Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III is a recognized experts in the field of sensor technology and is one of the few scientists in the country who specializes in the development of chemical sensors and biosensors as applied to medical, agro-food, and environmental analyses. His rich research expertise has been recognized in Spain, the United Kingdom (UK), and Japan, where he had been invited as research fellow at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), the University of Manchester, the University of Tokyo, and the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He had given a series of lectures as a visiting professor at the UAB and had maintained research collaborations with his colleagues from Spain and the UK.
His investigative work on the applications of chemical sensors and biosensors has merited publication in national and international journals, indicating the high quality of his work as viewed by his peers. He supervised and trained undergraduate and postgraduate students in research work on chemical sensors and produced technical papers co-authored with them. Their output was presented in national and international meetings.
Dr. Sevilla has been a consultant of the Department of Science and Technology for the implementation of its Engineering and Science education program and of the Department of Education for the revision of the high school curriculum. He has served as president of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, and the Kapisanan ng mga Kimiko sa Pilipinas. He has also assumed the post as Chairman of the Division of Chemical Science of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and as director of the UST Research Center for the Natural Sciences.
Dr. Sevilla’s dedication to his profession was recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission when he was awarded the 2002 Outstanding Professional Chemist of the Philippines, as well as the NRCP when he earned the Research Achievement Award. He is the incumbent Dean of the UST College of Science.