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Cambridge and Berkeley team up in Singapore

last modified Jan 26, 2018 09:39 AM
Joint research programme will focus on how to convert carbon dioxide to useful chemicals

A three-year programme brings together researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of California, Berkeley, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to develop ways of transforming carbon dioxide (CO₂) emitted as part of the industrial process into compounds that are useful in the chemical industry supply chain.

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Professors Alexei Lapkin (CARES) and Joel Ager (BEARS)
The S$5m (£2.8m, $US3.7m) eCO2EP project is funded by the Singapore’s National Research Foundation within the new Intra-CREATE programme. The project is co-led by Prof. Alexei Lapkin, from Cambridge’s Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES Ltd), and Prof. Joel Ager, from the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS Ltd).

The aim of the eCOEP project is to produce a “table-top chemical factory” that uses electrochemical processes to convert CO into ethylene or to 1-propanol – two molecular products widely used in the chemical industry.

See more information on the project on the CARES website.

Kick-off meeting
On January 24th the project team held the kick-off meeting in the offices of CREATE.

CARES and BEARS are part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), based in NUS’s University Town area. Now celebrating the 10th anniversary of its formal establishment, CREATE was set up by the government of Singapore to be a hub of interdisciplinary research for scientists collaborating to address problems of environmental, urban and energy sustainability. Other universities with research centres in CREATE are ETH Zurich, MIT, TU Munich, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

CARES, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, hosts a number of research collaborations between the University of Cambridge, NTU, NUS and various industrial partners. Its flagship Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T) is a partnership between Cambridge and Singapore to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the integrated petro-chemical plants and electrical network on Singapore’s Jurong Island. It brings together researchers from Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Information Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Metallurgy.