News Archive (2017)

NUS scientists unravel new insights into promising semiconductor material

In two separate studies led by Professor Andrew Wee and Associate Professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the NUS Faculty of Science, the researchers uncovered the role of oxygen in MoS2, and a novel technique to create multiple tunable, inverted optical band gaps in the material.

Power of positivity

NUS Science Valedictorian Wong Zi Heng, paralysed after suffering a cervical spinal cord injury, was recently conferred the Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree with honours, proof that he stared down the face of adversity, and won.

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP) Winner for AY2016/17

Congratulation to our Physics student, Mr Tay Zhi Jian Daniel for winning the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP) for AY2016/17.

Project Title: Photon-Magnon Coupling in Split Ring Resonators
Supervisor: Prof Ong Chong Kim (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science)
Category: Individual

Associate Professor Ariando appointed as Dean’s Chair

Our heartiest congratulations to Associate Professor Ariando appointed as Dean’s Chair in the Faculty of Science. This appointment is made in recognition of his outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments which are well acknowledged. A/P Ariando’s research is on a new generation of electronics using oxides instead of traditional semi-conductors, and he is considered one of the leaders in the field of oxide interface and advanced functional devices.

Professor Bernard TAN conferred the Emeritus Professorship Award

Prof Bernard TAN Tiong Gie was presented the Emeritus Professorship award by Provost Prof TAN Eng Chye at tea reception organised by the Department of Physics on 20 June at Physics conference room.

The synchronized dance of skyrmion spins

The Laser Brillouin group of Prof KUOK Meng Hau has simulated the dependence of the eigenmodes of skyrmions in ultrathin ferromagnetic films, on the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and applied magnetic field. Special thanks to AIP, the work has been highlighted as an article in American Institute of Physics Publishing in the News, and as a press release in Newswise, entitled "The Synchronized Dance of Skyrmion Spins".

Steady-state density functional theory

Prof ZHANG Chun and his Ph.D. student, LIU Shuanglong together with research fellow, Dr Argo NURBAWONO, from the Department of Physics, NUS have developed a more general version of the popular and widely-used density functional theory (DFT) which can be applied to steady-state non-equilibrium situations.

A new spin on graphene electronics

A collaboration between Prof Su Ying QUEK from the Department of Physics, NUS and Prof John THONG from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS has shown that "edge-contacted" device geometries in Ni/Co-graphene interfaces result in some of the lowest contact resistances reported to date.

NUS and BASF scientists open a way to high performance organic transistors for flexible electronics

NUS scientists in collaboration with BASF SE scientists have jointly developed a novel device structure for organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) that show unprecedentedly low contact resistance.

The ART of Science Exhibition: All are Welcome!

The exhibition is opened to NUS community. ALL are welcome! Hope to see you there! Venue at University Hall, Level 2, LinkBridge, 10 Apr (Mon) ~ 11 Apr (Tue) 2017, 9am ~ 5pm.

Next generation fast proton imaging and fabrication

NUS physicists, Prof Jeroen Anton VAN KAN and his collaborators have designed and successively micro-fabricated a miniature ion beam source prototype, paving the way to improve ion beam brightness by up to a million times.

THE ECONOMIST has a science cover page on Quantum Technology

SINCE its inception a century ago, quantum physics has faced something of an experimental problem. The theory promises all manner of interesting and perhaps useful behaviours of particles in isolation, under rigidly controlled conditions.

To solve its hardest problems, Silicon Valley Turns to Physicists

As the technological challenges of tech companies get bigger and badder, a crowd of physicists is moving in on the engineer headcount.

Black holes with unusual horizons

NUS physicists, Prof Edward Teo and Dr Chen Yu have found a new type of black hole that can exist in anti-de Sitter space, whose event horizon is infinite in extent yet has a finite area.

A world beyond ours

Both Dr Ng and Dr Yang are hopeful that the NASA recent discovery of TRAPPIST-1 will spur interest and raise awareness of the study of physics and its related research. At NUS, astrophysics - a branch of physics that seeks to explain objects and events observed in the sky - is offered as a specialisation under the Physics major programme.

Hydrophobic Rose Petals and Green Tea Lattes: An Interview with Associate Professor Tok Eng Soon

A/P Tok Eng Soon is an experimental physicist who teaches in USP and the NUS Physics Department. He teaches the USP module “UPC2206 Nanoscale Science and Technology”, for which he received the USP Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016.

IPS Awards 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Gong Jiangbin, Asst/Prof. Utkur M. Mirsaidov, Asst/Prof Quek Su Ying, Dr. Yeo Ye and Ms Lee Lai Bay for receiving the IPS Awards 2017 for their outstanding research, contributions and leadership done in the field of Physics in Singapore.

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