Research

Consumer Care Technology Programme


Our programme focuses on functional polymers and encapsulation systems to create innovations in personal care, home care & institutional cleaning.

We collaborate with industry and academia partners in exciting endeavours.


Effective encapsulation systems protect active ingredients and ensure their delivery to specific targeted sites. Enhanced efficacy and stimuli-responsive properties can be achieved.

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Hollow silica capsules ensure secure encapsulation and extend shelf-life of active ingredients. Various polymer coatings can be added to enable triggered release via pH, thermal and dilution.

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Thermogels are temperature-sensitive hydrogels which can macro-encapsulate hydrophobic and hydrophilic active ingredients. At higher temperatures, sol-gel transition occurs and the active ingredients are delivered steadily over time. Our thermogels are biodegradable, biocompatible, and require small polymer concentrations for gelation.

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Lignin, a biodegradable and sustainable material, is a by-product of the paper pulp industry. Lignin demonstrates good anti-UV, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. Lignin also serves as an effective reinforcement filler to improve mechanical properties for biomedical applications

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Certain anti-microbial agents in consumer and healthcare industry are hazardous and lead to anti-microbial resistance. We developed a library of cationic polymers which kills Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Our polymers work via membrane disruption and only small concentrations are necessary. Our polymers are biocompatible and non-haemolytic.

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Widely explored for biomedical applications and beyond, nanodiamond and fullerene are highly versatile and biocompatible. These nanocarbon materials possess potent antioxidant and anti-UV properties, which can be harnessed for skincare. Unlike common chemical sunscreens, these nanocarbons do not degrade under sunlight and show lasting efficacy.

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Key Members

Co-Programme Managers: 
Dr Cheng Weiren
Dr Zhang Kangyi

Contact Us
consumercare@imre.a-star.edu.sg
industry@imre.a-star.edu.sg


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