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February 27th, 2010

Merdeka Awards: Nanotechnology, the promise of the future

Abstract:
Malaysia's pioneer in Nanotechnology research Professor Halimaton Hamdan is excited that things are picking up for Science and Technology in the country after a sluggish decade.

Nanotechnology - an enabling science that has the potential for creating new knowledge and functional materials and systems — is set to shape and transform all areas of science in the future.

Malaysia's pioneer in Nanotechnology studies Professor Halimaton Hamdan says: "The content of a drug is less than 20 per cent of a tablet (drug carrier) — the rest are fillers and binding agents. But with Nanotechnology, we can encapsulate drugs in nanoparticles and use less binding agents.

"This requires further testing but, once proven, it will significantly improve the efficacy of drugs by reducing toxicity and increasing drug absorption, besides minimising costs." Halimaton, who is the executive director of Enabling Science and Nanotechnology Research Alliance at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), lists the many potentials of Nanotechnology. "It has the prospect of producing clean water supply, greater agriculture production using less labour; and cheap and powerful energy generation.

"It is also a catalyst for green — clean, renewable and non-toxic — technology," adds Halimaton during her recent talk on The Road Map of National Nanotechnology Initiatives at Universiti Industri Selangor, Shah Alam.

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