The Centre for Advanced 2D Materials extends its heartiest congratulations to Mr. Ang Han Siong for being awarded the 2021 National Day Commendation Medal*.

Han Siong joined CA2DM in June 2011 and was tasked with the challenging goal of building a state-of-the-art nano-fabrication facility for graphene device fabrication, the first in the world, and put together a team of technicians to assist in running it. Today, the facility has not only supported the work of thousands of students, engineers and scientists, it was also featured in a specialized magazine as a gold standard, making Singapore a place of excellence in graphene nano-fabrication. His leadership, both in building the facility which now stands as a showcase resource for CA2DM and NUS, and in training the next generation of technical experts, has earned him the national recognition in 2021 through the award of the 2021 National Day Commendation Medal. 

*The National Day Commendation Medal is awarded to recipients who have devoted at least 10 years of service to the organisation and demonstrated efficiency, competence and devotion to duty for special performance under difficult circumstances. He/she should also have demonstrated dedication, enthusiasm and commitment the profession and possess good supervisory skill and an ability to promote team work.

World-leading materials research at NUS

In the Nature Index 2021 Materials Science supplement published on 30 June 2021, NUS was placed 7th in the world for its materials science research output. This prestigious supplement examines how researchers are rethinking the nature and potential of materials to drive advances in manufacturing, drug discovery, product design, and more. NUS is the only university from Singapore in the Top 10 of the Index.

We highlight a selection of the pioneering scientists of CA2DM and their innovative research.

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CA2DM Director and researchers among the world’s most highly cited scientists in 2020

Professor Antonio Castro Neto is among the most highly cited researchers in 2020

Researchers from NUS have been placed among the world’s most highly cited. This is according to the newly unveiled list of Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 by Clarivate.

The hotly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrate significant influence in their chosen field by publishing several highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1 per cent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.

A total of 25 NUS researchers have been named in this year’s list. These NUS researchers were recognised by their peers as outstanding in the fields of Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Neuroscience and Behaviour and more.

This year, more than 6,000 researchers in 21 fields were selected based on the number of highly cited papers they produced over 11 years from January 2009 to December 2019.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of researchers draws on data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. It uses a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data.

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CA2DM seminars go online!

CA2DM introduces “CA2DM Homely Atmosphere Online Seminars (CHAOS)”

To keep our minds active and healthy during this lockdown period, Centre for Advanced 2D Materials would like to introduce the “CA2DM Homely Atmosphere Online Seminars (CHAOS)”.

We are delighted to have Professor Konstantin Novoselov as our first speaker next Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 1600 (Asia/Singapore Timezone).

Please visit this link to register:

You may also check out the link below to be kept updated and to view all the upcoming seminars:

CA2DM scientists create world’s first monolayer amorphorus film

Researchers at NUS Physics, CA2DM and Materials Science and Engineering have created the world’s first atomically thin amorphous carbon film. The amorphous structure has widely varying atom-to-atom distance unlike crystals. This is because of the random arrangement of five-, six-, seven- and eight-carbon rings in a planar carbon network, leading to a wide distribution of bond lengths (in Å) and bond angles

NUS scientists have synthesised the world’s first one-atom-thick amorphous material. Previously thought to be impossible, the discovery of monolayer amorphous carbon (MAC) could finally settle a decades-old debate of exactly how atoms are arranged in amorphous solids, and open up potential applications. 

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CA2DM Director and researchers among world’s most highly cited researchers 2019

NUS researchers among the world’s most influential scientific minds

A total of 27 NUS researchers were named in the global Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list released by Clarivate Analytics today. These NUS researchers were recognised by their peers as outstanding researchers in the fields of Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics and more.

The annual Highly Cited Researchers list from the Web of Science Group identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple papers that are ranked in the top 1 per cent by citations for their field and year of publication.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2019 draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group. This year, some 6,000 unique researchers have been named Highly Cited Researchers across 21 fields of study, with over 3,500 in specific fields and close to 2,500 for cross-field performance.

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CA2DM achieves Occupational Health & Safety KPIs

Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) is delighted to recognise the great achievement in Occupational Health and Safety through KPIs review conducted by NUS senior management on September 2019.

Professor Antonio Castro Neto, Director of CA2DM, receiving the Commitment Award from Professor Yong Kwet Yew, Senior Vice President of Campus Infrastructure, during the NUS Safety & Health Award 2017 ceremony.
(Photo taken by NUS OSHE)

This achievement is a testament to everyone on their continued dedication and commitment to ensure health and safety in all of CA2DM research facilities. Awarded with ‘Commitment Award’, CA2DM established and implemented Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS); as accordance to OHSAS 18001 and Singapore Standard SS 506 in Year 2016.

These achievements represent CA2DM’s beliefs on the use of best practices and reaffirm its commitment on ensuring compliance to regulations and providing a safe environment for staff, students, researchers and collaborators at all times. CA2DM adopts a holistic approach towards Occupational Health and Safety. Continuous support and collaboration efforts between individual and leadership is the key to achieving these excellence.

“CA2DM has come a long way for Health & Safety and we are most glade to achieve a level of recognition from our management. We will continue to strive for higher levels and it will always be a journey for us.”
–  Mr. Ang Han Siong, Senior Associate Director of CA2DM

 “Managing and obtaining an excellent occupational health and safety results in a complex and ever changing environment filled with extraordinary multicultural mix of researchers; this is a milestone of enormous value!”
–  Mr. Liaw Jinle (Zinc), Lead of Occupational Health & Safety at CA2DM