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Prof Tan Choon Hong
Professor, School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
President's Chair in Organic Chemistry
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Professor Tan is the Chair in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.

Prof. Tan received his BSc (Hons), First Class from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1999. Following that, he carried out two years postdoctoral training at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University. Subsequently, he worked as a Research Associate at Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School for another year before joined the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore as Assistant Professor in 2003. He was then promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. He joined Nanyang Technological University in 2012 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016.

Professor Tan is also concurrently holding the position as the President at the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry.
Professor Tan’s research interest is in the field of Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Catalysis, Radiochemistry. He also conducts research in the field of catalysis, in particular the development of new catalysts towards practical asymmetric synthesis. Over the years, Professor Tan had published many top quality journal papers and has more than 120 journal papers with current citation count of more than 6000. His H-Index is 45.
  • Development of Biomimetic Catalysis using Ion Pair Catalysts Derived from Chiral Cations and Naturally Available Enzyme Cofactors
  • Development of Chiral Cationic Catalysis
  • Exploring Chiral Induced Spin Polarization With Chiral Nanostructures For Enantio-recognition and Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Multi-stated organic photocatalysts for sustainable molecular transformations
  • President's Chair in Organic Chemistry
  • Synthesis of natural and unnatural ether lipid libraries
US 2019/0105646 A1: Ion Pair Catalysis Of Tungstate And Molybdate (2020)
Abstract: The present invention relates to ion pair catalysts (I) comprising the cationic bisguanidinium ligand (A) and diperoxomolybdate anion (B). The present invention also relates to ion pair catalysts (III) comprising the cationic bisguanidinium ligand (C) and peroxotungstate anion (D). It further relates to the use of the said catalysts in the manufacture of enantiomerically enriched sulfoxides.