Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Chan Siew Hwa
Co-Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU
President’s Chair in Energy
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Co-Director, Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute
Professor Chan leads hydrogen and fuel cell research in NTU. He is currently the Co-Director of Energy Research Institute @ NTU and the Senior Vice President of China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute in Guangzhou Knowledge City, China.

Prof Chan obtained his PhD from Imperial College London and is a Professor in the School of MAE and President’s Chair in Energy. He is a Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore and a Fellow of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. He has served as a non-executive director of Maz Energy since 2014 and spun out Xin Xiang (Guangzhou) Hydrogen Technologies in 2018. He also serves as a Technology and Technical Advisor to Sydrogen Energy, a local fuel cell company.

His research has gained him several recognitions, which include George-Stephenson Medal from UK IMechE in 2000, Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from International Association of Hydrogen Energy, USA in 2007, “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” award from Thomson Reuters in 2014, Nanyang Award (Research Excellence) in 2014, Nanyang Award (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) in 2017, “Star of Innovation Talent” in 2018 from Guangzhou Government. He is the recipient of two National Day Awards in 2017 and 2018. He is the editorial board member of Fuel Cells, Journal of Power Technologies, Energy Conversion and Management and International Journal of Energy Research.

Prof Chan has been teaching Thermodynamics course since 1991 and awarded “Teacher-of-the-Year” in 2000.

Prof Chan has published 279 refereed journal papers with a total citation count of ~15,000 and h-index of 62.

Prof. Chan is an ardent hydrogen economy advocate for over 20 years and he was the organizer / conference chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC) held in Singapore in 2005.
Prof Chan's areas of expertise are fuel/electrolysis cells, catalytic decomposition of methane, ammonia cracking, and combustion in heat engines.
 
  • Maritime Energy Test Bed R&D Facility
  • Novel Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell for Direct Conversion of Flue Gas to Syngas
  • President's Chair in Energy
  • Seed Funding For Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute (NTU Office)
  • Viability of hydrogen as a source of fuel for main propulsion
  • Wet air co-electrolysis in high temperature solid oxide electrolysis cell for sustainable single-step production of ammonia feedstock
US 2016/0141630 A1: Method For Forming Noble Metal Nanoparticles On A Support (2019)
Abstract: Provided is a method for forming noble metal nanoparticles on a support. In particular, the method includes heating precursors of the noble metal nanoparticles in a spiral glass tube reactor to reduce the precursors to form the noble metal nanoparticles on the support.

US 2019/0015804 A1: Hydrogen Generator (2019)
Abstract: A hydrogen generator includes a container having a gas outlet that is configured to contain a soluble chemical fuel that reacts with a catalyst to generate hydrogen. A control cylinder is attached to the container and comprises a piston configured to travel axially within the control cylinder, a pole attached to the piston and extending into the container, a catalyst holder provided within the container and connected to the pole, resilient means biasing the catalyst holder towards a bottom of the container, and a gas inlet port. A gas flow line is in fluid communication with the gas outlet and has a first end in fluid communication with the gas inlet port, a second end configured to feed hydrogen to a hydrogen-consuming device, and a two-way valve provided to allow fluid communication between the first and second ends of the gas flow line to be selectably established or cut off.

US 2015/0017084 A1: A Metal Oxide Composite And A Method Of Forming Thereof (2016)
Abstract: A method of forming a metal oxide composite, the method comprising mixing a metal oxide, at least two monomers and a dispersant to produce a slurry; gel casting the slurry to produce a green metal oxide composite; and sintering the green metal oxide composite to produce the metal oxide composite. A metal oxide composite formed according to the method. Use of the metal oxide composite, for catalysing hydrolysis of metal borohydride to produce hydrogen.

US 2019/0151822 A1: Composite Material, Its Manufacture And Use In Gas Purification (2022)
Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composite material formed from an inorganic mesoporous, or mesoporous-like, material that is dispersed throughout a polymeric matrix formed by a crosslinked polymer that has acidic- or basic-residues and which may also optionally have further acidic- or basic-residues grafted onto the inorganic mesoporous material. The resulting composite material may be used to remove acidic or basic impurities from a gas in need thereof and can be easily regenerated.

US 2019-0326607 A1: Method For Forming Noble Metal Nanoparticles On A Support (2021)
Abstract: Provided is a method for forming noble metal nanoparticles on a support. In particular, the method includes heating precursors of the noble metal nanoparticles in a spiral glass tube reactor to reduce the precursors to form the noble metal nanoparticles on the support.