New bioplastics nanotechnology research presented at TechInnovation in Singapore

Newcastle University International Singapore (NUIS) recently concluded its research exhibition at TechInnovation 2014, where Dr Nasir Al-Lagtah, a leading researcher at NUIS, was selected to present on cutting-edge bioplastics nanotechnology. This technology has the potential to reduce the environmental footprint of plastics in Singapore. The country uses three billion plastic bags a year, according to a 2013 environmental study conducted by the Singapore Environment Council.

Nasir’s presentation on “Effects of Lignin Additive on Protein-Based Plastics” to leading technology providers and research organisations in the private and public sector focused on how the addition of lignin to bioplastics could make them more cost-competitive to eventually be a suitable alternative to traditional plastics.

Meanwhile, NUIS also exhibited various other key research ranging from new heating technologies to wearable devices similar to Google Glass that generated significant interest amongst the attendees of TechInnovation 2014 who consisted of both public and private sector players including leading technology research institutions and enterprises. Below are the other significant researches presented at the show:

Wearable Audio Computing and Monitoring

Dr Wai Lok Woo’s research focuses on a wearable audio computing and monitoring device that enables users to extract social-audio features that determine human behaviour. Similar to Google Glass, it collects data in a completely natural environment and has applications in healthcare and human resource.

Synthesis of Composite Materials Using Hybrid Microwave Heating

Dr. Eugene Wong’s research into the application of hybrid microwave heating, which allows rapid heating of various materials leading to the significant reduction of heating time and energy consumption by up to 80% compared to conventional heating. This technology has potential applications including food heating and mineral processing.

Non-Invasive Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Reflux Disease

Dr. Iain Brownlee’s research into a biomarker device that tests for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The biomarker device will potentially allow for faster detection of GERD and easy-to-use GERD monitoring.

Micro-Mechanical Tester

Dr. Kheng-Lim Goh’s research into a micro-mechanical tester allows for faster and cheaper testing of composite material during its design process in comparison to conventional machines.


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