Under the theme of ‘Energy’, we develop the materials used in all forms of energy harvesting, conversion and storage such as materials for batteries & supercapacitors, photovoltaics, fuel cells, hydrogen generation & storage, thermoelectrics, water splitting and photocatalysis and solar fuels & thermos power.
Extracting oil and gas from reservoirs has always been more challenging these days. Pressures, temperatures, and the materials that must be drilled through require specialized equipment that is durable, chemically resistant, and can be sealed well from other external forces and materials. Under the theme of ‘Oil and Gas’, we explore both the potential performance and adoption of materials technologies falling under three categories: Protective coatings, lightweight and flexible composites, and injectable agents that improve the viscosity of down-well hydrocarbons.
Under the theme of ‘Catalysts’, we develop processes for materials synthesis and technologies to the design of novel and smart catalysts used in the field of catalysis. Such advanced materials are for chemical processing as adsorbents, catalysts, catalyst supports and membranes, and form the basis of cutting-edge technology because of their unique structural and surface properties.
Under the theme of ‘Biomedical’, we investigate and develop advanced materials in biomedical applications that are synthetic or natural materials that are used to directly replace, change or improve the living tissues (e.g. as implants or prostheses) which have been damaged by diseases, trauma, accidents, as well as drug delivery and cancer treatments.
Semiconductor characterization has continued its relentless advance. Under the theme of ‘Semiconductor Device Characterization’, we study and investigate advanced materials such as group IV and III-IV semiconductors for not only semiconductor-based electronic and optoelectronic devices, but also characterization methodologies.