Congratulation to Prof. LU Yixin for winning the prestigious NRF Investigatorship Award 2017!

The Department Research Portfolio and Highlights AY 2017/18 has just been published. Click here to read it and download the pdf copy here.

Congratulations to Asst Prof GE Shaozhong for receiving the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2018.

Congratulations to Assoc Prof ZHAO Yu for winning the Department Outstanding Chemist Award 2017 and Asst Prof GE Shaozhong for winning the Department Young Chemist Award 2017.

Congratulations to Prof Richard WONG Ming Wah for winning the 2018 Fukui Medal awarded by the Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (APATCC).

The 13th Singapore National Crystal Growing Challenge
The finale of the Challenge was held at NUS Chemistry on Sat, 26 May 2018. Total of 109 teams from 47 schools participated in this challenge. The students presented ammonium cobalt (II) sulphate hexahydrate crystals for the Junior category, sodium zinc sulphate tetrahydrate crystals for the Senior category, and they were challenged to grow a “Crystal Tree” in Open category.
Charge-hopping without activation barriers across molecular junctions
Assoc Prof Christian NIJHUIS and his research group from the Department of Chemistry, NUS reported in Nature Nanotechnology a new way to reduce power consumption of molecular electronic devices. For charges to flow across a molecule, usually an energy barrier needs to be overcome which requires heat. The so-called Marcus theory describes the science behind it and explains how the applied temperature increases or decreases current flow across molecules. Here we show for the first time that it is possible to inject charge into a molecule without ...
2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject
NUS Chemistry has retained its spot as one of the top 10 Chemistry departments in the world based on the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. The Department has been ranked #7 internationally for 4 years in a row as well as #1 in Asia. Rounding up the top 5 Asian chemistry departments are Tokyo University (#8), NTU (#11), Peking University (#14) and Kyoto University (#16).
Spatial structure of bound hole states in black phosphorous
Asst Prof LU Jiong and his co-workers have discovered that the bound states of “holes” in black phosphorus changes from an extended ellipse into a dumbbell shape when it is electrically excited, providing new insights for its use in next generation electronic devices. This work has recently been highlighted in a global scientific news outlet:
Using upconversion nanoparticles to probe brain function
Prof LIU Xiaogang, together with an international research team, developed a novel approach to investigate deep brain stimulation utilising upconversion nanoparticles. These unique nanoparticles, which is pioneered by Prof LIU's research group, allow visible light to be delivered deep into the brain in control of neural activities in a less-invasive manner, marking a significant breakthrough which could empower researchers to uncover valuable insights about the brain. This exciting piece of work ...
Solar Driven Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Ethylene
Asst Prof YEO Boon Siang Jason and his co-workers have developed an artificial photosynthesis device that facilitates the conversion of carbon dioxide into ethylene with state-of-the-art efficiencies.