Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology and technology provider to PETRONAS by 2020.
Nanomaterials present a tremendous opportunity to generate a host of new products that could energize the economy, solve major societal problems, revitalize existing industries, and create entirely new businesses. The opportunity arises as the result of the unique properties (e.g., physical, magnetic, optical, chemical, mechanical, electronic, biological) of materials when they are at nanoscale (1 to 100 nm) size. To realize fully the broad economic benefits of nanomaterials, a novel solution-oriented approach to materials development nanomaterials by design need to be adopted. This new approach requires a robust understanding of the fundamental scientific principles operating at the nanoscale, including interdependent structure-property relationships. Such an understanding will enable cost-effective design, synthesis, and scale-up of materials that deliver selected properties, allowing for the focus on the requirements for specific applications as the primary drivers of the design process.The capability will accelerate nanomaterial development resulting in a large numbers of diverse products to rapidly enter markets to solve long-standing problems and stimulate economic growth for decades to come.Thus, the vision of nanotechnology research group at UTP is to establish a library of nanomaterials and synthesis techniques for accelerated production of innovative and beneficial commercialized products in the following areas: