News Archive (2014)

Science Faculty is celebrating 85th Anniversary

2014 is the 85th Anniversary of our Science Faculty. The Faculty of Science (FoS) is pleased and proud to celebrate this with the whole University family and especially the many for whom 2014 is also very special. There is something for everyone: reunions, open houses, conferences and symposiums, exhibitions and celebration.

European Physical Journal (EPJ) Distinguished Referee in 2014

EPJ expresses its thanks to Professor Berthold-Georg Englert as a Distinguished Referee in 2014. It is an acknowledgement of his contribution, great assistance and commitment as a referee to the European Physical Journal.

Assoc. Prof. Dagomir Kaszlikowski wins film award

"Seeing Without Looking,” a 15-minute movie by Assoc. Prof. Dagomir Kaszlikowski, has won a top prize in the “Show me the physics!” video contest, organised by the Foundational Questions Institute in the US. The film, which was selected from more than 100 entries, clinched one of the top three prizes worth US$10,000. Assoc Prof Kaszlikowski is also a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum.

Some good news to share

Assoc. Prof. Tan Meng-Chwan has just been formally invited to be a plenary speaker at "String-Math 2015", the MOST PRESTIGIOUS conference in all of mathematical string theory! This invitation is a landmark achievement for NUS and string theory in Singapore.

Visualising Interstellar's black hole

If you have watched the movie Interstellar, you would have seen the images of light around the black hole Gargantua. One effect present is the "shell of fire", which refers to light rays going around a rotating black hole in a spherical orbit. Such orbits were in fact first studied in detail by Assoc. Prof. Edward Teo. A description of this effect and how it was used to produce images of Gargantua can be found in Kip Thorne's book, "The Science of Interstellar."

China Distinguished Materials Scientists Forum

Prof Feng Yuan Ping has just delivered a prestigious lecture titled "First-principles design of materials for advanced technologies" at the China Distinguished Materials Scientists Forum 中国材料名师讲坛 hosted by University of Science and Technology Beijing. The lecture is the 68th in the series. (Photos: 1 & 2)

Interconversion between three overstretched DNA structures

A new publication by A/Prof Yan Jie and his team reports systematic studies of interconversion between these overstretched DNA structures induced by changing NaCl concentration at constant force.

SMP Mentors Award 2014

Congratulations to A/Prof Tay Seng Chuan for receiving the SMP Long Service Award, Prof B V R Chowdari, Dr M. V. Reddy and their teams for receiving 2 Distinction Awards, 1 Merit Award and 1 Gold Award.

Advanced Material Interfaces 06/14

The collaboration work between Dr. Ariando, Prof. Venkatesan and Prof. Feng on the physics which explains the role of oxygen vacancy and polar catastrophe on the origin of the 2D electron gas at the complex oxide interfaces is highlighted on the cover of Advanced Material Interfaces.

Russell Severance Springer Professor 2014/2015

Professor LI Baowen has been awarded 2014/2015 Russell Severance Springer Professor by Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley. He is going to give 5 lectures on Phononics and Thermal Transport at UC Berkeley in the coming four weeks.

Visualising the Universe

On Saturday, 6 September, Tan Peng Kian, PhD student at the NUS physics department, will present his recent work published in Astrophysics Letters on observation of photon bunching measurements for stellar spectroscopy at the ArtScience Museum in a series of afternoon talks about "Visualizing the Universe".

The Rise of Spintronics in CVD Graphene

A group of scientists at the Graphene Research Center led by Prof. Oezyilmaz have now discovered that the spin Hall effect is intrinsic to graphene synthesized on metallic surfaces by means of chemical vapour deposition.

National Day Awards 2014

Congratulations to Prof Andrew Wee, winner of The Public Administration Medal (Silver) and Mr. Ng Tong Hoe for receiving the Long Service Award.

Physics Induction – 2014

Welcome all Physics Freshmen! The department is organizing an induction workshop where you will learn the hacks to ease your journey as a physics major. Professors will discuss crucial questions such as (i) how to approach the physics curriculum, (ii) what are the NUS resources that can enhance your university experience, (iii) what are the career opportunities once you graduate.

NUS researchers discover a new mechanism for magnetoresistance in disordered two-dimensional materials

A collaboration between researchers at Monash University (Australia), the University of Maryland (USA) and Shaffique Adam’s research group at the National University of Singapore has resulted in the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of a new mechanism by which an applied magnetic field can increase the resistance in disordered graphene and other two-dimensional materials.

Inspiring John aims for the sky

Physics graduate John Soo Yue Han with inspiring story is featured in Malaysia News Paper. He had graduated on June 30 with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), where he had obtained a scholarship from the Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Every Electron Counts!

Using unique research facilities at free-electron laser FLASH at DESY (Germany) and Singapore Synchrotron Light Source of National University of Singapore, a team consisting of researchers from National University of Singapore (NUSNNI-Nanocore, Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, and Department of Physics), Germany (Center for Free Electron Laser, DESY, and University of Hamburg), USA (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Advanced Photon Source), Japan (University of Tokyo and AIST), reveals electronic correlations and screening mechanisms of effective Coulomb on-site repulsions in a model high-temperature superconductor cuprate, spin-ladder compound.

Probing the physical principles of mechanosensing by cells

This research is led by Associate Prof Yan Jie and principal investigator at MBI, NUS, and Prof Rene Mege, principal investigator at the Institut Jacques Monod (IJM), University Paris Diderot & CNRS, in collaboration with colleagues from NUS and IJM.

Going nano with new 2D materials centre

The University has established the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials to study and develop applications for materials that are atomically thin with a S$50-million grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF). The Centre builds on the success of the Graphene Research Centre (GRC), which will have its activities folded into the new Centre.

FoS 2014 Provost's and Dean's Chairs

The Department is pleased to announce that Professor Wang Jiansheng has been appointed as the Provost's Chair and Associate Professor Yan Jie, the Dean's Chair from 1 July 2014.

Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (ATEA)

Our heartiest congratulations to A/Prof Tan Meng Chwan and Dr Chammika Udalagama who have won the ATEA awards and A/Prof Chung Keng Yeow receives the ATEA Honour Roll this year! The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) recognises faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching.

New research shows unlimited heat conduction in graphene

It was reported that scientists at NUS and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz have attested that the thermal conductivity of graphene diverges with the size of the samples. This discovery challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction for extended materials. Their research and results have now been presented in the scientific journal Nature Communications. A similar report was carried in: R & D magazine.

Scientists open door to better solar cells, superconductors and hard-drives

The team of Asst/Prof Andrivo Rusydi from the National University of Singapore has solved a long standing mystery in the physics of condensed matter. Using Singapore Synchrotron Light Source of National University of Singapore and DESY's bright research light sources, they have opened a new door to better solar cells, novel superconductors and smaller hard-drives.

Materials: Directional conductivity when under strain Tensile strain induced directional conductivity in ultra-thin manganite films

A research collaboration between Asst Prof Andrivo Rusydi and collaborators from Nanyang Technological University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China have discovered that La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) ultra-thin films exhibit the ability to conduct electricity in a certain direction when it is placed under tensile strain conditions at low temperatures.

SSEF winning projects under FoS mentorship

Congratulations to Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Prof Chowdari BVR, A/Prof Phil Chan, A/Prof Peter Ho, Asst/Prof Andrew Anthony Bettiol, Dr. Lu Junpeng, Dr. Yeo Ye, Dr. M.V. Reddy and Dr. Lim Xiaodai Sharon who have mentored the winning school projects at the recent Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2014.

NUS High School Inspiring Research Mentor Award winners

Congratulations to Dr M V Reddy and Prof Sow Chorng Haur for receiving the "Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2014" from NUS High school. 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).

The ART of Science Exhibition:

The exhibition is opened to NUS community. Hope to see you there! At University Hall, Level 2, LinkBridge, 11 April 2014 (Fri), 8am ~ 4pm.

[Physoc] Spark the Gap

Spark the Gap is a sharing session for physics majors in which a few undergraduates are invited to share their experiences in physics. Welfare packs (while stocks last) will be distributed during the event. Hope to see you there! At Physics Resource Room (S13-2-14), 21st March 2014 (Fri), 6pm~ 8pm.

IPS Meeting 2014

This year, NUS hosts the annual meeting of the Institute of Physics Singapore, a market place for researchers in physical sciences in Singapore. Located at the new University Town facilities, over 70 talks and 50 poster showcase recent physics research, and allows to network with colleagues from different institutions.

Two pieces of good works just published in Physcial Review Letter

(a) Experimental work (with ECE colleagues J Thong and Cheng-Wei Qiu) on "thermal cloak" published in Physical Review Letters (3 Feb 2014). This paper, together with another one from NTU, has been selected as Viewpoint in Physics "Thermal Cloaks get hot" (b) A rigorous mathematical theory has been worked out on anomalous heat diffusion. It is rare in this field as it is difficult to get a rigorous theory. S. Liu, P Hanggi, N.-B Li, J. Ren, and B Li, Anomalous heat diffusion, Physical Review Letters 112, 040601, 28 Jan 2014.

IPS Awards 2013

Congratulations to Prof Thirumalai V. Venkatesan, Prof Barbaros Oezyimaz and Asst/Prof Goki Eda for receiving the IPS Awards 2013 for their outstanding research, contributions and leadership done in the field of Physics in Singapore.

Science and Society

In conjunction with the Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS@one-north) 2014, NUS is hosting a panel discussion on “Science and Society”. Four eminent scientists, including NUS Distinguished Visiting Professor Andre Geim, will be on the panel and Prof Barry Halliwell, Deputy President (Research and Technology) will be the moderator for this panel discussion.

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