Singapore engineering students recognised with awards by IChemE

Singapore engineering students recognised with awards by IChemE

1st July 2019

School students have been recognised for excellence in science and engineering by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), receiving awards for projects that used chemical engineering skills and thinking.

The students were participants in the annual Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). This is a nationwide competition to promote science and engineering in schools, targeting primarily O-Level and A-Level students and is jointly organised by the Ministry of Education, Science Centre and A*Star.

This is the second year that IChemE has offered awards to recognise projects in chemical engineering. The winning projects were awarded for their originality, use of natural resources, energy, and degree of complexity.

In the Junior College category (A Level), Wang Yihan, was awarded the first prize for her project: Numerical Analysis of Enhancement in Helical-tube Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage System for Building Applications. Wang, a student at the Hwa Chong Institution, has found potential in using thermal storage to reduce air-conditioning costs and energy consumption using thermal storage technologies utilising nanoparticles.

Chen Hao, a student at the Victoria Junior College, was awarded the second prize for their project: High Temperature Fluorinated Silica Membrane to Convert Heat to Energy.

National Junior College’s Zheng Jie Ying and Rose Cai Jia Ai were the first place winners of the Secondary School category (O Level), for their project: Effect of Fruit Peels on Plant Microbial Fuel Cell.

Rose Cai Jia Ai said: “At the SSEF, I realised how many brilliant minds there are amongst merely my age group.”

The second prize was awarded to Tan Hwee Yee, Rahul Ramanathan Krishnamoorthy and Melissa Lynn Pereira – also students at the National Junior College – for their project: Generation of Electricity using Microbial Fuel Cells and Rotten Lemons.

Melissa Pereira said: “If given the opportunity, I would definitely like to do further research into our current project or research other aspects of chemical engineering.”

Wui Poh Yong, newly elected Chair of IChemE Singapore, presented the Awards along with outgoing Chair, Joe Eades. Wui Poh Yong said:

“It is great to continue to see enthusiastic young talent passionate about chemical engineering science. We are proud to continue to support the SSEF.”

The students were presented with the awards at the IChemE Singapore Annual General Meeting, at Singapore Polytechnic Guild House on 18 June.

New members were also appointed to the IChemE Singapore Board at the meeting. They are: Edwin Liew taking over as Chair of the Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group (SIG); Jack Shepherd as Chair of the Energy SIG; Elaine Yong as the Chair of the Young Engineers Group in Singapore; and Cheah Sin Moh as Chair of Students and Technicians. The rest of the board will continue for another year.

The board also thanked Tay Kheng Siong for his long service. He is stepping down as a founding board member and has served on the inaugural board since 1995. Wui Poh Yong took on Chair of the Singapore Board from Joe Eades who is stepping down to focus on his role on IChemE Congress.


For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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