Nitto Denko to Start-up Prototyping Centre in Singapore's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

(Nanowerk News) Nitto Denko Asia Technical Centre (NAT) will be expanding its Singapore base to include a prototyping centre in Singapore. The centre will be pioneered at A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) under a unique Lab-in-RI programme. NAT can leverage on existing infrastructure, research expertise, and save cost on facilities and equipment while working to establish the new prototyping centre.
The decision for the new centre stems from IMRE's successful R&D project with NAT on optical waveguide devices, which are cheaper to manufacture and are more sensitive. NAT now wants to explore the biosensing applications of these devices and put them into a new range of low-cost, easy-to-use, home-based, consumer biosensors.
"The optical waveguide devices that were developed will give us the opportunity to create version 2.0 biosensors for future homes", said Dr Su Xiaodi, a Senior Scientist who heads the IMRE research team. She will be working with NAT to put the devices into home-based biosensors that allow users to monitor their health with greater frequency and care, in the comfort of their home, and between visits to the doctor. The targeted users are those with health conditions that could change rapidly or require immediate attention.
"IMRE has been a credible partner since our initial collaboration in 2008, and we would like to continue to draw on IMRE's intellectual resources and excellent facilities to further our R&D activities in Singapore", said Dr Visit Thaveeprungsriporn, Director of NAT.
"The new sensor demonstrates how materials science research can benefit even the biomedical industry", said Prof Andy Hor, IMRE's Executive Director. "The setting up of the new prototyping lab in IMRE is a testament to our expertise and shows how industrially-relevant research institutes can be".
Nitto Denko is one of Japan's leading diversified materials manufacturer and a major producer of optical films used in LCD TVs. It invested S$10 million in setting up the Nitto Denko Asia Technical Centre (NAT) in Singapore to work on organic electronics research in 2008.
The IMRE-Nitto Denko team will begin R&D development at the new prototyping centre in February 2011 with a prototype expected to be available in early 2012.
About the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
Established in September 1997, IMRE has built strong capabilities in materials analysis, characterisation, materials growth, patterning, fabrication, synthesis and integration. IMRE is an institute of talented researchers equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as the SERC Nanofabrication and Characterisation Facility to conduct world-class materials science research. Leveraging on these capabilities, R&D programmes have been established in collaboration with industry partners. These include research on organic solar cells, nanocomposites, flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), solid-state lighting, nanoimprinting, microfluidics and next generation atomic scale interconnect technology. For more information about IMRE, please visit
About A*STAR
A*STAR, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, is Singapore's lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. A*STAR actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, with a particular focus on fields essential to Singapore's manufacturing industry and new growth industries. It oversees 19 research institutes and consortia and supports extramural research with the universities, hospital research centres and other local and international partners. At the heart of this knowledge intensive work is human capital. Top local and international scientific talent drive knowledge creation at A*STAR research institutes. The Agency also sends scholars for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training in the best universities, a reflection of the high priority A*STAR places on nurturing the next generation of scientific talent. For more information, please visit
About Nitto Denko Asia Technical Centre
Nitto Denko Asia Technical Centre Pte Ltd was set up in September 2008 at Singapore's largest multi-disciplinary R&D hub, Fusionopolis, to manage the Integrated Organic Optoelectronic Sensing Device Project - three concurrent research projects with the Data Storage Institute, Institute of Materials Research & Engineering and Nanyang Technological University, to advance the field of organic electronic device development.
Source: A*STAR (press release)
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