CLSU-DOST III initiative and collaborative response to COVID-19 mitigation

  • Juvy J. Monserate Nanotechnology Research and Development Facility, Central Luzon State University

Abstract

COVID-19 posted a big challenge to all of us. Nanotechnology, a field with many applications, could be tapped to address pressing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a response to the COVID-19 situation, Central Luzon State University (CLSU) synthesized and mass produced nano-structured alcohol, nanofiber filler mask and hand sanitizer for health facilities and frontliners in Region 3. Previous researchers had to come up with new, innovative, and novel products to combat the effect of COVID-19. This is one of the immediate responses of the university to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in collaboration with DOST-III knowing that both CLSU and DOST-III are to lend a hand in the government's effort through the BAYANIHAN, We Heal as One Act to fight the dreadful effect of COVID-19. At the CLSU Nanotechnology R&D Facility, nanofibers are made as fillers for face masks. These masks are essential items for the primary protection of the respiratory tract against COVID-19 due to its anti-viral and photocatalytic degradation property. Up to the present, the project distributed 9,154 L of nano-structured alcohol, 350 nanofiber-filler masks, and 4,442 washable face masks. With this current crisis seemingly being in the midst yet for an unexpected period, CLSU through Nanotechnology R&D will continue to share a portion of its resources to fulfill its mission in contributing and creating impact to the society and the people it serves.

About the Speaker

Juvy Monserate is a licensed Chemical Engineer graduated from Central Philippine University, Iloilo City. He holds two Masters degree in MAT Physics (NEUST) and Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering at University of Philippines Diliman. He is a PhD holder in Material Science and Engineering from University of the Philippines Diliman specializing in nanotechnology of materials. He currently holds an academic rank of Professor 3 and Head of CLSU Nanotechnology R&D Facility. He is a pioneer on nanotechnology research in CLSU applied to agri-fisheries and environment. He crafted research proposals that were approved by reputable government funding agencies such as the DBM, PCIEERD, PCAARRD, DA-BAR, PhilRice, PhilMech. A multi-awarded researcher, he mentored and served as consultant to more than 384 students composing of Junior and Senior high school, BS, MS, and PhD students not only in CLSU but also in some reputable schools and universities in the country. He is a technical committee evaluation member of DA-Biotech (Nanotechnology Research). Dr. Monserate is an academe representative to the "National Strategy to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants from Municipal Solid Waste Sector in the Philippines" of the DENR-EMB. He is also a community builder who held position as past President of Rotary Club of the Science City of Muñoz, District 3770. This year, he published seven nanotechnology articles in Scopus and/or ISI-indexed journals.

Published
2020-02-09
How to Cite
[1]
J. Monserate. CLSU-DOST III initiative and collaborative response to COVID-19 mitigation, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 38, SPP-2020-INV-1C-01 (2020). URL: https://paperview.spp-online.org/proceedings/article/view/SPP-2020-INV-1C-01.