Sow Chorng Haur


Teaching Aspirations

To fuel students’ enthusiasm in the discovery of scientific truths and to nurture students’ creative and innovative spirit in tackling fascinating problems.

Teaching Strengths

  • Infectious passion and enthusiasm
  • Ability to relate abstract physics concept to simple everyday phenomenon by bringing the “Mobile Physics Laboratory” to lecture theatres
  • Effective use of engaging and interactive demonstration materials, animations, video clips and IT to help students in understanding difficult-to-visualise concepts
  • Creative design and construction of demonstration tools to enhance students’ understanding of the topics discussed
  • Cultivation of free-spirited environment for students to venture into exciting paths of scientific discovery


Sow Chorng Haur received a B.Sc. Degree (1st Class) in Physics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991.
After spending two more years in NUS for research, he received a M.Sc. degree in Physics. He then went on to The University of Chicago and completed his PhD degree in 1998. During the period in 1999-2000, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratory, Lucent Technologies. He returned and joined the Department of Physics, NUS in 2001. He is now an Associate Professor with the Department of Physics. He has authored and co-authored many papers in the field of nanoscience and nanomaterials.

Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award AY2002/2003, AY2003/2004, AY2004/2005, Honor Roll 2007
  • University Annual Teaching Excellence Award AY2002/2003, AY2003/2004, AY2004/2005, AY2005/2006, Honor Roll 2008
  • University Award: Outstanding Educator Award 2008