News Archive (2013)

Professor Li Baowen elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Congratulations to Professor Li Baowen on being elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to physics research and for promoting the international aspects of physics.. Professor Li is now listed as a 2013 APS Fellow, along with his citation, on the FIP website

M-Theory and novel correspondences between 5d, 6d and 2d QFTs, and integrable systems

In Asst/Prof Meng-Chwan Tan's publication which appeared in the highest-ranking journal for theoretical high energy physics, JHEP, he furnished, using dualities in superstring theory and eleven-dimensional M-theory, a completely novel derivation of hitherto unknown correspondences between (i) omega-deformed partition functions of a certain class of 5d/6d supersymmetric quantum field theories, (ii) symmetries of quantum/elliptic-deformed generalizations of 2d meromorphic conformal field theories which describe higher spin gauge theories in Anti-de Sitter three-space, and (iii) relativistic/elliptized generalizations of quantum integrable systems which describe n-particle dynamics.

Guest Professor at Shanghai Institute of Ceramics

Congratulations to Professor B.V.R. Chowdari on his appointment as a Guest Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China. Shanghai Institute of Ceramics is one of the highly reputed Institutes in China on materials sciences and solid state ionics research work

Joint graphene research to boost data storage

Faster, smaller and more durable data storage for laptops, smart phones and tablet PCs, with hard disk capacity in the region of tens of terabytes instead of the present gigabytes - these will be the potential results of a new joint venture between the Graphene Research Centre (GRC) at the NUS Faculty of Science and Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Cloak made of Telflon catch eyes in web

A research team, from Zhejiang University in China, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and National University of Singapore (Prof C. K. Ong) have discovered an alternative way to make an invisibility cloak that departs from other attempts to do so.

SMP Outstanding Mentor Award 2013

Congratulations to Dr M. V. Reddy for receiving the "SMP Outstanding Mentor Award 2013" from Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. Previous years, (2012, 2011 and 2010) he won outstanding SMP mentor award from MOE. This year all four projects won Distinction and one 3M best poster award in 19th Youth Science conference, 21st September 2013.

Latest Nano Letters publication

Asst/Prof Adam Shaffique's publication "Direct Imaging of Charged Impurity Density in Common Graphene Substrates" was published in Nano Letters.

Unexpected Conductivity

Asst/Prof Adriando's research team work at NUS is today highlighted by Science Magazine as an Editor’s choice. Interfacing two dissimilar crystals can lead to unexpected phenomena, as best illustrated by the formation of a highly mobile metallic two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) between two insulators, SrTiO3 (STO) and LaAlO3.

New Book Release: Bioinspiration

Springer has published a new book 'Bioinspiration' edited by Professor Liu Xiang-Yang. It presents the latest research results in bioinspiration and biomimicking and provides readers with a comprehensive analysis of the topical areas from the nano to macroscopic scales, particularly in the areas of biomineralization.

A breakthrough in graphene transfer methodology

Organic Nano Device Laboratory (ONDL) Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of a robust transfer methodology that can transfer graphene with high integrity from their growth substrate to any applications substrates. (Song et al, “A general method for transferring graphene onto soft surfaces”, doi:10.1038/nnano.2013.63) This enables the development of new applications of graphene and the preparation of new artificial layered compounds which may have interesting new properties.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013

Faculty of Science FOS SRP-H3 project under the supervision of Dr. M. V. Venkatashamy Reddy from National University of Singapore (NUS) has done the nation proud at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013 by clinching a top award at the ISEF2013, USA.

A new revolutionary way to tailor two dimensional sheet of electrons

A research collaboration between Asst/Prof. Ariando and Prof. Venky Venkatesan at NanoCore, National University of Singapore, and collaborators from Japan, Sweden, China and The Netherlands have discovered a new revolutionary way to tailor two dimensional sheet of electrons along specific crystallographic orientation at the interface of insulating oxide systems.

How Graphene and Friends Could Harness the Sun's Energy Hitting Walls

It was reported that a team of researchers from University of Manchester and Graphene Research Centre at NUS have discovered that combining wonder material graphene with other stunning one-atom thick materials could create the next generation of solar cells and optoelectronic devices. Read more.

Annual Teaching Excellence Awards 2013 (ATEA)

Our heartiest congratulations to A/Prof Chung Keng Yeow and Dr Yeo Ye who have won the ATEA this year! The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) recognises faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching.

University Awards 2013

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr Barbaros Özyilmaz who received the Young Researcher Award at the NUS University Awards 2013 held on Friday 26 April. The award recognises researchers below 40 years of age for their achievements and promise in research.

New Book Release: The Molecule-Metal Interface

Wiley-VCH has published a new book 'The Molecule-Metal Interface' edited by Professor Norbert Koch, Professor Nobuo Ueno and Professor Andrew Thye Shen Wee. This useful addition to the literature focuses on experimental studies and introduces the latest analytical techniques as applied to this interface. It is available in E-book format

NUS – CMS (CERN) EOI Collaboration

The NUS Physics Department recently signed a historic EOI document with the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration (CMS), an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). For more details, please contact Prof. C.H. Oh and Assoc. Prof. Phil Chan.

Review paper published in highest-ranked journal (I.F.:40.197) "Chemical Reviews"

Dr. M.V. Reddy from Advanced Batteries lab published their Review paper on anode materials for Li-ion batteries. This is the first time an Asian University has published a review paper in the area of Lithium-ion batteries anodes in the Chemical Reviews.

The ART of Science Exhibition: All are Welcome!

The exhibition is opened to public. You can come and vote for among the best visual arts in the exhibition. The top three votes of the visual arts will be given prizes. Your votes are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there! At NUS - BLK S16 - Level 3 - Around the corridor of LT31, 19 April (Fri), 10.10am ~ 11.30am.

Controllable unzipping for intramolecular junctions of graphene nanoribbons and single-walled carbon nanotubes

Dr. Wei Dacheng and team have demonstrated an intramolecular junction produced by the controllable unzipping of single-walled carbon nanotubes, which combines a graphene nanoribbon and single-walled carbon nanotube in a one-dimensional nanostructure.

Functionalized graphene converts charge currents into spin currents

A research team led by Asst Prof Barbaros Özyilmaz from the Department of Physics and the Graphene Research Center at the National University of Singapore took advantage of graphene’s unique mechanical properties to artificially increase the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling of graphene. The paper is now available online.

SSEF winning projects under FoS mentorship

Congratulations to A/Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Prof Chowdari BVR, A/Prof Phil Chan, A/Prof Peter Ho, Dr. Yeo Ye and Dr. M.V. Reddy who have mentored the winning school projects at the recent Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2013.

Annual Safety & Health Performance Award (ASHPA) 2013

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Johan R.C. and Mr. Teo Hoon Hwee for achieving the "Commitment to Safety and Health Excellence" in the Annual Safety and Health Performance Award (ASHPA) 2013.

NUS High School Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2013 winners

Congratulations to Dr M V Reddy and Assoc Prof Sow Chorng Haur for receiving the "Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2013" from NUS High school (SCIENTIA project). They strive to cultivate the spirit of inquiry in students who are interested in science and gives inspirational mentoring to NUS High school students for their research projects (ARP & IRP).

NUS researchers revealed three distinct structural reorganizations of DNA

In a series of recent studies led by Jie Yan (Associate Professor of Department of Physics, Principal Investigator of Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), Centre of Bio-imaging Sciences (CBIS), and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)) has demonstrated that all the three transitions exist, and which ones occur depends on experimental conditions.

Secure communication technology can conquer lack of trust

It was reported that Professor Christian Kurtsiefer and Assistant Professor Stephanie Wehner of the Centre for Quantum Technologies at NUS have used the quantum properties of light to perform the world's first demonstration of a 'secure bit commitment' technology. The demonstration is a proof-of-principle that points towards a possible quantum technology for secure communication in the future. Similar reports were carried in: Phys Org & Science Newsline.

Critical Review paper published in highest Impact factor (I.F.:40.197) journal "Chemical Reviews"

Dr. M.V. Reddy from Solid State Ionics/Advanced Batteries lab published their review paper on "Metal oxides and oxy salts as anode materials for Li-ion batteries". This review paper is an outstanding manuscript published in one of most highly regarded and highest-ranked journal “Chemical Reviews”.

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