Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology in Singapore
4 April 2012
The gas flare at the Jurong Island oil refineries, Singapore. Credit: Shiny things from Flickr.
The University of Cambridge and National Research Foundation, Singapore, have announced plans for a collaborative research centre, specialising in energy efficient, low-carbon chemical process technology.
The Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology will be based in Singapore, as part of its international Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) and will aim to become an “innovation hub”, involving researchers from both the University of Cambridge and two partner institutions, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS).
Its research focus will be on minimising the carbon footprint of industrial-scale chemical processes. In particular, the team will examine ways of improving the energy efficiency, and explore strategies for carbon capture and use in the petrochemical and refining technologies. Finding more energy-efficient ways to produce chemicals will be a critical area of global concern in the decades to come, as world energy demand rises, but the need to cut carbon emissions also becomes more pressing.
The negotiations were successfully concluded by members of this department Prof Lynn Gladden, Prof Markus Kraft, Dr John Dennis and Dr Adrian Fisher. This is an extremely important development that places CEB at the centre of international efforts in carbon reduction and sustainablity.