Our Programmes, Centres and Joint Labs

Our interdisciplinary research is harnessed to form various research programmes that have high application potential in relevant industry niches.

The science of colloids, interfaces and biology to create new materials and formulations for consumer care products, from moisturisers to perfumes. more

Sensors & Transducers Programme
Explores signal and energy conversion mechanisms in smart materials and nanostructures, and spearheads research in material-critical sensors and transducers with unique features and improved performance. more

Research Centres and Joint Laboratories
Our innovative technologies and R&D are made applicable to industry through our research centres and joint laboratories by demonstrating, test-bedding and prototyping these technologies in collaboration with our research and industry partners.
This laboratory conducts energy storage materials and battery device R&D to provide portable energy sources and advanced energy storage solutions for application in renewable energy, smart grids, biomass, urban lifestyle devices and consumer care industries. more

Bioinspired Materials Laboratory (under the Analysis and Characterisation Group)
The cross-disciplinary research laboratory aims to employ nature’s molecular tools with synthetic biomolecular design principles to create new bio-inspired material platforms, with a focus on deciphering the molecular building blocks of living organisms on which to engineer the next generation of functional materials for a wide range of applications, using environmentally friendly means of synthesis. more
The laboratory is a joint effort between IMRE and the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS). This synergy encourages enterprise from innovation, balances science exploration with technology development, and strengthens and widens the talent development infrastructure in A*STAR and NUS. more
The scope of the research centre, which is part of the Synthesis & Integration Capability Group, is divided into two parts (1) build up the platform technology in filler dispersion and fundamental understanding of interface control and structure-property relationship, and (2) exploit the application of nanocomposites in three key thrusts. more

Plasmonics and Semiconductor Nanostructures Laboratory (under the Patterning and Fabrication Group)
Nanoplasmonics enables the mediation of light between the macro-world and nanostructures. Colloidal Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures (CSN) are nanostructures capable of processing light due to its material properties and quantum size confinement. This laboratory explores the integration of nanoplasmonics with CSNs to produce novel, and higher-performance devices than currently available. more

Porous Materials Laboratory (under the Synthesis and Integration Group)
The laboratory aims to build a platform for collaborative work via a world-class research laboratory in porour materials for Singapore.  The team will focus on producing high impact publications, papers and patents; talent development; collaborations with local and overseas universities and research organisations; and forming industrial partnerships. more

Soft Surface and Interfaces Laboratory (under the Patterning and Fabrication Group)
Surfaces and interfaces are key parts of all material objects that play a decisive role in their functional properties. Dynamic surface-fluid interactions control various wetting phenomena, from superwetting, superhydrophobicity to superoleophobicity. Importantly, surface interactions are of immense interest in biology, where biomaterial surfaces interact with complex mixtures of proteins, cells, viruses and other living organisms. This lab seeks to deepen our understanding of complex soft surface interactions and enable the design and fabrication of surfaces that can interact with fluids, cells or biological media in a predetermined, customised manner. more