Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chan Siew Hwa

Co-Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Co-Director, Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute
Deputy Director, Maritime Institute (MI@NTU)

Prof Chan Siew Hwa

Dr. Chan joined NTU as a Lecturer in 1991 after obtaining his PhD and subsequently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. He is now a Full Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He is concurrently holding 2 appointments as the Co-Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N), and the Deputy Director of Maritime Institute at NTU (MI@NTU). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Maz Energy Pte Ltd, where he provides technical advices to the Board since 2004. Funded by Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE, UK), Dr. Chan’s PhD and post-doctoral research were inclined to Heavy-Duty Internal Combustion Engines for military application. He then extended his research interest to Fuel Cell and Fuel Reforming since 1997. He is the Organizer and Program Chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), Singapore and an active promoter and advocate of Hydrogen Economy in Singapore. From April 2006 till March 2008, he held a joint appointment with A*Star as Director of SERC Fuel Cell Programme. Under this appointment, he led a team of more than 100 researchers from 4 A*Star research institutes working closely with industries on fuel cells. His research has gained him a number of international recognition. In 2000, he received the prestigious George-Stephenson Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE, UK) for his research in Automotive Engineering. This award is to memorize George Stephenson (1781 – 1848), the Father of Railways, who built the first public railway line in the world using steam locomotives. In 2007, he received the Scientific Achievement Award in the field of Hydrogen Treatment of Materials and the Great Activities in the World Hydrogen Movement, awarded by International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA (IAHE, USA). He was the only reviewer, outside of UK, invited by UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) to comment on the UK National Fuel Cells Roadmap. He is the editorial board member of “Fuel Cells – from fundamentals to systems” and also “Journal of Power Technologies”. Dr. Chan has published 170 refereed journal papers with a total citation of ~ 5000 and h-index of 38. His research achievements are also matched with his competency in teaching. In 2000, Dr. Chan received the Teacher of the Year Award, NTU; the year he taught Thermodynamics.
Research Interests
Prof Chan's areas of expertise are fuel cells, fuel reforming and internal combustion engines.
Current Projects
  • A 5kW Fuel cell stack design
  • A Turnkey Technology for Platinum-Group Metal (PGM) Catalyst Manufacturing – High quality, low cost, fast and energy saving process
  • Bipolar Plates for Fuel Cell Developed by Carbon Materials Prepared by Methane
  • Design of Fuel Cell stack fed with H2/O2
  • Developing Projects for a Singapore Hydrogen Test Bed
  • Development of micro fuel cells by conductive polymer composites and micro injection molding technologies
  • Direct DC Power Application of HT-PEMFC
  • ERI@N-General Research Project Account for Cat 8
  • Fuel Cell Range Extender for Electric Boats
  • Fuel Cell as a Green Power Source for Port and Ship Applications
  • Low-Cost Robust Self-Supported Catalyst Beads for Methane Cracking
  • Low-cost Composite Electro-catalysts with high Activity and Platinum Utilization Rate
  • Maritime Energy Test Bed (METB) In NTU
  • Maritime Energy Test Bed R&D Facility
  • Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence (MESD CoE)
  • NICOP - Novel carbon-supported PtCo core-shell catalysts for high performance PEM fuel cells
  • Nanyang Awards for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Novel Self-Supported Robust Catalyst for Blue Hydrogen Production with Methane Cracking
  • Novel Solid Fuel (Metal Borohydride Xerogel) with high energy density as a source of hydrogen for portable fuel cells.
  • Novel Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell for Direct Conversion of Flue Gas to Syngas
  • Novel super ion-conductors for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC)
  • Power Generation in Chlor-Alkali Plants Using Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • President’s Chair in Energy (Chan Siew Hwa)
  • Project Spade
  • Seed Funding For Sino-Singapore International Joint ResearchInstitute (NTU Office)
  • Singapore Peking University Research Centre For A Low-CarbonFuture (SPURc)
  • Singapore Power To Gas And Fuels Centre Of Excellence
  • Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd Contribution - Project Hafnium Phase 1 - A Feasibility Study on a Hydrogen Powered Offshore Support Vessel
Selected Publications
  • Aidan Li, Siew Hwa, Nam-trung Nguyen. (2009). Anti-flooding cathode catalyst layer for high performance PEM fuel cell. Electrochemistry Communications, 11, 897-900.
  • Zhang, TS; Chan, SH; Wang, W; et al. (2009). Effect of Mn addition on the densification, grain growth and ionic conductivity of pure and SiO2-containing 8YSZ electrolytes. Solid State Ionics, 180(1), 82-89.
  • Ding, OL; Chan, SH. (2009). Water-gas shift assisted autothermal reforming of methane gas - transient and cold start studies. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34(1), 270-284.
  • Zhang, TS; Chan, SH; Kong, LB; et al. (2009). Synergistic effect of NiO and SiO2 on the sintering and properties of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolytes. Electrochimica Acta, 54(3), 927-934.
  • Ding, OL; Chan, SH. (2008). Water-gas shift reaction - A 2-D modeling approach. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 33(16), 4325-4336.

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