The CLSU Nanotechnology R&D Facility is one of the latest state-of-the-art facility in the campus catering in nanotechnology research specifically focused on agri-fisheries, post-harvest research and sustainable growth and development. The facility is on continuous improvement aiming to be a well-known nanotechnology research institute not only in Luzon but with a vision to be one of the best in the country and being recognized in international research institutions. It aims to deliver dependable solutions on research while adhering to strict compliance of research integrity and quality, providing testing and research capabilities in nanotechnology mainly for agri-fisheries in Luzon.
The facility for nanotechnology with the sophisticated instruments and equipment very well fits the University’s R and D program such as the 2016-2020 Research, Extension, and Training Program R and D Agenda and the draft Nanotech R and D Agenda (2017-2022) which calls for enhanced and efficient use of solid fertilizers, biofertilizers, organic liquid supplement (OLS), and biopesticides using nanocapsules; development of decision guide and diagnostic tools for nutrient, water, soil and pest management using nanosensors; enhancement of the CLSU RM-CARES Tricho Plus as activator/decomposer through nanotechnology for faster composting process and higher and stable nutrient content as biofertilizer; development of rapid test kits to determine NPK, presence of heavy metals and pathogens; development of rapid test kit for pesticide residue determination of raw materials to ensure food safety; and molecular identification and development of rapid test kit for food-borne pathogens to ensure food safety, and the application of nanotechnology on food processing and packaging. In the fisheries sector, the university has outlined the following researches that will make use of fish wastes extracts as potassium source for the synthesis of nanoparticles; application of chelating agents through nanotech to enable tilapia increase the ability to digest/assimilate feeds; nanoencapsulation by nano clay for disease prevention in fishes and nanomanipulation of vaccine/antioxidant/micronutrients feeding in fishes.
The Central Luzon State University has initially ventured on undertaking various research on nanotechnology with secured cutting-edge and high-tech equipment and collaborations with established nanotech R and D institutions. The university also has trained personnel to undertake R and D using nanotechnology who are committed in expanding such endeavors to harness many potentials and benefits that nanotechnology can offer in the field of agriculture, fisheries, food processing, and packaging. Three projects have been recently accomplished with funding under the PCAARRD-GIA and PhilRice focusing on the use of nanotechnology in fisheries and agriculture, particularly on the application of nanotechnology in terms of improving water quality for aquaculture, fish disease detection and improving rice productivity resilience to climate change.
The legal basis on the creation of Nanotechnology R and D Facility was based on the vital role played by nanotechnology with its great and wide potential applications towards attaining sustainable development. CLSU Nanotechnology Research and Development Facility was established/constructed at CLSU with the funding support of Php 5.0 million from DA-BAR, together with CLSU initially provided Php 3.5 million in the procurement of basic equipment needed in nanotech R and D, 30.0 M from the DBM, Php 3.8M from PCIEERD and Php 5.0 M from PCAARRD for the equipment. Moreover, the creation of the CLSU Nanotechnology R and D Facility is still subject for the approval of the Board of Regents of the University. Currently, the service laboratory was also initialized in compliance to the business plan as per required by the DOST to cater laboratory services and generate income to help sustaining the needs of the facility such as preventive maintenance of the equipments.
Finally, the nanotechnology facility with the state of the art equipment being the first Nanotechnology facility in the country will serve as a common ground to all stakeholders that can be brought together to collectively respond to the challenges of promoting the use of nanotechnology for the advancement in the agriculture and fisheries sectors in Nueva Ecija in particular, the Central Luzon region and the whole country in general, providing Filipino people with cost-effective solutions to current problems in the country. The facility will indeed play an important and crucial role in vigorously pursuing nanotechnology R and D in the country.