Singapore CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (SCARCE) is a joint laboratory between NTU Singapore and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). SCARCE was launched back in 2018 with Professors Madhavi Srinivasan and Jean-Christophe P. Gabriel as its Co-Directors.
The joint venture will synergize the expertise of researchers from Singapore and France to address the recycling and recovery of materials from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), such as discarded lithium-ion batteries and printed circuit boards. In addition, the laboratory will explore advanced separation and extraction processes of e-waste which are less energy intensive and toxic as compared to current practices. The overall aim is to develop innovative and energy efficient solutions to recycle and recover e-waste.
The research focus of SCARCE is directed towards the developments of innovative and environment-friendly solutions for the treatment and recycling of challenging waste streams such as e-waste, and exploring novel methods to recover and/or utilise these resources.
Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries
Developing safe, efficient and flexible closed loop LIB waste management solutions for end of life LIB from electronic (e-waste) such as portable electronics, Electric vehicles (EV) and stationary energy storage applications.
Recycling and Recovery of Valuable metals from Printed Circuit Boards
Investigating new environmentally friendly techniques and evaluate their economic viability in the Singaporean specific economic context in comparison with the current pyro/hydrometallury processes.
Detoxification and Recycling of Toxic Plastics in e-Waste
Develop a new safe, efficient and flexible solutions for the detoxification and recycling of WEEE plastics to promote a closed resource loop; focusing on developing novel solutions by combining mechanical / physical and chemical treatment processes.
A shared goal between SCARCE’s partners is that research in the joint centre should involve industrial partners based either in Singapore, in France, or even better, in both countries. This ensures the existence of a complete chain of technological transfer. Various models of collaboration can be offered depending on the needs expressed by the industry.
At SCARCE, we have filed several patent applications or technology disclosures (TD) and are working to get more registered. SCARCE is open to collaborate through various licensing frameworks or R&D collaborations to promote access and commercialization of products and services of our Intellectual Property (IP).