Launch of E2S2 Phase 2

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Solutions for Megacities (E2S2) was officially launched in the morning of 26th November 2018.

The China Institute for Urban Governance Singapore Research Center (CIUG) was also officially opened at the launch. The launch event was attended by representatives from NUS, SJTU, NRF, government agencies and private sector collaborators.


(Top) Unveiling of the plaque for the China Institute for Urban Governance Singapore Research Center.

(Bottom) Group photo of participants at the launch of E2S2 Phase 2.

E2S2 at world Cities Summit

E2S2, in collaboration with Springer Nature, participated in a panel discussion on healthy and livable cities.

Held at the Marina Bay sands Expo and Convention Center  on 11 July 2018, Springer Nature’s Science and the Sustainable City Summit interviewed several panelists on how to make cities more sustainable. Prof Tong Yen Wah (Co-Director, E2S2) talked about waste management during the panel session, and in th evideo (link below).



Identification by Fire

Analytical Pyrolysis Technology and its Applications in Materials, Environmental and Food Testing.

Date: 12th Mar 2018

Time: 1030 – 1130 am

Place: Level 2 Theatrette C REATE Tower, Utown

How to:

  • Analyse micro plastics
  • Analyse food packaging materials
  • Authenticate food quality e.g. vegetable oil differentiatio


Speaker Biography

Dr Sathrugnan Karthikeyan received PhD in Analytical chemistry from India and did postdoctoral research in USA (Texas Tech University) and Japan (AIST). He has more than 15 years of working experience in academia and industry. He has published more than 40 research papers and delivered lectures in various conferences. He is currently a technical consultant for Frontier Laboratories (Japan) to support their business in SEA

Climate Change: From World to Country to City

Seminar Event by Yale Professor Daniel C. Esty         Esty-Daniel-C

27th Feb, 2pm, CREATE Tower level 2 theatrette


  • What went wrong at Copenhagen 2009
  • What went right at Paris 2015
  • Why President Trump cannot pull the US out of Paris Accord
  • How individual countries can measure its own climate progress
  • Environmental Performance Index, just released at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Jan 2018.

Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy.  As a professor at Yale since 1994, he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He also directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the Board of the Yale Center for Business & Environment which he founded in 2006. He is the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles, including the prizewinning volume, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Integrated approaches for investigation of Emerging Contaminants: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

Speaker:  Dr Chen Huiting

Date:  27 October 2017


VenueE2S2-CREATE meeting room, Level 15, Create Tower

Box flowchart

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), as a special group of emerging contaminants (ECs), have attracted increasing attention over the past decades. A tremendous amount of information gathered on the occurrence, fate and toxicological effects of PFASs has led to various regulatory actions. Most of these actions and research studies focused on a limited selection of rather well-known long-chain PFASs, specifically perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). However, there are probably at least 3000 PFASs currently on the global market. Overlooking the vast majority of other PFASs including the recent alternative PFASs, such as perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) and perflurobutanesulfonate (PFBS), is a current major concern. The special properties (i.e. high persistence and high solubility), the large number of PFASs, and the lack of effective control measures have made PFASs an intractable, potentially never-ending management issue. Therefore, integrated investigation approaches are highly recommended. Our group has made great effort in developing these approaches which include comprehensive experiments to fill in data gaps (environmental levels, sorption properties, toxicological effects), use of multimedia fate models, and risk assessment. Such integrated approaches can be applied to PFASs, their new alternatives and other contaminants of emerging concern.


4 October 2017, 

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, opened the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) Catalyst 2017 to more than a hundred and fifty participants including leaders and technology and service providers of the environmental services industry. Organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the first edition of the two-day by-invitation event was themed “Industry 4.0 – Circular Economy and Environment Perspectives”.

Innovation Call for Pollution Monitoring Solutions

Under the Gov-PACT initiative, NEA and SPRING Singapore at CESS Catalyst 2017 jointly launched an innovation call to further improve Singapore’s current pollution monitoring systems. The innovation call seeks proposals to address two pollution control problem statements: “Remote Real-time Low-cost Sensor-based System for Monitoring of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) emissions from Diesel Vehicles”, as well as “Odour Monitoring and Source Tracing of Odour Incidents caused by Industries”. The innovation call is targeted at Singapore-registered companies, Institutes of higher learning and Research institutes.

Click the link for more information:

CESS MEWR Minister

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli giving his welcome address at the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore Catalyst 2017

Acclimatization of a mixed-animal manure inoculum to the anaerobic digestion of Axonopus compressus

Speaker: Mr Jonathan Lee Tian En
Date: 22 September 2017

Time: 3pm

Venue: E2S2-CREATE meeting room, Level 15, Create Tower

Archeal species

In this resaerch, E2S2 researcher Johnathan Lee tries to ameliorating some fo the difficuties of anaerobic digestion by examining the microbes that are best suited for terating a particular substrate.
He first identitified the various species and strains of microorganisms that are in the consortia, then select the several species that showed outsanding performance. These species were then added to the digestate (substrate) for anaerobic digestion.

This experiment has uncovered the community that results from a period of acclimatization to digesting cowgrass. The NGS method gives a much more comprehensive picture than traditional molecular fingerprinting methods

Mesotoga infera and Methanosaeta concilii were present when reactor was working well and absent when little biogas was produced

Visit by Ethiopian Ministerial Delegation

6th June 2017

E2S2 Meeting Room, CREATE Tower Level 15

10:00 am – 11:30 am

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEthopian delegation, led by 1. H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, Deputy Prime Minister, and H.E. Ms Seieda Kedir Ware, State Minister (Prime Minister’s Office). They visited E2S2 to learn about how urban sustainability research is carried and handled.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPresentation by NRF Prof Low Teck Seng on the R&D scene in Singapore.

Party Secretary Visits E2S2

Professor Jiang Sixian from SJTU visited NUS on the 2nd of May, and had lively discussions with students in E2S2 as part of the tour of the CREATE and NUS campus.

Professor JIANG Sixian is currently Deputy Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, Chairman of Shanghai JiaoTong University Council, and member of the Consulting Committee of the BoaoForum for Asia.


Students from SJTU welcomed the visitors on their arrival in the morning. Professor Peng then gave a brief presentation on E2S2.  Professor Jiang and his team then interacted with students, including NUS and SJTU exchange students. Lively discussions were made about their life and study in Singapore). Professor Jiang and his team then visited the E2S2 lab.

Earlier, Professor Jiang, represented SJTU in signing an MOU with NUS at a meeting hosted by NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.


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