IMRE signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) with SCG Chemicals,to set up an Advanced Composite joint laboratory, on 11 January 2018. This joint laboratory aims to leverage both IMRE’s capabilities in developing composite materials and SCG Chemicals’ expertise in polymer manufacturing to develop new materials for potential industry-related applications such as automotive, aerospace and infrastructure. IMRE and SCG Chemicals first embarked on this collaborative journey back in 2011 to develop high-barrier packaging solutions to extend the shelf life of food as part of the Industrial Coating and Packaging Consortium. Currently, IMRE and SCG Chemicals have three other ongoing projects to enhance the performance of commodity plastics. The translation of new technologies into products and applications could create more opportunities for partnerships with local manufacturing enterprises and multinational companies and generate good economic outcomes for Singapore.
IMRE scientist, Dr. Seh Zhi Wei, was appointed as one of the Editorial Board members of Electrochemical Science and Technology, an open-access journal dedicated to electrochemistry. He is also the first Editorial Board member from Singapore. Dr. Seh was recognised for his scientific achievements and international standing in the areas of energy storage and conversion, batteries and electrocatalysis.
Dr Zhang Kangyi was selected as a member of the Nanoscale Horizons Community Board. He was recognised for his outstanding research reputation and activity in the nanotechnology field. Nanoscale Horizons is a premier journal publishing rapid reports of exceptional significance in nanoscience and nanotechnology. It is a collaborative venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry(RSC) and a leading nanoscience research centre, the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China.
IMRE’s SERC nano Fabrication, Processing and Characterisation (SnFPC) was once again certified by Certification International for operating a quality management system for the provision of analytical and advisory services related to materials charaterisation and micro/nanofabrication. SnFPC has been ISO 9001:2008 certified for 5 years now. This capability group provides an extensive range of nanofabrication and characterisation services, as well as training on the use of the equipments to staff and external parties.
IMRE scientist, Dr Chen Xinwei was awarded the IChemE Journals Best Reviewer Award 2015 for his exceptional efforts in providing high standard reviews for the journal throughout the year 2015. Dr Chen’s research includes polymer synthesis, carbon membranes, ceramic membranes, porous materials, water purification, gas separation and energy storage.
In the January 2016 issue 2 of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics journal, IMRE’s Dr Loh Xian Jun was featured as one of the Global Young Talents in Polymer Science. He was recognised for his work in thermogel research and his article was also on the cover of the journal. Thermogel is a a polymer that not only formed a gel when heated but was also biodegradable, making it potentially applicable for cosmetic and medical products. The young talents are selected globally from Asia/Pacific, Europe, and the Americas and are at the forefront of both the chemistry and physics of polymer science.
IMRE’s Scientist Dr Liu Bin (joint appointment with NUS), and Adjunct Scientist Prof Zhang Hua (NTU), have made it to the list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters, for the second consecutive year. Prof Zhang Hua is also one of the only two scientists from Asia who is on the list of 19 ‘hot‘ researchers, for producing at least 14 widely cited papers from 2012 to 2014.
IMRE’s researcher Mr Lance Tan was the only decathlete in the Singapore contingent at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2015. He completed 10 sporting events over 2 days, including running, pole vault and javelin throw. He set a new Personal Best of 4,922 points, 161 points ahead of his old one set in March. Mr Tan previously won the bronze medal at the 2011 SEA Games. He is a member of IMRE’s Patterning and Fabrication capability group.
IMRE and the National Junior College (NJC) have been collaborating in a student-development programme since 2012 to encourage scientifically-inclined NJC students to take part in research attachments with IMRE. Today, IMRE signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NJC to continue the programme for the next 3 years. This new MoU also marks IMRE and NJC’s strong partnership in enthusing young talent to embark on R&D.
IMRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Estetica to help facilitate the growth in their R&D capabilities for development of their skincare products. Spearheading this collaboration is IMRE 's Head of Research Planning and Co- Manager of Consumer Care Programme, Dr Loh Xian Jun and lead scientist for this project is Dr Ye Enyi. This partnership with Estetica marks the birth of innovative made-in-Singapore beauty-care formulations that meet Asian needs.
IMRE's Prof Zhang Hua and Dr Liu Bin were named among "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds : 2014" in a report by business information firm, Thomson Reuters, in recognition for their work in Material Science. Prof Zhang Hua, an adjunct appointee in IMRE, was also one of the two scientists from Asia who emerged on a list of 17 "hot" researchers who have produced work in the last two years that has been most frequently cited by academics. This year’s published report featured 3200 top scientific researchers around the world and Singapore has the largest number of researchers listed on it.
An article entitled, “Vapor-phase growth and characterization of Mo1−xWxS2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) atomic layers on 2-inch sapphire substrates” by IMRE scientist, Dr Liu Hongfei was amongst the top ten read articles in the first quarter of 2014 (January to March) from the online version of the Nanoscale Journal. The review covers the E12g and A1g phonon modes of the Mo1−xWxS2 , exhibiting a two-mode behaviour and it was found that they are typically the same as those recently observed in the monolayer of Mo1−xWxS2 obtained by mechanical exfoliation, thus shedding light on the bottom-up growth of large-scale two-dimensional of Mo1−xWxS2 ternary alloys. To refer to the article, please click here.
IMRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Engineering Research Centre for Colloidal Materials (NERC-CM) of Shandong University, China, and the Jinan New Materials Industrial Park (JNMIP), China during a jointly organised IMRE-Shandong University "Materials for New Business Opportunities" workshop. The partnership would enable joint R&D collaboration and allow Chinese and Singaporean companies to explore business opportunities with IMRE, NERC-CM and JNMIP.
IMRE’s Executive Director,Prof Andy Hor, was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers journal, which is a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The journal focuses on a variety of research articles, reviews, notes, comments and methods of inorganic chemistry, while highlighting the frontiers between inorganic chemistry and related disciplines.
Dr Liu Bin , an IMRE-NUS joint appointee, was awarded the Dean’s Chair Professor of National University of Singapore’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. She first joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.
An article entitled, "Supramolecular host-guest polymeric materials for biomedical applications" by IMRE's Loh Xian Jun, was selected by Material Horizons Journal as one of the"Most downloaded article" for the month of February. The review covers the formation of dynamic polymeric networks through host - guest complex formation and how it can potentially help the design and fine-tuning of supramolecular self-assembled materials. To refer to the article, please click here.
IMRE's Dr Liu Bin was invited to be the Associate Editor of the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board. Polymer Chemistry, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is the only society journal dedicated to the chemistry of polymers and it publishes advances in polymer chemistry encompassing all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas.
IMRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Brunei, to conduct joint research. This recent partnership was followed by the awarding of competitive grants for collaborative research projects in Novel “catch-release” catalysis systems for green pharmaceutical and fine chemical synthesis, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Battery and Sensing Applications and Novel Antimicrobial Materials for Use in Personal Care Products for Prevention of Multidrug-Resistant Infections.
IMRE’s Dr Liu Xiaogang was invited to join the Editorial Board of Chemistry - An Asian Journal , also on this newly selected Editorial Board, is former IMRE member (1997-2001), Prof Pei Jian of Peking University. The Chemistry - An Asian Journal is a sister journal of Angewandte Chemie and it is co-owned by the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES).
IMRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shandong University, China, to conduct joint scientific and technological cooperation, academic exchanges and talent cultivation. The partnership would also promote the utilisation of joint scientific and technological achievements for both parties.
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