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Philippines Science agency cites need
for program on nanotechnology by Madel R. Sabater
11-February-2008 Manila Bulletin
The Philippine Council for
Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD)
is planning to launch a national nanotechnology program that
would help strengthen human resource capabilities in the field,
create more jobs and more locally generated technologies that
would boost economic growth.
The PCASTRD is the Department of Science and Technology’s
(DoST) research and development arm in the advanced sciences.
Nanotechnology, meanwhile, is a field of applied science
and technology (S & T) whose unifying scheme is the
control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, normally
one to 100 nanometers, and the fabrication of devices with
critical dimensions that lie within that size range.
The development of nanotechnology in the country is one
of PCASTRD’s priority undertakings for this year.
PCASTRD executive director Dr. Reynaldo Ebora said the
PCASTRD "plans to launch a national nanotechnology
program," which would focus on the development of human
resources, specializing in that field and the conveyance
of research and development (R & D) projects.
"R & D and human resource development should be
intertwined to maximize brain power," he said.
Ebora stressed that there is a need to develop more talents
in the field of nanotechnology as it promises good career
He added that more foreign investors would be interested
in opening their companies in the country if we have a substantial
amount of manpower specializing in nanotechnology.
Ebora said the PCASTRD would tap universities such as the
University of the Philippines (UP), University of Santo
Tomas (UST), De La Salle University (DLSU), and Ateneo de
Manila University (ADMU), among others, for the national
program. Filipino experts abroad are also being tapped by
DOST to train local professionals.
There is no local college or university offering nanotechnology
as a major. However, it is usually included in courses like
materials science, chemistry, and electronics.
Ebora said R & D on nanotechnology could take off in
two to three years if a national nanotechnology program
is immediately put in place. Some applications of nanotechnology
are the manufacture of polymers based on molecular structure,
and the design of computer chip layouts based on surface
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