NTU Singapore and Nanofilm Technologies International today launched the NTI-NTU Corporate Laboratory to develop next-generation nanotechnology solutions that will benefit a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics and automotive to the biomedical and clean energy sectors.
Researchers in the S$66 million Corporate Lab will apply their expertise to advance the know-how in four areas:
- Coating Equipment technologies that are cost-effective and overcome the challenges of depositing protective and functional coatings at a faster rate and over a large area;
- Advanced Materials that form coatings with functional and decorative applications, such as coatings to protect surfaces from wear and tear, corrosion, anti-reflective and anti-fingerprint coatings, and alternatives to Teflon;
- Nano-fabrication technologies that enable fabrication of nanoscale optical and sensory components such as lenses that can be used in augmented and virtual reality devices; and
- Hydrogen Energy, with a focus on fuel cell technologies for affordable and sustainable hydrogen energy.
The new Corporate Lab, hosted at NTU’s Research Techno Plaza, marks Nanofilm’s “homecoming”. Founded in 1999 by former School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering associate professor Dr Shi Xu, Nanofilm was spun off research conducted on the NTU Smart Campus.
The NTI-NTU Corporate Lab was officially launched today by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies.