Javier Perez Ramirez Welcome

Today, energy-environment issues have taken center stage in global discussions. Against this backdrop, the Liquid Sunshine economy aims to turn solar energy into convenient liquid green fuels for everyday applications. By utilizing solar energy as the primary energy source, these replenishable green fuels may hold the key to solving the global energy and environment issues. Liquid Sunshine economy is currently being actively pursued around the globe. Singapore—the energy hub in Asia—envisages itself as one of the leading players in this paradigm transformation.

The NUS Green Energy Program represents a major step towards establishing NUS as a center of excellence in catalysis research on the conversion of CO2 to green fuels, with methanol and ethanol as the first targets. We anticipate this program to enable NUS to contribute to transforming the chemical industry from the traditional and mature top-down processes (fossil fuel cracking) to the cutting-edge bottom-up processes (C1, C2 chemistry based on CO2), which provide higher value addition.

This flagship research program is established by a team of distinguished researchers and rising young talents, with a diversity of expertise ranging from catalyst design, synthesis and characterization, to reactor studies and process design, structured to develop multidisciplinary research on CO2 conversion to green methanol and ethanol, and to champion carbon-neutral fuel technologies in preparation of a methanol-based future economy. We aim to foster a dynamic collaborative research environment involving international partners, and forge a strong team with complementary experience on green fuel research that is highly competitive and globally prominent. The newly developed processes and related technologies will create new growth opportunities for Singapore’s chemical industry and beyond.

Javier PÉREZ-RAMÍREZ
Director, NUS Flagship Green Energy Program