In an article published on the University’s website, Kyambogo University state that the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will begin research into nano technology.
One of the best institutions in the country when it comes to electrical engineering are looking at how they can start works in nano technology, a technology that is being adapted by the first world nations.
This was revealed during the IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC19) which was held at the University on 3rd September 2019. At the conference Prof Richard Fu from the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University, UK gave a keynote address on “Smart materials, smart microsystems and nanotechnology, for a smart world”.
Smart materials can respond to external stimuli by automatically changing their physical, electrical, chemical or mechanical signals, all of which can realize various functions of sensing and actuation.
They can be further processed into smart micro- and nano-systems using micro-engineering and nanotechnology for various applications in our daily life. In his talk Prof. Richard introduced his innovative ideas using smart thin films and nanomaterials for making microgrippers, microvalves, microsensors, and microfluidics for biosensing, microsurgery, and biomedical and tissue/cell applications.
His presentation mainly focused on piezoelectric thin film materials for biosensing, particle/cell concentrating and sorting, and tissue engineering; shape memory thin films and shape memory polymer for microsurgery, drug delivery and microstate applications and nanostructured smart materials for various industry sensing and renewable energy applications.
Prof. Richard expressed his willingness to work with Kyambogo University to promote research in the field of nanotechnology.
Other topics that there discussed included 5G technologies, renewable energy technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution. The conference featured keynotes, panel discussions and technical presentations. During the same conference, the best student projects received the award of 200GBP and certificates sponsored by Northumbria University Optical Communication Research Group which is headed by Prof. Fary Ghassemlooy.
The conference attracted students and faculty from Kyambogo University, Makerere University, ISBAT University, St. Lawrence University, Kampala International University and several institutions within Uganda.
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