Dr Goh Lai Yoong
Fomer Professor
D.Sc. (1997),
Ph.D. (1967), University College London
M.Sc., University of Malaya, 1965
B.Sc. (Special Honours), University of Hong Kong, 1963
Nanyang Technological University of Singapore
Tel no. :
(+603) 79581391,
(+6012) 9795195
Fax no. :
(+65) 6791 3712
Involvement with UTAR in academic & research

Contact Person:
  -  Asst Prof Dr. Neo Kian Eang
(Faculty of Science)
  • 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 Intrest
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
Research Intrest
  • 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 -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 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.
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.