As an active research area in the Greater Bay Area, the research and development of new materials is one of the most promising research areas, with an extensive research foundation among many research institutes and universities in the region. Based on the innovation-driven development strategy and focusing on the construction of the Greater Bay Area, the IAPME, as a scientific research institute in Macao, participates in the construction of a thriving Greater Bay Area and injects new momentum into the development of innovative technology in the region. In response to the Development Plan Outlines for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Advanced materials Research Center (AMRC) at Zhuhai UM S&T Research Institute was established in 2019. Focusing on the frontiers of materials science and applied physics, the IAPME carries out fundamental and applied engineering research in science and technology fields that are important for the nation and for social development.
The AMRC aims to become a world-class science and innovation centre with global academic leadership and international reputation. Through an open and collaborative research system, the institute will strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the university, enhance connection and collaboration with mainland universities, research institutes and enterprises, and boost international research collaboration. One of the important development strategies is to seize the development opportunities of the Greater Bay Area and comprehensively enhance regional collaboration. It is also important to promote Macao’s technological innovation through academic achievements, and cultivate emerging industries that can promote economic diversification. In line with the university’s research plan, the AMRC will enhance high-quality research output, improve its influence and develop a series of functional materials and applications for energy, environment and health. The AMRC gives priority to research for strategic emerging industries such as new energy, new photoelectric materials, and nanobiology
Novel energy and energy storage materials
Solid State Batteries: To study the critical issues of solid state electrolyte materials and battery interface in attempt to solve the issues of low electrical conductivity, low stability and high interface resistance of electrolyte materials. Flexible Energy Storage: Based on the well-established research and development in novel energy storage materials, devices, and fabrication of wearable batteries by the Institute’s battery energy storage team and other collaborators, we aim to develop a new generation of flexible lithium-ion battery packs for wearable electronic products and to achieve their industrialization.
Quantum Dot Light Emission and Perovskite Photoelectronics
Perovskite Photoelectronics: The development of highly efficient, stable perovskite solar cells to alleviate crisis in energy shortage and environmental pollution facing society nowadays is of great significance to world economy and people's livelihood. The flexible nature of perovskite solar cells allows the conversion and utilization of solar energy to cover every aspect of our daily life, thus solving the application limitations of traditional silicon solar cells. Moreover, research in the recovery of lead heavy metal in perovskite solar cells will greatly reduce concern about environmental pollution and promote its commercialization, which in return, will further reduce the cost of perovskite photovoltaic devices and pave the way for future commercialization. AMRC will further improve the performance and stability of organic perovskite solar cells through interface engineering research. Quantum Dot Light Emission: Due to quantum confinement effect, quantum dot light-emitting devices (QLED) can readily achieve emission of the entire visible light spectrum with full-color, high-saturation display applications by adjusting the size and composition of the material. QLED is considered to be the most promising, next-generation display technology.
Novel functional and environmental materials
The AMRC will further strengthen research in novel technologies and materials, including electrolytic catalysed hydrogen production, farmland and arid region water retention, sewage purification, biocompatible medical gel, and flexible sensor devices/materials. It will also promote applications of high-flexural concrete, ultrasonic nondestructive testing technology and cement-based piezoelectric transducer in infrastructural engineering.
The AMRC aims to promote the clinical application of nanomaterials in biophotonics and major diseases treatment and to develop the theory and methodology for the application of novel nanofunctional materials such as non-toxic, biocompatible carbon nanodots in bioimaging, cell labelling and recognition, cancer immunity therapy, nanomedicine, and vaccine research and development.