Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

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Established in 1996, IMRE undertakes research in selected fields of materials science and engineering, including optoelectronics, nanomaterials, chemicals, and polymers. Our new innovations and discoveries are constantly being explored to help further the applications of advanced materials and processes.
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7 Apr 2022

Molten-Salt Battery: Towards Seasonal Storage of Grid-Scale Energy

Scientists have created a battery designed for the electric grid that locks in energy for months without losing much storage capacity. The development of the "freeze-thaw battery," which freezes its energy for use later, is a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage: saving energy in one season, such as the spring, and spending it in another, like autumn.
8 Jun 2020

A Viable Sodium Battery

Researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials.
7 Jan 2020

Founder of Tera-Barrier Films is Innovator of the Year for Technology

With Senthil's innovation, the barrier properties of a single oxide barrier layer increased to up to 10,000 times, when a single nano sealing layer is coated on the barrier oxide layer. Barrier properties of the multilayer skyrocketed to up to 10-7 grams per square meter per day as tested by the top university in Japan.
12 Feb 2019

Polymer power potential

The mantra 'reduce, reuse, recycle' is increasingly pertinent. Every year, vast amounts of energy that could be captured and reused is lost through waste heat. Now, scientists have demonstrated, through theoretical calculations, that it may be possible to fabricate thermoelectric organic polymers that can convert heat into electrical energy with high efficiency.
1 Feb 2018

Customizable, fabric-like power source

Scientists have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function.
3 Jul 2017

Tiny additions yield stronger components

Superalloys are the wonder materials of metallurgy. By fine-tuning their composition, scientists can increase mechanical strength and improve resistance to corrosion and high-temperature shape changes.
17 Feb 2017

Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade

Researchers have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.
10 Feb 2017

Going carbon free boosts battery life

Zinc-air batteries are one of the most promising solutions for the large-scale storage of intermittently-generated renewable electricity from solar, wind or tidal: they are non-flammable, inexpensive and with a very high energy density.
10 Jan 2017

Three-layer nanoparticle catalysts improve zinc-air batteries

Nanoparticles containing three different layers of material can help to boost the performance of a zinc-air battery, researchers have found.
22 Jul 2016

Plastic flexible magnetic memory device

Smart plastic demonstrates excellent performance in terms of data storage and processing capabilities.
28 May 2015

Sounding out flu viruses

Sensors based on special sound waves known as surface acoustic waves are capable of detecting tiny amounts of antigens of Influenza A viruses.
20 May 2015

Highly conductive material for 3D-printing of circuits

Scientists have invented a new type of thermoplastic thread that can be used in 3D printers to create functional circuits for use in electrical gadgets.
1 May 2015

Sputtering start for flat materials

Two-dimensional materials have a whole host of exotic properties because they are just one atom thick. Researchers have now developed a method for creating large areas of atom-thin material for use in electronic devices.
11 Mar 2015

Speakers announced for 3D Printing Europe 2015

IDTechEx is excited to announce the agenda for 3D Printing Europe 2015. After months of planning, we are ready to launch our fantastic speaker programme.
11 Aug 2014

Dyes help harvest light

Researchers have developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.
4 Aug 2014

Dyes help harvest light

Researchers have now developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.
11 Apr 2014

Multilayer polymers spring into action

The shrinking dimensions and decreased power consumption of modern electronic gadgets have created opportunities for energy harvesting processes that tap into free, green energy from the environment. Vibration harvesters, for example, produce small amounts of electricity from everyday mechanical disturbances such as wind currents, traffic noise or footsteps.
25 Oct 2013

Inexpensive material boosts battery capacity

By improving the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries, a new electrode made from iron oxide nanoparticles could help electric vehicles to cover greater distances.
27 Jun 2013

Low-cost molecule boosts stability and amplification of semiconductors

Replacing traditional rigid silicon wafers with semiconductors made from flexible polymers would herald an age of advanced, 'wearable' electronics.
15 Jan 2013

Tera-Barrier Films

Tera Barrier is a spin-off from the A*Star Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore. They are developing a thin film flexible barriers for use in organic electronics and thin film PV industries. The technology utilities metal nanoparticles and can be deposited using high-speed techniques such sputtering. Their display grade layer has been evaluated by the Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science and has been found to have a 10E-6 WVTR using the Tritium test. Tera-Barriers will be ramping up production via partnership with a Japanese manufacturer.