Singapore ranked 6th among the world’s most innovative economies

According to the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index released on Tuesday (Jan 17), Singapore is the 6th most innovative economy in the world.

Singapore ranked first in the world for tertiary efficiency, 5th for manufacturing value added and came in 6th for researcher concentration (defined by the number of professionals, including postgraduate PhD students, engaged in R&D per million population). The other categories all saw Singapore placed among the top 20 — coming in 14th for R&D intensity, 12th for productivity, 17th for high-tech density, and 12th for patent activity.

CA2DM Director among world’s most highly cited researchers

Eleven NUS scientists, including CA2DM Director Prof. Antonio Castro Neto, have been named among the most prominent researchers in the world by Clarivate Analytics, the former Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. The Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report revealed that the University also recorded the most number of highly cited researchers among research institutions in Singapore for the third consecutive year.

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CA2DM PI Lim Chwee Teck inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

According to AIMBE's press release, “Dr. Lim was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions in applying cell mechanics and designing innovative microfluidic technologies for disease diagnosis, prognosis and personalized treatment.”

Prof Lim said “I am very honoured to be elected as a Fellow of AIMBE. This is a very good recognition of the research effort that both my team and I have put in to develop biomedical technologies that we hope will directly benefit the patients.  It will also serve as an impetus for us to continue to strive towards excellence in what we do.”

 

NUS: Asia's best

NUS is Asia’s best university, according to the THE World University Rankings 2015-16.

“NUS has been hailed as Asia’s top university in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16. This reaffirms NUS' position as the best university in Asia, which was similarly reflected in the recent 2015/2016 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, where NUS was ranked top in Asia.”

CA2DM featured in Nature Nanotechnology Editorial

In an Editorial about Singapore's golden jubilee and its strong investment in science and innovation, the editorial goes on to say that

“Nanotechnology in Singapore is taken seriously. In 2010, the National University of Singapore provided S$40 million to set up the Graphene Research Centre, which boasts state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and is home to a faculty featuring several world-renowned experts in both experimental and theoretical techniques.

In 2014, the centre expanded to become the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, thanks to a S$50 million grant from the National Research Foundation. This move strengthened the technical capabilities and human resources of the centre and reflected the current trends in research now embracing all types of layered materials beyond graphene, such as transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus.

Despite the relative geographical isolation from larger academic hubs – which might be detrimental to Singaporean research – and Singapore’s tiny size, the substantial investment in scientific training and research has managed to put Singapore on the map.
 
The scientific output of the country on 2D materials, for example, is on the rise. According to Web of Science, in just 5 years, from 2009 to 2014, the number of papers published by Singaporean institutions on graphene and its cousins increased by almost a factor of 7, reaching over 400 contributions in 2014.
 
Looking ahead to the next 50 years, it is hard not to imagine that Singapore will continue to raise its profile in academic and industrial research.”

The complete editorial can be found here.

NUS & IIT Graphene Exchange Students Award

The Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) and Graphene Research Centre (GRC) at the National University of Singapore and the Graphene Labs at Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (G@IIT) in Genoa (Italy) are jointly opening the

NUS & IIT Graphene Exchange Students Award

to identify PhD students who will be trained and perform research between Singapore and Genoa (Italy) on the application of graphene and 2D materials in the fields of energy, new materials and diagnostics.

PhD students at NUS working in the field of graphene and 2D materials are particularly invited to apply.

To be eligible, full-time NUS PhD students must have completed, at least, two academic years at NUS, in Singapore, before the beginning of the exchange period.

This award contemplates an exchange period ranging from one to two consecutive years at IIT in Genoa to complement and further strengthen their research work. The awarded students will focus their activities in one of the following research topics:

  • Graphene for Li-based batteries
  • Ultrafast optics in 2d crystals
  • Graphene for advanced imaging

This exchange programme/award offers:

  • the opportunity to enrich your PhD programme with cross-disciplinary research in an international and multidisciplinary scientific environment;
  • supervision and mentorship by teams of internationally renowned experts;
  • state-of-the-art research facilities;
  • a scholarship in line with international standards for the duration of the exchange period;
  • reimbursement of NUS tuition fees for the duration of the exchange period.

Applications must be submitted online at this CA2DM webpage (instructions and required supporting documents are described there).

Deadline for applications is 28 August 2015.

Details of the research topics can be seen in the attached pdf file, below.

Contacts: Ms. Lee Wei Fen (NUS) <c2dlwf@nus.edu.sg>, Ms. Anja Bouerdick (IIT) <anja.bouerdick@iit.it>.