Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), Singapore, a global resources-based manufacturing group, have launched the RGE-NTU Sustainable Textile Research Centre (RGE-NTU SusTex) to accelerate innovation in textile recycling and translate research outcomes into practical solutions that can be deployed in urban settings like Singapore.
Researchers in the US$6 million (€4.2 million) joint research center will look into areas such as next-generation eco-friendly and sustainable textiles, and refabricating textile waste into fiber. The aim is to study the chemistry of various textile materials and determine the optimal processes and techniques required to bring us closer to a circular textile economy. This is in line with Singapore’s Zero Waste vision, as well as the Singapore Green Plan 2030.
The research center, located at NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, was officially launched by Ms. Grace Fu, Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Environment.
The RGE-NTU SusTex leverages the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration to catalyze high-impact research and take innovative ideas from the lab to the real world. It also builds on RGE’s wealth of industry experience and strong manufacturing capabilities.
The joint research center will draw upon the expertise of NTU scientists in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. It will look into 4 research areas: cleaner and more energy efficient methods of recycling; automated sorting of textile waste; eco-friendly dye removal; and new textiles.