Centre for Advanced 2D Materials

The Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM), at the National University of Singapore (NUS), is the first centre in Asia dedicated to graphene research.[1] The Centre was established under the scientific advice of two Nobel Laureates in physics – Prof Andre Geim and Prof Konstantin Novoselov - who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of graphene.[2] It was created for the conception, characterization, theoretical modeling, and development of transformative technologies based on two-dimensional crystals, such as graphene.[3]. In 2019, Prof Konstantin Novoselov moved to Singapore and joined NUS as Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.[4]

Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM)
TypeResearch institute
Established2010
DirectorAntonio Castro Neto
Location
Singapore
,
Singapore
AffiliationNational University of Singapore
Websitegraphene.nus.edu.sg

History and funding

NUS established the CA2DM in 2010, under the leadership of Prof. Antonio H. Castro Neto, with a start-up fund from NUS of S$40 Million, 1,000 m2 of laboratory space,[5] and a state-of-the-art clean room facility of 800 m2.[6] Speaking of commercial application today scientists are using graphene for making synthetic blood and developing non-invasive treatments for cancer. Graphene would soon replace silicon in your computer chips thus resulting in a much faster, unbreakable tablets, phone and others;[7] CA2DM is also participating on a S$50 Million CREATE grant from NRF, together with University of California, Berkeley and Nanyang Technological University, for the study of new photovoltaic systems based on two-dimensional crystals. In June 2012, the CA2DM announced the opening of a S$15 Million micro and nano fabrication facility to produce graphene products.[8] In 2014 it became an NRF “Medium-Sized Centre", with a S$50 Million grant.[9]

Research

The target areas of intervention of the NUS Centre for Advanced 2D Materials are [10]

  • Atomically thin, wafer size, crystal growth, and characterization: Raman, AFM, TEM, STM, magneto transport, angle resolved photoemission (ARPES), optics.
  • Flexible electronics and strain engineering of atomically thin materials.
  • Mechanics of atomically thin film transfer.
  • Nano-scale patterning and new device development.
  • Three-dimensional architectures based on atomically thin films (atomic multi-layers, see figure).
  • Composite materials where accumulated stress could be monitored by contactless, non-invasive, optical methods.
  • Spintronics and valleytronics in two-dimensional materials.
  • Atomically thin electrodes for photovoltaic or OLED applications.
  • Atomically thin gas barriers and electrodes for energy/charge transfer and storage (water splitting, fuel cells, etc.).
  • Solution-processed atomically thin substrates for bio applications and catalysis.
  • Atomically thin films as optical components in fiber lasers (mode locking, polarizers etc.).
  • Atomically thin film platforms for bio-sensing and stem cell growth.
  • Atomically thin film platforms for sol-gel, organic, and electro-chemistry.
  • Graphene-ferroelectric memories (G-FeRAM), graphene spin torque transistors (G-STT).
  • Computational modeling of new atomically thin materials and complex architectures.

References

  1. "National University of Singapore". NUS. Archived from the original on 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  2. "The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release". Nobelprize.org. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  3. "The NUS Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre | Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre". Graphene.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  4. "NUS Recruits Nobel Laureate Konstantin Novoselov As Faculty". www.asianscientist.com.
  5. "Laboratories | Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre". Graphene.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  6. "Clean Room | Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre". Graphene.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  7. "Channel NewsAsia". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  8. "NRF Medium-Sized Centres". NRF.
  9. "Research | Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre". Graphene.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2015-08-12.


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