Universiti Brunei Darussalam's (UBD) Centre of Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES) and Soartech Systems Sdn Bhd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote human resource development, technology transfer and a generation of intellectual properties, fundamental goals are for the building-up of business industry in Brunei Darussalam.
The MoU signed on 4th March 2017 at the Senate Room, UBD covers research, training, student sponsorship, exchange of materials, technology transfer, and the marketing of services and products.
Signing on behalf of UBD CAMES was Dr Lim Chee Ming, the Director of UBD CAMES, witnessed by Dr Rahayu Sukmaria binti Hj Sukri, Director of Research, Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). Signing on behalf of Soartech Systems Sdn Bhd was Hj Adam Leslie On Abdullah, the Managing Director/Founder of Soartech Systems Sdn Bhd and the Honorary Consulate of Poland in Brunei, and witnessed by Nony Soreya DP Hj Abd Rahim, the Executive Director of Soartech Systems Sdn Bhd. Also present at the signing ceremony was UBD's Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor David Koh.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Lim pointed out how close ties between UBD and Soartech Sdn Bhd will be aligned to UBD's strategic initiatives, particularly in nurturing innovation, translating research into enterprise and mobilising research centres and institutions towards global impact. CAMES can also expect an increase in joint international publications and the generation of high commercial value IPs.
The MoU signing also saw Dr Wlodzimierz Strupinski presenting a special lecture, sharing the latest development in 2D nanomaterials and the transformation of these advanced materials to enterprise. Titled "Breakthrough Technologies Transforming The Way We Live and Work", Dr Strupinski shared the recent developments and application of graphene, which was nitially thought as impossible. The discovery of 2D graphene opened up doors to a variety of applications including flexible electronics, sensors, photodetectors and supercapacitors among many others.
With notable success on the labratory scale, Dr Strupinski pointed out that the next step for 2D materials such as graphene, Boron Nitrite and Black Phorphorous is to take it to the producton scale. Graphene is already being used in sports equipment such as racquets and skis. He considered the technical possibility of such materials entering more areas of our lives in the very near future. "In about 10 years, we should see many graphene products in stores," he said. "We just need money, time and people". He refered to the challenge of 2D materials moving up to larger production scale requiring investments in tools, plants and manpower.
Dr Strupinski is a member of the scientific council of the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME), and manages the EU Graphene Flagship Project for the government of Poland. He was awarded the 2012 Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Prize for Outstanding Scientific Achievements for graphene research, the 2014 Prize of the Polish Business Roundtable in the Vision and Innovation category and the Bronze Laurel in the Leaders of Polish Economy ranking by "Gazeta Bankowa" in the Scientist of the Year category. He has developed many technologies of epitaxial growth which resulted in experimental or commercial production of electronic devices. He has published more than 100 papers on semiconductor compounds epitaxy as well as on the properties, technology and potential of graphene and has been cited 1,780 times.
UBD has been active in cultivating its global standing and relationship. This effort permeates down from the senior management level to the faculties. CAMES has established links and conducted collaborative research with several well-known institutions, and one of these is Institute of Electronic Material Technology (ITME), Poland.
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