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Personal profile


Dr Irene Ling completed her BSc in Applied Chemistry in 2004 and MTech in Materials Science in 2006 all from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She was a Research and Development Engineer before she pursue her PhD in University of Malaya in 2008. After significant time building independent research as a postdoc, she was appointed as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 2016 within the School of Science at Monash Malaysia. In 2022, she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer. Her research interest include studying supramolecular chemistry (self-assembly), crystallography & crystal engineering, advanced materials (carbon rich nanomaterials, fluorescent dyes), sensors and green chemistry (organocatalyst). She has published over 50 refereed publications since 2005, primarily in the area of supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering, with some of these work featured in journal covers. Currently, she is the President for the Malaysian Crsytallographic Association. She also serves on the editorial board of PLoS One and a Junior Ambassador for USERN. She received multiple research fundings from national and international funders and has received several recognition awards for her scientific contribution.

Research interests

  • Supramolecular chemistry (self-assembly)
  • Crystallography & crystal engineering
  • Advanced materials (carbon rich nanomaterials, fluorescent dyes)
  • Sensors (photoswitches)
  • Green chemistry (organocatalyst)

Monash teaching commitment

CHM1051 (Chemistry Advanced I)

CHM1052 (Chemistry Advanced II)

CHM2911 (Inorganic and Organic Chemistry)

CHM2922 Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Supramolecular Chemistry, PhD

Material Science, Master of Technology

Applied Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

Research area keywords

  • Supramolecular chemistry (self-assembly)
  • Crystallography & crystal engineering
  • Advanced materials (carbon rich nanomaterials, fluorescent dyes)
  • Sensors
  • Green chemistry (organocatalyst)
  • materials chemistry

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