The NanoScientific Symposium Asia 2019

Date: 25 September 2019
Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: E-Cube @ Block E4, Faculty of Engineering

On 25 September 2019, Park Systems, NanoScientific Publications and E6NanoFab co-hosted the NanoScientific Symposium Asia which took place in the Engineering campus of National University of Singapore from 9 am to 5 pm.

The symposium provided a platform for nanoscience researchers and scientists to network and learn about the latest studies being formed using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).

A/Prof Zhu Chun Xiang, Deputy Director of NUS E6NanoFab started the event with the welcome message. He invited industry researcher to become a member and leverage on E6NanoFab’s state-of-the art nano-fabrication facility for research. Mr Lee Keibock, editor-in-chief of the NanoScientific publications shared the plan to provide Park  System Scholarships in order to foster research in the arena of atomic force microscopy in his opening remark.

The third speaker of the morning session, Dr. Sang-Joon Cho from Park Systems gave a 40 mins talk on the latest advances in atomic force microscopy and its directions. He shared that the quantitatively characterizing electrical, magnetic, mechanical and morphological properties of these materials are major concerns for both research and industrial sectors. The new AFM PinPoint mode can precisely measure mechanical properties and electrical properties with controlled contact force at each measurement points. In addition, PinPoint mode could solve the actual problems in industrial metrological challenges.

After tea break, Dr. Zhao Yunshan from NUS’ Electrical and Computer Engineering talked about the Application of AFM nanoindentation function to measure the mechanical and thermal properties of two-dimensional materials black phosphorus. Dr. Sreetosh Goswami from NUS’ NNI presented studies on the electronic and molecular switching which was derived from a concurrent imaging with conducting atomic force microscopy and tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy.  Industrial metrology consultant, Mr John Yik was the last speaker of the morning session. He shared about his 20+ years experience of defect control on product wafers in the semiconductor manufacturing environment using metrology tools.

There were 8 presentations in the afternoon session.

Research scientist from Institute of Materials Research and Engineering of A*STAR, Dr Wu Jing presented the study on Anomalous thermoelectric transport in MoS /H-Bn heterostructure. He demonstrated that by placing Molybdenum Disulfi de on a hexagonal Boron Nitride (h-BN) substrate, a colossal spin splitting of the conduction sub-band up to ~50.0±5.0 meV is observed at the sulfur vacancies, which is evident of the existence of local magnetic states.
Mr. Yu Wei from Chemistry department of NUS introduced his recent work on two-dimensional ferromagnetic material studied by scanning probe microscope.
Professor Nam-Joon Cho from Nanyang Technological University talked about quantitative evaluation of viral protein binding to phosphoinositide receptors and pharmacological inhibition.
The fourth topic was on investigations into agrochemical crystal growth and processing of wheat flour using atomic force microscope. The speakers were Dr. Kwek Jin Wang and Dr. Sendhil K. Poornachary from Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences, A*STAR.
Ms. Yan Zhi Yuan from Singapore University of Technology and Design gave the fifth talk. She reported a new energy transfer method to modulate optical properties of transition-metal dichalcogenides under a larger excitation range spanning from UV to visible light.

Reading back stored data in non-volatile memory devices using scanning capacitance microscopy was the sixth presentation by Dr Jason Cheah Jun Wei of Temasek Laboratories @ Nanyang Technological University.

Follow on  was the presentation by Dr Gijo Raj from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. He was speaking on colloidal probe and conducting atomic force microscopy for probing interfacial adhesion and charge transport properties.

The last speaker, Dr Jake Kim from Park Systems shared his experiences on the diverse applications of atomic force microscopy in academia and industry. He showed that with advanced AFM, it is possible to measure the physical, electrical, and magnetic properties of the material, it has the advantage that can be used to investigate the material with multiple aspects

Mr. Beng Seng Poo, General Manager of Park Systems Singapore wrapped up the event with a closing remarks.


We recorded  110 percent attendance rate with 119 attendees. The audience participated actively on the floor with many questions posed.  11 participants were interviewed during and after the event. We have received very encouraging and positive feed backs from the attendees with some said would like to see the event held annually.