On June 10, a team of low carbon researchers from Peking University headed by College of Engineering Executive Vice Dean Dongxiao Zhang passed the final oral defense hosted by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, paving the way for the setup of the Singapore Peking University Research Centre for a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future (SPURc) by Peking University in Singapore.
This will be the first research center set up by an Asian university under the NRF Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise program (CREATE).
At SPURc, Peking University faculty will work together with Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore professors to develop energy efficient and environmentally friendly carbon capture technologies which can be applied in the manufacturing and chemical industries. This project has the great potential to benefit both China and Singapore.
CREATE is a highly-valued international cooperation program funded by NRF, which already supports seven research centers set up by top universities around the world, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology , the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
On June 13, three more research centers were announced, SPURc being one of them. This is the first interdisciplinary research group set up by CREATE with a Chinese university. The other two projects are “Low Energy Electronics Systems” carried out by MIT scientists and the “Singapore-Berkeley Initiative for Sustainable Energy.”