CNRS International NTU THALES Research Alliance



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Cutting-edge collaboration between France and Singapore
CINTRA is a French-Singaporean international joint laboratory between three major partners: the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Institute for Engineering and systems Science Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Thales - the French electronics giant and global leader in aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation industries.

Being part of CINTRA allows researchers of all levels to use broad academic and industrial expertise and state-of-the-art facilities made available by CNRS, NTU and THALES. Coming to CINTRA is an extraordinary scientific and human experience in a unique environment.




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Introduction of CINTRA to the French President during the state visit in Singapore in March 2017 - (photo credit: A*STAR)
Philippe Coquet introduced the UMI 3288 CINTRA CNRS/NTU/THALES to François Hollande, the French President of the Republic, during Thales session, with a presentation of a 2D Foam Materials used for Thermal management in electronics. This Project has been financed by the DGA and in collaboration with Thales Optronique, TOSA. (Matthieu Pawlik, Edwin Teo et al).

HE Marc Abensour French Ambassador to Singapore and NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson visit in March 2017
HE Marc Abensour, French Ambassador to Singapore and NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, visited the UMI 3288 CINTRA CNRS/NTU/THALES on March 14th, 2017. They visited the different labs and they were introduced to CINTRA’s activities by the PhDs students and the researchers.

CINTRA 4-year Review in March 2017 :
CINTRA 4-year review meeting was held on March 14th, 2017, where the welcome address was given by Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU President, and H.E Marc Abensour French Ambassador.
It was an occasion for CINTRA to offer a general overview of its work and the achievements for the past four years. It was also a way to introduce CINTRA’s research activities and future projects, in front of the Review Panel Members and in front of a large crowd of students, PhDs, and Professors. The Review Panel was composed as follows:

- Prof. Chen Tsuhan, Dean College of Engineering, NTU
- Prof. Ling San, Dean College of Science, NTU
- Dr Jean Yves Marzin, Director INSIS-CNRS
- Dr Laurent Nicolas, Deputy Director INSIS-CNRS
- Dr Jean Chazelas, Scientific Director Thales DMS
- Dr Daniel Dolfi, Head of Physics group, Thales R&T, France
- Prof. Daniel Lau Shu Ping, Head Dept of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Prof. John Dudley, Head of the Optoelectronics and Photonics research group, FEMTO-ST CNRS
- Dr Laurent VIVIEN, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - CNRS

CINTRA in the headlines: Le Petit Journal de Singapour
Part of a series on French research in Singapore for the 10th anniversary of the PHC Merlion funding programme, the online news media for the French community in Singapore interviewes Prof Philippe Coquet, Director of CINTRA.
Click here for the French version. English version coming soon on the website of Institut Français.

Paul Indélicato visited CINTRA on 17 November 2016
Paul Indélicato, Deputy Director of the Cabinet at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, visited CINTRA with the Director of Institut Français in Singapore, Laurence Lochu, and S&T attaché François-Xavier Lannuzel.

CINTRA News #2 (October 2016) is out!
Click here for the latest CINTRA news, results and intern testimonials.

CINTRA New Journal Paper, 22 September 2016
Congratulations to Our Visiting Professor Xu Gaixia Ella, CINTRA Research Fellow Dr. Zeng Shuwen and Assoc. Prof. Yong Ken-Tye for their paper, published in the journal of Chemical Reviews (IF=37.369 of 2016) [Paper Link]More information here.

CINTRA steering committee meeting held on June 27, 2016 in Singapore
Stay tuned for more details and pictures

CINTRA hosts visit by Université Paris-Saclay delegation on June 13, 2016
UPSaclay President Gilles Bloch and Executive Director Claude Chappert visited CINTRA after signing a joint-PhD agreement with NTU

CINTRA 2016 Internship position open
CINTRA internship positions are open to apply. The positions are to be held in three research thrust of CINTRA. Candidates are expected to have interest in physics, electronics, photonics and/or nanotechnologies.

CINTRA new journal cover, December 2015
Together with collaborators from SOREQ NRC, Israel, CINTRA (Ms Manuela Loeblein, Dr Tsang Siu Hon, Tony and Asst. Prof. Teo Hang Tong Edwin) developed a next-generation thermal control and shielding blanket for space vehicles by creating a 3D-graphene reinforced polyimide (3D-C/PI). It provides excellent electrostatic discharge shielding protection with long term stability in harsh environments and outstanding thermal and electrical properties. This work was featured on the front cover of Small, Volume 11, Issue 48.

CINTRA NEWS Issue 1, December 2015
Welcome to our very first edition of CINTRA•NEWS, a quarterly newsletter that gives you updates and highlights of the research at CNRS-NTU-Thales joint laboratory. This CINTRA•NEWS also provides you new insights into nanotechnology activities of the Singaporean ecosystem. Read the full newsletter here

CINTRA hosts 5th AUR@ network meeting
The network of CNRS INSIS&INS2I joint international units gathered in Singapore on 6 November 2015.
More information here

Thales group CTO Marko Erman visits CINTRA
Dr Marko Erman, Chief Technology Officer of Thales Group, visited NTU and CINTRA on 5 November 2015.
More information here

CNRS President Alain Fuchs visits CINTRA
The visit was part of his Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor Programme invitation agenda.
Alain Fuchs, President of the French Centre for Scientific Research, visited CINTRA on 2 November 2015.
More information here