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The Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge. CARES is funded by the National Research Foundation, as part of CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise) and hosts a number of research collaborations between the University of Cambridge, Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and industrial partners.

CARES is guided strategically by a Governing Board comprised of senior representatives from the three partner universities (the University of Cambridge, Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore), from the National Research Foundation and from industry. Scientific oversight is provided by a global Scientific Advisory Board.

The first programme administered by CARES is the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T). The C4T programme is a world-leading partnership between Cambridge and Singapore, set up to tackle the environmentally relevant and complex problem of assessing and reducing the carbon footprint of the integrated petro-chemical plants and electrical network on Jurong Island in Singapore. It brings together researchers from Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Information Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Metallurgy.

The motivation for the C4T project is to integrate materials design and selection (i.e. for adsorbents and catalysts) with advances in process design to achieve improved selectivity and conversion. Such improvements will provide a reduced carbon footprint and energy demand for both established and new processes. Lowering the cost of CO2 capture, and technologies and strategies for waste heat utilisation are also underlying drivers in the research. The reduction of the carbon footprint from a wider systems perspective through integration of chemical process related loads within the electri-cal power network is also addressed.

C4T addresses the complex problem of carbon abatement in chemical technologies by focusing on four fundamental aspects. These four collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (IRPs) combine state-of-the-art experimental analysis with advanced modelling research from Cambridge and Singapore. Whilst each IRP has clearly-defined milestones and deliverables, denoted as work packages (WPs), there is significant interactions among the IRPs.

  • IRP 1: Multi-Scale Studies of Catalytic and Adsorption Technologies (MUSCAT)
  • IRP 2: Electrochemical Multi-scale Science, Engineering and Technology (EMSET)
  • IRP 3: Carbon Abatement in the Petroleum Refining Industry: A Control and Optimisation Research Network (CAPRICORN)
  • IRP 4: Integrated Chemicals and Electrical Systems Operation (ICESO)

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