SMTC was set up in 2008 with support from the Environment & Water Industry Development Council (EWI) and EDB to spearhead Singapore's R&D efforts in fundamental and applied research in membrane science and technology.
Collaborating with multidisciplinary talents across NTU, with other universities and industry partners, including global companies such as Siemens, Kemira, and Toray, to develop new, low-cost, and improved membranes and membrane-based systems. Novel IPs have been generated, and exciting licensing and commercialisation potentials are in the pipeline.
SMTC's progressed its RTDA activities and specialisation through these 7 core areas:-
1. Water Production - Water treatment, desalination
2. Water Reclamation - Pre-treatment and reversed reverse osmosis
3. Membrane Bioreactors - Conventional and novel
4. Energy Issues - Improving energy efficiency and energy production from chemical potential gradients
5. Special Needs - Chronic and acute, decentralised
6. Sensors and Process Control - Membrane monitoring and performance enhancement
7. Cleaner Production and Environment - Modification of production process to reduce its environmental impact and improve its profitability
Research Highlights by SMTC