| Siti Hajar |
THE advancement of modern technology has successfully made inroads into many modern day societies, with the more tech-savvy currently looking for ways to expand and invest in technologically-advanced solutions to not just age-old problems but also emerging issues that experts are working hard to overcome.
Among the newer faces of the evolution of technology and what has been considered as a step forward in tandem with constant discoveries that are being made in the field of science come in the form of what is now known as nano-technology.
In a series of knowledge lectures as part of this year’s Knowledge Convention at the International Convention Centre that concluded yesterday, attendees were given the opportunity to better understand the benefits of the use of this form of technological creation under the purview of Singapore’s development in a number of different fields.
Delivered by Professor Dr Jackie Y Ying under the title ‘Nano-technology – The Enabling Tool for the 21st Century’, yesterday’s afternoon session shed light on the multiple utilisations of nano-technology some of which are already on their way to becoming a part of daily life.
Singapore is currently working on four different areas of nano-technology research including applications in medicine, the creation of devices for diagnostics, the use of nano-technology for cells and tissues as well as in the field of chemistry such as overcoming global warming.
Apart from its low-cost production, it was said that nano-technology has the potential to pave way for less invasive methods of treatment and diagnosis such as those treating diabetic and cancer patients with tests on rats thus far providing encouraging results. The next step is to test it on bigger animals.
With the consideration that nano-technology is still a field that requires more brains to ensure its viability in its move forward, Dr Ying expressed her hope for the younger generation to pursue the field of nano-technology.
Dr Ying also invited those who are interested to learn more to partake in youth research programmes in Singapore that have since facilitated scientific growth in thousands of students including 2,000 who have participated in research attachments and securing doctorate scholarships in the city state.