President's Science and Technology Awards 2015
Prof Goki EDA of the Department of Physics and Chemistry was awarded the Young Scientist Award for his research on the fundamental properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials at the President’s Science and Technology Awards 2015 ceremony held on 16 September. Dr Eda was one of four researchers who received this award, which recognises young researchers, aged 35 years and below, who have shown potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise. The award is organised by the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) and supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Prof Eda has conducted pioneering work in the emerging field of 2D materials, which are crystalline, sheet-like materials consisting of a single layer of atoms. Since joining the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Fellow in 2011, he actively explored the fundamental and applied aspects of materials synthesis, characterisation and device fabrication of 2D materials. Together with his collaborators, he has found many intriguing electrical, optical and electrochemical phenomena associated with atomically thin semiconductors. In a recent work, Dr Eda’s research team demonstrated the unusual optical conductivity of some 2D materials being able to absorb as much as 30% of incident light despite being only a few atoms thick, showing their potential for disruptive and transformative applications in novel photovoltaic devices.
Prof Eda’s interdisciplinary work on the unique physical and chemical properties of 2D materials has been highly recognised by the scientific community. He has given over 20 invited and plenary talks at international conferences, and his papers have received over 10,000 citations. He is a recipient of the IPS Omicron Nanotechnology Award, NUS Young Scientist Award and Young Researcher Award. He is an alumnus of the Newton International Fellowship of the Royal Society.
Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Eda!