Prof Siew Hwa CHAN

Co-Principal Investigator

Prof 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 two 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 advice 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 Organiser and Programme 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 memorialise 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.

Singapore - NTU



Research Interest

- Fuel cells
- Fuel reforming
- Internal combustion engines

Key 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.