Launching of the CLSU Nanotechnology R&D Facility

To further enhance the emerging field of nanotechnology in the region for the agri-fishery and industry sector, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) launched the country’s first Nanotechnology R&D Facility on 23-24 July 2019 in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.


As part of its initiative to strengthen its R&D program, CLSU garnered assistance from different government agencies and private institutions to support the establishment of the Nanotechnology R&D facility and acquisition of nanotechnology-related research equipment. Such agencies and institutions include the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR); Department of Science and Technology through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); Department of Budget Management (DBM) Region III; ITS Science Philippines; Sigmatech Incorporated; and NASAT Labs.


The R&D facility houses an office, two laboratory rooms, conference room, and staff room which contain state-of-the-art equipment for nanotechnology. Sample products and prototypes such as nano calcium, nano cilica, and gold reducing agent were also presented and displayed.


Gracing the inauguration are Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar, BAR director; Dr. Enrico Paringit, PCIEERD executive director; Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, PCAARRD executive director; Ms. Gracela Ortiz, representing DBM Region III Director Isabel Taguinod; Dr. Tereso Abella, CLSU President; Dr. Fe Porciuncula, Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training; and Dr. Juvy Monserate, head of the Nanotechnology R&D Facility.


In his message, BAR Director Eleazar highlighted the potential of the R&D facility to deliver outputs that will improve the field of agriculture and fisheries such as innovation on precision farming techniques, efficient use of inputs, and effective systems for processing, storage, and packaging among others.


The two-day activity was composed of the inauguration ceremony and the series of training-seminars on nanotechnology which was led by experts on nanotechnology R&D and material science engineering. Participants include researchers and students from different universities and institutions in the country such as CLSU, UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Visayas, Bicol University, Tarlac Agricultural University, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.


The project started in July 2017 and was funded through the Research Facilities Development Grant of the BAR Institutional Development Division. ### Clarisse Mae N. Abao