No progress in nanotechnology development

No progress in nanotechnology development

Zuhal. (dok.pribadi)

The research in nanotechnology has gained significant attention..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The pro-poor and pro-job nanotechnology development in Indonesia makes no significant progress following the absence of collaboration between experts and industries, National Innovation Committee (KIN) Chairman Zuhal has said.

"The funds amounting to three million dollars for research in five years is not realistic, and thus it is difficult for nanotechnology in Indonesia to grow rapidly as happens in China, South Korea, and India," Zuhal said here on Thursday.

He said there were many sectors such as agriculture, health, and energy that could come into contact with this technology but unfortunately there was no progress in its development.

According to him, the problem lies on its development facility and the way how to make this technology useable by industries for public interest.

Therefore, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is ready to become the country`sleading institution in the implementation of nanotechnology.

"The research in nanotechnology has gained significant attention and therefore LIPI is ready to become the leading institution to implement such a technology in Indonesia," chief of LIPI innovation center Bambang Subiyanto said during the Nanotechnology National Workshop here on Wednesday.

He noted that since 2008 LIPI has allocated a total funds of Rp30 billion for its material research in nanotechnology.

Besides, Bambang said LIPI has also been trusted as the international "focal point" for nanotechnology in Indonesia through the world`s professional institutions.

"In the future the programs of LIPI are expected to speed up the development of nanotechnology in Indonesia and to have a say in the international community," Bambang said.