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Iran, Syria to cooperate in nanotech
Sun, 03 Apr 2011 23:50:24 GMT
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An Iranian industrial unit for producing nanomaterials
Iran and Syria have held a joint conference and workshop to discuss ways to increase the level of bilateral cooperation in the field of nanotechnology.

The event, co-organized by Syria's Higher Commission for Scientific Research and Iran's Nanotechnology Initiative Council and in cooperation with the Arab School for Science and Technology, was inaugurated in Damascus on Sunday, Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

The three-day gathering aims to find ways to boost the level of interactions in the terms of know-how transfer and innovation in manufacturing techniques of Nanomaterials.

The conference includes lectures and workshops on the components and characteristics of nanotechnology by a number of Iranian experts and representatives from some Syrian research centers.

Secretary of Iran's Nanotechnology Initiative Council Saeed Sarkar expressed Iran's readiness to help Syria with its nanotechnology projects, noting that nanotechnology can be useful in resolving many problems, including desertification, pollution, and lack of drinkable water.

Director General of Syria's Higher Commission for Scientific Research Ghassan Assi also said that nanotechnology has been proved very efficient in various domains, such as energy, environment, health and industry.

He pointed out that the commission has actively contributed to promoting this promising technology particularly through cooperation with the Iranian researchers, who have started to share their expertise with the Syrian side.

Nanotechnology is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale usually with structures sized between 0.1 and 100 nanometers. It may be able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production.

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