Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Soo Han Sen

Assistant Professor
Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Phone: (+65)65923182
Office: SPMS-CBC-05-03

  • PhD(Chem) University of California, Berkeley 2009
  • MS(Chem) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2003
  • BS(Chem) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2003
I was born and studied in Singapore up to junior college. I enrolled in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College. After receiving a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship (Open), I completed my undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor and a Masters of Science in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I worked for Prof. Christopher Cummins. I pursued my Ph.D. studies in U.C. Berkeley working with Prof. Christopher Chang and moved on to a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Heinz Frei at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I started in SPMS-CBC in July 2012.
Research Interests
Innovated photosynthesis: A different way to perform artificial photosynthesis
Hybrid materials
Inorganic and organometallic chemistry
Heterogeneous catalysis
Nanoarchitecture and applications of nanomaterials in renewable energy research
Green chemistry
Environmental remediation with photocatalysis heterogeneous membranes
Current Projects
  • (Hetero)arene C-H Activation and Umpolung Nucleophilic Substitution by High-Valent Iron on (Photo)electrochemical Cells
  • C-C Bond Activation with Photoredox Vanadium Catalysts Under Flow Conditions Towards Advanced Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Designing Earth-Abundant Visible Light Absorbers for Capturing Solar Energy
  • Development of Multifunctional and Microfluidic Flow Reactor for Biomass Lignin to Chemicals by Photodriven Oxidative Catalysis
  • Development of Photocatalytic Systems for H2 Evolution from Seawater using Earth-Abundant Molecular Components and Solar Energy
  • Innovated Photosynthesis by Simultaneous CO2 Reduction and Pollutant Oxidation
  • Integrated Renewable Energy and Environmental Remediation Strategies: Innovated Photosynthesis Using Molecular Catalysts Grafted on Nanomaterials
  • Mechanochemical Approaches to Main Group Solid-State Photoredox Systems
  • Molecular Copper Complexes as Luminophores for Affordable, Energy-Efficient, and Ultra Bright Organic Light-Emitting Diodes
  • Novel Porous Materials for High-Efficient CO2 Capture and Catalytic Conversion
  • Photocatalytic Degradation of Model Pollutants in Aqueous Media
  • Photocatalytic degradation of Model Pollutants in Aqueous Media
Selected Publications
  • Agiral, A; Soo, HS; Frei, H. (2013). Visible Light Induced Hole Transport from Sensitizer to Co3O4 Water Oxidation Catalyst across Nanoscale Silica Barrier with Embedded Molecular Wires. Chemistry of Materials, 25, in press.
  • Soo, HS; Agiral, A; Bachmeier, A; Frei, H. (2012). Visible Light-Induced Hole Injection into Rectifying Molecular Wires Anchored on Co3O4 and SiO¬2 Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134(41), 17104-17116.
  • (3) Soo, HS; Macnaughtan, ML; Weare, WW; Yano, J; Frei, H. (2011). EXAFS Spectroscopic Analysis of Heterobinuclear TiOMn Charge-Transfer Chromophore in Mesoporous Silica. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, 115(50), 24893-24905.
  • Soo, HS; Sougrati, MT; Grandjean, F; Long, GJ; Chang, CJ. (2011). A Seven-Coordinate Iron Platform and its Oxo and Nitrene Reactivity. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 369(1), 82-91.
  • Harris, TD; Soo, HS; Chang, CJ; Long, JR. (2011). A Cyano-Bridged FeIIReIV(CN)2 Cluster Incorporating Two High-Magnetic Anisotropy Building Units. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 369(1), 91-96.

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