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RESEARCH IN SIMTECH

Sustainable and Circular Process Technology (SCPT)

SCPT

INTRODUCTION

Aligned with the Singapore Green Plan, the Zero Waste Masterplan sets to make Singapore a sustainable, resource efficient and climate resilient nation. One of the aims is to adopt a circular economy approach. To close the loop, and be able to handle new wastes generated from innovations, it is essential to develop enabling process technologies in waste-to-resource management.

SCPTG focuses on innovating process technologies and capabilities to enable a decentralised approach for sustainable production and resource circularity. Other than developing materials, processes and systems for smart segregation and resource repurposing in waste-to-resource management, the group looks to collaborate extensively to co-develop and drive manufacturing processes to be more sustainable and circular.


CORE COMPETENCIES

Life Cycle Analysis: Assessing environmental and economic performance of processes, products and systems over their entire life cycle and setting science-based targets
  • Smart Segregation and Sorting Technologies:
    • Smart Sensing for waste separation
    • Segregation technology
    • Miniaturisation Technology

  • Resource Renewal and Repurposing Technologies:
    • Smart sensing for recovery
    • Waste-to-resource conversion and valorisation process technologies
    • Sustainable new materials and applications


TECHNOLOGIES FOR LICENSING AND TRANSFER

  • Ceramic membrane for molecular separation and filtration (water, solvent recovery)
    • Angstrom pore size for greater filtration selectivity
    • Ability to separate and recover solvents from water-solvent and solvent-solvent wastes
    • Suitability for high temperature processes
    • Potential applications include increased organic solvent resource utilisation and resource circularity. It may be fitted into systems for close-loop continuous manufacturing as well

  • Multi-physics water treatment using Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP)
    • Hybrid multi-physics process for synergistic effect to improve the treatment efficiency of organic contaminants in wastewater
    • Non-chemical process with configurable and scalable modules for sustainable wastewater treatment

  • Smart bin
    • Uses image recognition technology to identify wastes and have them sorted into either general or recyclables
    • Increases awareness and dispels misconceptions regarding recyclables through a smart sorting system


RESEARCH PARTNERS

  • A*STAR Urban and Green Tech Office
  • A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing
  • A*STAR Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences
  • A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University


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