Singapore’s A*STAR’s NanoBio Lab and Canada’s Hydro-Québec have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to finance US$20 million for a joint laboratory for battery research. Housed in Singapore’s biomedical research hub, Biopolis, the new facility will focus on making batteries more efficient and safer through the use of innovative nanomaterials.
The joint laboratory aims to improve solid-state batteries, which are considered to be a safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries, as they do not use flammable liquid electrolytes. In particular, the lab will focus on developing new nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for electric vehicles and energy storage that are safe, efficient and cost-effective.
The NanoBio Lab, headed by Professor Jackie Y. Ying, has invented several techniques for producing unique nanostructures that are tailored for various biomedical, catalytic and energy applications.
Hydro-Québec is a global leader in battery materials research and is a major supplier of electricity, relying on renewable energy in Canada. Recently, it announced the opening of a new Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage (CETEES), which is headed by Dr. Karim Zaghib. CETEES has expertise in the development of battery and related technologies for the electrification of transport.
We approached Prof. Jackie Ying about seven years ago for a collaboration as we wanted to tap on her expertise in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies to develop new battery materials. Over the years, we have achieved excellent progress and are delighted to establish a joint research facility in this area with her new Lab. Together, we hope to contribute to more breakthroughs and advancements in safe battery technology, and look forward to manufacturing the new generation of solid-state batteries in Singapore and Québec.—Dr. Zaghib, General Director of Hydro-Québec’s CETEES