Energy drives ALL human activities.

Against the backdrop of the growing scarcity of natural resources, and in line with the global shift towards producing energy using efficient methodologies from clean and renewable sources, researchers at the School of Engineering with diverse expertise are working together under the  Green Technology research.

This research domain aims to develop credible means to protect the natural environment, conserve resources, and minimize the negative impact of human activities in order to build a sustainable environment that ensures the present generation has enough while future generations get more.

Research in this area cuts across multiple disciplines and can be classified according to the following sub-themes:

  1. Energy Harvesting
  2. Energy Saving and Efficiency
  3. Green Materials
  4. Water and Environment
  5. Optimization and Intelligence Applied to Green Technologies

 

Energy Harvesting

An important pillar of green technology is energy harvesting, which seeks new innovative ways to extract useful energy from otherwise useless waste by-products, as well as to develop cutting-edge technologies to maximize the harnessing of energy. 

Research in fuel cells, photocatalysis, biomass, wireless and low-frequency energy harvesting are being actively pursued.

Staff involved in this area are:

 PhD student Ong Wee Jun working on the photocatalytic reactor system

PhD student Ong Wee Jun working on the photocatalytic reactor system

 

Energy Saving and Efficiency

Energy efficiency has proven to be a cost-effective strategy for building economies by minimizing the amount of energy used.

At the School, research is actively conducted on various systems for energy efficiency, such as chemical processes, combustion engines, electronics cooling, intelligent lighting control, LEDs, micro-fluidics, optical networks, and regenerative braking.

Staff involved in this area are:

 

Green Materials

Green materials is the study of using natural materials, and producing synthetic materials as environmentally-friendly products.

At the School of Engineering, materials are being developed for applications such as automobile, bio-materials, drug-delivery, electronics and photo-voltaic cells.

Staff involved in this research area are:

 

Water and Environment

Water is the life-blood of nature and living creatures, and its efficient use is vital to a sustainable future.

Research activities include treatment and purification of water, design of water treatment systems, nanotechnology in water and water management.

Staff involved in this area are:

 

Optimization and Intelligence Applied to Green Technologies

Optimization and intelligence are the science of designing or manipulating processes to perform efficiently, i.e. maximizing output whilst reducing cost and resources.

Studies on optimized manufacturing, automatic lighting, and efficient communication are actively carried out in the School by the following staff members: