About Us

Back to Management Committee


Prof Chan Siew Hwa President’s Chair in Energy

Co-Director, Energy Research Institute

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 Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.Prof. Chan is a Director of Maz Energy Pte Ltd, where he provides technical advices to the Board since 2004. He is also the founder and Director of a start-up company, Xin Xiang Hydrogen Energy Co., Ltd. 新向(广州)氢能技术有限公司, in Guangzhou with key business in manufacturing of high value-added components for Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs), namely, nano-sized platinum catalyst and alloys, and membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA). He is also the consultant to a French Oil Company (Total SA). Prof. Chan was a member of Management Board of Energy Studies Institute, Singapore as well as a member of Advisory Board of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. 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 Cells and Hydrogen Technology since 1997. He was the Organizer and Program Chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), Singapore in 2005 and the Conference Chair of HYPOTHESIS XIII in 2018. From 2006 to 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 Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte. Ltd. on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Prof. Chan is also one of founders and Principal Investigators of Singapore-Peking University Research Centre for A Sustainable Low Carbon Future funded by National Research Foundation between 2011 and 2016. His research has gained him a number of international recognitions, which include George-Stephenson Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, in 2000, Scientific Achievement Award from International Association of Hydrogen Energy, USA in 2007 for outstanding Scientific Achievement in the field of Hydrogen Treatment of Materials and the Great Activities in the World Hydrogen Movement, “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” award from Thomson Reuters in 2014 in recognition of ranking among the top 1% researchers in the world for most cited documents in his field, and Nanyang Award (Research Excellence) in 2014, National Day’s Medals in 2017 and 2018,Nanyang Award (Innovation and Entreprenuership) in 2017, Star of Innovation Talent by Guangzhou Government. He was appointed as President’s Chair in Energy in Mar 2019. Prof. Chan has published 257 refereed journal papers with a total citations of more than 11,000 and h-index of 55 obtained from Web of Science. He is the founder and Vice Director of Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute in Guangzhou, which is fully funded by the Chinese government. 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”, “Journal of Power Technologies”, “Energy Conversion and Management” and “International Journal of Energy Research”. Prof. Chan has been teaching Thermodynamics course since 1991 and awarded “Teacher-of-the-Year” in 2000.