Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D.
Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D.
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Chemical engineering meets graph theory
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - August 14, 2014 - 12:00am
Chemical engineering first emerged in the early 20th Century as the branch of engineering dedicated to the large-scale production of commodity chemicals.
How to make the most of scientific conferences — 5 key points to remember
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - June 12, 2014 - 12:00am
Conferences are one of the most important avenues for dissemination of research findings (arguably second only to peer-reviewed journals, which we will talk about in a future Star Science article).
On the declaration of novelty in scientific journal articles
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - April 24, 2014 - 12:00am
As a researcher, I find it alarming how the Philippines seems to be steadily slipping behind the rest of Asia in terms of scientific productivity.
Are negative carbon emissions possible?
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - October 10, 2013 - 12:00am
It is remarkable how public awareness of climate change has grown over the past decade and a half.
Research portfolios and research team composition: Lessons from swarm intelligence
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - September 26, 2013 - 12:00am
The exploration of uncharted intellectual territory that is a fundamental aspect of cutting-edge research naturally creates numerous pitfalls and dead ends.
Some Internet age trends in scientific publication
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - July 4, 2013 - 12:00am
I belong to a generation of researchers who are just about old enough to remember the early days of the Internet, before the Web made its full impact felt on the way the world goes about doing scientific resear...
Designing industrial symbiosis
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - March 14, 2013 - 12:00am
The field of industrial ecology (IE) has grown rapidly in the two decades or so since the seminal paper “Strategies for Manufacturing” by Frosch and Gallopoulos appeared in Scientific American in 19...
Crossing borders
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am
A few months ago I found myself (a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering) reading a 40-year old article from the Journal of Theoretical Biology in preparation for a meeting with a colleague, Krista...
The Ph.D. student as a research apprentice
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - March 1, 2012 - 12:00am
One of my former undergraduate students (and a current RA at our Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research at De La Salle University) recently secured a scholarship to do Ph.D.
A simple lesson in bioenergy arithmetic
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - February 16, 2012 - 12:00am
In an article published in 2005 in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sanderine Nonhebel of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands estimated that if all of the world’s energy requirements were...
'Chemical cybernetics' and the problem of climate change
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - January 5, 2012 - 12:00am
The devastation caused by “Sendong” in Mindanao last month serves as a grim reminder of just how disaster-prone the Philippines really is.
'Chemical cybernetics' and the problem of climate change
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - September 29, 2011 - 12:00am
In 1971, Charles Hohmann completed a Ph.D. thesis entitled “Optimal networks for heat exchange” at the University of Southern California.
'Chemical cybernetics' and the problem of climate change (Part 1 of 3)
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - September 1, 2011 - 12:00am
It is becoming clear as 2012 approaches that the Kyoto Protocol, which was the international community’s attempt to stabilize the atmospheric greenhouse gas levels through a combination of emission cuts and...
What earning a Ph.D. degree really means
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - August 25, 2011 - 12:00am
When I was a Ph.D. student on research attachment at the University of Portsmouth over a decade ago, a friend of mine, who was then that university’s director for international recruitment, took me to a local...
Climate risk as a constraint on alternative energy
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - July 14, 2011 - 12:00am
The role played by low-carbon energy sources in the global struggle to mitigate anthropogenic climate change is already well understood.
Measuring the sustainability of energy systems
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - November 4, 2010 - 12:00am
A couple of years ago, during the peak of the global bioenergy mania, a series of short articles appeared in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, which summarized the debate about the pros and cons...
Why the Nobel Prize remains so elusive
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - October 28, 2010 - 12:00am
Despite the recent stir that resulted when retired chemist and Quezon City resident Prof. Richard Heck was named as one of this year’s Nobel laureates, I think it remains unlikely that any locally based Filipino...
Some lessons for graduate students
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - October 7, 2010 - 12:00am
In last week’s column, I recounted the recent experiences of Dr. Denny Ng of the University of Nottingham’s campus in Malaysia, and identified two factors that were instrumental in the successful completion...
Some lessons for graduate students
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - September 30, 2010 - 12:00am
In September 2008, Denny Ng successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in chemical engineering at the University of Nottingham’s new campus in Malaysia, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
The power of analogies
by Raymond R. Tan, Ph.D. - September 9, 2010 - 12:00am
Imagine a hiker lost in the middle of a rainforest, trying to find his way to safety without the benefit of any navigation aids.
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