The inaugural ANR-NRF Joint Grant Call, focusing on basic research into materials, nanotechnologies and nano systems was launched in September 2014. Forty-nine whitepapers were submitted when it closed in April 2015.
Following evaluation by a joint evaluation panel from ANR and NRF, the following projects were awarded.
1. Active Nanophot
Nanophotonics is the study of light behaviour on the nanometer scale and the interaction of nanometer-scale objects with light. This third awarded proposal seeks to develop new hybrid nano optical sources that enable higher bandwidth and more efficient data communication. Professor Sun Xiaowei from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Prof Renaud Bachelot, head of the Laboratory of Nanotechnology, Instrumentation and Optics (LNIO) at the French University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) are coordinating partners for this project.
2. Catalytic Effect Engineering by Nanostructures: Next-Generation Anode-materials for Lithium Ion Batteries (CEENEMA)
The proposed research in the CEENEMA project aims to bridge the gap between renewable energy and electrical devices by having a better understanding of metal oxide catalytic engineering and improving electrochemical performance of anode materials. Its goal is to establish a consortium to help commercialise outcomes.
Assistant Professor Yang Hui Ying of the Engineering Product Development cluster in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Prof Thierry Belmonte, a senior scientist at the Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy, France are the coordinating partners for this project.
3. PREcipitation of artificial structural PROteins and POlySAccharides into nano-capsuLes (PREPROPOSAL)
Pictured here is Assistant Professor Ali Miserez with his team from the NTU Biological and Biomimetic Materials Laboratory (BBML), who works with their French counterparts on this project (Photo: BBML)
This project seeks to develop understanding of nano-mechanical properties of nano-capsules. It also hopes to develop a nano-precipitation process to produce self-sustaining functional nano-capsules for drug delivery applications.
This project is coordinated by Assistant Professor Ali Gilles Tchenguise Miserez from the School of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Dr Julien Bernard from the French National Centre for Scientific Research’s Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering (IMP@INSA).