ARC Nanotechnology Network
Singapore Membrane Technology Center

Singapore Membrane Technology Center

Name of Group Leader:

Prof Anthony G. Fane, Prof Wang Rong  

Physical Address:

Singapore Membrane Technology Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, N1-01a-22, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore, 639798  


+(65) 65132393  


Nanotechnology Research Programs/Activities:

Membranes are fine ‘filters’ capable of removing salts, organics, virus, bacteria and colloids from water. Membrane research is multidisciplinary involving scientists and engineers in experimental and theoretical work. A wide range of projects of interest to the Water Industry are being studied in the SMTC including:
• Desalination ~ improved and novel
• Membrane distillation ~ solar driven
• Membrane bioreactors ~ carbon neutral
• Trace pollutant removal with membranes
• NeWater for water reclamation
• Novel membranes for water/wastewater
• Sensors for smart membrane systems
• Decentralized membranes for water/wastewater  

Scale of Nanotechnology Research Effort:

SMTC will have an investment of $27 million over 5 years and will focus on an important aspect of water technology – the membrane technology.

number of academic staff: 18
number of students: 40
number of support stuff: 15  

Nanotechnology research facilities:

The Centre has a newly renovated and dedicated laboratory equipped with state of the art facilities and supported by modern analytical instruments to enable high quality membrane research.Major Equipment includes:
1. Membrane Fabrication Facility
Custom designed membrane fabrication facilities in the SMTC are available for novel hollow fibre and flat sheet membrane development. In addition SMTC has an ‘in-house’ capability to design and fabricate modules.
2. Analytical Instruments
Our newly renovated laboratory is equipped with state of the art analytical instruments such as HPSEC, HPLC/GPC, FTIR etc.
3. Membrane and Module Characterization Facilities
SMTC’s membrane development activities are supported by membrane and module characterization facilities such as PIV, DOTM, ultrasonic systems etc.
4. Membrane Test Facilities
Newly constructed membrane testing facilities are also available to allow various types of membrane (MF, UF, RO, MBR, MD, FO) performance evaluation under different test conditions. The facilities usually provide control of feed-side hydrodynamics and flux. Access to pilot-scale equipment may also be possible through SMTC partners.  

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