Hope from Chaos: In Conversation with Professor Lam Yeng Ming

Three years into the pandemic, artists and scientists contemplate isolation and innovation in this companion talk series of Hope from Chaos exhibition.

Hear more about artistic practices around the world which reflect the complexity and nuance of an unfolding reality, and find out how scientists in Singapore are stepping up research to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In June 2021, material scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore developed a reusable ‘nanotech mask’ that is able to filter 99.9 per cent of bacteria, viruses and particulate matter. The team also designed and developed a patented antimicrobial nanoparticle solution, which when spray-coated onto the mask resulted in a sustained killing efficiency over an extended period of time. These prototypes are exhibited for the first time to the public in Hope from Chaos: Pandemic Reflections.

Professor Lam Yeng Ming (Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at NTU Singapore) joined us in the first session to share about strategies in nanotechnology that can be repurposed to act against COVID-19, as well as sustainability-driven innovation in materials science that draws on the research of NTU scientists.


Professor Lam Yeng Ming

Professor Lam Yeng Ming is Professor and Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is also the Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterization, Testing and Simulations (FACTS), a University facility for electron microscopy and x-ray analysis. Her research focuses on the design of functional nanostructured materials for a sustainable future and this leads to applications in a wide range of fields from energy to food security.

Professor Lam is also the Founder for FytoSol Pte Ltd that is dedicated to deliver solutions to horticulture and agriculture needs. She sits on the governing board for International Symposium for Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) and the National committee on Measurement and characterisation. She held a concurrent Senior Scientist position in RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, between 2011 and 2014 and a concurrent Senior Scientist position in IMRE, A*Star, from 2010-2011. She has more than 150 refereed publications and numerous patents, some of which are licensed to companies in US and Singapore.

Professor Lam was awarded the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, the inaugural L’Oréal Unesco for Women in Science National Fellowship, and the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009.

About the Exhibition

Hope from Chaos marks the second anniversary of the arrival of the COVID-19 virus into Singapore. Discover the science of infectious diseases and reflect on life during a global pandemic.

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