Photo - (From left) Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President and CEO of MIMOS Berhad; Dr Zulkifli bin Mohamed Hashim, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; and on extreme right, Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, NanoMalaysia.
Malaysia's national applied research agency MIMOS has announced the signing of four nanotechnology agreements, involving one industry player, two government agencies and two universities, which is expected to boost the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector to a record level, up to 30 percent within five years.
In conjunction with the one-day NanoMalaysia Jumpstart Seminar Series: Electronics, Devices and Systems, held at Bukit Jalil, the following four memorandums of agreement (MoUs) were exchanged in the presence of the deputy secretary-general (Science), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim.
- The first MoU was for a technology partnership between nanotechnology commercialisation agency, NanoMalaysia Berhad (NMB) and national applied research and development agency for ICT, micro- and nanoelectronics, MIMOS. The two agencies will jointly undertake research, development and commercialisation of nanotechnology products.
- The second MoU, which was a tripartite collaboration between NMB, MIMOS and Penchem Technologies, was for research, development and commercialisation of smart sensors and advanced materials applications for electronics products.
- The third and fourth MoU, signed between MIMOS and the University of Malaya and Multimedia University, respectively, were for research, design and development of graphene, a carbon-based nanomaterial with superlative properties, which is set to positively affect various industries. The commercialisation of graphene applications is expected to be facilitated by NanoMalaysia under the National Graphene Action Plan 2020.
Incorporated as agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, NanoMalaysia Berhad (NanoMalaysia York or NMB) is involved with nanotechnology development in the areas of intellectual property, commercialisation and industrial enablement. Its focus includes jumpstarting nanotechnology development via four key sectors - Electronic Devices and Systems, Energy and Environment, Food and Agriculture, and Healthcare, Medicine and Wellness.
Strong global demand
Dr Zulkifli said that Malaysia's RM256 (US$68.07) billion electrical and electronics (E&E) export in 2014 was due to the strong global demand for new semiconductor applications as well as the rapid emergence of Internet of Things (IoT).
"I am confident that this collaborative research between MIMOS and the universities as well as the industry will present golden opportunities to drive this field of technology as new source of economic growth in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan," he said.
"With new breakthrough discoveries in nanotechnology and the rise of IoT, I daresay that we can raise the E&E sector by 20-30 percent by 2020," he said.
Dr Zulkifli also launched the Nano Semiconductor Technology Centre, which is a comprehensive shared service facility located at the MIMOS premises for small, medium and large enterprises in the E&E sector.
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