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Research Fellow
Dr Victor NIAN

Research Interests
Research Highlights

Victor joined ESI in November 2013. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management of Technology, all from the National University of Singapore. His doctoral dissertation focused on life cycle analysis and nuclear power. His primary research interests include progress in nuclear power technologies, the environmental and economic performance of nuclear power, the safety and security of reactor operations, and preparedness for severe radiological emergency. At ESI, his work encompasses energy systems modelling, energy efficiency studies, alternative energy/carbon pathways and policies for incentivizing new energy technologies. Given his technical background, he is also interested in topics such as managing innovation, technology roadmapping and the global evolution of smarter cities.

Prior to joining the ESI, Victor was involved in business development in usability and ergonomics as well as intellectual property management at Nanyang Technological University. He was also an electrical design engineer at Toshiba for point-of-sale computer systems, and worked with consulting businesses in developing energy modelling software for efficiency improvement and decarbonization. As for community service, since 2007, he has been serving in the Engineering Alumni Singapore (EAS) which is the official alumni association of the Faculty of Engineering at NUS and was elected Vice President for the 2013/2014 academic year.

Research interest:

  • Life cycle analysis on energy systems
  • Progress in nuclear power technologies
  • Economic and environmental performance of nuclear power
  • Safety and security of reactor operations
  • Preparedness for severe radiological emergency
  • Energy systems modeling
  • Energy efficiency studies

International Publications

Nian, V., Chou, S. K., Su, B., & Bauly, J. (2014). Life cycle analysis on carbon emissions from power generation – The nuclear energy example. Applied Energy, 118, 68-82. doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.12.015

Nian, V., D’Souza, N., & Chou, SK. (2013). State of Nuclear Power Two Years After Fukushima - the ASEAN Perspective. In Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Energy. Pretoria, South Africa.

Nian, V., & Su, B. (2013). An SG-TIMES Model for Singapore’s Electricity Sector. In the 63rd ETSAP (Energy Technology System Analysis Program) Meeting. International Energy Agency. Paris, France

Nian, V., and D’Souza, N. (2012). Will Fukushima Impede the Nuclear Renaissance? A Perspective from ASEAN. In Energy Innovations for a Sustainable World: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Applied Energy (pp. 355-364). Suzhou, China.

Nian, V. (2010). Smarter Energy for Smarter Cities. In Energy for Tomorrow. TIME Magazine

Email: nian@nus.edu.sg
Phone: (+65) 6601-2076
Fax: (+65) 6775-1831