anna University, Bharathiar University, Pune University, Periyar University, University of South Australia, University of Newcastle.

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 
  • Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) 
  • Materials Research Society Singapore (MRSS) 
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 
  • Engineers Australia (EA)

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