The event, organised by the Saigon Hi-tech Park and the national programme for high technology development, presented 12 speakers – all of whom are leading nanotechnology and nanomaterial researchers from Japan, the US, Singapore, and Vietnam. They included Prof. Sumio Iijima from Japan’s Meijo University and Prof. Munir Nayfeh from the University of Illinois in the US.
Le Hoai Quoc, head of the Saigon Hi-tech Park management board, said that nanotechnology and nanomaterials have been among the four key investment fields of both the park and HCM City over the last two decades. Research in these areas have received significant investment internationally due to their widespread influence and application in many important areas like electronics, biomedicine, food, and aeronautics.
He expressed his hope that this conference would help enhance cooperation among universities, businesses, and research institutes in researching and applying nanotechnology and nanomaterials. It is also expected to help promote technology transfer from universities and research institutes to enterprises, thereby stepping up the commercialisation of inventions.
At the meeting, speakers presented studies and application relating to nanotechnology and advanced materials such as semiconducting materials and technology for bio-nano applying therapies, producing aerogels from industrial waste, and converting waste at shrimp farms into electricity.