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 September 2020 - 31 August 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 September 2020 - 31 August 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
806 283.18

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 345 136.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 59 21.09
Physical Sciences 334 125.87
35 13.31
54 19.61
46 16.94
23 10.79
3 2.67
32 11.47
9 1.17
57 24.98
Foundry-compatible high-resolution patterning of vertically phase-separated semiconducting films for ultraflexible organic electronics
2021-08-16
0.01
Giant anisotropic photonics in the 1D van der Waals semiconductor fibrous red phosphorus
2021-08-10
0.03
Manipulating crystallization dynamics through chelating molecules for bright perovskite emitters
2021-08-10
0
Quantifying nanodiamonds biodistribution in whole cells with correlative iono-nanoscopy
2021-08-02
0.98
Visualizing the strongly reshaped skyrmion Hall effect in multilayer wire devices
2021-07-12
0.04
Surfactant-guided spatial assembly of nano-architectures for molecular profiling of extracellular vesicles
2021-06-30
0.66
High-resolution light field prints by nanoscale 3D printing
2021-06-17
0.25
Photon upconversion through triplet exciton-mediated energy relay
2021-06-17
0.62
Ladder-like energy-relaying exciplex enables 100% internal quantum efficiency of white TADF-based diodes in a single emissive layer
2021-06-15
0.18
Nanoscale bubble domains with polar topologies in bulk ferroelectrics
2021-06-15
0.11
A single atom change turns insulating saturated wires into molecular conductors
2021-06-08
0.37
Overcoming the water oxidative limit for ultra-high-workfunction hole-doped polymers
2021-06-07
1
Amorphization-induced surface electronic states modulation of cobaltous oxide nanosheets for lithium-sulfur batteries
2021-05-25
0.01
Phase-to-pattern inverse design paradigm for fast realization of functional metasurfaces via transfer learning
2021-05-20
0.18
Electrically connected spin-torque oscillators array for 2.4 GHz WiFi band transmission and energy harvesting
2021-05-18
0.56
Device-independent quantum key distribution with random key basis
2021-05-17
0.71
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
Low cost exoskeleton manipulator using bidirectional triboelectric sensors enhanced multiple degree of freedom sensory system
2021-05-11
0.66
Spin-polarized oxygen evolution reaction under magnetic field
2021-05-10
0.02
Improving organic photovoltaic cells by forcing electrode work function well beyond onset of Ohmic transition
2021-04-14
1
Dynamic upconversion multicolour editing enabled by molecule-assisted opto-electrochemical modulation
2021-04-01
0.93
fficient photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide generation coupled with selective benzylamine oxidation over defective ZrS3 nanobelts
2021-04-01
0.81
Simultaneous spatiotemporal super-resolution and multi-parametric fluorescence microscopy
2021-03-19
1
Reversible hydrogen control of antiferromagnetic anisotropy in α-FeO
2021-03-12
0.59
Giant optical anisotropy in transition metal dichalcogenides for next-generation photonics
2021-02-08
0.02
Quantum frequency doubling in the topological insulator Bi2Se3
2021-01-29
0.58
Shadow enhanced self-charging power system for wave and solar energy harvesting from the ocean
2021-01-27
1
An optical neural chip for implementing complex-valued neural network
2021-01-19
0.10
Charge-polarized interfacial superlattices in marginally twisted hexagonal boron nitride
2021-01-12
0.03
NIR-excitable heterostructured upconversion perovskite nanodots with improved stability
2021-01-11
1
Single ion qubit with estimated coherence time exceeding one hour
2021-01-11
0.03
Properties and dynamics of meron topological spin textures in the two-dimensional magnet CrCl3
2021-01-08
0.10
Effectively modulating thermal activated charge transport in organic semiconductors by precise potential barrier engineering
2021-01-04
0.05
Multi-domain translation between single-cell imaging and sequencing data using autoencoders
2021-01-04
0.20
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
Critical non-Hermitian skin effect
2020-10-30
1
Electron tunneling at the molecularly thin 2D perovskite and graphene van der Waals interface
2020-10-30
0.78
Reprogrammable meta-hologram for optical encryption
2020-10-30
0.13
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
Suppressing material loss in the visible and near-infrared range for functional nanophotonics using bandgap engineering
2020-10-07
0.06
Retrospective evaluation of whole exome and genome mutation calls in 746 cancer samples
2020-09-21
0
Semiconductor photocatalysis to engineering deuterated -alkyl pharmaceuticals enabled by synergistic activation of water and alkanols
2020-09-18
0.43
Fully organic compliant dry electrodes self-adhesive to skin for long-term motion-robust epidermal biopotential monitoring
2020-09-17
0.86
Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon
2020-09-16
0.43
Deep learning enabled smart mats as a scalable floor monitoring system
2020-09-14
0.79
Modulating mechanical stability of heterodimerization between engineered orthogonal helical domains
2020-09-08
0.80
5 1.56
10 4.17
2 1.05
1 0.21
3 1.65
5 2.18
19 5.60
1 0.11
9 3.09
2 0.28
18 5.02
Life Sciences 235 55.05

Highlight of the month

Fewer spots on butterfly wings to avoid predators

© Una Stef/500px Prime/Getty Images

© Una Stef/500px Prime/Getty Images

Butterflies may have evolved fewer spots on their forewings than their hindwings to avoid predators attacking the wings they need most for flight.

A common feature of butterfly wings, eyespots are believed to either intimidate predators or deflect their attacks towards less vital parts of the body. Butterflies tend to have more eyespots on their hindwings than their forewings, but it wasn’t clear why.

Now, six researchers from the National University of Singapore have compared how squinting bush brown butterflies with two or four eyespots on their forewings fared with predation by praying mantises.

They found the butterflies with four eyespots had more predator damage to their forewings, laid fewer eggs and didn’t live as long, suggesting a lower number of eyespots may reduce attacks and damage to those vital features.

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  1. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 288, 20202840 (2021). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2840

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 21.87% Domestic
  • 78.13% International

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