People

People

Contact Information

Dr. Saif A. Khan
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
National University of Singapore
Blk E5, 4 Engineering Drive 4, #02-28,
Singapore 117576

Phone: (65) 6516 5133
Fax: (65) 6779 1936
Email: saifkhan [at] nus.edu.sg

Saif A. Khan
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[ Thesis title: Microfluidic synthesis of colloidal nanomaterials ]
Current Position: Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Scientific Editor, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Research Interests: Design and analysis of chemical reactors, chemical and biological microfluidics, multiphase fluid physics, soft condensed matter physics, crystallization and non-equilibrium phase transformations, colloid and interface science, nanotechnology- photonic and plasmonic materials
Email: saifkhan[at]nus.edu.sg

Current Members

Our group includes members from very different parts of the world. Past and present KhanLab folk hail from diverse nations including Singapore, India, China, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, US, Hungary, Bangladesh, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and France.

Research Fellows

Wong Wai Kuan
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Multiphase flow reactors for catalytically active nanomaterials syntheses and gas-liquid reactions]
Current Position: Research Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Multiphase formulations, Nanoparticle Synthesis, Formulation and Process development
Email: chewwk[at]nus.edu.sg

Denise Ng Zi Ling
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Colloid-mediated microfluidic emulsion-based crystallization]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine IRG, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Research Interests: Microfluidic crystallisation of pharmaceutical compounds, formulation and process development
Email: denise[at]u.nus.edu
Dogancan Karan
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Reaction Engineering in Mesoscale Multiphase Flows ]
Current Position: Research Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Chemical reaction engineering, multiphase fluid dynamics, phase transfer catalyst, organic synthesis
Email: chedk[at]nus.edu.sg
Flore Mekki-Berrada
Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France
[ Thesis title: Coupled oscillations of microbubbles under ultrasound and hydrodynamic consequences ]
Current Position: Research Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Multiphase microfluidics, Crystallization processes, Non-linear physics, Acoustofluidics
Email: flore[at]nus.edu.sg
Arif Z. Nelson
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA
[ Thesis title: Rheology and design of yield-stress fluids ]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine IRG, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Research Interests: Mechanics of materials, Complex fluids and rheology, Materials design, 3D printing
Email: arifnelson[at]smart.mit.edu
Swati Shikha
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
[ Thesis title: Microbead-based Labelled and Label- free Protein Detection ]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine IRG, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Research Interests: Droplet microfluidics, Hydrogel microparticles, Particulate drug carriers, Fluorescent Micro-barcodes, Bioassays, Near-infrared phototherapy using upconverting nanotransducers
Email: swati.shikha[at]smart.mit.edu
Purnima Manghnani
PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
[ Thesis title: Optimized Synthesis of AIEgen and Drug Loaded Polymer Nanoparticles for Theranostic Applications ]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM), Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Research Interests: Nanomedicine, microfluidics, photolithography, zebrafish, drug delivery
Email: smrpnm[at]smart.mit.edu


Research Engineers and Students

Ho Leon Yoon
BEng. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Emulsion-Based Crystallisation enabled by transient colloidal scaffolds ]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Crystallisation, Microfluidics
Email: leon[at]u.nus.edu
Stella Ng Sze Yue
BEng. Engineering Science (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Nano-fluidic technology for the fabrication of droplet based lasers]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Microfluidics, Channel device fabrication, Nanotechnology, Multiphase catalytic packed bed reactor, Surface modified beads
Email: ng.szeyue[at]u.nus.edu
Chin Ting Yi, Jason
BEng. (Hons) Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester
[ Design project title: Sustainable production of lactic acid through modelling application ]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Chemical reaction engineering, Multi-phase fluid dynamic, Formulation and process development, Process analytical technology
Email: chinty.jason[at]u.nus.edu
Ariel Chua Yi Hui
BEng. Chemical Engineering (Hons), National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Antisolvent precipitation of Naproxen-Poly-d,l-lactide-co-glycolide in co-annular flow capillary microfluidics ]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Microfluidics, Crystallisation, Antisolvent Precipitation, Image processing
Email: arielchua[at]u.nus.edu
Lin Jia Xing, Jansen
BEng. (Hons) Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Novel Functionalized Adsorptive Membrane Technology for Water Treatment Applications ]
Current Position: Research Assistant, Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Food Product Design & Development, Microfluidics for Food, Molecular Gastronomy
Email: mdclinj[at]nus.edu.sg
Jiaxun Xie
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA
[ Thesis title: Development of an Arduino-based Programmable Logic Control system ]
Current Position: Research Engineer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Automation, Controls and Manufacturing, High-throughput experimentation, Machine Learning
Email: chexie[at]nus.edu.sg
Aleksandr Ostudin
BSc in Chemical Engineering, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia
[ Thesis title: Development of the alumosilicate nanotube mesocatalysts ]
Current Position: MSc student, joint degree by National University of Singapore and Technische Universität München
Research Interests: Multiphase microfluidics, phase-transfer and catalysis principles, catalysis in organic synthesis
Email: e0321179[at]u.nus.edu
Tan Jin Da
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
[ Thesis title: Photo-Mediated C-H Activation ]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS), NUS, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR
Research Interests: : High-Throughput Experimentation, Polymer Synthesis and Design, Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, Machine Learning
Email: e0004151[at]u.nus.edu
Chen Longfei
B.Eng. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
[ Thesis title: Hydrogel-based pharmaceutical drug product engineering ]
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: : Hydrogel-based drug delivery and formulation engineering, Coacervation process, Personalized medicine and tissue engineering.
Email: Longfei.chen_98[at]u.nus.edu
Lee Yi Wei
B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technology University (NTU), Singapore
[ Thesis title: Forced Convection Condensation in Novel Cross-section Tubes Fabricated by Selective Laser Melting. ]
Current Position: Research Engineer, Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine (CAMP) , Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Research Interests: : Colloidal Suspension Rheology, Heat Transfer, 3D printing and Fluid Mechanics.
Email: yiwei.lee[at]smart.mit.edu

Former Members

Sophia Lee Su Hui
Ph.D. in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Singapore-MIT Alliance
[ Thesis title: Microfluidic Processes for Protein Separations ]
Current Position: Lecturer
Research Interests: multiphase microfluidics, aqueous two-phase systems
Suhanya Duraiswamy
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Microfluidic processes for synthesis of plasmonic nanomaterials ]
Current Position: Assistant professor, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Research Interests: Multiphase microfluidics and particle synthesis; electric field assisted particle motion, tracking and assembly; nanotechnology for plasmonics and NIR light harvesting
Email: chesudu[at]nus.edu.sg
Abhinav Jain
M.Eng in Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Surface effects on homogeneous organic reactions in microreactors ]
Current Position: Research Associate, National University of Singapore, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Microfabrication, Engg. design and fabrication, Nanotechnology, Lab-on-a-chip, process development, Nanofluids
Email: bieaj[at]nus.edu.sg
Wang Pengzhi
M.Eng in Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Dynamics of Microfluidic Aqueous Two-Phase Compound Droplets]
Current Position: Assistant Commissioning Manager, Jebsen & Jessen Offshore
Zahra Barikbin
Ph.D. in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Singapore-MIT Alliance, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Droplet Microfluidics with Ionic Liquids for Chemical Analysis and Separations]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical and Industrial engineering ,University of Toronto
Research Interests: Lab on a chip, Multiphase flow systems, Droplet microfluidics, Microfluidics-based chemical sensing, Multiphase microfluidics for soft material syntheses, 3D bioprinting
Email: zahra.barikbin[at]gmail.com
Prasanna Ganesan K.
Meng. in Chemical engineering, National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
[ Thesis title: Scalable Continuous Flow Processes for Manufacturing Plasmonic Nanomaterials]
Current Position: Ph.D student, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Multiphase flow in porous media, CO2 sequestration, Multiphase microfluidics, process development, nanomaterials synthesis, colloidal stability, nanofluids
Email: prasannagkrish[at]gmail.com
Abu Zayed Md. Badruddoza
Ph.D. in Chemical engineering, National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
[ Thesis title: Beta-cyclodextrin Conjugated Magnetic Nanoparticles for Bio- and Environmental Applications]
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, MIT
Research Interests: Pharmaceuticals crystallisation and formulation, nano-materials, water treatment
Reno Antony Louis Leon
Meng. in Chemical engineering, National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
[ Thesis title: Interfacial crystallization of glycine at liquid-liquid interface]
Current Position: Formulation Scientist, Structo Pte. Ltd, Singapore
Research Interests: Microfluidic crystallization, Double emulsion crystallization, Nucleation and growth dynamics
Email: renolouis[at]gmail.com
Arpad I. Toldy
Ph.D. student, National University of Singapore, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Singapore-MIT Alliance
[ Thesis title: Microfluidic Methods for the Crystallisation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients]
Current Position: Product Development Graduate, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Research Interests: Crystallization, Formulation, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Continuous Manufacturing
Email: arpad.i.toldy[at]gsk.com
Pravien Parthiban
Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Multiscale Dynamics of Bubbles and Droplets in Microfluidic Networks]
Research Interests: Multiphase microfluidics, microchannel networks
Email: pravien.p[at]gmail.com
Prhashanna Ammu
Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Computer Simulations on Self-Assembly of Block Co-polymers]
Current Position: Research Scientist, Corning Incorporated, US
Research Interests: Microfluidics, Self-Assembly, CFD, Rheology of complex fluids, Block Copolymers
Email: prhashanna[at]u.nus.edu
Ambika Somasundar
BEng. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Multi-Drug Loaded Microparticles for Ocular Drug Delivery ]
Current Position: Ph.D. student, Chemical engineering, Pennsylvania State University,US
Research Interests: Microfluidic crystallisation, Drug Delivery systems, Formulation and Process Development
Email: cheas[at]nus.edu.sg
Swee Kun Yap
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Flow Reactors for Fast Catalytic Gas-Liquid Reactions with Continuous Online Catalyst Recovery and Recycle]
Current Position: Lecturer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NUS
Research Interests: Aqueous Two-Phase Systems, microfluidic droplets, nanoparticles, pharmaceutical processes
Email: cheyapsk[at]nus.edu.sg
Eunice Yeap Wan Qi
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Advanced pharmaceutical particle engineering using microfluidic emulsion crystallisation ]
Current Position: Senior Engineering Research Scientist, Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, SG
Research Interests: Formulation and Process development, Material encapsulation, science and synthesis, Food Technology
Email: euniceyeap[at]nus.edu.sg
Jiawei Rong
Ph.D. in Organic chemistry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
[ Thesis title: Copper catalyzed asymmetric addition of Grignard reagents to ketones and ketimines ]
Current Position: Technical Development Chemist, GlaxoSmithKline, SG
Research Interests: Continuous flow chemistry, Process development and optimization, Organic synthesis
Email: cherj[at]nus.edu.sg
Zita Zheng
Meng. in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Pharmaceutical Crystallization in Microemulsions]
Current Position: Scientist, L’Oréal, JP
Research Interests: Fundamentals and applications of light confinement in microfluidic emulsions
Email: chmalu[at]nus.edu.sg
Ding Da Wei
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
[ Thesis title: Preparation and characterization of biomimetic materials inspired by jumbo squid sucker ring teeth]
Current Position: Professor, Soochow University, CN
Research Interests: Engineering of biocompatible polymeric materials, Protein-based materials and their applications in tumor-targeted topical drug delivery systems
Email: dawei[at]smart.mit.edu
Meghali Bora
Ph.D. in Materials Technology, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
[ Thesis title: Studies on the release behavior of drugs in Hyaluronic acid-Nano/Micro carrier composite hydrogels]
Research Interests: Hydrogels and particulate carriers in drug delivery, Regenerative medicine, Biomimetic sensors, Drug crystallization, Formulation development
Email: meghali[at]smart.mit.edu
Hsu Myat Noe
PhD in Biomedical Engineering, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, Singapore
[ Thesis title: Structural smart hydrogels – Enhancing the sensitivity for single-cell secretomic analysis ]
Current Position: Scientist I, illumina, SG
Research Interests: Hydrogel microparticles, Particulate drug carriers, Biosensors, Droplet microfluidics, Single-cell assays
Fang Zheng
BEng. (Hons) Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore
[ Thesis title: Synthetic Architecture of Integrated Nanocatalysts ]
Current Position: IT business analyst, AvePoint Singapore, SG
Research Interests: Chemical reaction engineering; Multi-phase fluid dynamic; Process development and optimization

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