NUS team creates supermaterial out of old tyres in global first

The National University of Singapore team - comprising (front row, from left) Associate Professor Duong Hai Minh, Professor Nhan Phan Thien and Ms Chong Ren Ooi, as well as (back row, from left) Mr Lim Zi En, Mr Thai Ba Quoc and Mr Le Khac Duyen - wi
The National University of Singapore team - comprising (front row, from left) Associate Professor Duong Hai Minh, Professor Nhan Phan Thien and Ms Chong Ren Ooi, as well as (back row, from left) Mr Lim Zi En, Mr Thai Ba Quoc and Mr Le Khac Duyen - with pieces of aerogel made from scrap rubber. Their discovery of a method to create the supermaterial is a potential leap in closing a waste loop in Singapore.PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

National University of Singapore (NUS) scientists have found a way to give old car tyres a new lease of life - by turning them into aerogels.

The discovery is a potential leap in closing a waste loop in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 22, 2020, with the headline 'NUS team creates supermaterial out of old tyres in global first'. Subscribe