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) <>, Ms. Anja Bouerdick (IIT) <>.

Prof. Chwee Teck Lim, Head of CA2DM’s 2D Device Group is awarded the Zworykin Award.

Professor Lim Chwee Teck from the NUS Department of Biomedical Engineering and the University’s Mechanobiology Institute was presented with the Vladimir K. Zworykin Award in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in the field of medical and biological engineering. He is the first in Asia to be honoured with the award, which is given out by the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) every three years. Prof Lim received his accolade at the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Toronto, Canada on 7 June.

NUS is Number 1 in Asia again in latest Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has emerged once again as the top university in Asia, retaining its peak position in the latest results of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings: Asia 2015. This marks the second consecutive time that NUS has topped the rankings since it was first published in 2009.

This year, NUS continued its stellar performance, ranking highly overall. It garnered strong scores in most of the indicators, maintaining its position as the first in Asia for employer reputation and second in Asia for academic reputation. The University was also placed third in the number of citations per paper, providing a strong endorsement of the deep impact of NUS’ research.

NUS received the maximum score in academic reputation, based on 42,561 responses from academics in the region, and the rest of the world, according to QS.

NUS is also Asia’s top two universities across all disciplines measured. The University is ranked Asia’s best in Social Sciences & Management as well as Life Sciences & Medicine. It is placed second in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology and Natural Sciences.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are delighted that NUS has maintained our position as the region’s top university at a time when Asian countries are investing heavily in education and research. We are also very encouraged that the University is highly regarded and valued by employers and academics in Asia and the world. This is a reflection of NUS’ distinctive education and broad-based research excellence, which are results of the strong contributions made by dedicated NUS faculty, staff and students.

As a global university that seeks to influence the future, NUS will strengthen our efforts to nurture graduates who are future-ready, pursue innovative advances in research and education, as well as deepen our collaborations with leading universities and institutions worldwide.”

The QS University Rankings: Asia is published annually and ranks Asia’s top 300 universities based on relevant criteria including academic reputation, employer reputation, student/faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation, student exchange inbound and student exchange outbound.

The full top 300 list of QS University Rankings: Asia can be found on

NUS ranked 6h for Material Science in 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject

“National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have ranked among the global top 10 for multiple subjects, according to the 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject released on Wednesday (Apr 29).

The annual subject rankings are based on surveyed opinions of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers, alongside analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations.

NUS placed among the world’s 10 best universities for 11 subjects across disciplines such as:

  • Engineering – Civil & Structural (3rd in the world)
  • Engineering – Chemical (5)
  • Engineering – Electrical & Electronic (6)
  • Materials Science (6)
  • Architecture / Built Environment (6)
  • Chemistry (7)
  • Biological Sciences (8)
  • Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing (8)
  • Linguistics (8)
  • Geography (9)
  • Environmental Sciences (10)

NUS also made the top 50 worldwide for a total of 30 subjects. It is also the best-performing Asian university, topping the list of universities outside the UK and US with the most number of subjects placed in the top 10 ranking.

‘Our strong performance in the latest subject rankings is a testament to the powerful commitment of our talented professors and graduates to excellence, and the contributions they have been making,’ said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.”

Prof Loh Kian Ping awarded new NRF Investigatorship for Graphene Oxide project

In the 8th press release by the Research Innovation Enterprise Council, the newly created NRF Investigatorship was announced, providing opportunities for established, innovative and active scientists and researchers, in their mid-career, to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk research. It is designed to support a small number of excellent Principal Investigators (PIs) who have a track record of research achievements that identify them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.

Dr Loh Kian Ping, an original founder of the Graphene Research Centre and now head of the Beyond Graphene group of the Center of Advanced 2D Materials, was awarded this new NRF Investigatorship for the project “Graphene oxide: a new class of catalytic, ionic and molecular sieving material”.

RIEC also recognizes the progress made in building capabilities in promising technological areas, namely via the Medium Sized Centre funding scheme, which funded the new Centre for Advanced 2D Materials.

For more information, see the RIEC Press Release, linked below.