Singapore launches S$30 million national centre to speed up adoption of membrane technologies

| Urban Solutions & Sustainability

Singapore launched its first national centre - Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) to develop and commercialise innovative separation and filtration technologies, such as membranes, and to make them easier for companies to adopt.

NTU Professor Wang Rong (second from right), Director of the Singapore Membrance Technology Centre, shows Minister Mr Masagos Zulkifli (first from right) the equipment used in ongoing membrane research at Cleantech Park.


Photo Credit: Nanyang Technological University

Located at CleanTech Park, the S$30 million centre will explore technology areas that include novel membranes and processes that can help to lower energy costs and increase higher yields for seawater desalination, crucial for Singapore’s water resiliency. Separation technologies also find applications in the treatment of wastewater, gas separation in the natural gas industry and even in the removal of bubbles from blood in artificial lung machines.

First of its kind in the Asia-Pacific, START will invest in comprehensive facilities to fabricate large-scale advanced membranes, assemble them into complete systems, and analyse their performance using the latest testing and analytical equipment.

START is staffed by industry experts from companies such as GE and Hyflux, and will serve as a one-stop shop that links companies with academia, enabling access to new separation technologies developed at local institutions such as NTU, National University of Singapore and local polytechnics. START is expected to have 15 to 20 engineers with industry-relevant experience who will build water treatment systems, test them in real life scenarios, and get them ready for industry adoption.

Press Release and Speech
- 02 June 2016

Singapore launches S$30 million national centre to speed up adoption of membrane technologies