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Singapore Launches Foundry to Fast Track Nanoimprinted Products

September 30, 2013

SINGAPORE, September 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

A new Nanoimprint Foundry, led by Singapore A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research
and Engineering (IMRE), will bridge the gap between laboratory-based nanotechnologies and
real-world products.

The pioneer initiative brings together nanotechnology suppliers and manufacturers to
speed up productisation of nanoimprinting, which imbues ordinary surfaces with unique
properties for sectors like consumer care, biomedical devices, optics, filtration,
displays and maritime.

Adhesives without sticky residues, ‘skins’ that keep medical instruments germ-free,
anti-reflective films for displays or surfaces that keep barnacles of ships. These are
some of the product possibilitiesfor nanoimprint technology, which also has potential
applications in contact lenses, biomedical cell scaffolds or anti-frost materials. The new
A*STAR Nanoimprint Foundry in Singapore was launched to develop, test-bed and prototype
specially engineered plastics and surfaces for the specific purpose of commercialising the

The Foundry is part of an A*STAR masterplan to push translational research, accelerate
commercialisation of home-grown technologies, and enhance Singapore’s high-value
manufacturing sector, in concert withother A*STAR research institutes, and government
agencies. IMRE will partner companies like Toshiba Machines Co Ltd, EV Group, NTT Advanced
Technology Corporation, NIL Technology ApS, Kyodo International Inc., micro resist
technology GmbH,Nanoveu Pte Ltd and Solves Innovative Technology Pte Ltd to produce
prototypes for real-world products and applications.

“We can help companies develop up to 20,000 samples for proof-of-concept and pilot
production allowing manufacturers to shorten the product cycle but minus the heavy capital
R&D investment,” said Dr Karen Chong, the IMRE scientist who heads the Foundry, adding
that the Foundry is a one-stop shop for companies seeking to conceive, design and develop
solutions for new, revolutionary products based on the versatile nanoimprint technology.

For full release and information on A*STAR’s Nanoimprint Foundry, please visit



A*STAR IMRE has capabilities in materials analysis & characterisation, design &
growth, patterning & fabrication, and synthesis & integration. IMRE conducts a wide range
of research like novel materials for sensors & transducers, consumer care, organic solar
cells, photovoltaics, printed electronics, catalysis, bio-mimetics, microfluidics, quantum
dots, heterostructures, sustainable materials, atom technology, etc.

About A*STAR

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public
sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic
growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven
economy.A*STAR oversees 20 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering
research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their vicinity. These
two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research
scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of
corporate laboratories.Please visit http://www.a-star.edu.sg.

        For media enquiries, contact:

        Mr Eugene Low
        Manager, Corporate Communications
        for Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
        3, Research Link
        Singapore 117602
        DID +65-6874-8491
        Mobile +65-9230-9235
        Email loweom@scei.a-star.edu.sg

        For technical enquiries, contact:

        Dr Karen Chong
        Scientist III, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
        3, Research Link
        Singapore 117602
        DID +65-6874-8426
        E-mail karen-chong@imre.a-star.edu.sg

SOURCE A*STAR The Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Source: PR Newswire