Awards and Services

Honour and Awards

2017 Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award
2017 Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellowship
2016 Lab on Chip Emerging Investigator
2016 Invited Guest for Global Young Scientists Summit 2016
2015 Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship
2014 Interviewed by Singapore State TV Medicorp, Channel 8 Focus Program for outstanding young scientist and contribution
2014 Tan Kah Kee Young Inventor’s Award
2012 Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Award
2010 Max Planck Institute Postgraduate research scholarship
2006 1st Runner-up in A design-and-build rocket competition, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2004 Police National Service Commendation, Singapore Police Force, for being top National Service Officer, Singapore
2004 Commissioner of Police Testimonial, Singapore Police Force, for outstanding contribution and leadership abilities, Singapore
2003 Police Coast Guard Commander’s Award, Singapore Police Force, for resourcefulness and devotion to duty, Singapore
1999 Singapore Edusave scholarship, Ministry of Education, for top academic performance, Singapore


2017-2020 Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellowship. A microfluidic platform for optimised detection of protein complexes. 
2015-2017 Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship. Droplet-based microfluidics for drug discovery.
2016-2017 Griffith University-Peking University Collaborative Project Grants. Micro-droplet Bioreactor for cell studies.
2015-2016 Griffith University New Researcher Grant. Microfluidic pico-injector for high throughput screening in drug discovery.
2015-2016 Griffith University-Peking University Collaborative Project Grants. Droplet-based microfluidics for drug discovery.
2015-2016 Global Young Scientists Summit 2016 Travel Grant.
2015-2017 IRU-MRUN Collaborative Research Program 2015, Innovative Research Universities – Malaysia Research University Network, Griffith University and University of Malaya collaboration project.


Say Hwa Tan, Benoit Semin and Jean-Christophe Baret, Method and fluidic microsystem for generating droplets dispersed in a continuous phase.  Application No: PCT/EP2012/001423, 30th March 2012.

Service roles

Member of MethodsX editorial board, a multidisciplinary open access journal from Elsevier
Member of Sensors editorial board
Guest Editor for a Sensors special issue (Impact Factor: 2.677) “2018 International Conference of Biomedical Information Perception & Microsystems”
Associate Editor of IET Micro & Nano Letters
Guest Editor for a Micromachines special issue “Insights and Advancements in Microfluidics.” (2016-2017).
Invited Reviewer for more than 20 high-quality journals including: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biomedical Microdevices, Micro and Nanosystems, Micromachines, Biomicofluidics, Journal of Nanofluids, Chemical Engineering Science, Lab on chip, Scientific Report, Journal of Physics D Applied Physic, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, RSC Advances, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and etc.