Head of Studies, Physical Sciences
National Research Foundation Fellow
Associate Professor Shaffique Adam was born in Nairobi, Kenya. After completing his A-levels in Kenya, he went to Stanford University where he received his BS, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. He graduated with departmental honours and a University distinction. After spending four months as an exchange student at Magdalen College in Oxford University, Assoc Prof Adam went on to pursue his doctorate in Theoretical Physics at Cornell University, where he worked on the magnetic properties of nanoscale conductors. He then moved to the Condensed Matter Theory Center at the University of Maryland where he worked on the electronic transport properties of graphene. Before joining Yale-NUS College, Assoc Prof Adam spent three years as a National Research Council Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.
As a theoretical physicist, Assoc Prof Adam is interested in the complex and surprising ways electrons behave when they are subject to the interplay of quantum mechanics, material imperfections, confined geometries and interactions with other electrons. Assoc Prof Adam was awarded a Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship which includes a five-year research grant to support research on the effects of electron interactions in new materials like graphene and topological insulators.
Assoc Prof Adam has published over 60 manuscripts in prominent journals including Science, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences and Physical Review Letters. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited more than 10,000 times. Some recent work includes:
“The role of electron-electron interactions in two dimensional Dirac fermions” H-K. Tang, J. Leaw, J. Rodrigues, I. Herbut, P. Sengupta, F. Assad and S. Adam; Science 361, 570 (2018).http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6402/570
“Tuning the Band Gap in Aligned Graphene on Boron Nitride with Interlayer Spacing” M. Yankowitz, J. Jung, E. Laksono, N. Leconte, B. L. Chittari, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, S. Adam, D. Graf, C. R. Dean. Nature 557 404 (2018).https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0107-1
“Tailoring Sample-wide Pseudo-magnetic Field On Graphene Using Black Phosphorous Substrate” Y. Liu, J.N.B. Rodrigues, Y.Z. Luo, L Li, A. Carvalho, M. Yang, E. Laksono, J. Lu, Y. Bao, H. Xu, S.J.R. Tan, Z. Qiu, C.H. Sow, Y.P. Feng, A. H. Castro Neto, S. Adam, J. Lu, and K. P. Loh. Nature Nanotechnology, 13, 828 (2018).https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-018-0178-z
“Electric Field-tuned topological phase transition in ultra-thin Na3Bi” J. Collins, A. Tadich, W. Wu. L. Gomez, J. Rodrigues, C. Liu, J. Hellerstedt, H. Ryu, S. Tang, S-K Mo, S. Adam, S. Yang, M. Fuhrer, and M. Edmonds, Nature (accepted, 2018)
Integrated Science 1 (Yale-NUS Common Curriculum) [Course Facilitator]
General Physics (Electronics and Non-linear Dynamics)
Integrated Science 2 (Yale-NUS Common Curriculum)
Introduction to Classical Mechanics
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Advanced Solid State Physics