Science Samurai


Darren is a physicist and educator. He has a love for life and learning, and a passion for physics and poetry. He is always seeking new ideas and collaborations, so get in touch through this nifty form.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics, at the University of Oxford, UK, 2011-2014.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2006-2007.
    • Teaching subjects: Physics, Mathematics
    • Practicum supervisor: Kwek Leong Chuan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics (magna cum laude), at Princeton University, USA, 2000-2004.

Employment History

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Attended the 8th International Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism, Taiwan, 2016.
    • Won a poster prize (awarded to four out of more than a hundred posters) sponsored by the American Physical Society
    • Received travel sponsorship from the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics
  • Selected and sponsored for the CECAM School on Quantum Spin Liquids, Italy, 2013.
  • Award for popular online video, Science Buskers Lite! Singapore, 2013.
  • Selected and sponsored for the SCELSE Summer Course on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore, 2013.
  • Selected and sponsored for the inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore, 2013.
  • Selected and sponsored for the Les Houches School on Statistical Physics, France, 2012.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship, Singapore Ministry of Education, 2010.
  • Best Communicator Award, Science Buskers Festival (Singapore), 2008.
  • Cast Iron Teacher, Iron Science Teacher Competition (Singapore), 2008.
  • Judges’ Special Recognition: Creative Use of Secret Ingredients, Iron Science Teacher Competition (Singapore), 2007.
  • Won a haiku contest organised by Magdelena (Singapore), 2006.
  • Best WITs Project Award, Singapore Ministry of Defence, 2005.
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, United States, 2004.
  • Allen Goodrich Shenstone Prize, Princeton University, 2004.
  • Manfred Pyka Memorial Prize, Princeton University, 2001.
  • Overseas Merit Scholarship (Teaching), Public Service Commission of Singapore, 2000.