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NTU start-up develops first-of-kind multi-function water filtration membrane

Photo 3 - NTU Assoc Prof Darren Sun (right) with MD Wong Ann Chai with their 3D printed innovative multiuse membraneNTU Assoc Prof Darren Sun (right) and Managing Director Mr Wong Ann Chai (left) with Nano Sun’s 3D-printed innovative multiuse membrane [photo from NTU News Releases]

NTU start-up Nano Sun has developed a multi-function water filtration membrane that lasts twice as long and allows ten times better flow rate compared to current conventional membranes; it is highly resistant to breakage and has anti-bacterial as well as anti-fouling properties. The patented titanium dioxide nanotechnology was invented by Associate Professor Darren Sun from NTU’s School of CEE.

“Nano Sun is also investing heavily to miniaturize the membranes into more handy products, which can be used for household needs as well as humanitarian aid and disaster relief, said co-founder and Managing Director of Nano Sun, Adjunct Prof Wong Ann Chai (NTU NBS).” [NTU News Release 11 Sep 2014].

More reports from Asian ScientistChannelNewsAsia and Straits Times.



3D printing gets it’s first Hype Cycle

Gartner has just published the first Hype Cycle on 3D printing. The report gives an overview of different aspects of the technology;  expectations are for deeper penetration of 3D printing into prototyping across all industries in the next 2 years. Find out more about the following issues “On the Rise” in the full report, accessible via NTU Library subscription to Gartner Core Research database.

  • Intellectual Property Protection (3D Printing)
  • Macro 3DPrinting
  • 3D Bioprinting Systems
  • Classroom 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing and Supply Chain
  • 3D Printing for Oil and Gas
  • Retail 3DPrinting
  • Industrial 3D Printing


Patent trends identify 4 key climate change mitigation technologies

The top line in a recent WIPO report about IP trends in the renewable energy landscape reads that “more patents have been filed in the last 5 years than in the previous 30 years across key CCMTs* examined by the report (biofuels, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind energy). While the average global rate of patent filing grew by 6 per cent between 2006 and 2011, these CCMTs have experienced a combined growth rate of 24 per cent over the same period – four times the rate of growth.”

“Also notable is the shift in innovation from West to East. China and the Republic of Korea have filed the most patents in recent years across all four technology areas, while in solar PV, the top 20 technology owners are all based in Asia.


Read and download the full report from the WIPO site at:

*CCMTs = Climate Change Mitigation Technologies

Free for all patents?


Does a patent with an open source philosophy self-contradict? In a recent article entitled “Making inventions free for all” Tesla chairman, Elon Musk, “wants to continue to patent but let the public use technology at will” (Life! Motoring 28 Jun 2014). Read more in the source article here: You can also read Elon Musks’ own comments at the Tesla blog at:

Nature Publishing Group partners NTU on new online-only OA journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes


PRESS RELEASE FROM NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP 12 May 2014 : “Nature Publishing Group (NPG) with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today announce a new online-only open-access journal,  npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. Leading NTU’s effort in this new initiative is its Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), a national research institute that aims to harness the powers of micro-organisms for environmental and water sustainability. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is one of the first three journals to launch as part of the ‘Nature Partner Journal’ series. Continue reading