Introducing nanotechnology to industries
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana stressed the
importance of introducing Nanotechnology to industries and said fund
controllers in the country must extend their fullest co-operation to
develop the technology.
He was speaking at a seminar on `Tapping the World of
Nanotechnology’, organised by the National Science Foundation and Small
and Medium Enterprise Developers of the Federation of Chambers of
Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL).
Nanotechnology is a branch of engineering that deals with the design
and manufacture of small electronic circuits and mechanical devices that
are built at the molecular level of matter.
The Minister also said that there was a major economic crisis in the
world and Sri Lankan could take advantage of this situation by using
The Minister thanked the government for releasing a 60-acre land at
Homagama to set up a Nanoscience Park with facilities for research and
development in Nanotechnology.
He also said that the Sri Lanka Nanotechnology Institute, at Biyagama
is a public-private partnership and it would help to conduct research
activities and also apply Nanotechnology for the advancement of
Dr. Rohan Munasinghe of the Moratuwa University, Engineering Faculty
said that governments and industries are investing on research and
development in Nanotechnology, since it is an interdisciplinary field
that encompasses physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.
Prof. Veranga Karunaratne of the Sri Lanka Institute of Technology
said that Nanotechnology is at the infant stage in our country and
scientists could contribute to develop technologies.