Published on: 18-Oct-2018
Professor Loh Teck Peng, a professor at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was awarded the 2018 President's Science Award. The award recognizes his outstanding research, including accomplishments in advancing organic chemistry and green chemistry that have had far-reaching implications in multiple fields, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Over his 24-year academic career, Professor Loh has published more than 300 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, been granted 10 patents and written five book chapters. His work has been cited more than 11,700 times and the significance and impact of his research have been recognised locally and internationally. He had received best researcher awards from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), the GSK-SNIC award in organic chemistry (Singapore), and the Thousand Talent Award (PRC) and the Yoshida Prize (Japan).
A world-renowned chemist, Professor Loh's creative and insightful research has resulted in technologies with disruptive impact on the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry. Over the last 20 years, Professor Loh has created dozens of innovative, practical and green methods that can produce synthetic compounds, placing him at the forefront of organic synthesis research and establishing his position as one of its pioneers.
Since the early 90s, Professor Loh has developed many green technologies, especially in creating organic reactions in water through the innovative use of various reusable catalysts in water, instead of organic solvents. His latest success is a truly green synthetic method where the products can be easily isolated by simple filtration, without the need for organic solvent extraction and tedious column chromatography.
Credit: Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star)
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