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Intel ISEF 2016

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
8 to 13 May 2016

The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair held annually to provide a platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. This year, there are more than 1750 finalists from more than 75 countries, regions and territories took part. There are 22 scientific categories in Intel ISEF 2016 and within each category, the Best of Category, First, Second, Third and Fourth awards are given out. Further to that, two finalists from amongst the 22 winners of the Best of Category will be awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards. These finalists are selected for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices, and creating solutions to the problems of tomorrow. Special Awards sponsored by various organizations are also given out in recognition for the science and engineering innovations in projects.

Details of projects submitted by the Singapore team



Project Description

Samuel Leong (Individual)
IP Year 6
Hwa Chong Institution
Project title – Optically-illuminated Directional Sensing for Guidance and Alignment Systems
Category – Embedded Systems

A low cost, low power, highly versatile circuit that is able to lock on to a specific laser frequency has been designed and built. This compact and responsive laser guided system which is free from all external light interferences, has potential applications in security, defence, elderly care and smart robotic systems. Samuel has developed his system under the guidance of Dr Wee Keng Hoong and Mr Lee Jin Yu from the DSO National Laboratories.
Sim Yu Ki (Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College

Project titleEarly, Affordable and Rapid Viral Detection: Revolutionizing Home Diagnosis of Dengue and Zika through Lateral Flow Biosensing
Category – Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Devices

Capacity to mitigate outbreaks and manage patient care for debilitating mosquito-borne flaviviral diseases hinges critically on early, rapid and accurate diagnosis. In this work, nanoparticles to be embedded on lateral flow biosensors were developed, potentially revolutionizing current flaviviral diagnostic methods by enabling precise, prompt and cost-effective diagnosis. Yu Ki did her project under the guidance of Dr Paul Free Francis from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.

Wang Yuhang (Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College
Project titleNickel Oxy-hydroxide Thin Film as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Dye Wastewater Treatment
Category – Chemistry: Materials Chemistry

The novel application of nickel oxy-hydroxide thin-films proves critical as an energy-efficient, maintenance-free and cost-effective treatment and management of industrial dye wastewater. Yuhang did his project under the supervision of Dr Ren Yi from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.

Jia  Shu Yi (Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College
Project titleImmobilization of Glycans on Silicon Substrates for Diagnostic Microarrays
Category – Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry

Three different methods of immobilization of glycans onto silicon substrates were developed. This allowed Precision Ellipsometry (PREL), a sensitive, simple, yet inexpensive instrument for the analysis of glycan microarrays as well as diagnosis of common diseases. Shu Yi did his work under the supervision of Dr Nikolai Yakovlev from Institute of Materials and Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.

Clara Keng and Chow Kit Mun (Team)
IP Year 5
Raffles Institution and River Valley High School


Project title Tailored Synthesis for Morphology Control of Hematite Nanoparticles
Category – Materials Science: Nanomaterials

Through tailored hydrothermal synthesis, hematite nanoparticles with high coercivity to size ratios were obtained. These nanoparticles particles are poised as a prime candidate as cheap, efficient and reliable data storage materials. Clara and Kit Mun conducted their research under the mentorship of Mr Koh Huan Kiat and Ms Deborah Ho from DSO National Laboratories.

Brandon Foong and Victor Huang (Team)
Year 6
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Project titleA novel reactor with a transparent electrode to improve UV-mediated electrochemical wastewater treatment
Category – Environmental Engineering 

The project aims to design a cost-effective and eco-friendly electrochemical reactor to treat industrial wastewater contaminated with organic toxic compounds. The reactor takes advantage of sunlight through the use of transparent electrodes and specific reactor geometry to quickly degrade organic toxic compounds. Brandon and Victor carried out their project under the supervision of Dr Olivier Lefebvre from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in NUS.



From left:
1. Victor Huang Weiqi (NUS High School of Mathematics and Science)
2. Jia Shu Yi (National Junior College)
3. Sim Yu Ki (National Junior College)
4. Clara Keng Hui Lin (Raffles Institution)
5. Chow Kit Mun (River Valley High School)
6. Brandon Foong Yan Kai (NUS High School of Mathematics and Science)
7. Samuel Leong Chee Weng (Hwa Chong Institution)
8. Wang Yuhang (National Junior College)

Wang Yuhang at his project display
(Third Award in the category of Chemistry, Special Award for King Abdul-Aziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA), a special prize in the field of Water Technology at Intel ISEF 2016)

Jia Shuyi at his project display
(Fourth Award in the category of Chemistry)

Sim Yu Ki at her project display
(Honorable Mention for 2016 USAID Global Development Innovation)