Advanced Sustainable Materials (ASM)

Advanced Sustainable Materials (ASM) department focuses on developing sustainable materials and green technologies that can add commercial values for renewable energy solutions and extending the life cycle of waste materials to create a circular economy and reduce their carbon footprint for Singapore. The main research themes include: upcycling of plastic wastes to fuels and fine chemicals; bioplastics for a circular economy; new functional materials from renewable biomass and industrial by-products; green technologies for renewable energy and thermal management. The department also spearheads the utilization of sustainable and/or biodegradable material formulations for key applications in health and consumer care.

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Advanced Sustainable Materials, Areas of Research

Advanced Sustainable Materials, Areas of Research

Upcycling of plastic wastes 

On the basis of our strong expertise in polymer science and technology, the team is developing cost-effective approaches in upcycling plastic wastes to reduce the exponentially increasing pollution caused and help translate Singapore into a zero waste country. Towards this goal, we have collaborated with public agencies and local industry to develop various solutions.

Areas of Interests:

  • Surface modification of plastic waste as functional fillers
  • Conversion of plastics into fine chemicals
  • Catalyzed pyrolysis of waste plastics into fuel

New functional materials from renewable biomass and industrial by-products

Rising environmental pollution and future depletion of fossil fuels motivate researchers to develop sustainable materials from renewable resources, including lignocellulosic biomass and biodegradable polymers. Through green modification approaches and advanced processing technology, we are able to convert wastes into a series of functional materials. With excellent UV protective, anti-oxidative and toughening properties, the sustainable materials harvested from lignin could potentially be used in various areas ranging from green biocomposites, to packaging materials and to consumer care products.

Materials of interest:

  • Lignocellulosic biomass
  • Natural polymers and bioplastics
  • Agriculture by-products
  • Vegetable/fruit waste

Green technologies for renewable energy and thermal management

Harvesting thermal energy in tropical countries remain great potentials to create the comfort of the residents. The group has closely worked with local companies and public agencies to develop Phase Change Materials (PCMs) to store the thermal energy for green building, logistics etc. In the meantime, the group is also developing the new materials for thermoelectric generators (TEGs) which can convert the waste heat into electricity.

Areas of interest:

  • Phase Change Materials
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Thermal Management

Health and Consumer Care Tech Development

By using functional polymers as smart delivery agents, encapsulates, the team developed a series of innovative green formulations for health care and consumer care applications, thus builds a strong IP portfolio ready for industry to take up.

Areas of applications:

  • Skin care
  • Health care
  • Hair care
  • Personal care

Fully biodegradable plastics and its toughening strategy

Consumer Care technology development

Upcycling plastic wastes

Green technologies for renewable energy and thermal management

Wastes Valorization Towards Functional Materials