13 Oct Aquaporin Asia secures a 2,5 million $ SGD R&D grant from the Singaporean government
AQUAPORIN ASIA SECURES A 2,5 MILLION $ SGD R&D GRANT FROM THE SINGAPOREAN GOVERNMENT
Starting November 3rd 2014, Aquaporin Asia will commence a 3 year R&D project (1301-IRIS-02) funded by a 2,5 million $ SGD National Research Foundation (NRF) grant administered by the Environment & Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) under the Public Utilities Board (PUB). The project’s title is: “Aquaporin based biomimetic forward osmosis membranes: from lab scale production of membranes to pilot production and industrial test bedding of membrane modules”. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Singapore Membrane Technology Center (SMTC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and DHI Singapore along with numerous external collaborators.
With the commencement of the NRF R&D project, Aquaporin Asia has reached another major milestone in its ongoing activities in Singapore towards maturing and commercializing the Aquaporin Inside™ membrane technology – a technology pioneered in a recent (2009-2013) research collaboration between Aquaporin, the Singapore Membrane Technology Center (SMTC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and DHI Singapore funded by Singapore’s Environment and Water Industry Development Council (EWI).
Says Mark Perry, Primary Project Investigator and Chief Operating Officer of Aquaporin Asia: “The current NRF R&D grant is a strong testament to Singapore’s continued support and commercial interest in developing aquaporin-based biomimetic water membranes for industrial water treatment. The total project budget will exceed 5 million $ SGD over the next 3-year period allowing the project consortium to develop improved Aquaporin Inside™ forward osmosis membranes, membrane modules, and FO membrane systems as well as invest in automated production equipment, which will contribute tremendously to accelerating the maturation and commercialization of the Aquaporin Inside™ FO membrane technology”.
Please refer to the career page on Aquaporin Asia’s webpage for an overview of open positions to join the company’s team of researchers at JTC’s CleanTech Park @ Nanyang Technological University.