On 12th March 2020, Center for Nanotechnology Research (CNR) of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), organized the first International Symposium on NANOTECHNOLOGY 2020, in it’s campus in Kuril, Dhaka, Bangladesh. International and local technical speakers shared their research findings with professionals and students along with representatives from industries who are directly involved with nanotechnology. The symposium provided as a great platform for exchanging theoretical and practical experience among researchers from academia and industries.

Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain (Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB), welcomed the speakers and participants and thanked them for making this event a successful one. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Tafazzal Hossain (Pro Vice Chancellor, AIUB) greeted the audience and shared his experience and highlighted the importance of Nanotechnology for the ground breaking discoveries that are taking place around the world. Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna (Vice Chancellor, AIUB), inaugurated the symposium. In her inauguration speech she highlighted the importance of nanotechnology and it’s advancement and thanked the speakers, participants, organizers and sponsors for making the event a successful one. A memorandum of understanding was signed between American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) and Coppin State University USA, in presence of the Vice Chancellor, of AIUB, signed by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain (Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB) on behalf of AIUB and Dr. Jamal Uddin (Professor and Founding Director, Center for Nanotechnology, Department of Natural Sciences Coppin State University) on behalf of Coppin State University, USA. Mr. Mohammed Yousuf (Managing Director, Lub-rref Bangladesh Ltd.) was then invited to share his experience. He thanked AIUB and CNR for organizing a productive symposium. After that Dr. Khandaker Jakir Hossan (General Manager, Laboratory and R&D, Lub-rref(Bangladesh) Ltd.) presented a speech where he informed that they have introduced nanotechnology in their lubricant industries for the first time Bangladesh and explained benefits of using nanoparticles in fuel consumption.

The Keynote sessions commenced afterwards, where speakers from around the globe shared their insight on how nanotechnology is evolving and having an impact on a global scale. Keynote speakers Dr. Jamal Uddin (Professor and Founding Director, Center for Nanotechnology, Department of Natural Sciences Coppin State University) presented a talk on Nanotechnology is the Future| A Growing STEM Field and Dr. Jagotamoy Das (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto) presented a Talk on Analysis of circulating nucleic acids with nanostructured microsensors. Invited speakers of the symposium Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Basith (Nanotechnology Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) delivered a speech on Locally Synthesized Nano-structured Materials for Energy Harvesting, Dr. A. J. Saleh Ahammad (Department of Chemistry, Jagannath University) delivered a talk on Nanomaterials based electrochemical sensors for environmental and biomedical applications, Dr. Shaikh M. Mobin (Discipline of Chemistry, Discipline of Metallurgy Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) and Discipline of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore) delivered a talk on Design and synthesis of MOF and MOF/rGO hybrid materials for the electrochemical energy storage and the host speaker Dr. Mohammad Mahbub Rabbani (Department of Chemistry, AIUB) presented a talk on Multifunctional polymer composite nanofibers prepared by electrospinning.

The panel discussion on “Nanotechnology in Bangladesh: Challenges and Prospects”, which commenced afterwards focused on the sharing resources to address the challenges of nanotechnology in Bangladesh. The panel discussion was moderated by, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman (Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB) and Prof. Dr. Al-Nakib Chowdhury (Department of Chemistry, BUET), Dr. Engr. Sheikh Manjura Hoque (Head and Chief Scientific Officer, Materials Science Division, Atomic Energy Centre) Dr. Mohammad Mahbub Rabbani (Department of Chemistry, AIUB),  Dr. Khandaker Jakir Hossan (General Manager (Laboratory and R&D), Lub-rref(Bangladesh) Ltd.) and Dr. Jamal Uddin (Professor and Founding Director, Center for Nanotechnology, Department of Natural Sciences Coppin State University) joined as panel discussants.  After the panel discussion Prof. Dr. Tafazzal Hossain (Pro Vice Chancellor, AIUB), Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva (Vice President Academics and Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, AIUB), Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain (Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB) and Prof. Dr. Tazul Islam (Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, AIUB) handed over token of appreciation to each speakers, panel discussants and organizers.

The program ended with a vote of thanks from organizing chair Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman (Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB) to the speakers, sponsor, partners, participants, organizers and volunteers. Lub-rref  Bangladesh Ltd. participated as the gold sponsor of the entire event. 

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