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Professor Gehan Amaratunga | Professor K.M. Nalin de Silva

Experts have said that nano technology would play a crucial role in the future for several key sectors of the country including agriculture and apparel pertaining to enhancement of quality and production.

The ceramic industry recently announced that it would opt for nano technology as a move to improve quality and cut down production costs. The recently concluded International Conference on Nano Science and Nano Technology saw more sectors expressing their willingness to opt for nano technology.

Professor of Chemistry, University of Colombo and Science Team Leader, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), Sri Lanka, Professor K.M. Nalin de Silva in his address at the conference said scarcity of resources in terms of water and power, demand for comfort, climate change and materials for new applications have influenced the apparel industry to look forward with the modest technological applications or aspects such as the Nano technology. He explained the concept of smart textiles and added that there were drawbacks due to high price, limited availability and difficulty in daily usage, etc.

Prof. de Silva, however, said that with the application of smart fabric, smart textiles could be presented to the local and world market with a mass availability at an affordable price by enabling for daily utilization as well.

Meanwhile, Group Leader of the Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion (EPEC) Research Group, Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Professor Gehan Amaratunga, emphasized on how smart technologies can perform under bedrock sciences especially with the considerations of safe drinking water, healthcare and wellbeing, and food security.

Professor Amaratunge also said that explained that SLINTEC has conducted successful trials and researches on nano fertilizer, which can enhance the efficiency of food production and ensuring the nutrition values as well.