Singapore Membrane Technology Centre

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Research

The SMTC's research activities are mainly focused on applied membrane technology for environment, water, energy and cleaner production within the following thematic areas:
 
  • Water Production
  • Water Reclamation
  • Wastewater Membrane Bioreactor (MBR)
  • Energy Issues
  • Special Needs
  • Sensors and Monitors
 

The fundamental and applied research topics including:
 
  • Novel Membranes - based on advanced material science and nanomaterials including biomimetic, forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis, low pressure nanofiltration, membrane distillation membranes;

  • Enhanced Module and System Design - improved performance through hydrodynamic modeling, module design optimization via 3D printing technology, multi-stage approach; 

  • Fouling Control - novel control and cleaning strategies towards lower chemical usage, antifouling surfaces;

  • Characterization - non-invasive and online biofilm and scale sensors for smart membrane system;

  • Energy from Brines - harvesting of chemical potential energy using pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) technology;

  • Novel Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) and Energy - forward osmosis MBR, membrane distillation MBR, anaerobic MBR, extractive MBR, fluidized bed MBR;

  • CO2 Separation - biogas upgrade and GHG capture with membrane contactor;

  • Cleaner Production - membranes for bio-pharmaceutical, food, petrochemical, electronic industries.