Name:
Dr Chai Siang Piao
Designation:
Associate Professor, Deputy Head of School (Research)
Qualification:
PhD (Grade 1), USM, 2008 PhD.
B.Eng (Chemical), USM, 2004
Organization:
Monash University
Email:
chai.siang.piao@monash.edu
Email2:
chaisiangpiao@yahoo.co.uk
Tel no. :
03-55146234
Fax no. :
03-55146207
Profile
Involvement with UTAR in academic & research


Contact Person:
  - Dr Mah Shee Keat
(Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science)
Timothy

Employment

  • Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Monash University, 2015 - present      
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Monash University, 2012 - 2014       
  • Lecturer, School of Engineering, Monash University, 2008 - 2011  

Administration

  • Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia
  • Nano-Analytical Platform (NAP) leader, Monash University Malaysia  

Teaching Interests

  • Reaction Engineering
  • Separation Processes  

Research Interests

  • Catalysis & reaction engineering; Graphene and carbon nanotube synthesis and applications; Carbon dioxide adsorption and utilization; Membrane technology; Natural gas processing technology; Surface engineering  

Funded Research Projects  

  • Chemical Conversion of GHGs to value-added products over nanomaterials (LRGS)
  • Development of spintronics and energy storage and conversion devices using nanostructured multiferroic materials (eScienceFund)
  • Understanding the roles of Pt and graphene on photocatalytic enhancement and surface reaction mechanism for the reduction of CO2 over Pt-TiO2-graphene nanocomposites (FRGS) 

Awards & Honours

  • Young Scientists Network – Academy Sciences of Malaysia (YSN-ASM), December 2015-December 2018
  • Visiting Scientist at Institute of NanoScience Design (INSD), Osaka University, 2010
  • Honorary Professional Research Fellow: SEGi UC, September 2011 - August 2014  

Publications & Presentations  

From 2014 onwards

 

  • Lutfi Kurnianditia Putri, Wee-Jun Ong, Wei Sea Chang, Siang-Piao Chai* (2015). Enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of carbon nitride through hybridization with light-sensitive AgCl for carbon dioxide reduction to methane. Catalysis Science & Technology (In press). 
  • Lutfi Kurnianditia Putri, Wee-Jun Ong, Wei Sea Chang, Siang-Piao Chai* (2015).  Heteroatom doped graphene in photocatalysis: A review. Applied Surface Science (In press).
  • Vahdat Vahedi, Pooria Pasbakhsh, Siang-Piao Chai, Eng-Seng Chan (2015). A facile method for preparation of self-healing epoxy composites: using electrospun nanofibers as microchannels. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 16005-16012.
  • Wei Li Tong, Wee-Jun Ong, Siang-Piao Chai, Ming K. Tan, Yew Mun Hung (2015). Enhanced evaporation strength through fast water permeation in graphene-oxide deposition. Scientific Reports, 11896.
  • Meei Mei Gui, Siang-Piao Chai*, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2015). One-pot Synthesis of Ag-MWCNT@TiO2 Core-shell Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with Water under Visible Light Irradiation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 278, 272-278.
  • Wee-Jun Ong, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai*, Siek-Ting Yong, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2015). Surface charge modification via protonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for electrostatic self-assembly construction of 2D/2D reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/g-C3N4 nanostructures toward enhanced photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane. Nano Energy, 13, 757-770.
  • Lling-Lling Tan, Wee-Jun Ong, Boon Tong Goh, Siang-Piao Chai*, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2015). Visible-light-active oxygen-rich TiO2 decorated 2D graphene oxide with enhanced photocatalytic activity towards carbon dioxide reduction. Applied Catalysis B, 179, 160-170.
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Siang-Piao Chai*, Peng Wei Zhu, Shee-Keat Mah, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2015). Preparation of self-supported crystalline merlinoite-type zeolite W membranes through vacuum filtration and crystallization for CO2/CH4separations. New Journal of Chemistry, 39, 4135-4140.
  • Wennie Subramonian, Ta Yeong Wu, Siang-Piao Chai (2015). An application of response surface methodology for optimizing coagulation process of raw industrial effluent using Cassia obtusifolia seed gum together with alum. Industrial Crops and Products, 70, 107-115.
  • Vahdat Vahedi, Pooria Pasbakhsh, Siang-Piao Chai (2015). Toward high performance epoxy/halloysite nanocomposites: New insights based on rheological, curing, and impact properties. Materials & Design, 68, 42-53.
  • Wee-Jun Ong, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai* and Siek-Ting Yong (2015). Graphene oxide as a structure-directing agent for the two-dimensional interface engineering of sandwich-like graphene/g-C3N4 hybrid nanostructures with enhanced visible-light photoreduction of CO2 to methane. Chemical Communications, 51(5), 858-861.
  • Lling-Lling Tan, Wee-Jun Ong, Siang-Piao Chai*, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2015). Noble metal modified reduced graphene oxide/TiO2 ternary nanostructures for efficient visible-light-driven photoreduction of carbon dioxide into methane. Applied Catalysis B, 166-167, 251-259.
  • Wee-Jun Ong, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai* and Siek-Ting Yong (2015). Heterojunction engineering of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) via Pt loading with improved daylight-induced photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane. Dalton Transactions, 44(3), 1249-1257.
  • Wee-Jun Ong, Seen-Yee Voon, Lling-Lling Tan, Boon Tong Goh, Siek-Ting Yong, Siang-Piao Chai* (2014). Enhanced daylight-induced photocatalytic activity of solvent exfoliated graphene (SEG)/ZnO hybrid nanocomposites towards degradation of Reactive Black 5. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 17333−17344.
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Pei Yee Tan, Siang-Piao Chai*, Peng Wei Zhu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Continuous polycrystalline ZIF-8 membrane supported on CO2 selective mixed matrix supports for CO2/CH4 Separation. RSC Advances, 4, 52461-52466. 
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Peng Wei Zhu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Siang-Piao Chai* (2014). An Overview: Synthesis of thin films/membranes of Metal Organic Frameworks and its gas separation performances. RSC Advances, 4, 54322-54334.
  • Ong-Wee Jun, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai*, Siek Ting Yong, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014).₂   with Exposed {001} Facets on the Graphene Scaffold as Photo-Active Hybrid Nanostructures for Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methane. Nano Research, 7(10), 1528–1547.
  • Meei Mei Gui, Siang-Piao Chai*, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). MWCNT@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites with transition metal oxide dopants for photoreduction of carbon dioxide into methane. Applied Surface Science, 319, 37-43.
  • Shee-Keat Mah, Catherine Ching Han Chang, Ta Yeong Wu, Siang-Piao Chai* (2014). The study of reverse osmosis on glycerin solution filtration: Dead-end and crossflow filtrations, transport mechanism, rejection and permeability investigations. Desalination, 352, 66-81.
  • Wennie Subramonian, Ta Yeong Wu, Siang-Piao Chai (2014). A comprehensive study on coagulant performance and floc characterization of natural Cassia obtusifolia seed gum in treatment of raw pulp and paper mill effluent. Industrial Crops and Products, 61, 317-324.
  • Mehrnoush Khavarian, Siang-Piao Chai, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Direct use of as-synthesized multi-walled carbon nanotubes with catalyst impurities for carbon dioxide reforming of methane for producing synthesis gas. Chemical Engineering Journal, 257, 200-208.
  • Meei Mei Gui, Siang-Piao Chai*, Bo-Qing Xu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Visible-light-driven MWCNT@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites and the roles of MWCNTs on the surface chemistry, optical properties and reactivity in CO2 photoreduction. RSC Advances, 4 (46), 24007 – 24013.
  • Lling-Lling Tan, Wee-Jun Ong, Siang-Piao Chai*, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Band gap engineered, oxygen-rich TiO2 for visible light induced photocatalytic reduction of CO2. Chemical Communications, 50, 6923-6926.
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Siang-Piao Chai*, Peng Wei Zhu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Development of a hybrid membrane through coupling of high selectivity Zeolite T on ZIF-8 intermediate layer and its performance in carbon dioxide and methane gas separation. Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 196, 79-88.
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Siang-Piao Chai*, Peng Wei Zhu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). A well inter-grown ZIF-8 membrane synthesized via two-step hydrothermal synthesis on coarse a-Al2O3 support. Materials Letters, 129, 162-165.
  • Cathie Lee WP, Shee-Keat Mah, CP Leo, Ta Yeong Wu, Siang-Piao Chai* (2014). Phosphorus removal by NF90 membrane: Optimization using central composite design. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 45, 1260-1269.
  • Zee Ying Yeo, Peng Wei Zhu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Siang-Piao Chai* (2014). Enhanced hybrid membrane of ZIF-8 and zeolite T for CO2/CH4 separation. CrystEngComm, 16, 3072-3075.
  • Ong-Wee Jun, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai*, Siek Ting Yong, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Facet-dependent photocatalytic properties of TiO2-based composites for energy conversion and environmental remediation. ChemSusChem, 7, 690-719.
  • Choon-Ming Seah, Siang-Piao Chai, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Mechanisms of graphene growth by chemical vapor deposition on transition metals. Carbon, 70, 1-21.
  • Shee-Keat Mah, Siang-Piao Chai*, Ta Yeong Wu (2014). Dehydration of glycerin solution using pervaporation: HybSi and polydimethylsiloxane membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 450, 440-446.
  • Meei Mei Gui, Siang-Piao Chai*, Bo-Qing Xu, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Enhanced visible light responsive MWCNT/TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites as the potential photocatalyst for reduction of CO2 into methane. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 122, 183-189.
  • Ong-Wee Jun, Lling-Lling Tan, Siang-Piao Chai*, Siek Ting Yong, Abdul Rahman Mohamed (2014). Highly Reactive {001} Facets of TiO2-Based Composites: Synthesis, Formation Mechanism and Characterizations. Nanoscale, 6, 1946-2008.
  • Wei-Wen Liu, Siang-Piao Chai, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Hashim Uda (2014). Synthesis and characterization of graphene and carbon nanotubes: A review on the past and recent developments. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 20(4), 1171-1185. 
  • Rangika Thilan De Silva, Mohammad Soheilmoghaddam, Kheng Lim Goh, Mat Uzir Wahit, Sharifah Abd Hamid Bee, Siang‐Piao Chai, Pooria Pasbakhsh. Influence of the processing methods on the properties of poly (lactic acid)/halloysite nanocomposites. Polymer Composites (In press).   

Professional Membership   

  • Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Associate Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Graduate member of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM):
  • Professional Member of Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN)  

Professional Activities   

  • Journal reviewers: Progress in Polymer Science, Journal of American Chemical Society, ACS Catalysis, Nanoscale, Scientific Reports, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Chemical Communications, Carbon, Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, Applied Catalysis A - General, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, PCCP, Langmuir, Journal of Membrane Science, Catalysis Today, Chemical Physics Letters, Separation and Purification Technology, New Journal of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Applied Surface Science, Desalination, Journal of Materials Research, Materials Letters, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Energy and Fuel, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Diamond and Related Materials, Separation Science and Technology, Journal of Molecular Liquids, the Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Materials Research Bulletin, International Journal of Reactor Engineering, Energy and Environment Journal, Desalination and Water Treatment, etc.
  • Editorial Board: The Scientific World Journal; Advances in Nano Research (ANR)
  • Book reviewer: MRS Bulletin
  • Technical program committee for 2nd International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials 2012 (ICPEAM2012)
  • Reviewers panel for International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials (ICPEAM 2010) and 24th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE 2010)
  • Scientific committee for 2013 International Conference on Advances in Nano Research (ICANR13) (25-28 August 2013, COEX, Seoul, Korea).
  • National Scientific Committee for the 27th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE 2014) and 21st Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE 2014)
  • Organizing committee for International Symposium on Advanced Functional Materials (ISAFM 2014).
  • International Advisory Committee for the International Workshop on Graphene and C3N4-based Photocatalysts 2015 (5-8, June 2015, Wuhan, China).
  • Local Chairman for the 9th International Conference on Multi-functional Materials and Application 2015 (ICMMA2015) (26-28 November 2015, Jiangsu, China).
  • Advisory and organizing committee of Global Graphene Forum 2016, 23-25 August 2016, Sweden.