Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2019


Asian Scientist Writing Prize (Awarded 4 Dec 2019)

Thrilled to be one of the winners of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2019 (Merit prize, $500 book vouchers)

This is really meaningful for me. Growing up in a predominantly Cantonese – speaking environment, English has not been my strongest subject. Over the years of teaching, many of my students also face the struggle and insecurity in writing reports, and I always tell them that technical writing and communication is something we can all learn and develop with practice and experience.

My essay was about supercritical carbon dioxide and sustainability [Click here to read the article], inspired by my passion for supercritical CO2 research and also my love for superhero movies. Many thanks to Asian Scientist Magazine and Singapore Science Center for organizing this wonderful event, as well as the attractive prizes given.

This award for science communication is a timely and heart-warming reminder for myself. I believe how I write is actually a reflection of my life experiences and interactions. Therefore all my mentors, students, friends and colleagues whom I interact with have all been part of this achievement.

Many thanks to Asian scientist magazine and Singapore science center for organising this meaningful event.

Pecha Kucha Presentation

The Pecha Kucha ( is a 20slides x 20seconds presentation format, giving us 400 seconds to convey our message. Recently at the NUS Higher Education Campus Conference (HECC) 2019, a few colleagues and I have shared our teaching practices and experiences via Pecha Kucha.

This is a very refreshing and exciting (breath taking if i may say) presentation mode as we allow the slides to transit automatically every 20 seconds. Meaning, we need to be very clear on our message and the materials on each slide. Sometimes, you feel like you are chasing the slides. But the preparation helps us to think about the way we present and the message that we are bringing across better.

Overall, It was a great experience and I’ve made a few new friends during the workshop and conference. I must say I have enjoyed the Pecha Kucha presentations by my colleagues and friends. Some of their presentation style and the vibes they send out during their talks is really a very valuable lesson for my own learning as well!

I have made a recorded version of the presentation for sharing of the presentation as well as to help you understand how the Pecha Kucha format works.  Hope you enjoy the sharing!


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Cheers, Cindy

Using Whitelines Paper and App for teaching and learning

Whitelines is one of the simple tools that I use in my lectures and teaching to present information, derive equations and explain concepts to students. Subsequently, with the help of the free app provided by Whitelines, we can readily digitise these materials online with students, helping them with their learning.

Recently, i have also explored the use of Whitelines as a tool to help create online videos, explaining certain concepts. You may have seen this in my webpage in my previous post.
The pdf version of the video is attached here:

To make this video, we only need to have a simple webcam and use the screen capture tools such as Panapto or Camtasia to help us record, edit and publish the video.



Review article published

Graphical Abstract from Review (

Our recent review article on “Microencapsulation and Nanoencapsulation Using Supercritical Fluid (SCF) Techniques” explains and summarizes the various techniques of encapsulation using supercritical carbon dioxide. We explained the different roles that can be played by supercritical carbon dioxide in designing encapsulation processes to achieve the desired formulation, including foaming and drying.

Book Chapter Published

Our recent chapter written on invitation on Process economics and feasibility of subcritical & supercritical fluid processing” for Elsevier is now available online ( This chapter looks into aspects of process design and economics of supercritical processes, and highlights the implications for scale-up for supercritical technologies.