Dr Tan Yee Seng

Dr Tan Yee Seng

  • Senior Research Fellow​
Centre for Crystalline Materials


Dr Tan Yee Seng obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Chemistry from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2010. He then joined University of Malaya for a year as Research Assistant under the mentorship of Professor Edward Tiekink. Following that, he enrolled as a postgraduate student and was awarded a PhD degree in 2016. During his postgraduate study, Dr Tan was nominated as one of the Malaysian representatives to participate in the 7th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates held in Tokyo, Japan in 2015 and was recognised as a HOPE Meeting fellow. 

He has been with Sunway University as Research Fellow in the Research Centre for Crystalline Materials since November 2015. His research focuses on the crystal engineering for dithiolate coordination compound and coordination polymer. Over and above, his research interest is also directed towards the serendipitous encounter of crystal transformations.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2016)
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia (2010)

Notable Publications

  1. Jotani, M. M., Tan, Y. S., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2016). Bis[bis(N-2-hydroxyethyl,N-isopropyl-dithiocarbamato)mercury(II)]2: crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis. Zeitschrift für Kristallographi – Crystalline Materials, 231, 403-413. doi: 10.1515/zkri-2016-1943 (Front Cover)
  2. Suresh, T., Vijayakumar, V., Jyothish, L., Sarveswari, S., Jotani, M. M., Otero-de-la-Roza, A., … & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2016). Hydrogen bonding in 2,6-bis(4-fluorophenyl)-3,5-dimethylpiperidin-4-one methanol solvate. Zeitschrift für Kristallographi – Crystalline Materials, 231, 365-374. doi: 10.1515/zkri-2015-1915
  3. Tan, Y. S., Sudlow, A. L., Molloy, K. C., Morishima, Y., Fujisawa, K., Jackson, W. J., … & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2013). Supramolecular isomerism in a cadmium bis(N-Hydroxyethyl, N-Isopropyldithiocarbamate) compound: physiochemical characterization of ball (n = 2) and chain (n = ∞) forms of {Cd[S2CN(iPr)CH2CH2OH]2∙solvent}n. Crystal Growth and Design, 13(7), 3046-3056. doi: 10.1021/cd400453x      
  4. Tan, Y. S., Ooi, K. K., Ang, K. P., Akim, A. Md., Cheah, Y.- K., Abdul Halim, S. N., … & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2015). Molecular mechanisms of apoptosis and cell selectivity of zinc dithiocarbamates functionalized with hydroxyethyl substituents. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 150, 48-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2015.06.009 
  5. Tan, Y. S., Abdul Halim, S. T., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2016). Exploring the crystallization landscape of cadmium bis(N-Hydroxyethyl, N-Isopropyldithiocarbamate), Cd[S2CN(iPr)CH2CH2OH]2.  Zeitschrift für Kristallographi – Crystalline Materials, 231, 113-126. doi: 10.1515/zkri-2015-1889
  6. Tan, Y. S., Abdul Halim, S. T., Molloy, K. C., Sudlow, A. L., Otero-de-la-Roza A., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2016). Persistence of C–H⋯π(chelate ring) interactions in the crystal structures of Pd(S2COR)2. The utility of Pd(S2COR)2 as precursors for palladium sulphide materials. CrystEngComm, 18, 1105-1117. doi: 10.1039/C5CE02126J (Inside Front cover)
  7. Tan, Y. S., Azizuddin, A. D., Câmpian, M. V., Haiduc, I., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2016). Serendipitous compositional and structural diversity in urotropine adducts of binary cadmium xanthates. Zeitschrift für Kristallographi – Crystalline Materials, 231, 155-165. doi: 10.1515/zkri-2015-1899