Advanced Analytical Characterisation Seminar for the Chemical Industry

Research giants launch a seminar on “Advanced Analytical Characterisation Seminar for the Chemical Industry” to promote the education and dissemination of advanced characterisation techniques relevant to the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry.

Singapore, Singapore, August 23, 2012 --( The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), in collaboration with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), organised a seminar on “Advanced Analytical Characterisation Seminar for the Chemical Industry” to promote the education and dissemination of advanced characterisation techniques relevant to the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry. The event was held at Biopolis and graced by Dr. Raj Thampuran, Managing Director of A*STAR. More than 350 participants, particularly, QA/QC Specialists, Lab Managers, Researchers, Chemists and Engineers from industry participated at this event.

Characterisation refers to the use of advanced scientific techniques to probe the structure and properties of materials which can take the form of physical testing or elemental analysis. Magnification and internal visualisation are normally carried out through a range of microscopic and elemental analysis techniques like x-ray spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The seminar focused on a wide range of analytical characterisation techniques, along with an explanation of the underpinning fundamental principles, sample analysis and technical applications. Experts in these fields presented recent developments in advanced characterisation techniques and their practical applications.

To support the chemical and other related industries, ICES offers its physicochemical expertise in material characterisation and process consultancy, supported by a comprehensive suite of advanced characterisation equipment.

Dr Keith Carpenter, Executive Director, ICES commented: “As a leading research institute for the chemicals industry, ICES is keen to spearhead productivity improvement programmes for Singapore in collaboration with WDA. This seminar is one of such activities organised for our industry partners. We are pleased to offer our expertise and facilities to support the Singapore chemical industry in analytical characterisation.”

As part of ICES' assistance to companies, specific and customised training and development programmes will be rolled out to nurture a pool of skilled professionals, such as process technicians, chemists, quality control engineers and specialists. The initiative will be in collaboration with WDA to develop Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)-based courses coupled with improvement services for the process industries. Training in quality management, material characterisation and advanced analytical equipment operation will be rolled out to raise operation excellence in the industry. Along with access to advanced characterisation facilities, ICES will provide practical and cost-effective technical support on process development.

Ms Julia Ng, Senior Director of the Manufacturing and Construction Division at WDA, said: "WDA is pleased to collaborate with ICES to boost the productivity of the industry through WSQ training. We believe that companies can leverage on ICES' expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to increase their productivity levels by the end of the programme. By participating in this programme, companies have the opportunity to upgrade the skills of their workers and at the same time, make use of ICES' world class facilities to undertake application-centric R&D activities."

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia & centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity. A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in the universities, and with other local and international partners. For more information about A*STAR, please visit

About the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)
Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 2002, its mission is to carry out world class scientific research, to develop novel technology and to nurture creative scientists and engineers to support economic growth in Singapore and to make a positive difference to society. The research area covers chemistry and chemical engineering science, combined with advanced analytical characterisation and measurement to develop state of the art technology for the petrochemical, general chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, visit

About Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)
The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) enhances the competitiveness of our workforce by encouraging workers to learn for life and advance with skills. In today's economy, most jobs require not just knowledge, but also skills. WDA collaborates with employers, industry associations, the Union and training organisations, to develop and strengthen the Continuing Education and Training system that is skills-based, open and accessible, as a mainstream pathway for all workers - young and older, from rank and file to professionals and executives - to upgrade and advance in their careers and lives. For more information, please visit

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