Experts underscore nanotech to ward off corona

Staff Reporter

An international webinar organized by Jabir Bin Hayan Chemist Society of the University of Gujrat (UoG) at Hafiz Hayat Campus the other day threw ample light on the role and significance of nanotechnology and its implications, underlying the need for collaborative research to meet our current and future challenges, especially the ongoing war against the invisible killer bug.

The participating researchers and scientists from across the world discussed the current trends and latest developments in the research domain of nanotechnology at the webinar titled, ‘Biocompatible Nanomaterials: Applications, Trends and Technicalities.’

A question-and-answer session at the end provided a collaborative space for the audience.

Professor Dr Misni Bin Misran from the Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Dr Adnan Mujahid, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; and Dr Tajamal Hussain, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan were among the panelists.

The experts explained the synthesis, characterization, and peculiar applications of the nanomaterials as well as the significant role of nanotechnology in the modern world today.
They emphasized the need for discovering ways to further enhance and strengthen research collaboration among the trio of universities – the University of Gujrat, University of Malaya and University of the Punjab.

Prof. Dr Muhammad Danish, Chairperson Department of Chemistry, University of Gujrat, thanked the distinguished speakers for their participation.

He stressed the need for holding such events on regular basis, which, he said, would go a long way in facilitating our research students in finding a solution to various challenges, such as COVID-19, facing the humankind.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Shabbar Atiq said that Jabir Bin Hayan Chemist Society’s webinar [email protected] had attracted participants from countries as far away as Europe, Malaysia, Egypt, India, Iraq and Kyrgyzstan. He lauded the efforts of JBHCS in the successful organization of the webinar series on the vital theme of nanotechnology.

Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Dr Mushahid Anwar said that the holding of the webinar was the most appropriate initiative in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19.

He added that the utilization of the nanotechnological devices, as drug delivery carriers and theranostics assemblies, has been frequently documented in the academic literature as a potential treatment methodology of COVID-19 disease.

He expressed his hope that the ideas shared during the webinar would open new vistas of research in the domain of nanotechnology and lead up towards developing a perfect defence system to ensure human survival .

Prof. Dr Muhammad Danish thanked Dr Sumaira Naeem, organizing secretary; Dr Muhammad Waseem Mumtaz, event coordinator; Dr Muhammad Asam Raza, event coordinator; and Ms Jawayria Najeeb, event coordinator, for successful organization of the webinar