The College of Science focuses its research efforts on meeting the societal challenges of the 21st century. As scientists, our approaches differ from those of engineers. We believe that fundamental knowledge will bring about out-of-box solutions, as evident from the history of science where discoveries such as antibiotics (new biology and new chemistry) and transistors (new physics) have utterly transformed human society.
Over the past decade, CoS has made many seminal discoveries and breakthroughs in advancing fundamental knowledge as well as translational research. It has created niche areas of research and innovation strength, including (SBS) Cell biology, Cancer, Immunology, Stem cells & ageing, Metabolism & diseases, Infectious disease & microbiology, Neuroscience, Gene regulation, Structural biology, Chemical biology; (Chemistry, SPMS) Chemical Synthesis, Catalysis, Medicinal chemistry, Nanomedicine, Bioimaging and sensing; (Physics, SPMS) Photonics, Quantum technology, Soft condensed matter, Biophysics, Condensed Matter physics; (Math, SPMS) Coding & cryptography, Scientific computing, Numerical stimulation, Analytics, Theoretical computer science; and (ASE) Environment change, Society and complexity, Oceans and atmosphere, Volcanology, Active tectonics and earthquakes, Ecology and ecosystems.
CoS is a key player in NTU’s Peaks of Excellence, which address both the national needs and global issues. The NTU 2020 Strategy Plan envisages Five Peaks of Excellence. Among them, the Sustainable Earth, Secure Community, and Healthy Society peaks are of particular relevance to CoS.