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Malaysian research agency certified as nanotech centre

AvantiKumar | Aug. 19, 2011
MIMOS' Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence to act as catalyst for national plan.

En. Saat Shukri Embong, MIMOS’ Director of Research for MEMS, NEMS & Nanoelectronics

PHOTO - En. Saat Shukri Embong, MIMOS' director of research for MEMS, NEMS & Nanoelectronics.

Malaysian applied research centre MIMOS has been certified as one of five national Nanotechnology Centres of Excellence (CoE) and will act as a catalyst for the nation's NanoMalaysia Programme.

Speaking on 18 August 2011, MIMOS' Director of Research for MEMS/NEMS & Nanoelectronics Saat Shukri Embong said this move was aligned to making nanotechnology one of the enabling engines of national economic growth and is also expected to contribute to the National Key Focus Areas (NKEAs) on agriculture, health, education, government, and communications.

"We are also working closely with the National Nanotechnology Directorate [NND] to provide a common platform for universities, research centres and industries aimed at building collaborations towards a concerted effort in developing the nation's nanotechnology capabilities," said Saat Shukri.

"This also involves establishing MIMOS as the gateway for international collaboration in state-of-the-art nanotechnology research," he said. "As part of its intentions, MIMOS strives to the be the preferred shared facility in nanofabrication, nanocharacterisation and fullscale manufacturing of nano-based devices for the country as well as being the regional referral centre in nanoelectronics."

"MIMOS current nano-related R&D efforts include the development of its top-down and bottom-up nanofabrication, nanomaterial processing and nanodevices testing facilities," Saat Shukri said. "As part of its characterisation and analysis efforts, MIMOS also focuses on simulation, modelling and formulation of mathematical models of its nanofabrication, nanomaterials and nanodevices."


Taking part in global market

"MIMOS' sensor systems and solutions technology platform roadmap from 2011 to 2015, developed in line with global market growth expectations, is focused on enhancing its sensors and microenergy devices," said Saat Shukri. "This would be possible by incorporating nanotechnology based elements to ensure higher sensitivity, better responses, lower power consumption, smaller size, increased robustness, flexibility and energy storage capacity as well as to make it more ideal for power conversion and cost competitive for other industries such as aquaculture, environmental, health, safety and defence."

"Currently, the nanoelectronics team efforts focuses on functionalising its nanomaterials and integrating nanomaterials with its various sensors and microenergy devices," he said. "Moving forward in 2012, MIMOS' nanotechnology R&D efforts will focus on developing gas and heavy metal sensors and digital farming intelligent systems; while in 2013 will see further advancement of its sensors to target applications such as bio sensors and remote environmental monitoring and food traceability."

"In 2014, the focus will be on sweat and body nutrient sensors, livestock and plant disease monitoring systems using nano-fluidic devices," said Saat Shukri. "As a target goal for 2015, these sensors are to be developed into a reconfigurable platform with focus on wearable bio-medical devices integrated with ubiquitous sensors."


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