About Me

I obtained my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering working with professor Yi Cui at Stanford University (January 2019). My PhD research, supported by Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF), was at the interface of electrochemistry, nanomaterials and materials characterization techniques, in particular, the materials design and fundamental understandings of next-generation battery chemistries and electrocatalysis.

 

I am currently doing my postdoc with professor T. Alan Hatton in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a postdoc, I hope to utilize my electrochemistry and materials science training to broadly explore issues facing the energy-environment nexus. Particularly, I am interested in carbon capture based on electrochemical processes.

 

I am passionate about science communication and currently serving as a MIT Chemical Engineering Communication Lab Fellow.

Education & Training

Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Chemical Engineering

Mar 2019 -present

Advisor: Prof T. Alan Hatton

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Stanford University

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Sep 2014 - Jan 2019

Advisor: Prof Yi Cui

Thesis  Committee: Prof  Steven Chu, Prof Zhenan Bao,

                                                Prof William Chueh, Prof Jian Qin

 

Master of Science

Stanford University

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Obtained: July 2017           GPA: 4.2/4.0

Bachelor of Engineering, First-class honours

Nanyang Technological University

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Aug  2010 - July 2014

University of Illinois Urban-Champaign

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Exchange student, 2012

Awards & Honors

Forbes 30 under 30 Honoree - Science (2021)

Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar Winner, University of Washington (2020)

Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering   (2019)                                 

MIT ChemE Postdoc Grant-Writing Contest Winner   (2019)

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award   (2019) 

MRS Graduate Student Award, Gold    (2018 Fall Meeting)

Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University   (2017-2019)

O. Cutler Shepard Award, Stanford University   (2017) 

Awarded to graduating M.S. student in Materials Science and Engineering with the highest GPA.

Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, Nanyang Technological University   (2014)

Presented to graduates who emerged top in their respective programs. 

CN Yang Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University   (2010-2014)

Selected out of 5000 science and engineering freshmen. Named after Nobel laureate Chen-Ning Yang, the scholarship aims to nurture students with passion for science through interdisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities.

PRC Undergraduate Scholarship, Singapore Ministry of Education   (2009-2014)

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