Research Areas

The Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore promotes excellence in a range of research areas, including condensed matter physics, surface physics, materials science, high energy physics, atomic physics, superconductors, solid-state ionics, astrophysics, infrared spectroscopy, laser optics, X-ray fluorescence, ion beam physics, optics, acoustics and computer simulations.

Our aim in research development is to both acquire new knowledge in fundamental areas and to tackle problems of relevance to Singapore's industry. The Physics Department sees a major role for itself in the national effort to advance Singapore into a high-tech  era. To this end, many staff conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary research work with industry, overseas universities and government ministries.

The Physics Department has many laboratories which are equipped with excellent research facilities, such as the Surface Science Laboratory, Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Centre for Superconducting Magnetic Materials (CSMM) and Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory. In addition, the Department has a well-equipped workshop to support the research activities and three Computer and Applications Laboratories with 200 high-power workstations and PCs, and scientific and advanced visualization software.

There are about fifty staff members who are actively involved in research work besides their primary teaching duties. The number of postgraduate students is about 120. Annual funding from the university, industry and government agencies, for new and ongoing research projects exceeds 2.5 million dollars. The Department's excellence in research has been demonstrated by plenary and invited talks by its staff in international conferences and by their service as referees for international journals.


The main areas of research in the department are:

Physics of Nanoscience
Condensed Matter and Advanced Materials
Biological Physics
Physics of Nonlinear and Complex Systems
Atomic, Molecular Physics (including Nonlinear Optics)
Computational and Theoretical Physics (including String Theory, Cosmology, Particle Physics, etc)
Quantum Information
Graphene and 2D Materials