Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) established the Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, and Chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch event.
Set up with an investment of S$60 million, the new joint Corporate Laboratory, which is based at NUS Engineering, is supported by NRF under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme. Tapping on the combined expertise of 45 researchers from NUS and 35 engineers from Sembcorp, the Corporate Laboratory aims to generate new scientific and engineering knowledge, as well as develop competitive and sustainable solutions for three core areas – power generation, industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse, and the transformation of waste into useful and high-value products such as ultra-light composites for modular construction.
The Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory will deepen the industry-university partnership and pioneer green technologies in the three areas to promote sustainable development in Singapore. The Corporate Laboratory will also work with NUS Engineering’s research centres, such as the Centre for Water Research and Centre for Advanced Materials Structures – located in the Faculty – to develop new, competitive and sustainable solutions. It will also provide a key platform for NUS Engineering students and researchers to gain experience in industrial R&D, as well as promote interaction and exchange of ideas with engineers from Sembcorp.
Said Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President, “NUS is pleased to partner Sembcorp and NRF in setting up the Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory, which will strengthen the synergy between industry and academia. We are very excited to have this opportunity to contribute NUS’ experience in basic and applied engineering research to create knowledge and novel technologies that will enhance the long-term competitiveness of Singapore and our industries, and at the same time improve environmental sustainability. We look forward to working closely with researchers from Sembcorp to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in the areas of energy, water and waste-to-resource.”
The NRF’s Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme seeks to strengthen Singapore’s innovation system by encouraging public-private research and development collaboration between universities and companies. It ensures that universities achieve impact by developing cutting edge solutions for problems faced by the industries. The collaboration also creates employment opportunities and trains a pool of industry-ready research manpower.