NUS Recruits Nobel Laureate Konstantin Novoselov As Faculty

Professor Konstantin Novoselov is the first Nobel laureate to be recruited by a Singapore university and will lead a research group working on intelligent materials.

AsianScientist (Apr. 8, 2019) – Professor Konstantin Novoselov, who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for the joint discovery of graphene, has joined the National University of Singapore as a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Novoselov is the youngest Nobel laureate in Physics since 1971 and the youngest overall since 1992, having received the Nobel Prize when he was just 36 years old. His research on graphene, the world’s strongest, most conductive and stretchable material, has paved the way for numerous inventions, with applications in desalination, batteries, next-generation LED bulbs and solar cells.

Beyond his seminal findings in physics, Novoselov is also an artist who trained in traditional Chinese art in China. The reductionist approach in traditional Chinese art, he says, ties in nicely with his background in physics. Novoselov has used graphene ink in his painting, blending his interests in arts and science.

At NUS, Novoselov will lead a new research group focusing on intelligent materials. The group aims to discover interesting combinations of materials that can behave as intelligent sensors and microcomputing devices. He will also serve as an ambassador for science and technology in Singapore, to the world.

“I’m really excited by Singapore’s strong focus on research and exploration. I have seen first-hand the passion, resilience and spirit of innovation of the University’s talented researchers, particularly in the multidisciplinary area of materials science,” Novoselov said.

“I am fascinated by the idea of creating and exploring the properties of novel materials. Singapore and NUS are at the forefront of creating such materials and discovering novel applications for them. There is a strong commitment to innovation in Singapore, so I believe we can accelerate research translation and produce the next great technology here. I very much look forward to working with my colleagues at NUS and in Singapore to make this ambition a reality,” he added.


Source: National University of Singapore; Photo: The University of Manchester.
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