National University of Singapore (NUS)
新加坡国立大学

Singapore

Founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education, research, and entrepreneurship. NUS has 17 faculties and schools across three campuses. Close to 40,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

Research: Shaping the Future

NUS takes a holistic approach to research by integrating expertise across the natural and social sciences. Together, we answer the most challenging questions on how to live and work better.

On an island city-state vulnerable to rising sea levels, NUS researchers are driven to find Sustainability and Urban Solutions. Our research informs global policy on coastal defense, urban design, nature-based solutions, food-energy-water nexus, and the development of green energy technologies. In the Anthropocene, our behavioural and decision scientists work to understand and influence the impact of human consumption within cities.

NUS is also dedicated to Materials Research, where materials scientists, chemists, physicists, and engineers work together to unravel the secrets of the physical world and create materials for tomorrow’s technologies. Our researchers harness the principles which govern living matter to develop new functional intelligent materials for applications in everything from artificial neural networks to smart membranes.

We sometimes do the impossible. NUS researchers synthesised the world’s first one-atom-thick amorphous material. The discovery could finally settle a decades-old debate of exactly how atoms are arranged in amorphous solids and accelerate the development of data storage and energy devices.

Our researchers are also enabling people to live longer, higher-quality lives, with revolutions in Healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke-NUS researchers developed the first and only authorised SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibody test product known as cPass™ SARS-CoV-2 Neutralisation Antibody Test, and the vaccine developed by Duke-NUS in partnership with Arcturus Therapeutics is undergoing human clinical trials globally.

NUS is at the forefront of cancer research, with breaking work in transforming the treatment of leukaemia. The cell-based therapy uses the body’s immune cells that have been altered in the lab to target and kill cancer cells. Our researchers have also developed the world’s first blood test that measures the effectiveness of cancer treatment within 24 hours after treatment initiation.

The interface between material and health sciences led to the creation of electronic skins that enable better prosthetic devices to mimic the human sense of touch, sense nearby objects without touching, and repair itself when damaged.

Underpinning our research is our respect and recognition for the rising role of technology. Within the NUS Smart Nation research cluster, computer scientists, engineers and social scientists collaborate to build resilience in the systems we rely on daily, by tackling issues of cybersecurity, logistics and operations, risk management, financial systems, and artificial intelligence-based technologies. NUS research on quantum key distribution has led to an increase in the long-term security of communication networks.

Our curiosity infuses the 150-hectare NUS campus, which serves as a living lab for the development and test-bedding of smart technologies, such as 5G network-empowered innovation in virtual reality, and district heating and cooling networks for energy-efficient cities. Our research places artificial intelligence and high technology at the service of society’s greatest needs and strives to make life ever more extraordinary.

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1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for National University of Singapore (NUS) published between 1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
872 307.11

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 67 23.62
Chemistry 350 135.22
46 17.35
16 7.50
66 26.28
23 5.39
10 3.15
8 5.15
25 13.40
6 1.82
36 12.02
6 0.98
1 0.04
5 3.43
51 18.15
Revealing the etching process of water-soluble Au25 nanoclusters at the molecular level
2021-05-28
0.58
Electronic metal–support interaction modulates single-atom platinum catalysis for hydrogen evolution reaction
2021-05-21
0.45
Phase-to-pattern inverse design paradigm for fast realization of functional metasurfaces via transfer learning
2021-05-20
0.18
Graphene overcoats for ultra-high storage density magnetic media
2021-05-17
0.13
Alkali-deficiency driven charged out-of-phase boundaries for giant electromechanical response
2021-05-14
0.39
The double-stranded DNA-binding proteins TEBP-1 and TEBP-2 form a telomeric complex with POT-1
2021-05-11
0.08
Ordered clustering of single atomic Te vacancies in atomically thin PtTe2 promotes hydrogen evolution catalysis
2021-04-21
0.67
Ultra-strong polymeric hollow fiber membranes for saline dewatering and desalination
2021-04-20
0.50
fficient photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide generation coupled with selective benzylamine oxidation over defective ZrS3 nanobelts
2021-04-01
0.81
An engineered CRISPR-Cas12a variant and DNA-RNA hybrid guides enable robust and rapid COVID-19 testing
2021-03-19
0.11
Reversible hydrogen control of antiferromagnetic anisotropy in α-FeO
2021-03-12
0.59
Positioning of nucleosomes containing γ-H2AX precedes active DNA demethylation and transcription initiation
2021-02-16
0.01
Giant optical anisotropy in transition metal dichalcogenides for next-generation photonics
2021-02-08
0.02
Shadow enhanced self-charging power system for wave and solar energy harvesting from the ocean
2021-01-27
1
The nature of active sites for carbon dioxide electroreduction over oxide-derived copper catalysts
2021-01-15
0.01
Charge-polarized interfacial superlattices in marginally twisted hexagonal boron nitride
2021-01-12
0.03
Properties and dynamics of meron topological spin textures in the two-dimensional magnet CrCl3
2021-01-08
0.10
Structural basis for distinct inflammasome complex assembly by human NLRP1 and CARD8
2021-01-08
0.01
Effectively modulating thermal activated charge transport in organic semiconductors by precise potential barrier engineering
2021-01-04
0.05
Visualizing atomic structure and magnetism of 2D magnetic insulators via tunneling through graphene
2021-01-04
0.65
π-phase modulated monolayer supercritical lens
2021-01-04
0.07
Zero-bias mid-infrared graphene photodetectors with bulk photoresponse and calibration-free polarization detection
2020-12-17
0.90
Edge-oriented and steerable hyperbolic polaritons in anisotropic van der Waals nanocavities
2020-11-30
0.19
Tunable analog thermal material
2020-11-27
0.48
Interplay between spin proximity effect and charge-dependent exciton dynamics in MoSe2/CrBr3 van der Waals heterostructures
2020-11-26
0.03
Scalable thermoelectric fibers for multifunctional textile-electronics
2020-11-26
0.95
Alkyl halides as both hydride and alkyl sources in catalytic regioselective reductive olefin hydroalkylation
2020-11-17
0.63
Lithography-free IR polarization converters via orthogonal in-plane phonons in α-MoO flakes
2020-11-13
0.03
Artificially innervated self-healing foams as synthetic piezo-impedance sensor skins
2020-11-12
0.88
Control of single-ligand chemistry on thiolated Au nanoclusters
2020-10-30
0.54
Reprogrammable meta-hologram for optical encryption
2020-10-30
0.13
A protein tertiary structure mimetic modulator of the Hippo signalling pathway
2020-10-27
0.04
Genetically engineered magnetic nanocages for cancer magneto-catalytic theranostics
2020-10-27
0.13
Triboelectric nanogenerator sensors for soft robotics aiming at digital twin applications
2020-10-23
0.42
Targeting N-myristoylation for therapy of B-cell lymphomas
2020-10-22
0.08
Cobalt-catalyzed deoxygenative triborylation of allylic ethers to access 1,1,3-triborylalkanes
2020-10-15
1
Suppressing material loss in the visible and near-infrared range for functional nanophotonics using bandgap engineering
2020-10-07
0.06
Porous organic cages as synthetic water channels
2020-10-01
0.80
Visible-light-driven amino acids production from biomass-based feedstocks over ultrathin CdS nanosheets
2020-09-29
0.40
Semiconductor photocatalysis to engineering deuterated -alkyl pharmaceuticals enabled by synergistic activation of water and alkanols
2020-09-18
0.43
Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon
2020-09-16
0.43
Photo-mediated selective deconstructive geminal dihalogenation of trisubstituted alkenes
2020-09-08
0.83
Atomically-precise dopant-controlled single cluster catalysis for electrochemical nitrogen reduction
2020-09-01
0.70
Quantifying net loss of global mangrove carbon stocks from 20 years of land cover change
2020-08-26
0.20
Transparent near-infrared perovskite light-emitting diodes
2020-08-24
1
Adsorption and activation of molecular oxygen over atomic copper(I/II) site on ceria
2020-08-11
0.04
Phase-controllable growth of ultrathin 2D magnetic FeTe crystals
2020-07-24
0.13
Collective near-field coupling and nonlocal phenomena in infrared-phononic metasurfaces for nano-light canalization
2020-07-21
0.12
Proton-transfer-induced 3D/2D hybrid perovskites suppress ion migration and reduce luminance overshoot
2020-07-06
0.08
Heterophase fcc-2H-fcc gold nanorods
2020-07-03
0.03
A powder-metallurgy-based strategy toward three-dimensional graphene-like network for reinforcing copper matrix composites
2020-06-02
0.04
5 2.13
7 3.84
12 5.30
4 0.80
1 0.58
7 2.65
15 5.25
Physical Sciences 366 137.87
Life Sciences 257 64.71

Highlight of the month

Mangroves could benefit from blue carbon credits

© Marie Cristabern Joyce Villamor/EyeEm/Getty Images

© Marie Cristabern Joyce Villamor/EyeEm/Getty Images

Carbon financing could protect around a fifth of global mangrove forests.

Blue-carbon schemes pay countries to protect their coastal environments that store significant amounts of carbon. Yet efforts to protect mangroves, one of the most carbon-dense vegetated ecosystems worldwide, have been limited.

Now, researchers at the National University of Singapore have mapped global mangroves and identified roughly 20% of this vital habitat that could be protected from deforestation by blue carbon credits.

The team assessed the profitability of such projects if carbon cost US$5 per tonne, and found that nearly 10% of mangroves could be sustainably protected for three decades.

Blue carbon credits could help several tropical coastal countries move towards their climate change goals, but further interventions are needed to protect the majority of mangroves from future threats.

Supported content

  1. Current Biology 31, 1737–1743 (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.070

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1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 21.85% Domestic
  • 78.15% International

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