Kang Hway Chuan

Science (Chemistry)

Associate Professor of Science
Email: hwaychuan.kang@yale-nus.edu.sg

Professor Kang was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received a BS from Yale University (1983) and a PhD from Caltech (1989). He joined NUS in 1992 and will continue there as a joint appointee in the Department of Chemistry and the University Scholars Program.

Research Interests

Professor Kang applies quantum and statistical mechanical methods to a broad range of problems, mostly in surface chemistry, with the goals of elucidating the link between material properties and molecular behavior, and making the connection between experimental results and first-principles calculations to clarify the microscopic picture of molecular processes. He is currently working on the chemical, electronic, and magnetic properties of small transition metal clusters adsorbed on graphene, on the interactions of silanes on silicon-germanium surfaces, and on the influence of the ion-orbital coupling upon dynamical calculations in the Car-Parrinello method. Recent work includes “Graphene-adsorbed Fe, Co, and Ni trimers and tetramers: structure, stability and magnetic moment”, in Physical Review B (2011), “Hydrogen adsorption on mixed platinum and nickel nanoclusters” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry (2011), and “Ion-orbital coupling in Car-Parrinello calculations of hydrogen-bond vibrational dynamics” in the Journal of Chemical Physics (2011). He is currently writing an invited review of Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics for Annual Reports: Physical Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry).

Teaching and Residential Life

Professor Kang has been actively involved for many years in the development of modules in the Chemistry Department, contributing to the design and teaching of a number of modules in physical chemistry at undergraduate and graduate levels, and in applied chemistry. In the University Scholars Programme, he chaired the curriculum committee for six years until recently, and has designed and taught modules in the science domain. He also recently led a review of the curriculum at the University Scholars Programme, which has reshaped the curriculum with changes to be implemented within the next two years. He served for a number of years on the university level curriculum and educational policy committee. In recent years, he taught Waves in Nature, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, and a Freshman Seminar on Entropy, among other examples.