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The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Abbreviation: A*STAR) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. The agency supports R&D that is aligned to areas of competitive advantage and national needs for Singapore. These span the four technology domains of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), Health and Biomedical Sciences (HBMS), Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS), and Services and Digital Economy (SDE) set out under the nation's five-year R&D plan (RIE2020). The agency's research institutes are located mostly in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. The total strength of the A*STAR community, including scientists and researchers, technical and non-technical staff, and industry development and commercialization staff was 5,400.

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Safer high-performing batteries with NanoBio Lab’s ‘cupcake’ electrolyte

“Researchers from A*STAR’s NanoBio Lab (NBL) have designed a semi-solid electrolyte for lithium-sulfur batteries that improves their safety without compromising their performance.[1] This promising breakthrough paves the way for lithium-sulfur batteries to be used as efficient power …

Precise and printable silicon nanoparticles

“Silicon nanoparticles dispersed in solution can be positioned by light and printed onto surfaces, or used in applications such as medical imaging and drug delivery. The darling element of electronic devices, silicon can be found in all mobile phones and …

Bigger, better conductive crystals a boon for electronics

“A*STAR researchers have developed a method to generate large monolayer crystals of molybdenum disulfide for use in scaled-down and flexible electronics. Electronic devices are becoming smaller in size, yet the number of functions each gadget can perform is constantly …

Making light behave in useful ways

“By integrating nanoantennas with liquid crystals, A*STAR researchers have created a metasurface that allows fine dynamic control over the properties of light. From holograms to augmented reality devices and optical sensors, a common enabling principle behind these innovations is …

Tuning terahertz transmission

“A metasurface whose optical properties change in response to electricity provides precise control over the reflection and transmission of radiation The ability to manipulate light on a subwavelength-scale could lead to a revolution in photonic devices such as antennas, solar …

Smart liquid goes dark in the heat

“Nanowires that form and disperse as the temperature changes form the basis of a robust thermochromic liquid A smart liquid that darkens dramatically in response to rising temperature has been developed by researchers at A*STAR. The nanowire-based thermochromic liquid …

An algorithm to rule them all

“A powerful machine-learning technique enables biologists to analyze enormous data sets Researchers at A*STAR have compared six data-analysis processes and come up with a clear winner1 in terms of speed, quality of analysis and reliability. The top performer took …

Strength in numbers for 3D printing

“Hierarchical microstructure improves the performance of metallic material Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is commonly used to build complex three-dimensional objects, layer by layer. A*STAR researchers have shown that the process can also help to make a high-performance …

Polymers join forces to deliver

“Odorless route to polymeric delivery systems is safer and cheaper An affordable, heavy metal- and odor-free method for making hollow polymer nanostructures has been designed by A*STAR researchers. These structures could find use as delivery systems for personal care …

Polymer power potential

“Four organic thermoelectric polymers identified using theoretical calculations could prove valuable for harvesting energy from waste heat The mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ is increasingly pertinent. Every year, vast amounts of energy that could be captured and reused is lost through …