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Singapore's own 'mad' scientist: Prof Chung has 34 US patents but hasn't watched a movie in 16 years

In the third of a series of interviews with scientists under the National Research Foundation umbrella, Paul Gilfeather meets Professor Neal Chung, an international name in membrane science and engineering. SINGAPORE - Neal Chung admits he is a touch eccentric. But for all his quirks, he is the first person ever to secure two multi-million-dollar grants from the National Research Foundation for renewable energy and water recycling. That gives you some idea of the high regard in which he is held among those bankrolling Singapore's drive to force the next big scientific breakthrough. Unorthodox in the nicest possible sense of the word, the Taiwanese scientist, who spends 14 hours every single day of every week in his lab, is recognised as one of the leaders in the field of clean water and energy technology - but admits to still harbouring huge ambitions to win awards on the ...

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