The nominating institution National University of Singapore on the breakthrough:

Static charge is ubiquitous, and causes a lot of problems. It reduces the efficiency of manufacturing processes, damages equipment, causes explosions, and allows particles to stick onto surfaces easily (e.g., dust on screens). As such, it influences almost all types of industries and our daily lives. The only common method used currently to eliminate static is to use conductive materials. However, most things in the world are nonconductive; hence, this method is not effective.

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Siow Ling Soh

National University of Singapore

Siow Ling Soh received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University and then studied under George Whitesides at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore. His research is highly interdisciplinary, and involves the physical–chemical investigation of the separation of charge at the interface of solid, liquid, and air, contact electrification, triboelectrification, fundamentals of static charge, together with advanced types of materials.

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