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LAUTECH NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP (NANO+) DECLARED AS THE LEADER IN THE BIOSYNTHESIS OF NANOPARTICLES IN NIGERIA
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 6:15 am
LAUTECH NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP (NANO+) DECLARED AS THE LEADER IN THE BIOSYNTHESIS OF NANOPARTICLES IN NIGERIA
The nanotechnology research group (NANO+) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria has been described as a focussed, excellent, organized and highly productive leader in the area of biosynthesis of nanoparticles for diverse applications in the country. This was stated by the first Professor of Nanotechnology in Nigeria, Professor Enock Dare during the opening ceremony of a national workshop on the synthesis, characterization and applications of nanoparticles organized by the research group during 21-24 August, 2017. The workshop which drew participants from several Universities, institutes and governmental agencies was designed to draw the attention of researchers to new trends in the world of nanotechnology; with series of lectures delivered by experts and also hands-on practicals.

In his welcome address, the head of the research group, Agbaje Lateef, who is a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Pure and Applied Biology of the University described nanotechnology as a game changer that would have positive impacts on research activities of scholars. He presented to the audience, the members of the group who had vast training in molecular biology, industrial microbiology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, toxicology, biochemistry, materials engineering, renewable energy and nanofabrication, which they deploy in nanotechnology research. He enumerated the achievements of the group that was formed on 4 September 2014; noting that members of the group have published twenty-two articles in this area in about two years. Also, the group collaborates with several researchers within the country as well as in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. He stated that the group had the ambitious vision of transforming LAUTECH to a centre of excellence in nanoscience and nanotechnology in Nigeria, a feat that demands for adequate funding of research by the government, industries and public spirited individuals. He therefore appealed to the owner states of Oyo and Osun to be rededicated to the funding of the University, so that the University which produced nine out of ten members of the group could be opened for academic activities without further delay, to serve the purpose for which it was established. He informed the gathering that the group would venture into the organization of conference on nanoscience and nanotechnology in the nearest future.