Cutting Edge Research in Biomedical Sciences and Physical Sciences Engineering


The Chemicals and Materials Cluster promotes the growth of Singapore’s economy through the development of R&D capabilities in the chemicals and materials space, and promoting innovations in the broad areas of energy and sustainability.

No-Small Organic Compounds Programme
The No-Small Organic Compounds (no-SOC) programme aims to build first-in-class capabilities and to develop platform technologies to support product-centric innovations which can be primarily applied to specialty coatings, and also consumer care products, personal care products. The effort draws on A*STAR’s capabilities in polymer chemistry, emulsion polymerization, hybrid coatings and surface characterization.

Oilfield Chemicals Laboratory Programme
The Oilfield Chemicals Laboratory seeks to close the gap between the synthetic and physical chemistry expertise for Enhanced Oil Recovery and the application knowledge that is required for testing oilfield chemical formulations on geological samples from oil fields in lab scale experiments. This research programme supports Singapore’s strategy to develop leadership in oilfield chemicals as this speciality chemicals sector gravitates towards the Eastern Hemisphere where new reserves of oil and natural gas are bring developed in recent years. A*STAR seeks to develop capabilities in the design, synthesis, and formulation of surfactants, water soluble polymers and additives to enhance the recovery rate of oil from oilfields during the decline phase.

The opening of the oilfield chemicals lab took place in May 2016, and the lab now has fully developed capabilities in: Core flood experiments under reservoir conditions, polymer and surfactant flooding, advanced interfacial and rheological analysis, nano-EOR, paraffin wax deposition and inhibition studies, crude oil analysis and multiphase flow visualization.


The Energy Cluster coordinates energy-related activities (e.g. Experimental Power Grid Centre) within A*STAR to better support Singapore’s overall efforts in energy efficiency such as the Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS) Domain in RIE2020. A*STAR’s industry-oriented capabilities and focus on system-level solutions can provide unique solutions for problems both in Singapore and beyond.

Advanced Energy Storage Programme
The Advanced Energy Storage Programme is a joint lab initiative between IMRE and NUS to leverage on the electro-chemistry capabilities within the two entities to focus on developing battery research, beyond Lithium-ion technology, for high power and energy density, environmentally-friendly and cost effective electro-chemical storage solutions. The programme is designed to build and deepen research efforts in metal-air battery technology as well as the integration of battery with super-capacitor to achieve the most optimal energy and power density performance.