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Agilent Technologies and NUS form alliance in environmental research

27 June 2011

NERI researchers at work on the Agilent 1290 Infinity UHPLCs

Photo: Agilent Technologies Inc

Agilent Technologies Inc. and the NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) announced today an alliance to leverage each other's strengths in life sciences and chemical analyses. This alliance marks the first time that Agilent is collaborating with a university in environmental science and engineering in Southeast Asia.

Under this collaboration, part of NERI's new laboratory located at the NUS will be equipped with Agilent instruments for chemical and bio-analysis and electronic measurement. This facility will provide NUS researchers with state-of-the-art instrumentation to conduct studies on water, air, soil, food and biospecimens, leading to applications that will benefit the research community, industry and society at large.

"NUS and Agilent already enjoy a long-standing relationship as research partners," said NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor Barry Halliwell. "We are pleased to team up with Agilent once again in our quest to become a leading global centre of interdisciplinary research, education and expertise in the environment, particularly in areas affecting Singapore and Asia."

"Agilent is an avid supporter of innovation," said Dr Teng Chai Hock, Vice President (South Asia Pacific and Korea) in Agilent's Chemical Analysis Group. "Agilent invests in understanding and developing measurement technologies that advance measurement instrumentation and applications. One way is through collaboration with the world's top universities and research centres on topics of mutual interest."

While the new facility will be used primarily by NERI researchers, it will also be open to international scientists and engineers who collaborate with NERI in environmental research. Agilent and NERI will also work closely to organise joint seminars and training programmes, as well as publish scientific papers on environmental issues.