Congratulations to NUS Engineering, from where half of the CA2DM’s members are from, for being the World’s #2 as reported by the U.S. News 2018 Best Global Universities Ranking. Additionally, NUS was ranked World’s #5 in Computer Science and #7 in Chemistry and Materials Science.
Thirteen NUS researchers have been named among the world’s most highly cited, based on Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers report released on 15 November. This is also the fourth consecutive year NUS has fielded the most number of highly cited researchers among research institutions in Singapore.
Clarivate Analytics’ citation analysis has shown that these researchers consistently win peer approval from around the globe for their remarkable research in their respective fields, including chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, physics, psychology and social sciences. This was determined by the extent their papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged other researchers internationally.
Professor Ho Teck Hua, NUS Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, said that the University is proud of the achievements of the 13 NUS researchers that have helped raise Singapore’s global standing in research excellence, adding that it is a strong recognition of the University’s broad base of research capabilities.
Novel organic thin film significantly outperforms existing flash memory devices
An international research team led by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) pioneered the development of a novel thin, organic film that supports a million more times read-write cycles and consumes 1,000 times less power than commercial flash memories.
The novel organic film can store and process data for 1 trillion cycles and has the potential to be made even smaller than its current size of 60 square nanometers, with potential to be sub-25 square nanometres.
“The novel properties of our invention opens up a new field in the design and development of flexible and lightweight devices. Our work shifts the paradigm on how the industry has traditionally viewed organic electronics, and expands the application of such technologies into new territories,” said Professor T Venky Venkatesan, Director of NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute (NUSNNI), the overall coordinator for this groundbreaking project.
The invention of this novel memory device was first reported online in the journal Nature Materials on 23 October 2017.
Invention bagged four patents and could potentially make microprocessor chips work 1,000 times faster
Advancement in nanoelectronics, which is the use of nanotechnology in electronic components, has been fueled by the ever-increasing need to shrink the size of electronic devices in a bid to produce smaller, faster and smarter gadgets such as computers, memory storage devices, displays and medical diagnostic tools.
While most advanced electronic devices are powered by photonics – which involves the use of photons to transmit information – photonic elements are usually large in size and this greatly limits their use in many advanced nanoelectronics systems.
Plasmons, which are waves of electrons that move along the surface of a metal after it is struck by photons, holds great promise for disruptive technologies in nanoelectronics. They are comparable to photons in terms of speed (they also travel with the speed of light), and they are much smaller. This unique property of plasmons makes them ideal for integration with nanoelectronics.
Several years ago Prof. Castro Neto predicted the importance of graphene and other 2D materials on space technology and exploration: “In the space business weight is a big issue from the financial and physical perspectives. The heavier the payload the higher the cost of launching rockets and accelerating them into higher speeds. Graphene and 2D materials are the lightest functional materials in the universe and hence are perfect in terms of mass density”, says Prof. Castro Neto, “and, moreover, in the absence of air and water, 2D materials never corrode and can last indefinitely.” Prof. Castro Neto goes further “In deep space the temperatures are so low that some 2D materials superconduct reducing the energy cost of operation to a perfect zero.”
Prof Castro Neto’s dreams of making graphene a big player in the space race are becoming reality. In collaboration with Boreal Space, a US based satellite launcher, CA2DM is soon launching the first graphene devices into orbit opening a new chapter in space exploration for 2D materials.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of National Research Foundation (NRF), Mr. Teo Chee Hean, accompanied by NUS President, Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan, the Permanent Secretary of NRF and Public Service Division, Ms. Yong Ying-I, and the CEO of NRF, Prof. Low Teck Seng, visited our Centre on 26 September 2017.
During the visit, Prof Antonio Castro Neto, Director of CA2DM and Prof Barbaros Oezyilmaz, Deputy Director (Translation) of CA2DM’s Office for Industry and Innovation (OII), shared with DPM Teo on the achievements of the Centre and how we translate scientific research to industry applications by supporting researchers to validate and benchmark their technologies and working closely with industry partners to identify graphene’s unique properties relevant for their needs.
The 9th annual Recent Progress in Graphene and Two-dimensional Materials Research Conference (RPGR2017) follows on the success of the first eight RPGR conferences held in Seoul (2009), Singapore (2010), Suwon (2011), Beijing (2012), Tokyo (2013), Taipei (2014), Australia (2015) and Korea (2016).
CA2DM was honoured to host Dr Benjamin Koh, Coordinating Divisional Director, Higher Education Group from Ministry of Education (Singapore),
on 6 September 2017, where Dr Koh had the opportunity to understand the educational and entrepreneurial activities at CA2DM, visit our facilities and interact with our students.