Naawan, Misamis Oriental –The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and Mindanao State University (MSU) at Naawan officially unveiled the P6.2 million nanoCORE Lab: Computational Nanotechnology Technology Laboratory, the first nanotechnology lab in Northern Mindanao, to provide a platform for groundbreaking research in nanotechnology.  

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit commended MSU-Naawan for spearheading the establishment of nanoCORE lab and expressed his excitement about the potential impact of the facility.  

"MSU-Naawan has set a commendable example in advancing scientific exploration. We are confident that this facility is poised to advancing scientific research and fostering innovation in the field of computational nanotechnology," he said.  

The nanoCORE Lab will focus on the development of new nanomaterials, computational modeling of nanoscale phenomena, and nanotechnology applications in fields such as medicine, energy, and electronics. 

It also provides a unique opportunity for MSU-Naawan students and faculty to participate in cutting-edge research initiatives, gain access to specialized training programs, and attend workshops and seminars designed to advance their understanding of nanotechnology and computational methods. 

The nanoCORE Lab has already achieved notable milestones, with research on plasma membrane receptors and gold nanoparticle complexes nearing publication. More research on metal oxide interactions with biological systems is being conducted. The lab has hosted a successful hybrid seminar, providing students with laboratory immersion and training. 

Looking ahead, Dr. Rey Capangpangan, the project leader, shared the lab's plans for the future, stating, "Our focus is on advancing research capabilities and educational opportunities. We aim to expand collaborations, enhance student engagement, and delve deeper into the intricate world of nanotechnology, positioning the nanoCORE Lab as a center for transformative discoveries." 

Meanwhile, Dr. Paringit reaffirmed DOST-PCIEERD’s commitment to capacitating academic institutions through Institution Development Program (IDP).  

“At the DOST-PCIEERD, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting initiatives like the nanoCORE Lab through our Institution Development Program. We will continue our support for academic institutions that are dedicated to advancing research and innovation in emerging fields such as nanotechnology,” he expressed.  

At present, the nanoCORE lab is one of the fifty-four (54) labs established under IDP all over the country.  

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