UST, NTHU collaborate on sensing, clean tech symposium for SDGs

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan conducted a “Joint Symposium on Sensing and Clean Technologies for Sustainable Development Goals” on January 29, 2024 at the TARC Auditorium. It was also live streamed on the official Facebook page of the College of Science.

Clean technology,  such as renewable energy and carbon capture and storage, avoids environmental damage and eliminates or reduces the creation of pollutants or wastes, while sensing technology uses sensors to acquire information by detecting physical, chemical, or biological property quantities and converts them to readable signals, much like wearable sensors for health monitoring.

“I hope that everyone will take this opportunity to learn from the experts from NTHU and UST, to be able to craft ideas that would help promote sustainable development not just in the Philippines and Taiwan, but the entire world,” shared UST College of Science Dean Prof. Rey Donne Papa, Ph.D., in his opening remarks.

NTHU College of Nuclear Science Dean Prof. Chi-Shiun Chiang, Ph.D., from the Department of Biomedical and Environmental Science, discussed “Progress of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in NTHU”, which focused on how the tumor-treating radiotherapy was being used in trials.

Asst. Prof. Roland Cristopher F. Caballar, Ph.D., from the UST Department of Mathematics and Physics and Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS), presented “Dissipative Preparation of Many-Body Steady-State Spin States using Ultracold Atoms for Quantum Computing and Quantum Sensing Applications.”

Prof. Yu-Fen Huang, Ph.D., and Prof. Tsu-Chin Chou, Ph.D., from NTHU’s Institute of Analytical and Environmental Sciences, discussed “Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications” and “Electrochemical CO2 Utilization”, respectively.

Assoc. Prof. Dharmatov Rahula B. Albano, Ph.D., from the UST Department of Chemistry and the RCNAS, tackled “Multifaceted Potential of Aptamers for Dengue Diagnostics”.

Prof. Ting-Wei Wang, Ph.D., from NTHU’s Department of Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, discussed “Biomedical Electronic Sensors”, Engr. Divine Angela Sumalinog, Ph.D., from the UST Department of Chemical Engineering spoke on “Exploring the Potentials of Biochar in Environmental Remediation: Insights into Adsorption Mechanisms and Enhanced Properties”, and Assoc. Prof. Felicidad Christina Peñafiel, Ph.D., from the UST Department of Chemistry, presented “Electroactive Textiles for Supercapacitor Electrode Applications”.

The symposium was organized by the UST College of Science and the Department of Chemistry, the UST Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS), The UST Graduate School, and the National Tsing Hua University through International Symposium Chair Prof. Ruey-An Doong, Ph.D., Local Chair Assoc. Prof. Alan Rodelle M. Salcedo, Ph.D., Co-chair Prof. Bernard John V. Tongol, Ph.D., Prof. Christina A. Binag, Ph.D., and Assoc. Prof. Dharmatov Rahula B. Albano, Ph.D.

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