International Collaborative Partner of UTAR Global Research Network

Name Dr Goh Lai Yoong
Designation Former Professor
Qualification D.Sc. (1997)
Ph.D. (1967), University College London
M.Sc., University of Malaya, 1965
B.Sc. (Special Honours), University of Hong Kong, 1963
Organization Nanyang Technological University of Singapore
Tel No. (+603) 79581391
Fax No. (+65) 6791 3712
UTAR Contact Person

  • Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2007-2010.
  • Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore, 1997-2007
  • Senior Research Fellow, Monash University, 1995-1997
  • Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, University of Malaya, 1968-1995
  • Research Associate, University of Chicago, 1967-1968
  • Tutor, University of Malaya, 1963-1964
Teaching Interests
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
Research Interests
  • Organotransition metal chemistry with special reference to chromium and ruthenium and sulphur-containing ligands
  • Focus on the reactivity of (cyclopentadienyl)chromium carbonyl and related complexes and reactive µ-dichlorido diruthenium complexes, with a variety of sulphur-containing substrates
Awards, Honours & Recognition
  • Loke Yew Scholarship, University of Hong Kong, 1959 - 1963
  • Commonwealth Scholarship, University of London, UCL, 1965 - 1967
  • William Ramsay Memorial Gold Medal (for Ph.D. thesis), University College London, 1967
  • Royal Society Commonwealth Developing Countries Fellowship,1991
  • Gold Medal, Institut Kimia Malaysia, 2001
  • Gold Medal, Rotary Club Malaysia Research Foundation Awards, 2003
  • Goh Lai Yoong Commemorative Symposium held within the 9th International Symposium by Chinese Organic Chemists (ISCOC-9) and the 6th International Symposium by Chinese Inorganic Chemists (ISCIC-6), Singapore, 17 - 20 December 2006
Professional Activities
  • Member, Sub-committee for Chemistry Terminology in Malay, 1970s
  • Representative of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry in the seminar "The Role of Women in Higher Education - Implications for Higher Education in South-East Asia," organized by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia and Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, 1975
  • Science Faculty representative to the Senate of the University of Malaya, 1980s-1990s
  • National representative on IUPAC Commission on the Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, 1980s and current
  • National representative for the Meeting of the International Planning Committee of International Conferences in Coordination Chemistry, on 4 occasions in 1980s-1990s
  • University representative in the Malaysian Body for Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry, 1980s-1990s
  • Committee member and Chair of the Malaysia Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry London, 1980s-1990s
  • Council Member, and member of Publications & Conference Committees, Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, 1990s
  • Consultant on timber preservation and phosphate fertilizers, 1980s
  • Seminars and talks, including 2 public lectures and 2 talks to schools: 30.
Professional Membership
  • Fellow, Academy Science Malaysia, elected in 2007
  • Member/Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, from 1974/1986
  • Fellow, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, from 1994
  • Member/Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, from 1965/1987
  • Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, from 1980
  • 125 in ISI leading journals of chemistry
  • 110 conference and symposium papers
  • A few general articles and articles in Bulletins
  • A book: "FOLLOW THE CHEMISTRY: LURE, LORE AND LIFE - An Autobiography of Goh Lai Yoong". World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Feb 2010. ISBN: 978-981-4304-00-9, 2010
Research Grants
  • Academic Research Fund Grants, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 1997-2005
  • A grant from Australian Department of Industry and Technology, Bilateral Science and Technology Collaboration programme for work on Manganese Chemistry at Monash University, Victoria, Australia, 1993-1994
  • R&D grants for strategic research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Malaysia, 1989-1995
Academic Activities
  • Supervision of research for Ph.D., M.Sc. and Honours students
  • University and external examiner for M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses
  • External examiner for B.Sc. London External Examinations (Practical Chemistry), 1970s
  • Inorganic Chemistry examiner for the Licentiate Membership of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, 1980s-1990s
  • External examiner, Graduate School, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, 1990s
  • Writer of ETV scripts on Inorganic Chemistry for Form VI students, 1970s
  • A frequent reviewer for the major International Journals of Chemistry, e.g. Angewandte Chemie, Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry A European Journal, Chemistry An Asian Journal, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, and Malaysian Journals of Science/Chemistry.
  • Visiting research fellow at The Australian National University and Monash University, several occasions, 1980s - 1990s
  • Research associate, University of Chicago, 1972; Cornell University, 1976; Texas A & M University, 1986.

Quarterly Activites
October - December 2017
  • No activities carry out during the months of Aug to Dec, 2017.
July - September 2017
  • No activities carry out during the months of July to Sept, 2017.
April - June 2017
  • No activity for April - June 2017. The contact person have resigned from the university. The faculty will need to appoint a new contact person for Prof. Goh.
January - March 2017
  • Professor Goh Lai Yoong visited UTAR on 6th March 2017 and delivered a talk entitled "Chemistry and the Economy" and conduct a discussion session with UTAR chemistry staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
October - December 2016
  • No activity for Prof. Goh during Oct-Dec 2016. We are arranging a public lecture to be delivered by her sometime Feb or March next year. The details will be announced later.
July - September 2016
  • No activity for April - June 2016. Discussion is on-going to plan for an activity sometime in Oct-Dec 2016
January - March 2016
  • No Activity
October - December 2015
  • Workshop on Airless and Air Free Techniques for Air Sensitive Compounds
July - September 2015
  • Prof. Goh will come to UTAR Kampar campus to conduct a workshop on 28/10/2015.
April - June 2015
  • No activity
January - March 2015
  • There is no activity from Jan - March 2015. However, Prof. Goh has accepted our invitation to deliver a plenary lecture for the RSC Lecture in Chemistry (Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. The lecture will be given in the coming National Postgraduate Fundamental and Applied Science Symposium (NPFASS 2015) to be held on 29th-30th May 2015
October - December 2014
  • Planning a workshop on synthetic inorganic chemistry 2015
July - September 2014
  • No activity
April - June 2014
  • No activity
January - March 2014
  • Professor Goh served as one of the panel members in the UTAR R&D completion Seminar held on 17th and 18th March 2014
October - December 2013
  • No Activity
July - September 2013
  • Activity for event(s) involving Prof. Goh for the year 2014 in currently in planning.
April - June 2013
  • Workshop on Airless or Air-Free Techniques for Air Sensitive compounds
January - March 2013
  • Inviting her to conduct a mini-workshop on growing single crystals in May 2013. Dr Goh is currently in Australia.
October - December 2012
  • No activity
July - September 2012
  • No activity
April - June 2012
  • Delivered a scientific talk to undergraduate and postgraduate students on 29.2.2012.
  • Research Meeting (29.2.2012)
January - March 2012
  • Delivered a scientific talk to undergraduate and postgraduate students on 29.2.2012.
  • Research Meeting (29.2.2012)
October - December 2011
  • Scientific talk to undergraduate and postgraduate students will be held on 29/2/2012, 2pm-3pm.(Dr Goh is currently in Australia. She will be coming back to Malaysia in February 2012.)
  • Research Meeting with academic staff will be held 29/2/2012, 3pm-4.30pm.
July - September 2011
  • Faculty of Science is planning to invite Dr Goh to deliver a scientific talk to undergraduateand postgraduate students.
  • Research Meeting with Chemistry academic staff (November 2011)
April - June 2011
  • No Activity
January - March 2011
  • No Activity
October - December 2010
  • No Activity