LLPSG NUS5Pompeii Worm
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Chen Po-Yen
Team Members: Wang Lijiao and Dr Shifali Chatrath
Protection against hazards, such as chemicals and fire, is essential in many industries and occupations. Classical protective clothing often relies on thick, heavy barrier layers that are not stretchable and offer little comfort. This can lead to severe limitations because of low flexibility and discomfort. In addition, some fire resistant materials are being banned or restricted as they can give off toxic fumes if they do degrade.
Pompeii Worm has created the next-generation protective barriers using two-dimensional (2D) materials. The products are ultrathin, ultralight, and possess high stretch-ability, while offering effective chemical and fire protection.
Pompeii Worm has two products. One is a stretchable chemical barrier based on graphene oxide. It protects against a wide spectrum of chemicals. The other is a stretchable nanoclay-based fire barrier, effective even above 1000 °C. Manufacturing these materials is highly scalable and cost-competitive to enable ease of incorporation into widely used protective gloves, clothing and coverings.
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Jose C.V. Gomes
Team Members: Giulio Baldi and Philip Lim
Raman spectroscopy is a powerful imaging tool which can provide detailed and accurate data about materials crystallinity, purity and defects concentration. Currently available imaging systems make use mostly of two acquisition techniques: point-scan and line-scan. Although very precise, these techniques are incredibly time consuming. With our technology we aim to substantially decrease the time needed to carry out Raman measurements, hence creating a lot of opportunities for the use of Raman spectroscopy in industry applications.
Our technology (integrated in a microscope) makes use instead of wide-field imaging to gather full images of samples at different frequency intervals. This allows for the acquisition of only necessary information, thus saving time and resources. Our proposed value stands in the fact that for the same price tag of laboratory oriented Raman systems (350k SGD for a Witec Alpha 300R), we can provide an instrument as precise with the addition of scalability in speed up to 250 times faster, depending on the material under analysis.
Principal Investigator: Dr You Fang
Team Members: Dr Gu Xiaoqiong, Kong Xiaolu, Dr Yang Yi
SinGENE focuses on providing an automatic & machine-learning assisted bioinformatics analysis service to meet the high demands from customers who have limited resources to understand their next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.
With recent advancement, NGS raw data production is no longer constrained; instead, the huge challenge has transformed into translating the genetic codes and interpreting their biological meaning (Bioinformatics). SinGENE aims to enter this rapidly advancing field with special focus on the microbiome bioinformatics analysis, which is relatively restricted and undeveloped. With our newly developed analysis platform, in which different software tools are integrated into module-based frameworks and analysis can run automatically, our analysis time can be shortened to 1/3 of the current labour-based analysis approach. Furthermore, as machine-learning is incorporated, together with our 5-years accumulated microbiome database, the SinGENE platform provides high quality results. Customers can benefit from faster and better bioinformatics analysis service from the SinGENE platform.
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Ang Kah Wee
Team Members: Dr Tan Wee Chong, Lee Youngkun, Nisim Shushan
Typically, the targeted selectivity of a conventional chemical sensor is functionalized into the device to be exclusive. Thus most of them can only be applied to measure a single type of gas or volatile organic compound (VOC). In large-scale sensing application for multiple types of gases, an integrated system with several conventional sensor units will suffer from space constraint and high power consumption issues. Maintenance cost will also be high as each unit would have a different calibration or lifetime.
In contrast, our sensor applies a material that is highly sensitive to light and a broad variety of gases and VOCs. Selectivity is functionalized through respective AI models developed by exhaustive machine-learning in real environment settings. By having software control over the selectivity of our sensor, new sensing capabilities can be added on demand in real-time without any change in the physical hardware, which is not currently available in a conventional sensor.
LLPSG NUS5Lean PERC Process
Principal Investigator: Dr Donny Lai
Team Members: Alexis A.C. Lacabane and Deeraj N. Nankani
Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a fast growing market with CAGR of 24%. In 2018, the total revenue from sales of solar cells, based on the global PV installation of 105 GW, is estimated to be USD 19 billion.
Currently, there is a global mega-trend to convert from standard BSF cell technology to the more advanced PERC cell technology (>10% relative efficiency gain), driven by both economics and geopolitical regulations. Many of the top ten PV cell manufacturers are in transition to upgrade to PERC technology which requires two expensive tools added to each BSF cell production line. However, many medium-sized BSF cell manufacturers also need to upgrade or risk falling behind the market.
Our Lean PERC Process, using a proprietary consumable, offers a cost-effective approach for these BSF cell manufacturers to upgrade to higher efficiency PERC cell technology without acquiring expensive laser tools, thereby reducing the overall capital cost and cost of production a simplified process flow.
Principal Investigator: Dr Rogerio Salloum
Team Members: Jackie Yin Ziqi and Yi Yanling
Vibrations in modern structures such as aircraft, robots and industrial machinery, constitute a real problem that can cause undesirable noise, diminished precision and even catastrophic failures. To reduce these harmful effects, passive absorbing materials are extensively used, but can no longer follow tight technical requirements and the increasing living standards of modern society. Unlike current technology, our Smart Vibration Absorber combines vibration technology, smart materials and integrated adaptive electronics that can be used to reduce vibrations within machines or mobile structures by resonance suppression and damping. It is based on solid-state electronic materials that replace the commonly used rubbers or fluid systems, which have a short lifespan and high maintenance costs. In this way, a high vibration damping can be achieved in any frequency band and an automatic adjustment guarantees optimal performance at all times. Our goal is to contribute to the Industry 4.0 with highly precise, efficient and durable products, and with spaces with less disturbing noises.
Principal Investigator: Prof Lee Pooi See
Team Members: Halevi Oded, Zhou Xinran, Tan Wei Ming Alvin
Transparent conductors (TCs) have become an integral part of the technology market, integrated within smartphones and all touchscreen appliances. Furthermore, many emerging technologies, such as smart windows and transparent solar cells, require TCs to maintain their optoelectronic features. Currently, the common TC is Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), which has several disadvantages such as toxicity, brittleness and high fabrication temperatures. As the electronic market moves towards flexible and deformable components, these limitations withhold the ITO utilisation and require alternative materials that will enable device flexibility. Our technology focuses on a scalable, low-cost fabrication process of a transparent, flexible and waterproof conductor, based on silver nanowires. The deposition process is done at relatively low temperatures, which enables the use of a variety of polymers as substrates, and the conductive grid can be incorporated on flexible and stretchable materials. This technology will provide a solution in cases which require features not available by ITO, and push forward the deformable optoelectronic market.
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Ng Kee Woei
Team Members: Chong Jun Jie, Dr Lim Meng Keong, Dr Mustafa, Dr Catarina, Tan Shao Jie
Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) are widely used to strengthen structural elements such as columns, beams and walls. Besides conventional loading, FRPs are also used to strengthen structures against extreme loadings including blast loadings from explosions. Although effective and simple, the conventional application process of FRPs, however, is tedious, labour intensive and skill sensitive. FasRaP is a pre-fabricated, semi-cured FRP system which can be readily applied on-site without the need for additional mechanical fasteners. Analogous to the ‘double-sided’ tape, the novelty of FasRaP lies in having sticky FRP rolls that can be applied immediately on-site onto the structure to be reinforced. There is no need to apply any resin separately and thus this approach is not dependent on the experience and skill of the workers to achieve consistent finishing. This concept therefore promises an easy-to-apply FRP that will revolutionise FRP applications by eliminating the need for equipment and improving productivity.
NTU, School of Physical & Mathematical SciencesGraphene
NTU, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Principal Investigator: Prof Shen Zexiang
Team Members: Frances Cai, Frank Peltner
We have developed a method to produce graphene materials with good consistency and high quality in kilogram/batch level. We aim to discover the commercial applications of various graphene materials and graphene-based composite materials in our group.
We have a focus on electric vehicles and energy storage applications with our expertise on graphene-based electrode materials developed by our group, which has already been verified by the world-leading super capacitor manufacturer Elbit Systems. Other applications will also be explored.
LLPSG NUS4Solar VTOL
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Aaron Danner
Team Members: Goh Chong Swee, Kuan Jun Ren, Mai Pham, Yeo Jun Han
Solar VTOL’s aim is to increase productivity and utility of drones by increasing their flight time. Current drones are limited by their flight time, which require the hassle of returning to a designated location for battery recharge. With solar VTOL’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing capability, the drone can provide additional capabilities for its customer with minimal manpower required. In a disaster relief scenario, our drone can be deployed within short notice to supply power to disaster zones facing power shortage due to damaged electrical infrastructure, for powering communication devices and various mission-critical equipment to improve life-saving and rescue efforts.
LLPSG NUS4Waste Conversion
Principal Investigator: Prof Wang Chi Hwa
Team Members: Yao Zhiyi, Babu Cadiam Mohan, Alvin Salim
Our goal is to convert carbon waste to greener and valuable commercial products. Currently, industrial wastes are typically combusted at incineration plants and the resulting ashes sent to landfill. This practice raises issues such as potential toxicity to the environment, as well as the loss of valuable metals left in the waste. Therefore, from both economic and environmental standpoints, it is becoming increasingly important for the recovery of valuable metals from industrial waste and converts them to valuable products. In this project, we have developed an eco-friendly technology to extract vanadium and carbon based nano materials from oil refineries. The obtained nano-materials are to be used in massive scale production of products such as paints, tyres, and fire-retardant coatings.
LLPSG NUS42D Magnetic Sensor
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio H. Castro Neto
Team Members: Gavin Koon, Tan Jun You, Efthymios Vasileiou
2DMag has set a goal to become the one-stop shop for any type of magnetic sensing requirements by building a unique 2D material magnetic sensor. Currently, the magnetic sensor market is divided into smaller segments based on different technologies, each with its own performance advantages and constraints. However, demand for magnetic sensors is forecasted to grow strongly driven by the growing needs of the automotive and industrials usage. 2DMag used 2D layers of graphene to construct a 2D sensor with customizable dimensions, hundredfold sensitivity than existing sensors and an ultra-wide dynamic range to cover from low magnetic fields (0.1 mT) to very high ones (>10T).
NUS Temasek Lab
Principal Investigators: Lu Zhenbo and Asst Prof Lau Gih Keong
Team Members: Chris Wong, Manuel Cigala, Shrestha Milan
AIsolux clear membrane screens create a quiet environment in urban cityscapes with its proprietary noise insulator/absorber and smart window system. Ideal for offices, meeting spaces, shopping malls, homes, and transportation centers. Our combined experience in research exceeds 15 years in acoustic metamaterials and smart window system designs. Within a 40mm array, AIsolux flexible metamaterial screen covers frequency ranging from 600Hz to 1000Hz, and it is further tuned by up to 50% to mitigate the lower frequency range. Together with the smart window feature, an electrical adjustment will ensure an opacity from 2% to 80% for protecting visual privacy. Easily installed, AIsolux is washable, UV resistant, and multi-functional to block sound and vision on demand.
NUS Temasek Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nguyen Quoc Viet, Dr. Chan Woei Leong
Team Members: Siddharth Sunil Jadhav, Lew Wan Peng
Inspired by the richness of nature flyers, HummingB is a palm-size tailless flapping wing drone, with its flapping wings for both propulsion and maneuvers. It exploits the benefits of unsteady aerodynamics unlike the conventional fixed-wing and rotary-wing drones. With its precise control, HummingB can agilely move in three axes of motion and hover in mid-air. It promises to be a one-of-its-kind tool in several applications; be it sparkling the creativity of enthusiasts, coaching younger minds about the nature-inspired aerial robotics and bio-inspiration, or automation in indoor agriculture.
Principal Investigator: Prof Joseph Chang
Team Members: Shu Wei, Juanda
The objective of ZES is to disrupt the high-reliability electronics industry – specifically, in hardware electronics and services in three domains:
(i) Space/Aerospace (Satellites, aircrafts, etc.),
(ii) High-Level Autonomous Vehicles (Levels 4/5), and
(iii) Commercially-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-Electronics.
ZES has unambiguously identified six products (hardware and services) where there is real need and demand, and that are unmet/unavailable. The chronological order of ZES’s business is (i) → (ii) → (iii). ZES’s Vision is: ‘To be embedded in every Satellite and in every Autonomous Vehicle’. ZES’s Mission is: ‘Providing Strategic and Disruptive Hardware and Services for Space and Autonomous Vehicles’.
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Mohan Rajesh Elara
Team Members: Karthikeyan Elangovan, Nishaan Brahmananthan
Cebreo is a highly interactive app-enabled self-transformable spider-like smart toy capable of crawling and rolling. Unlike the conventional smart toys which are highly interactive or transformable with one type of locomotion, the goal of this team is to introduce a series of revolutionary highly interactive intelligent self-reconfigurable toys into the multi-billion dollar entertainment toy industry demonstrating multiple locomotion capabilities using its transformable nature. The team has planned to eventually release an educational version of the robot as well in the future to cater to the needs of the students due to the overwhelming response they have received so far from educational institutions.
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Foong Shaohui
Team Members: Chua Tze Chong, Nguyen The Hung Stanley
Mapex is the future of drone combat and holographic light shows. It is a monocopter, which is a rotorcraft that uses a single rotating blade inspired by falling maple seeds. The control of Mapex is achieved by moving the servo controlled aileron periodically, causing it to tilt and subsequently move in the desired direction. With a LED strip attached to Mapex, its fast spinning rate creates a persistence of vision effect and a full circular image is generated to the human eye. Mapex is intended for the toy market, where we want to popularize and simplify battling drones for the masses.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Luo Sha
Team Members: Ng Zhen Ning, Yohanes Evangelista Yudhistira, Celeste Zeng, Lum Yi Chyi, Wilson Khoo
NuSpace’s goal is to provide a platform with affordable connectivity for IoT devices to transmit data back to its users from anywhere on Earth. This will be achieved with a constellation of nanosatellites providing global coverage. Leveraging on the team’s experience in designing, building and launching nanosatellites, NuSpace plans to transit this expertise into commercial applications starting with the IoT platform. By using nanosatellites, NuSpace can offer a solution at a fraction of existing costs without compromising on performance. By collaborating with data analysts, NuSpace will also offer insights based on the data that goes through the platform.
LLPSG NUS2I2PS Membrane
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Prof. Neal Chung Tai-Shung,
Team Members: Cheng Zhenlei, Zhang Yu, Gao Jie, Susilo Japip, Hua Dan
We have developed nanofiltration hollow fiber membranes fabricated from a novel one-step co-extrusion process called I2PS. This I2PS membrane features an integrally formed protective skin to maintain the overall water purification efficiency during long term operations. It excels in the low pressure water filtration system, resulting in a reduced energy consumption compared with the high energy requirement in reverse osmosis (RO) systems.
NUS Environmental Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof. Tong Yen Wah
Team Members: Dr. Tan Jun Rong, Dr. Arunmozhiarasi Armugam
The team Aquaporin is the first team to produce aquaporin Z (AQPz) protein, a transmembrane water channel, in Singapore and has developed the technology to produce the protein on large scale for commercial and industrial applications. AQPz embedded biomimetic membranes have been proven to be ideal for desalination, water purification and waste water treatment, food, beverage & dairy industries and pharmaceutical/ cosmetic industries, thus providing a platform for multiple markets utilising membranes of various sizes.
LLPSG NUS2integrated reverse osmosis (iRO)
Environmental Process Modelling Centre, NTU
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof. Adrian Wing Keung Law
Team Members: Dawn Pang, Tang Di, Dr. Li Tian
iRO is a compact and energy efficient module design including an internal energy recovery system for application of small scale seawater desalination with a capacity of around 100 m3/d. The most important advantage of iRO is its ability to reduce > 50% of energy consumption in small scale seawater desalination where energy recovery system is usually not installed. Applications so far investigated, range from remote island desalination, livestock vessels and cruise ships.
LLPSG NUS2Perovskite Display
Department of Chemistry, NUS
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof. Tan Zhi Kuang
Team Members: Dr. Wong Ying-Chieh, Ng Jun De Andrew
Keeping up with the growing adoption of ultra-wide colour gamut Quantum Dot (QD) Enhanced Displays, our Perovskite Colour Enhancement Technology offers a propriety, cadmium-free, highly manufacturable and adaptable approach to address the current bottlenecks in incumbent QD technologies. Our technology is focused on being a highly scalable, cost-competitive fabrication and formulation to enable ease of coating on to commonly used industry substrates, such as PET/Glass/PMMA.
LLPSG NUS2Space bots
Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof. Raye Yeow Chen Hua
Team Members: Ahmed Khalil Khan, Liang Xinquan, Khin P. May, Kirthika Muthiah, Sankar Seramani
Space Bots is an initiative led by a group of engineers from various backgrounds to explore the potential of soft robotics in space. Soft robotics is a burgeoning field of robotics that utilizes soft materials such as textiles or 3-d printed materials to fabricate robots which are soft, compliant to its environment, flexible with multiple degrees of freedom and cost-effective.
LLPSG NUS2Tiny CO2
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Prof. Massimo Alioto
Team Members: Dr. Dihan Hasan, Mahmut Sami Yazici, Eunice Jing Jing Shen
The CO2 sensor is based on a new architecture that combines innovative infrared MEMS and built-in machine learning to operate at very low power (100X lower than conventional sensors). Typical need for indoor CO2 sensors is in Green Buildings to optimize the amount of external air that needs to be refreshed to maintain regulated air quality standards for the comfort of occupants.
School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Aravind Dasari
Team Members: Zope Indraneel Suhas, Ng Kok Wee, Siow Jun Yang Jonathan, Seah Geng Jie Dean
With increasing focus on construction productivity, aesthetics and design freedom for architects, usage of composite panels (mainly aluminium composite panels, ACPs) in building and construction sector is high. ACP market is projected to grow from US $5.95 Billion in 2016 to US $8.79 Billion by 2022. However, in the recent past, frequent reports of fire incidents associated with ACPs have plagued the industry worldwide. Our product with superior fire retardancy serves as a replacement to the core panel in ACPs.
LLPSG NTU2Earth Guardian
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof Chan Siew Hwa
Team Members: Zhang Lan, Li Qingsha, Miao Bin, Li Haiqian, Yu Junli, SunZhichao
Based on a report by Research and Markets, there will be over 22.2 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the roads by 2032. A robust and scalable hydrogen-fuellinginfrastructureis necessary to support this surge in demand.Current hydrogen fuellingstations are mostly stand-alone, on-site hydrogen generation system powered by renewable powers. The costs of these systems are prohibitive and there are large safety concerns with the use of high-pressured hydrogen storage tanks.
We developed an efficient ammoniacracking system (Acracker) to minimisehydrogen transportation, which offers substantialeconomic advan-tage.
College of Engineering, NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof Lee Pooi See
Team Members: Tan Wei Ming Matthew, Chan Weijie Benjamin, Gong Xuefei, Gaw Sheng Long
Our technology comprises of a soft buckling actuator that avoids the use of rigid components. The actuator is dielectric elastomers, sandwiched between electrodes, which display a change in size and shape when an electric field is applied. Through the application of certain boundary conditions, it invokes an out of plane deflection at the electrode region. The device displays rapid sub-second response times with minimal loss in performance over time. It is soft and flexible allowing it to operate in various configurations and forms. Such a device can be used to provide haptic feedback in robotic systems or even pseudo-muscular motors for robotics.
LLPSG NTU2Pascal Vane
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof Ooi Kim Tiow
Team Members: Pradeep Shakya, Cheng Kai Xian, Lim Yeu De, Heng Kim Rui
Rotary vane machines are used in liquid pumping, gas compression and other applications. According to the Japanese Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News (JARN), the annual production (2017-18) for positive displacement rotary compressors exceeded 188 million pieces and is growing at 31.3% annually. A large volume of materials, especially metal, is used every year to produce these rotary machines. The coupled-vane rotary machine provides an efficient, and a more environmentally sustainable solution. The coupled vanes cuts through the rotor, and hence allows the rotor to be as small as the motor shaft for the effective functioning of the machine.
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Associate Prof Gwee Bah Hwee
Team Members: Chong Kwen Siong, Nay Aung Kyaw, Ne Kyaw Zwa Lwin, Shreedhar Aparna Rajugopal
We offer security technologies to mitigate hardware attacks, ranging from side-channel-attacks (SCAs), semi-invasive attacks to reverse engineering, on application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and embedded circuits. Our technologies include advanced encryption standard (AES) crypto accelerators and camouflage library cells. The AES crypto accelerators offer high SCA resistance such that the AES crypto accelerators’ power dissipation or electromagnetic emission will not easily revel the secret key. The camouflage library cells protect proprietary IPs against the semi-invasive attacks and reverse engineering, mitigating the risks of IP thefts and counterfeit ASICs.
LLPSG NTU1Water Purifier Gel
School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof. Hu Xiao
Team Members: Liang Yen Nan, Lua Shun Kuang, Qi Huiyuan, Jacob Lim Song Kiat
Natural disasters often result in a severe scarcity of safe drinking water in affected areas. Existing technologies provide some options of chemical treatment, filtration and solar disinfection, which requires large deployment time (circa 1-4 weeks) and are usually heavy.
NTU’s patented gel technology offers a cost-effective, efficient and easily deployable solution to purify water for drinking. The specially formulated gel, designed in a compressible package, absorbs contaminated water (e.g. water sources from rivers, streams, pond water) and makes it safe for consumption when squeezed out. This process can be replicated and the gel can treat up to 2 litres of contaminated water under 15s.
Energy Research Institute, NTU
Principal Investigator: Jason Lai
Team Members: Dr. Tong Chin Foong, Dr. Hu Xiaolei, Robin Tanzania, Edwin Teo
We are creating the next generation wireless charging technology. Xnergy’s first product is BEYOND, a ready-to-market pilot product to serve Autonomous and Electric Vehicles (EV) platforms. Our core technology caters to a wide spectrum of wireless electric charging applications to improve the seamless experience of adopting electric powered platforms in the mobility, industrial and consumer sectors. Our unique 2.0 technology and design architecture are both scalable and customisable to existing Electricity sources to increase productivity, lower infrastructure deployment cost and ease of use.
Xnergy co-creates and advocates usage of electric-mobility. We seek industry partners and technology collaborators to drive this Industry 4.0 mission. We are in collaborative projects to co-develop our technology into the mobile robots and EVs to bring the benefits of Xnergy’s tech into mainstream utilization.
LLPSG NTU1Stretchable Energy Harvester
School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof. Pooi See Lee
Team Members: Dr. Kaushik Parida, Gao Dace, Ciou Jing Hao
We have developed a product, which can harvest energy upon application of mechanical force (including simple hand tapping, stretching or human motion). The device is stretchable and self-healable, and thus can be conformably attached to human skin. The device is capable of enduring high mechanical strain and deformations. The energy generated from mechanical impact can power electronic devices like watches, mobile phones, RFID sensors, touch sensors, and bio-integrated electronics. The device can be effectively used as a power source for wearable electronics. Among the wearable market segment, the device can be used in sportswear to power sports monitoring wearable gadgets. Additionally, the device can be used in green building, smart shoes, low power consumer electronics, etc.
LLPSG NTU1Microclimate Simulator
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof Tiong Lee Kong Robert
Team Members: Hou Zhaoqi, Shao Zhe, Wang longqi
Urban Dots Solution provides a one-stop environmental impact assessment package. The microclimate simulator which deploys a hybrid dynamic-statistical downscaling approach outperforms CFD-based simulation tool with much quicker simulation time (1:50) and comparable accuracy (10% – 30%). It is a one of a kind solution to evaluate urban heat island effect and building footprint, in terms of temperature, humidity (through precipitation) and wind.
It can be used by consultants in the construction industry to assess the environmental performance of individual buildings or even urban landscape. Other applications include urban greenery assessment, flood risk modelling and tree stability assessment. Currently, we are working with government agencies, such as URA, BCA and NEA to explore its full functionality and potential applications. It also covers important aspects /criteria of Green Mark issued by BCA.
LLPSG NTU13D Automated Printing
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), NTUitive
Principal Investigator: Albert Sutiono
Team Members: Loh Chi Jie, Daphne Ting Wan Qing
Siege Advanced Manufacturing is a 3D printing team that enables 3D printing for mass manufacturing using automation to allow 3D printing on a large scale, providing mass customisation as a new manufacturing option to many industries, revolutionising their operations and products.
Our solution will automate the end-to-end process from the time a customer uploads a file to the collection of a product print. This removes human intervention and human error and enables prints to start accurately and automatically, reducing any down time. The patented technology can be licensed out to other 3D printing companies in the future.
We have worked with organisations such as Agilent Technologies, Clarins, DP Architects, the National Museum of Singapore, Siix-AGT, SMRT and many more, to implement 3D printing as part of their manufacturing processes.
LLPSG NTU1Water Retention Formulation
School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), NTU
Principal Investigator: Prof Lam Yeng Ming
Team Members: Dr Zhang LiLing, Dr Nguyen Anh Chien, Dr Goh Chin Foo
Our nano-gel (‘RetenSol’) is a unique non-toxic formulation that serves as a wetting agent and dispersed ‘water bank’ that retains water when the ground is wet and does ‘smart’ water release when conditions become drier. The cycle is repeated with rainfall or intentional watering and can be repeatable over 12 months or more. In multiple trials, adding our formulation increased plant survival and lushness under drought environment, thus watering frequency could be reduced by half to save water cost, manpower and ancillary costs.
By modulating the effects of unpredictable rainfall, RetenSol also increases planting options and mitigates negative effects of climate change. Suitable for both fresh planting and mature plants with no requirements for soil churn, it does not cause localised ponding, algae growth or root rot.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof. Yang Hyunsoo
Team Member: Dr. Wu Yang
This is a game changing THz spectrometer with patented technologies that can screen for both explosives and drugs. It is a portable, all fiber based “click & run” machine that has the dynamic range of the up to 100 dB, and bandwidth spectrum range from 0.1 – 8 THz. We characterize these substances ahead of time and our Spectrometer can detect these signatures for Airports, Port of Entries and other application.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Prof. Hong Ming Hui
Team Members: Jet Chun Chion, Maria Ivon Climaco
Harnessing the combination of optical and material engineering, Phaos Nanoscope is capable of providing resolution that surpasses most of the conventional optical microscopy techniques typically limited to 200nm. Object with sub-100nm feature sizes can be imaged under Phaos Nanoscope. Hence, the Phaos Nanoscope technology can potentially address this technological gap and open up new research opportunities and market for enhanced imaging of biomedical and soft material in ambient environment.
Team Member: Nicholas Oh
Enlitho is a nanotechnology start-up company from SUTD which specialises in micro- and nanoscale fabrication. Introducing Plasmonic Nanotags- a customisable and ultra-high resolution print image capable of reaching 100,000 dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution and can also be designed to incorporate overt security features. With an increasing demand of personalisation products, coupled with developments in counterfeit technology, these Nanotags serve as multi-functional prints capable of tagging, branding and providing security to precious physical items which current personalisation technology cannot achieve.
LLPSG NUS1om sensor
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU
Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof. Yong Ken Tye
Team Members: Abdul Rahman, Stephanie Yap
This project utilizes a surface functionalized optical microfiber sensor with a wide choice of chelating agent compound to adhere onto the extremely sensitive sensing region, which in turn, promotes high customizability of the sensor. These include fast response time and sampling rate for near real-time snapshots of the water quality state of risk, low power demand, compact, and requires no special additional equipment or analysis time for multi-element detection.
LLPSG NUS1ultra dry
Department of Material Science & Engineering, NUS
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof. Tan Swee Ching
Team Members: Dilip Krishna, Zhang Yaoxin
Ultra DRY is the first commercial application of a novel, super-hygroscopic gel developed by SweeLabs. Among the gel’s many properties are its ability to absorb up to 4x its own mass in water and to regenerate quickly and easily. Ultra DRY out-performs established desiccants such as silica gel and calcium chloride, market valued at over USD 300 million per annum. Applications so far investigated, range from keeping scientific instruments dry to preventing “container sweat” to room dehumidification as a means of reducing air-conditioning requirements.
(6th run)Can I Swim
NUS Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Principal Investigators: Assoc Prof. Karina Gin
Team members: Dr. Genevieve Vergara, Dr. Le Thai Hoang, Dr. Goh Shin Giek
Can I Swim is a platform for collecting and disseminating information on illness risks associated with microbial pathogens in recreational waters. It streamlines the risk assessment process and enables the public and authorities to make informed decisions about recreational water quality, health and safety. Its simple user interface includes location, activity and pathogen selection tools which are customisable based on user needs.
Team members: Dr. Zhang Yi Zhong, Dr. Liang Conghui
EMMA is the world’s first massage assistive robot which aims to relieve the shortage of trained therapists in the TCM industry. The robot has a customised, fully rotatable 3D-printed massage tip, a 3D-stereoscopic camera for acupuncture points recognition and localization and a user-friendly interface and recommended guidelines for various sports injuries. AiTreat aims to build a cloud-based, artificial intelligent driven collaborative robotic system which can perform TCM check-ups, take TCM records and perform professional therapeutic massage under the TCM physician’s instruction.
(6th run)Co-Space Robotics
Singapore Polytechnic Robotics & Maker Academy
Team members: Jim Gan, Raymond Yeong
Co-Space Robotics is a new robotic concept that combines and connects robotics in a real, physical space with a 3D virtual-reality world in cyber-space. Designed to integrate infocomm technology, digital game based learning with educational robotics to interest, excite and engage younger generations. It is an educational platform that is a fun and engaging way for young people to develop computational thinking skills and early training in programming and algorithm development.
(6th run)TFC Hollow Fiber Membrane
NUS Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Principal Investigators: Prof. Neal Chung Tai-Shung
Team members: Dr. Tang Yupan, Dr. Xiong Junying, Dr. Han Gang, Dr. Yong Wai Fen, Wan Chunfeng
The thin-film-composite (TFC) hollow fiber membrane features an ultrathin functional layer coated on a high strength polymeric porous support. This unique structure and its high strength renders the membrane to have high potential across many applications (i.e. concentration/purification in F&B industries, separation in pharmaceutical industries, and water treatment). Having been successfully developed and integrated into one inch modules, this product has already been applied in a pilot to showcase how it can effectively harvest clean energy from waste streams.
NUS Advanced Robotics Centre
Team members: Grace Chia, Samuel Ong, Michelle Tan, Krishna Ramachandra
We have built an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of carrying out active manipulation, passive surveying and data collection repeatedly and simply without the requirement for expert pilots. Using the inputs from a modular suite of sensors and actuators, we implement robust algorithms to enable way point navigation, computer vision, and acoustic localisation.
(6th Run)Graphene Oxide
NUS Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Prof Loh Kian Ping
Team Members: Chen Yunxuan, Nipun Batra, Eric Lim
Porous graphene oxide is a US patented (B2) material.
(5th run)Super-hydrophobic Nano-Coating
A*STAR IMRE (Synthesis & Integration)
Principal Investigator : Dr. Yan Hong
Team members : Dr Gu Hai Wen, Feng Yang
Project description: A series of fluorine-free, solvent and water based hydrophobic coating materials have been developed. These high performance coatings exhibit robust properties such as contamination-resistant, anti-graffiti, water-repellent, anti-bacterial and are thus inherently self-cleaning. It also demonstrates excellent stability and durability in harsh conditions of strong acid, strong alkali, and mechanical abrasion.
NUS Dept of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Principal Investigators: Assoc. Prof. Li Zhi
Entrepreneurial Leads: Harine Kanagaraj, Tian Kaiyuan
Project description: We have developed a technological solution which can convert waste grease into biodiesel. Our technology utilises a recyclable biocatalyst process, which does not have any restriction on FFA content in the feedstock, thus allowing waste grease to be turned into a valuable energy source.
NUS, CEE, Centre for Water Research
Principal Investigators: Asst. Prof Lefebvre Olivier
Entrepreneurial Leads: Dr. Nguyen Dinh Tam, Vivek Narayanan
Team members: Wang Zuxin, Xu Jianxiong
Project description: An electro-Fenton (EF) system generates the hydroxyl radical (•OH), a non-selective oxidant that can react very quickly with many biorecalcitrant industrial pollutants. EF is the most potent of all advanced oxidation processes. It is a promising technology to treat nonbiodegradable wastewater.
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NEWRI (Singapore Membrane Technology Centre), NTU
Principal Investigators: Asst. Prof. Chew Jia Wei, Prof. Anthony Gordon Fane
Team members: Andy Cahyadi, Henry Tanudjaja, Aditya Anantharaman
Project description: Our novel Evapo-porometry instrument has several advantages over the Liquid Displacement Porometer, currently the leading lab instrument for pore size distribution measurement of membranes – (i) operation at ambient conditions (ii) applicability for membrane autopsies, and (iii) measurement of a wider range of pore sizes, which extends the applicability to more membrane-based processes.
(5th run)Fieldtrate Plus
Founder/CEO: David Pong
Entrepreneurial Leads: Jean Pierre Nshimyimana
Team members: Vincent Loka, Lim Chong Tee, Tan Zhi Yang
Project description: Fieldtrate Plus is a water filtration system that is specifically designed to cater to the lack of clean water in developing countries with a rising number of global disasters. It incorporates four main concepts – simplicity, portability, durability and affordability. Fieldtrate Plus’ core filtration technology is selected due to its proven durability in industrial settings.
(5th run)Inverse Fluidised Bed
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NEWRI (Singapore Membrane Technology Centre), NTU
Principal Investigators: Asst. Prof. Chew Jia Wei, Prof. William Kantz
Entrepreneurial Leads: Dr. Farhad Zamani, Dr. Amin Booshehri
Project description: Submerged hollow fibre and flat sheet membranes are used in a variety of applications such as membrane bioreactors. This invention exploits the inexpensive buoyant particles and foams, by a judicious manipulation of the module geometry, to scour the membrane surface repetitively thereby replacing aeration. Our innovative technology offers a hefty 75 % reduction in the cost (energy consumption) relative to the conventional aeration.
(5th run)Multi-bore Membrane
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, LSCT, EWT Centre
Principal Investigators: Dr. Su Jincai
Entrepreneurial Leads: Mao Lu
Team members: Ong Rui Chin, Lin Shuning Corliss, Mohd Abid Dhamiri Bin Atan, Wang Fan
Project description: The technology is a multi-bore hollow fiber membrane contactor for water deoxygenation. This novel membrane contactor is developed using a background IP from Prof. Chung Tai-Shung, NUS, ChBE, FOE. It offers larger contact area, faster deoxygenation rate, and better mechanical robustness compared with traditional single-bore hollow fiber membrane contactor.
(5th run)Optical Flow Cell
NUS Faculty of Science (Chemistry)
Principal Investigators: Prof. Sam Lee
Team members: Chen Baisheng, Chen Jiaxin, Liu Junyi
Project description: Our invention provides a variable optical pathlength for industrial process monitoring. The variation adjustment is automatic without any manual interference. It also provides a flow through cell for spectroscopic measurements that is able to provide continuous measurements for on-line monitoring requiring minimal sample fluid volume.
NTU, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Principal Investigators: Prof Lee Pooi See
Entrepreneurial Lead 1: Vipin Kumar, PhD student
Entrepreneurial Lead 2: Kenneth Ong, Vishnu Kumar
Team members: Li Tao
Project description: Miniaturized pump powered by piezoelectric effect that enables an efficient delivery of fluid transportation at a low power consumption. The pump size can be as small as a dollar coin with thin profile. The fluid delivery is stable and controlled flow rate can be achievable.
(3rd run)Floop Point
Principal Investigators: Tan Toon Cheng, Lisa Ribeiro
Team members: Laurene Kwek
Project description: The portable shower recycles the water and so extends the life span of a fixed amount of water, enabling a small amount of water to go a long way. As it is portable, the components will be light weight, and will be manually operated.
(3rd run)Next Generation Wireless Connectivity
Principal Investigators: Francois Chin Po Shin
Entrepreneurial Leads: Albert Chai
Team members: Eric Toh
Project description: Our technology is designed to fulfill the increasing demand for bigger data pipes due to rich media contents and cloud computing. In addition, this technology has also been widely touted for wireless backhaul in small cell deployment for next generation cellular network.
NUS, Dept of Building
Principal Investigators: Asst Prof Goh Yang Miang
Entrepreneurial Leads: Zhou Zhipeng, Research Fellow
Team members: Hoe Yee Pin, Wang Qiao, Mohamed Jawad Askar Ali
Project description: A web-based design support system to facilitate selection and design of fall arrest and travel restraint systems for building construction activities.
(3rd run)Quick Fibre
NUS, ChBE, FOE
Principal Investigators: Prof Neal Chung
Entrepreneurial Lead 1: Dr Fu Feng Jiang (Research Fellow)
Entrepreneurial Lead 2: Divya Jain
Project description: Good drinking water quality is something that many of us take for granted. Low pressure RO membrane household device can help to protect the quality of your drinking water supply and remove the health risks.
NUS, CUTE, SOC
Principal Investigators: Dr. Koh Sueda, Research Fellow
Entrepreneurial Leads: Thomas Wan Zilong
Project description: Sailing is not easy for beginners to learn, because controlling a sailboat is not intuitive. We propose a design direction for a sailing learning system using interactive media. SmartSail visualizes the subtle changes of the sail not only for the sailor but also for the trainer or spectators viewing from the land. In addition, SmartSail allows sailors to graduate from relying heavily on augmented feedback to attending more to other visual feedback that sailors use without altering the focus of their attention.
Principal Investigators: Assoc Prof Sibudjing Kawi
Entrepreneurial Leads: Yasotha Kathiraser
Team members: Usman Oemar, Ang Ming Li
Project description: Anti-Cokecat involves a facile preparation method for highly dispersed supported metal catalyst with anti-coking properties for CO2 reforming of natural gas/biogas to syngas and hydrogen.
Principal Investigators: Heisel Felix, Researcher
Entrepreneurial Leads: Mateusz Wielopolski, Post-doctoral Senior Researcher
Team members: Tobias Eberwein
Project description: BambooTech involves the development of a high-strength composite material, which employs renewable organic fibres such as bamboo as a resource and can be used as a reinforcement system in concrete and other structural applications. Compared to steel, BambooTech product is lighter, cheaper, renewable, CO2-binding and corrosion-free. These features make it suitable for interior and exterior structural applications.
NTU, Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace EngineeringMeta Heat
NTU, Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Organisation: NTU, Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Principal Investigators: Thomas Hongyi Xu
Team members: Dang Minh Nguyen
Project description: Over 50% of electronic failures are caused by thermal problems. Meta Heat addresses these problems by designing efficient heat dissipation devices that can protect sensitive electronic components from being affected by heat flux. It is the world’s first three-dimensional thermal invisibility cloak.
NTU, Environmental EngineeringSymbionic
NTU, Environmental Engineering
Principal Investigators: Assoc. Prof. Federico Lauro
Entrepreneurial Leads: Rachelle Lauro
Team members: Trent Goldsack, Wesley Goh
Project description: Self-contained sampling devices that will take an array of measurements in aquatic (both salt and fresh water) environments. These products will send all the macro-data via wifi/3D/iridium satellite uplink for data collection and distribution to the web-based community of subscribers. Subscribers will be able to login to a socially networked website and ‘see’ the level of pollution as reported by all networked devices.
NUS, Dept of Chemisty, FOST-Cat
NUS, Dept of Chemisty, FOS
Principal Investigators: Professor Sam Li Fong Yau
Entrepreneurial Leads: Divya Jain
Team members: Du Haijun, Lin Xuanhao, Guo Rui
Project description: T-Cat aims to save over a million dollars a year per factory that recycles wastewater and in the process discard water that is high in organic contamination, due to lack of treatment facility for tough organics. T-cat uses the patent pending TiO2 photocatalyst for treatment of organic wastewater, like reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate, for water reclamation.
NTU-HUJ-BGU CREATE ProgrammeVirus Detector
NTU-HUJ-BGU CREATE Programme
Principal Investigators: Prof. Robert Marks
Entrepreneurial Leads: Low Yuen Kei Adarina, Research staff
Team members: Prima Dewi Sinawang, Indra Susanto, Maria Regina Hartono
Project description: An integration of screen-printed electrodes and lateral flow strips for a quantitative electrochemical detection of targeted water viruses. The lateral flow strip carries electroactive affinity nanobeads under capillary force with captured target viral components to functionalised microelectrodes, where they are immobilised and their presence enables a quantifiable electrical signal.
NUS, Engineering Design & Innovation Center, FOEPrototyping Incubator
NUS, Engineering Design & Innovation Center, FOE
Principal Investigators: Ian Gibson
Entrepreneurial Leads: Jian Huei, Mohit, Edmund, Wei Jie
Project description: The Engineering Design & Innovation Centre wishes to provide a facility that will support innovative products through technology development. Central to this is 3D Printing, which combines with other platform technologies (like microntrollers, laser cutting, CNC and assembled parts) to create numerous products and business opportunities. We need to know how to offer this within the NUS environment and outreach to potential beneficiaries and with the best chances of success.
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)PV Frame
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
Principal Investigators: Timothy Michael Walsh, Head, Off-Grid PV Systems, SERIS
Entrepreneurial Lead 1: Yi Jinzhou
Entrepreneurial Lead 2: Divya Jain
Team members: Chai Jing, Srinath Nalluri, Khoo Yong Sheng, Jai Prakash
Project description: This integrated framing system will provide the role of both the frame and the junction box, streamline the production process for PV modules. This approach is unique because the current state-of-the-art of PV module manufacturing requires three separate components and processes (the busses, the frame and the junction box) all of which are incorporated into the integrated framing system. The parts consolidation and improved process flow will reduce manufacturing costs for PV module manufacturers.
Metal Sentinel (GHSPR)
NUS, Dept of Chemistry & Ngee Ann Poly, EWTCOIMetal Sentinel (GHSPR)
NUS, Dept of Chemistry & Ngee Ann Poly, EWTCOI
Principal Investigators: Assoc. Prof Sam Li Fong Yau & Dr Koh Lee Chew, Senior Manager R&D Engineer
Entrepreneurial Leads: Lin Junyu, Chee Siang
Project description: The novel sensor is based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) coupled to Goos Hanchen (GH) effect, which allows the enhancement and direct measurement of GH shift. The novel sensor system will provide a new option for rapid, sensitive chemical and biochemical analysis, with many advantages over the current methods of heavy metals measurement in liquids. The product will allow monitoring with minimal interference from environment.
Team Super Silk
Republic Poly, School of Applied ScienceTeam Super Silk
Republic Poly, School of Applied Science
Principal Investigators: Tan Cheak Khan Willy
Entrepreneurial Leads: Daryl Chew, Sum
Team members: Tong Yu, Hazel
Project description: The process subjects Bombyx Mori (B.Mori) silkworms to a patented method and was scaled up and used to produce silk with increased strength (+49%), strain (+2.2%), breaking energy (+55.1%) and elastic modulus (+39%), when compared to normal silk. The “enhanced silk” can be spun and reeled into yarn, and then woven into fabric using a variety of weaving patterns.