"Butterfly" defects on 2D Materials
A team led by Prof Andrew WEE and Prof QUEK Su Ying, together with Dr HUANG Yuli from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) discovered novel defect states at grain boundaries (GBs) in a two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor. Read more.

Students learnt about the latest physics discoveries in PEC 2016
The Physics Enrichment Camp (PEC) is an annual event organised by the NUS Physics Department and NUS Physics Society. The four-day event was attended by secondary school students on 31 May to 1 June, and junior college students on 2 to 3 June. The camp was well-attended, drawing a record high attendance of 618 participants. Read more.

Unique photoresponse from 2D phosphorene-phosphorene-suboxide
A team led by Prof Chorng Haur SOW, Prof Barbaros ÖZYILMAZ, Prof Antonio CASTRO-NETO, Dr Alexandra CARVALHO and Dr Junpeng LU from the Department of Physics and the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials in NUS devised a straightforward method to create a functional junction on a phosphorene flake, observing enhanced photoresponse from it. Read more.

Quantum satellite device tests technology for global quantum network
Singapore-built satellite makes and measures light particles pair by pair. Team-leader Asst/Prof Alexander Ling, a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at NUS, says "This is the first time anyone has tested this kind of quantum technology in space." Read more.

Topological semimetal phases via periodic driving
NUS scientists have discovered Floquet topological semimetal phases in a simple dynamical model. Aa team led by Prof GONG Jiangbin has advanced this topic by showing how three-dimensional (3D) topological semimetal phases can be easily obtained and simulated using 1-dimensional (1D) dynamical systems. Read more.

Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (ATEA)
Our heartiest congratulations to A/Prof Tay Seng Chuan and Dr Chammika Udalagama who have won the ATEA awards this year! The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) recognises faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching.

Giant photoluminescence in monolayer tungsten diselenide
A group of NUS physicists lead by Professor Andrew Wee have shown that giant photoluminescence (PL) enhancement is demonstrated by suspending the two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor WSe2 on sub-20 nanometre (nm) wide trenches in gold nanoarray substrates. Read more.

Professor Lai has been conferred SNAS Fellowships
Congratulations to Professor Lai Choy Heng for being conferred the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) Fellowship for his many outstanding contribution to science in Singapore. Read more.

CQT's Director elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Congratulations to Professor EKERT, Artur Konrad for being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Fellows are elected by the Society on the merit of their scientific work. He was one of 50 new Fellows elected in 2016. Read more.

Result smashes size record for quantum correlations
In collaboration with researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, CQT theorists Jean-Daniel Bancal and Professor Valerio Scarani found evidence of Bell correlations in an ultracold cloud of about 480 atoms. The research is described in the paper "Bell correlations in a Bose-Einstein condensate" published 22 April in Science. Read more.

Team Discovers New Way of Transferring Magnetic Information
A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major breakthrough in magnetic interaction. By adding a special insulator, they make electrons “twirl” their neighbouring “dance partners” to transfer magnetic information over a longer range between two thin layers of magnetic materials. Read more.

The ART of Science Exhibition: All are Welcome!
The exhibition is opened to NUS community. ALL are welcome! Hope to see you there! At University Hall, Level 2, LinkBridge, 12 ~ 15 April 2016, 9am ~ 5pm. Read poster.

Assoc Prof Yan Jie awarded grants from HFSPO
Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Yan Jie for receiving the 2016 Research Program Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). HFSP Program Grants are awarded to innovative and groundbreaking research projects carried out by interdisciplinary teams of scientists across the globe, which focus on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Read more.

SSEF 2016 winning projects under FoS mentorship
ongratulations to Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Prof Chowdari BVR, 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) 2016. Read more.

CQT Research Fellow to attend the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
Dai Jibo, a CQT postdoc and NUS physics alumnus, is one of 402 young scientists invited to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in July 2016 in Germany. The week-long scientific and social programme will hold many opportunities for delegates to interact with Nobel laureates and each other. Read more.

Celestial bodies align
NUS Physics students, Laurentcia Arlany and Edmund Yuen, were conducting an experiment to verify the bending of light by the Sun’s gravitational field in Sulawesi, Indonesia and a full solar eclipse (photo & movie clip) has been captured by them. Some 3,000 people gathered to watch the eclipse at the NUS Football Field and a nice combination of the solar eclipse was created by Dr Lim Zhi Han. More event photos

Media Interviews on Solar Eclipse
Channel NewsAsia (7 March) and Channel 8 news (8 March) carried out an interview on the Solar eclipse featuring Dr Cindy Ng and Dr Abel Yang. The Dept of Physics at the NUS Faculty of Science is organising a series of activities, in conjunction with the solar eclipse which will take place on 9 March 2016.

Many flights to catch rare sight of solar eclipse
In The Straits Times, it was reported that Mr Edmund Yuen and Ms Laurentcia Arlany from the Department of Physics at the NUS Faculty of Science, will board three different flights to the town of Luwuk in Indonesia. They will film a solar eclipse on 9 March 2016 morning. It was mentioned that if weather permits, they will broadcast a live feed home to Singapore, where up to 1,000 people are expected to be watching it. Read more.

IPS Awards 2016
Congratulation to Prof Lai Choy Heng for receiving the Institute of Physics Singapore President’s Medal and Adj A/Prof James Lee for receiving the Special Institute of Physics Singapore Award. These awards are given to individulas who have made outstanding achievements in the research and significant contributions in the field of Physics. Read more.

Surviving spins in two dimensions
A team co-led by Asst/Prof Goki EDA and Asst/Prof Shaffique ADAM, in collaboration with experimental and theoretical research groups from the Department of Physics in NUS and Yale-NUS College, has discovered the underlying spin scattering mechanisms in a 2D sheet of MoS2. Read more.

9th India-Singapore Joint Physics Symposium, 24 ~ 26 Feb 2016
We have invited prominent Scientists from India to come and share their research results with us and this will be a great opportunity to interact with them. Please come and attend the symposium if you are interest. The presentations will be delivered at the Physics Conference Room. Click here for program and abstracts booklet.

Solar Eclipse 2016 @ NUS, 8-9 March, NUS Faculty of Science
You are invited to an exciting NUS event to celebrate a rare and spectacular astronomical phenomenon. A partial solar eclipse with a maximum obscuration of almost 90% will be visible in Singapore on 9 March. The last time a solar eclipse was seen in Singapore was more than 6 years ago. Click here for event information and registration.

NUS High School Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2016
Congratulations to Dr M V Reddy for receiving the "Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2016" from NUS High school. He 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, SCIENTIA) and he won similar award in previous years, 2012 to 2015.

Featured article by our Teaching Assistant, part-time Ph.D student Raditya
For department’s record, the first ever research publication by Teaching Assistant Mr. Raditya Weda Bomantara (Ph.D student of Professor Gong Jiangbin), is just featured in PRE as Editors’ Suggestion (see http://journals.aps.org/pre/highlights). Read more.

Singapore to experience partial solar eclipse on Mar 9
On March 9, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Singapore, with nearly 90 per cent of the sun being obscured by the moon at the point of maximum eclipse. Dr Abel Yang and Dr Cindy Ng were featured in TODAY, 9 Feb 2016. Read more.

NUS Physics students achievement in University Physics Competition 2015
Silver Medal: Li Yunzhe, Marken Foo Yong Wen, Li Zejian (Supervisor: Kenneth Hong Chong Min) & Li Weijun, Guo Bing Sheng, Cui Xinhang (Supervisor: Raditya Weda Bomantara). Accomplished Competitor: Zheng Liang, Yeo Xie Jie, Chee Chau (Supervisor: Raditya Weda Bomantara). Read more.

NUS researchers find new way to control electrons
Scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have demonstrated a new way of controlling electrons by confining them in a device made out of atomically thin materials, and applying external electric and magnetic fields. This research, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, was led by Professor Antonio Castro Neto and his research team at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM). Read more.

Experiment records extreme quantum weirdness
Professor Christian Kurtsiefer and researchers from CQT have reported the most extreme 'entanglement' between pairs of photons ever seen in the lab. The result was published 30 October in Physical Review Letters, where it is highlighted as an Editors' Suggestion.
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'Breathing physics' at the atom smasher
The NUS High Energy Physics Phenomenology Group was featured on Monday Straits Times, 16 Nov 2015: “'Breathing physics' at the atom smasher”. The group is led by Prof. Oh CH and A/Prof. Phil Chan, comprising two PhD students and five MSc particle physics students. Read more

First collaboration between Singapore and CERN
Mr. Wang Wei Yang, our physics PhD Research Scholar working at CERN (supervised by Prof. Oh CH and A/Prof. Phil Chan), was selected by the CERN CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) Collaboration to present on behalf of the CMS group at the recent 45th International Symposium for Multi-particle Dynamics (ISMD) Conference 2016 at Wildbad Kreuth, Munich (Germany). The CMS group’s 32 page phenomenology paper was published recently in JHEP. This is the first collaboration between Singapore and CERN since the signing of the CERN CMS-NUS EoI in 2013.Read more

A/P Phil Chan invited to give public lecture at the ArtScience Museum
Assoc. Professor Phil Chan, NUS Chair for General Education, was invited by ArtScience Museum Director Ms. Honor Harger to give an invited public lecture on particle physics and participate in Conversations: Particles Matter - An Exploration of Collaborative Practices at the launching of the Large Hadron Collider Exhibits on Saturday 14th Nov 2015. Read more

Mr Tan Peng Kian nominated by NRF for the prestigious Lindau Meeting 2016
CQT Research Assistant Mr. Tan Peng Kian (PhD student working on HBT photon effect, supervised by Prof. Christian Kurtsiefer and A/Prof. Phil Chan) has been nominated by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) for next year's prestigious Lindau Meeting 2016. He has also recently been featured in the New Paper, 31st Oct 2015 at the launch of the Quantum Cartoon book (British Council Gallery) by special CQT Fellow and artist, Mr. Otto Fong. During the term of his Fellowship, Mr. Fong attended Prof. Phil Chan’s general education lectures on Einstein's Universe and Quantum Weirdness). Read more

Former Student from NUS Physics GEM Classes Invents Tiny Astronomy Camera
Mr. Chen Junyang previously took modules 'Einstein's Universe and Quantum Weirdness' and 'Sky and Telescope' (lectured by A/Prof. Phil Chan and Dr. Abel Yang). The modules featured regular astronomy field trips to Malaysia. Read more.

Faculty members elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society
Congratulations to Professor Berge Englert, Professor Oh Choo Hiap and Assoc Prof Yan Jie on being elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for their contributions to physics research and for promoting the international aspects of physics.

Young Scientist Award Recipient
Our heartiest congratulations to Asst/Prof Goki EDA who received the Young Scientist Award at the President’s Science and Technology Awards ceremony for his outstanding research on the fundamental properties of two-dimensional materials. Read more.

Science pioneers honoured
Professor Bernard Tan and Adjunct Professor Phua Kok Khoo have been named in a list of Singapore scientific pioneers in a commemorative book about the country’s science and technology efforts. The book lists a total of 25 scientists aged 50 and above who have made exceptional contributions to Singapore’s scientific, engineering, medical and education sectors over the last five decades. Read more.

Scientists achieve major breakthrough in thin-film magnetism
A team of scientists (Mr Li Changjian, Asst/Prof Ariando and Professor T Venky Venkatesan) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), together with collaborators from Singapore, the Netherlands, United States and Ireland, has uncovered a new twist to the story of thin-film magnetism by growing perfectly-crystalline atomic layers of a manganite using a method known as pulsed laser deposition. Read more.

2015 Top Graduate Researcher Award, Faculty of Science
Congratulations to Mr. Di Kai for receiving the 2015 Top Graduate Researcher Award, Faculty of Science. He is a PhD student in the Laser Brillouin Spectroscopy Group. Recently, the Group has made the first direct observation of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in magnetic ultrathin films. The findings could be of use in spin-wave-based computing and the field of spintronics. Read more.

National Day Awards 2015
Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Feng Yuan Ping and A/Prof Lim Hock Siah for receiving the Long Service Medal in this year National Day Awards. View the full list of NUS recipients of the National Day Awards 2015 here.

Writer of the Week for The Straits Times Forum Page
In The Straits Times on 3 Aug, one recent Physics honours graduate Ms Woo Jia Qian was featured as the Writer of the Week for Forum Page. She first started writing to the Forum page in 2007. She likes to see the justifications for the different perspectives offered in the Forum Page. Read more.

Professor Chowdari receives degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa)
Our heartiest congratulations to Prof B V R Chowdari for receiving the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) from His Excellency Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Chancellor of the University and the Governor of Karnataka state, on 17th June in Mangalore University for his great contribution in strengthening bilateral relations between NUS and Indian Universities and Institutes of higher learning. Read more.

IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School Silver Poster Award
Our congratulations to Km Rubi (Graduate student) for receiving the Silver Poster Award while attending the IEEE Magnetic 2015 Summer School June 14 - 19, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. It is held annually during summer holidays. The school is designed for graduate students studying magnetism and related areas. Read more .

Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (ATEA)
Our heartiest congratulations to A/Prof Phil Chan Aik Hui, A/Prof Kuldip Singh, Dr Chammika Udalagama and Dr Yeo Ye and who have won the ATEA awards this year! The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) recognises faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching.

Public talk @ ArtScience Museum
On Saturday 9 May 2015, Tan Peng Kian, PhD student of Prof Christian Kurtsiefer and A/Prof Phil Chan has been invited to give a public talk at Artscience Museum. The talk will cover how science and technology environments might nurture the "Leonardos" of tomorrow and stimulate interdisciplinary working, and look at innovative education and pedagogical methodologies today which will encourage the same. Read more.

Physics Enrichment Camp 2015
It is an annual camp for secondary and junior college-level students, jointly organised by the NUS Physics Department and the NUS Physics Society, and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. Students will be exposed to a series of activities including interesting lectures, tours of cutting-edge research facilities and hands-on demonstrations. Read more.

Exacting measurements on atoms do better than theory
A new publication led by Asst/Prof Manas Mukherkee and his team has been published in Physical Review A on 17 April as a Rapid Communication. The results are relevant to the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. Read more.

SSEF 2015 winning projects under FoS mentorship
Congratulations to Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Prof Chowdari BVR, Dr. Lu Junpeng, Dr. Yeo Ye, Dr. M.V. Reddy, Dr Png Rui Qi, Rachael and Dr. Lim Xiaodai Sharon who have mentored the winning school projects at the recent Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2015. Read more.

University Awards 2015
Our heartiest congratulations to Dr Goki EDA who received the Young Researcher Award at the NUS University Awards 2015 held on Friday 24 April. The award recognises researchers below 40 years of age for their achievements and promise in research.
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The ART of Science Exhibition: All are Welcome!
The exhibition is opened to NUS community. Hope to see you there!
At University Hall, Level 2, LinkBridge, 15 ~ 17 April 2015, 9am ~ 6pm
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NUS Physics students achievement in University Physics Competition 2014
Silver Medal: Ng Kia Boon, Tang Wenjie Shawn, Wen Borui
(Supervisor: Sow Chorng Haur)
Accomplished Competitor: Marcelina Viana, Felix Utama Kosasih, Kristo Nugraha Lian
(Supervisor: Raditya Weda Bomantara). Read more.

Dynamics of equilibrium folding and unfolding transitions of titin immunoglobulin domain under constant forces
A new JACS publication by A/Prof Yan Jie and his team report the first equilibrium single-molecule force manipulation study of the classic titin I27 immunoglobulin domain using ultra stable magnetic tweezers. Read more.

NUS High School Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2014
Congratulations to Dr M V Reddy for receiving the "Inspiring Research Mentor Award 2015" from NUS High school. He 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, SCIENTIA) and he won similar award in previous years, 2012 to 2014.

Stability and Kinetics of c-MYC Promoter G-Quadruplexes Studied by Single-Molecule Manipulation
A new publication by A/Prof Yan Jie and his team provide important insights into the stability of a broad class of promoter G4's which also play a role in transcription regulation and are potential anticancer targets. Read more.

IPS Awards 2014
Congratulations to Professor Oh Choo Hiap for receiving the IPS President’s Medal and Professor BVR Chowdari for receiving the IPS-Cadi Scientific Medal for Public Awareness of Physics. These awards are given to individulas who have made outstanding achievements in the research and significant contributions in the field of Physics.
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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. Find out More.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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." Prof Teo's original paper can be found here.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. The complete article can be found here.

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". Read more.

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. Read more.

National Day Awards 2014
Congratulations to Prof Andrew Wee, winner of The Public Administration Medal (Silver), both Assoc Prof Tay Seng Chuan and Mr. Ng Tong Hoe for receiving the Long Service Award. Read more.

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. Sign up.

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. Read more.

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.
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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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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.
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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. Read more.

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. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

SSEF winning projects under FoS mentorship
Congratulations to Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Prof Chowdari BVR, A/Prof Phil Chan, 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. Find out more.

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.

The ART of Science Exhibition: All are Welcome!

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

[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. Find out more.

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. Find out More. (IPS event highlights and Photos).

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. Find out More.

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. Find out More.

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more: 1 & 2

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. (Event photos: 1 and 2)

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Similar reports in PhysOrg, Nanowerk, Mancunian Matters, Science Newsline and Bio-medicine

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. read more

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. read more

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. Read poster

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. read more

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. read more

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. read more

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. read more

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. read more

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”. read more

In a report carried by Nature Communications last week (doi: 10.1038/ncomms2211: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n12/full/ncomms2211.html), a team of scientists from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry of NUS, together with the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, announced a breakthrough in the morphology control and performance of plastic solar cells. Part of the work was also carried out at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), owned by NUS. read more

Congratulations to Professor Antonio H. Castro Neto who is among the 701 members selected as Fellows of AAAS by the AAAS Council. He will be recognized for his contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 16 February 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. read more

A joint paper from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry of NUS, and Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge, announcing a breakthrough in the physics and morphology control of polymer: fullerene solar cells will be published in Nature Communications. read more

Graphene is often regarded as one of the most promising candidates for future nanoelectronics due to it excellent electric properties. The formation of graphene junctions with other materials can further improve the properties of pristine graphene, opening up possibilities for new applications. Carbon nanotubes, a rolled up graphene sheet, is another carbon allostrope that have generated intense intrerest in the field of nanoscience. Till now, few attempts have been made to merge them at the molecular scale. Here, researchers from Surface Science Laboratory, Physics Department, National University of Singapore, developed a controllable unzipping method to produce intramolecular junctions, which combine graphene nanoribbons and carbon nanotubes in a one-dimensional nanostructure. Device studies on these junctions showed a typical gate-dependent rectifying behavior,and an excellent photoconducting property. They demonstrated the use of these junctions in prototype directionally dependent field-effect transistors,and logic gates. More importantly, an impressive photocurrent as high as ?11.6 nA and a photovoltage up to 270 mV were achieved, indicating their potential applications in high-performance photodetectors or even in nano-electronic power sources.They believe that this work is valuable for both the scientific understanding as well as practical applications of graphene-based junctions in electronics and optoelectronics.

NUS physicists invented light-powered nanowalkers free of chemical waste: The group of A/P Zhisong Wang at NUS Physics, in collaboration with colleagues A/P Johan van der Maarel and Asst/P Ruchuan Liu, have made and demonstrated a bipedal nanowalker that mimics biological counterparts in design but draws energy from light. This work appears in Physical Review Letters with a news highlight. read more

Suzi, a Research Fellow from the Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, submitted SEM image of her mesocrystals for NanoToday coverpage competition and her work was selected! It has now officially appeared as the coverpage image of the latest issue of NanoToday. read more

Prof. Scarani’s new research paper published in Nature Physics: Quantum non-locality based on finite-speed causal influences leads to superluminal signalling. An experiment has been proposed that could make us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behavior of the Universe. It is based on what the researchers call a 'hidden influence inequality' exposing how quantum predictions challenge our best understanding about the nature of space and time, Einstein's theory of relativity. read more

An Invited Article from Prof Li Baowen's research group published in EPJB (below) has been highlighted by EUROPHYSICS NEWS : EPJ B Colloquium - Too small to follow the lawAnomalous heat conduction and anomalous diffusion in low dimensional nanoscale systems. by S. Liu et al., Eur. Phys. J. B (2012) 85: 337, DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2012-30383-8

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chen Wei who are among the 2012 Young Scientist Award winners. Dr. Chen received this prestigious award for his research on interface engineering for molecular, organic and graphene electronics. read more

A/P Dagomir Kaszlikowski's research paper published in PRL on navigation of birds was highlighted in headlines of Physicsworld. This idea has now been bolstered by a new study from physicists in Singapore, who have shown that the spin-based process and the dynamics of a proposed "compass" molecule take place over similar timescales. read more

Congratulations to Dr M.V. Reddy and his NUS High school SMP 2012 students for winning the "3M Young Scientist award and distinction (Gold) poster award". Their research project was chosen as the top project in the Physics, Chemistry & Engineering categories. It is also the first time for Physics Department project to win the above award at the Youth Science Conference since 2007. read more

SMP Outstanding Mentor Award 2012
Congratulations to Dr M. V. Reddy for receiving the "SMP Outstanding Mentor Award 2012" from Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. Previous years, (2011 and 2010) consecutively he won outstanding SMP oustanding mentor award from MOE. Dr .Reddy strives to cultivate the spirit of inquiry in students who are interested in science and gives inspirational mentoring to local high school students for their research projects.

National Day 2012 Awards
Professor Lai Choy Heng is the recipient of this year's National Day Long Service Medal. Congratulations Prof Lai!

Provost's and Dean's Chair Professorship recipients
The Department of Physics is proud to announce the Faculty of Science's Chair Professorship recipients for the year 2012: Prof Valerio Scarani is the Provost's Chair Professorship recipient while A/P Peter Ho is the Dean's Chair Professorship recipient.

A/P Gong Jiangbin's most recent publication with his student, Derek Ho was highlighted as "Editor's Suggestion" by PRL
Derek Y. H. Ho and Jiangbin Gong, Quantized Adiabatic Transport In Momentum Space, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 010601 (2012). Though topological aspects of energy bands are known to play a key role in quantum transport in solid-state systems, the implications of Floquet band topology for transport in momentum space (i.e., acceleration) have not been explored so far. Using a ratchet accelerator model inspired by existing cold-atom experiments, here we characterize a class of extended Floquet bands of one-dimensional driven quantum systems by Chern numbers, reveal topological phase transitions therein, and theoretically predict the quantization of adiabatic transport in momentum space. Numerical results confirm our theory and indicate the feasibility of experimental studies.

Novel findings on a universal gene-silencing nucleoprotein structure in bacterial
Recent research led by Aassociate Professor Yan Jie at the department of physics and principal investigator at MBI (Mechanobiology Institute), NUS, reported that the E. coli H-NS and its paralogue StpA form rigid helical nucleoprotein filaments on DNA.

World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize Recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Chen Jie for receiving this year's World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, the only such award in Singapore that recognises excellence in doctoral-level environmental and sustainability research.

Fluoropolymer drops graphene's resistance
It was reported that Assistant Professor Özyilmaz Barbaros from the Department of Physics at the NUS Faculty of Science and researchers from Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, South Korea worked together to develop a simple, more permanent strategy for boosting graphene's conductance.

Unveiling the Mystery of DNA overstretching transitions
In a series of publications, Assoc/Prof Yan Jie and his team recently made several significant breakthroughs in resolving this debate, confirming the existence of S-DNA. They demonstrated that the overstretching transition produces both types of structural reorganization, depending on minor changes in the physiological environmental conditions. The PNAS paper was published online. > Read more ... .

Quantum Information Motion Control Is Now Improved
It was reported that a team of physicists from the Centre for Computational Science and Engineering of the NUS Faculty of Science and China's Zhejiang University have devised a new method for handling the effect of the interplay between vibrations and electrons on electronic transport. The study could have implications for quantum computers due to improvements in the transport of discrete amounts of information, known as qubits, that are encoded in electrons. It was also mentioned that their paper is about to be published in The European Physical Journal B. A similar report was carried in Physorg.com Online (3 April 2012). > Read more ... .

Faculty Search for Astrophysics Lecturership
The Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore (NUS), invites Astrophysicists to apply for teaching-track faculty positions at Lecturer level. Preference will be given to outstanding applicants who specialize in the Large Scale Structures of the Universe, Cosmological Many-body Problem, Galaxy Clustering, Merging and Evolution, Practical Astronomy and Telescopic & Observatory Instrumentation. > Read more ... .

NUS hosts Institute of Physics Singapore meeting
More than 180 physics researchers from across Singapore gathered at the NUS Faculty of Science for the annual meeting of the Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS), 23-24 February. With plenty of talks and poster presentations, the IPS Meeting 2012 provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties in the local physics community. Participants came from NUS, the Nanyang Technological University and the A*STAR research
institutes. Also offering a small, vibrant trade fair, the IPS Meeting 2012 provided plenty of networking opportunities.
NUS is proud to have hosted the meeting.

CQT participates in global science event
CQT participated 16-20 February in one of the world's most significant gatherings in science - the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The interdisciplinary meeting attracts a global group of leading scientists, policy-makers and the media, as well as many members of the public.

Taiwan International Science Fair 2012
Congratulations to Iris Ng and her teammates for winning the 1st award at Taiwan International Science Fair 2012 (Engineering Category). Iris Ng is a student from Dunman High School who worked in Assoc Prof Sow Chorng Haur's lab on a science project as part of their enrichment program. She and her teammates are guided by Lim Xiaodai Sharon.

China Immersion Trip, CHIP 2012
The China Immersion programme (CHIP) 2012 is open for registration now. The immersion trip will be heavily subsidized by the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department, and an affordable contribution will be paid by the students. Click here for registration form, itinernary . Please submit your forms to Dr. Liu by email before 29 Feb 2012.

Germany Immersion Trip 2012
The immersion trip will be heavily subsidized by the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department, and an affordable contribution will be paid by the students. It is open to all NUS Physics students.
Application for 2012 trip is available now. Click here for more information.

Most Downloaded - Applied Physics Letters
Congratulations to Professor VENKATESAN, Thirumalai Venky's research group. Their paper "Metal-insulator transition at a depleted LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface: Evidence for charge transfer induced by SrTiO3 phase transitions" is the most downloaded paper in Applied Physics Letters.

NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH In press
This research describes an important result from A/Prof Yan Jie's research group, which suggests that formation of protein filaments may be a very general structural basis for gene silencing in bacterial cells.
Click here for the short write up.

Students have done the department proud in the University Physics competition 2011
Congratulations to Ng Kia Boon, Kwang Siu Yi, Tang Wenjie Shawn, Law Yun Zhi, Kwong Chang Jian, Wong Songhan, Guan Yilun Aaron, Nguyen Duy Quang and Lin Mao for winning the silver and bronze medals in the the University Physics competition 2011. > Read more ... .

A/Prof Dagomir Kaszlikowski guest blogs for Scientific American
How does the everyday, classical world emerge from the strange behaviour of its quantum constituents? Writing for the Scientific American Guest Blog, A/Prof Dagomir Kaszlikowski (pictured) describes a new explanation proposed by his group and its collaborators.

APS Fellow Nominated by Forum on International Physics
Congratulations to Professor Feng Yuan Ping who is named APS fellow for the year 2011 for his contributions to the understanding of ferromagnetism in non-magnetic element doped semiconductors and new phenomena in carbon-based nano materials through computational studies and his untiring efforts in promoting international scientific collaborations in computational materials physics.

How a quintessential quantum test was fooled: paper in Physical Review Letters
The above research, published 20 October in Physical Review Letters has received attention in the media was done by Christian Kurtsiefer and Valerio Scarani, CQT Principal Investigators and NUS Professors, along with former CQT members Antía Lamas-Linares and Ilja Gerhardt, in collaboration with Vadim Makarov, Qin Liu and Johannes Skaar of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

NUS Science Faculty Awards 2011 & NUS Quality Service Award 2011
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Science Faculty Teaching, Research and Service Awards and NUS Quality Service Award. The Science Faculty Award Ceremony will be held on 16 November 2011 (Wednesday), 3pm, at the University Hall Auditorium. The NUS Quality Service Award 2011 presentation will be held during NUS Excellence Day on 22 Feb 2012. > Read more ... .

Graphene's two-photon shuffle
Professor JI Wei's work on 'Giant Two-Photon Absorption in Bilayer Graphene' that originally appeared in Nano Letters has been highlighted by NPG Asia Materials. Many experts in this field are very excited by their work. Details can be found at http://www.natureasia.com/asia-materials/highlight.php?id=958.

Job Opportunities & Careers
The Graphene Laboratory is recruiting Laboratory Technologists to provide administrative support to the research team and provide supports in graphene research by preparing the graphene samples. Candidates should have Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent. Fresh graduates are welcomed.
> Read more ... .

Staff and Student's Games 2011
Come and join us the fun in the Staff and Student's game at SRC to show our supports. The games are organized by the physics society.
Venue: SRC Handball court 1. Date: 19 Oct 2011 Wednesday. Time: 5 ~ 7pm

NUS-Science Mentorship Programme Award 2011
Congratulations to A/P Sow Chorng Haur, A/P Tay Seng Chuan, Dr M V Venkatashamy Reddy and Dr Massimiliano Colla for receiving the Outstanding Mentor Award under the NUS-Science Mentorship Programme at the recent Youth Science Conference 2011. Their SMP project students have won distinction and 3M best poster award. The Department appreciates their effort for participating in these programmes to inspire our school students to do science with us.

Oxide interfaces: Moment of magnetism
Asst/Prof Ariando's work on electronic phase separation has been highlighted in the News and Views of the Nature Physics by Andrew Millis. He has been invited for a talk at the APS March meeting 2012 on this topic.

Graphene gives protection from intense laser pulses
Scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS), DSO National Laboratories and University of Cambridge have jointly announced a new world record in broadband non-linear optical absorption
behavior using single-sheet graphene dispersions in a variety of heavy-atom solvents and film matrices.
Click here for more information.

Nurturing a Passion for Physics
A prize launched by the NUS Department of Physics will recognise students for their excellence in experimental physics. The Department hopes that the Arthur Rajaratnam Prize will motivate more students to continue their pursuit of physics. Click here for more information about the prize.

Bit part for diethylfluoromalonate in reaction model
A quantum simulation has successfully described the progression of a chemical reaction for the first time. The collaborative work of A/Prof Gong Jiangbin with his counterparts in China used three quantum bits, or qubits, to mimic a laser-driven isomerisation reaction of malonaldehyde molecules, and was featured in Chemistry Word of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Click here for more information.

"Seeds of Science" Award
Congratulations to Asst/Prof Vitor Manuel Pereira for receiving the "Seeds of Science" Award - one of the most important prizes Portugal gives to Portuguese scientists whose work has been recognized in several scientific areas. Asst/Prof Vitor Manuel Pereira won this award together with three other leading Physicists. Click here for more information (in Portuguese). English Translation.

Stem cell paper highlighted in Nanowerk
Congratulations to Asst. Prof Özyilmaz Barbaros and his team for having the work on the Stem Cell highlighted in Nanowerk. Modern tissue engineering strategies combine living cells and scaffold materials to develop biological substitutes that can restore tissue functions. Both natural and synthetic materials have been fabricated for transplantation of stem cells and their specific differentiation into muscles, bones and cartilages.

NUS-ONDL signs landmark intellectual-property pipeline licensing agreement with Cambridge Display Technology (CDT)
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has signed a five-year intellectual property (IP) pipeline licensing agreement with Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), a Sumitomo Chemical Group company, to commercialise innovations in polymer organic light-emitting diode (P-OLED) displays and lighting arising from research at ONDL. For more information, see CDT news.

Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) Ceremony 2011
Congratulations to Associate Professor Chung Keng Yeow for receiving the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) at the University Hall Auditorium, Level 2, Lee Kong Chian Wing on 4 May 2011. The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) recognises faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching for the year under review.

University Awards 2011
Congratulations to Associate Professor Gong Jiangbin for receiving the Young Researcher Award at the University Cultural Center on 29 April 2011. The University Awards honour and recognise members of the NUS community who through their consistently high performance and resolute commitment set new benchmarks in the areas of education, research and service.

FIAP Outstanding Student Papers at the APS March Meeting 2011
Congratulations to Mr. Liu Zhiqi (Dr. Ariando's and Prof. T. Venkatesan's student from NanoCore and Department of Physics) for receiving a FIAP (Forum for Industrial Application) Award for his work on Resistive Switching in Complex Oxide during the recent APS (American Physical Society) March meeting.

Work by Physics Staff has been placed on the list of "Noteworthy Chemistry" by the American Chemistry Society
Congratulations to Huang Yuli, Asst/Prof Chen Wei and Prof Andrew Wee for their article entitled "Molecular Trapping on Two-Dimensional Binary Supramolecular Networks" (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 820-825) which has been highlighted as "Noteworthy Chemistry" by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Photoconductivity Measurement
Congratulations to Assoc. Prof Sow Chorng Haur and his team for having the work on the photoconductivity measurement highlighted in Nanotechweb.
By comparing the photocurrent produced upon global and localized laser irradiation, the team gained a better understanding of the fundamental mechanism governing photocarrier generation and transport in individual nanowire photodetectors.

A Special Invitation from AIP Advances
Congratulations to Professor Li Baowen, Li-Hong and Dong Lai, and Zhang Gang for their article "Size dependent thermoelectric properties of silicon nanowires", which was one of APL's monthly top 20 most-downloaded articles last year. AIP Advances has invited them to submit their most current research to the inaugural issue of the new journal. AIP Advances is a fast-track, community-based, open access journal, focusing on research in applied physical science. > Read more ... .

Electronic phase separation at the LaAlo3/srTio3 interface
Congratulations to Asst/Prof Ariando for having the paper published in Nature Communications. In this article, Asst/Prof Ariando and co-workers (from NUSNNI-Nanocore, Department of Physics, ECE and MSE) show that this metallic interface when prepared under suitable conditions of oxygen pressure can become active, simultaneously exhibiting a number of interesting magnetic properties along with the metallic property of the electron gas. View article here.

IPS Meeting 25~26 Feb 2011
The Institute of Physics Singapore invites to its second research meeting for all researchers working in physical sciences and education in Singapore on February 25 and 26. Singapore features actually a large number of research activities in many areas in Physics and physical sciences, distributed over Universities, National Research Institutes and the industrial sector.

Onsager Medal 2011 and The Lars Onsager Lecture 2011
Congratulations to Professor Peter Hanggi for receiving the prestigious Onsager Medal 2011 and The Lars Onsager Lecture 2011. This is an international very prestigious international award, with previous recipients being mostly prior or later Nobel Laureates and /or Wolf Prize laureates. The Lars Onsager Lecture is an award for outstanding scientists in the scientific fields of Lars Onsager: Chemistry, Physics and
Mathematics. > Read more ... .

Job Opportunities & Careers
A research assistant position is available immediately. Candidates with a good B.Sc. (hons) degree or equivalent can apply by submitting their curriculum vitae to Prof. Feng Yuan Ping. Successful candidate is expected to carry out first-principles calculations, including spin dependent electron transport, to study materials for GMR/TMR effect, and interact with a group of researchers, including experimentalists. For further information, please contact Prof. Feng Yuan Ping. The position remains open until it is filled. > Read more ... .

Upcoming in ACS Nano and Nanoscience
Professor Andrew Wee has been named in this Editorial as one of the new editorial advisory board members in ACS. Although only a 4-year old journal of the Americal Chemical Society, Science Watch has named ACS Nano Rising Star in Chemistry five times in a row. ACS Nano Impact Factor is now 7.493, and increasing yearly. http://pubs.acs.org/journal/ancac3

SIPIS 2011
The Department of Physics of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites graduate students from Indian Universities and Indian Institutes to participate in summer internship programme SIPIS-2011. During the programme, participants will be introduced to NUS research environment, interact with NUS professors and complete a project that is related to ongoing research. Click here for more information.

Germany Immersion Trip 2011
The immersion trip will be heavily subsidized by the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department, and an affordable contribution will be paid by the students. It is open to all NUS Physics students. Application for 2011 trip is available now. Click here for more information.

Job Opportunities & Careers
The Department of Physics is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow for the new nonlinear optical imaging lab. Candidates should have a Ph.D degree or equivalent in science or engineering. > Read more ... .

Germany Immersion Trip 2010
The immersion trip will be heavily subsidized by the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department, and an affordable contribution will be paid by the students. It is open to all NUS Physics students. Application for 2010 trip is available now. Click here for more information.

China Immersion Trip, CHIP 2010
The China Immersion programme (CHIP) 2010 is open for registration now. The immersion trip will be heavily subsidized by the Faculty of Science and the Physics Department, and an affordable contribution will be paid by the students. Click here for registration form, itinernary and poster. Please submit your forms before 23 Feb 2010.

Charge-Transfer-Based Mechanism for Half-Metallicity and Ferromagnetism in One-Dimensional Organometallic Sandwich Molecular Wires
The Journal of American Chemistry Society (JACS) recently published a quiz based on the work of Lei Shen, Shuo-Wang Yang, Man-Fai Ng, Valeri Ligatchev, Liping Zhou, and Yuanping Feng in their article entitled "Charge-Transfer-Based Mechanism for Half-Metallicity and Ferromagnetism in One-Dimensional Organometallic Sandwich Molecular Wires" in JACS Image Challenge #73. The goal of this series of challenges is to provide an interactive, enjoyable experience for all users, and particularly valuable to
advance the understanding of students in such topics. Click here to meet the challenge.

Singapore scientists discovers new synthetic strategy to control ultra-small luminescent nanocrystals
Singapore scientists from NUS, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), NTU and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have discovered a new synthetic strategy for controlling the properties of ultra-small luminescent nanocrystals. Their findings have been published in the prestigious Nature journal on 25 February 2010.

Nurturing a Passion for Physics
A prize launched by the NUS Department of Physics will recognise students for their excellence in experimental physics. The Department hopes that the Arthur Rajaratnam Prize will motivate more students to continue their pursuit of physics. Click here for more information about the prize.

Semiconductors: Plastic electronics
A new photocrosslinking methodology jointly developed by staff of Physics Department promises to add functional layers to make polymer-based organic light-emitting panels and displays even more energy efficient. This technique can be applied to many different polymers, and should make it much simpler and quicker to build prototypes of a wide range of new electronic devices. Click here for more information.

Arup Acoustic Bursary Award 2010
ARUP is pleased to announce the launch of the Arup Acoustics Bursary. It is an internation competition open to undergraduates and graduates. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 21 November 2010 (AEST). For more information and to apply, visit www.arup.com.au/acoustics.

Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2010
Congratulations to Dr Andrivo Rusydi for receiving the Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2010. He was conferred the award by President of Singapore His Excellency Mr S R Nathan at a formal ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore on 30 September 2010. The event was organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore. View full citations here.

Still in school, but duo write physics book [The Straits Times, 14 Oct 2010]
TWO students at the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science have something to be proud of - their names are listed as co-authors of a textbook about quantum physics. > Read more ... .Singapore Experience Awards 2010 - Business Event Ambassador

Congratulations to Professor B.V.R. Chowdari for receiving the Business Event Ambassador award for his significant contributions to the development of the business events industry in Singapore. He was conferred the award by Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry, and Education), Mr S. Iswaran at a formal ceremony held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore on 28 October 2010. The event was organised by the Singapore Tourism Board. View full citations here.

SMP Outstanding Mentor Award
Congratulations to Dr M V Venkatashamy Reddy for receiving the SMP Outstanding Mentor Award.
The Science Mentorship Programmes strives to cultivate the spirit of inquiry in students who are interested in science, by providing them with opportunities for interaction with scientists and to perform scientific investigations in research laboratories. > Read more ... .

IPS Awards 2010
Congratulations to Prof Frank Watt for winning the IPS President's Medal, Assoc. Professor Valerio Scarani for winning the IPS World Scientific Medal and Asst. Professor Ariando for winning the Omicron Nanotechnology Medal. > Read more about IPS awards.