Advanced Characterisation and Instrumentation Dept (ACI)
ACI will focus on developing specific characterisation techniques, through instrumentation and new or more efficient analysis, for materials research in line with IMRE’s and A*STAR’s mission. A key focus will be to further improve existing capabilities and techniques and demonstrate impact through scientific achievements and adoption of technology.
Electronic Materials Dept (ELE)
ELE will focus on developing researchers’ capabilities in materials growth, characterization, electrochemistry, and device engineering to develop and apply fundamental knowledge of electronic materials towards current and emerging technologies. Effort will be directed towards understanding both intrinsic material properties as well as device or system level performance. Materials of interest include semiconductors, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, and functional layers with potential applications in batteries, sensors, thermoelectrics, optoelectronics, and wearable devices.
Nanomaterials Dept (NMA)
NMA will focus on R&D capabilities in nanomaterials, covering inorganic and organic nanomaterials, as well as their composites. The department will focus on developing core expertise in rational design, wet-chemical synthesis, surface nanoengineering, functionalization, and polymer and inorganic nano-assemblies. There will be a focus on novel synthetic approaches, understanding structure-property relationships and scalable processing technologies that will lead to a broad range of nanosized and nanostructured materials with precisely-controlled composition, morphology, physical properties, and functionalities. The capabilities and expertise will be channelled towards technology development in key industries, including MedTech, food & nutrition, packaging, environment, personal care, and pharmabio.
Nanofabrication Dept (NFB)
NFB will focus on advanced science and engineering of structured materials at the micro and nanoscale. The department will concentrate primarily on both top-down and bottom-up nanofabrication techniques. The development of high precision, nanomanufacturing techniques will be an important theme. The department will also champion key applications in photonics and optics (plasmonics, metamaterials) and thin film modification surface technologies for their successful integration into functional devices.
Polymer Composite Dept (PMC)
PMC will focus on the design and engineering of high performance reinforced and functional polymeric matrix composites. The key capabilities of this department would be in new organic-inorganic hybrid fillers and additives, advanced polymer composites processing, structure-property-process relationship analysis and development of high value-added composite blends and formulations for key applications in chemicals, aerospace and automotive industries.
Soft Materials Dept (SOF)
SOF will focus on building expertise to develop novel chemical synthetic pathways for precision (macro) molecular engineering, supra-molecular assemblies and frontier soft materials supporting key industries in consumer, chemicals, food, medical and lifestyle technologies. The capabilities of researchers from this department could be applied to develop soft matter solutions targeted towards the global challenges of energy, healthcare, food security and water in a sustainable world.
Structural Materials Dept (STR)
STR will focus on building up expertise in the development and analysis of structural materials. Efforts will be directed towards the development of new materials for additive manufacturing, formulation and processing of metal- and ceramic-based structural materials, as well as deepening the understanding of structure-property-performance relationship to aid the design and deployment of structural materials.