Advanced Materials: Spotlight on NUS

A special issue of Advanced Materials was dedicated to materials science research at NUS

Scientific journal Advanced Materials published a special issue in November dedicated to materials science and engineering research at NUS. Titled “Multidisciplinary Materials Science at the National University of Singapore”, the issue puts the spotlight on related research activities currently being undertaken at NUS for applications in biomedicine, wearable electronics, photonics, energy, and environmental sustainability.

Senior Deputy President and Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua contributed an editorial for the issue, and shared that materials science research is one of the University’s eight broad research clusters and the achievements of its researchers in the field have been notable — producing 1,053 publications and 29 primary patents in 2017 alone, and garnering multiple awards along the way. 

Prof Ho highlighted some of such high-achieving NUS researchers including Professor Liu Bin and Professor Neal Chung Tai‐Shung from NUS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who, respectively, invented organic nanoparticles with aggregation‐induced emission that can track biological processes and monitor drug delivery, and co‐invented ultrafiltration membranes used in water recycling and wastewater treatment; Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee from NUS Materials Science and Engineering, who demonstrated preliminary evidence of the possibility of engineering skin to heal itself; Professor Lim Chwee Teck from NUS Biomedical Engineering, who developed a microfluidic biochip that can detect and isolate circulating tumour cells from a simple blood draw; and NUS Chemistry Professors Liu Xiaogang and Loh Kian Ping, the former developing luminescent nanomaterials that can track cancer cells and be used for other bioimaging applications, and the latter focusing on graphene research which led to the establishment of the NUS Graphene Research Centre, predecessor of the current Centre for Advanced 2D Materials.

Prof Ho said that NUS is guided by evolving global needs and will continue to seek out the best talent and invest in its research capabilities. He added that it is NUS’ hope and desire that its research output will have positive economic and societal impact on Singapore and the world. 

Read the full issue.