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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Nanotechnology Initiative (USEACANI) > Caribbean Nanotechnology

Ejembi Onah
President
Focus Nanotechnology Africa Inc(FONAI)

Abstract:
As in Africa, the Caribbean nanotechnology is also at a primary stage of development. There are no government sponsored initiatives. There are pockets of single investigators spread in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, and Guadeloupe especially in the multi-campus university of West Indies. There is presence in neighboring Mexico and Costa Rica with government sponsorship. The fields of interest in the Caribbean include naomedicine, nanochemistry, nanoernergy/nanomaterial. The distribution is as follows:

November 1st, 2009

Caribbean Nanotechnology

Ejembi John Onah, D.Sc
Founding President Focus Nanotechnology Africa Inc (FONAI), Ithaca USA
Chairman Steering Committee, USEACANI, CO-Chair-US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Academy of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (USEACANN) and Editor-In-Chief, Journal Nanotechnology Progress International (JONPI).



Caribbean Nanotechnology
As in Africa, the Caribbean nanotechnology is also at a primary stage of development. There are no government sponsored initiatives. There are pockets of single investigators spread in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, and Guadeloupe especially in the multi-campus university of West Indies. There are presence in neighboring Mexico and Costa Rica with government sponsorship. The fields of interest in the Caribbean include naomedicine, nanochemistry, nanoernergy/nanomaterial. The distribution is as follows:

Nanochemistry/nanomedicine:
Jamaica
1. Ishenkumba Kahwa
2. Helen Asemota
3. Andrew Wheatley
4. Avril R. William-Barbados

Nanoenergy/nanomaterial:
Trinidad and Tobago
1. Missan Harinder
2. Winston Lewis
3. Jean Louis Mansot -Guadeloupe)
4. Sujit Bag -Barbados
5. Upindranath Singh -Barbados
6. Jose Vega Baudrit-Costa-Rica (Neighboring Central America)
7. Mauricio Terrone-Mexico


Nanoscience and nanotechnology in this region is being catalyzed by Focus Nanotechnology Africa (FONAI)-US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Nanotechnology Initiative (USEACANI) with a proposed budget of $10 billion for next ten years with the following objectives:

·Improve institutional structures so they foster and nurture development
·Support long-term nanoscience and engineering research leading to fundamental discoveries of novel phenomena, processes and tools;
·Encourage inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional cooperation required in nanoscience and nanotechnology;
·Provide new types of education to train the experts in nanoscience and nanotechnology and entrepreneurs of the future;
·Create the physical infrastructure to enable first-class basic research, exploration of applications, development of new industries, and rapid commercialization of innovations in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.











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