KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 16): Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the implementation of two palm-based research projects using radiation and other potential projects in the future.
The MoU signed today is the first step and will act as an umbrella for research projects implementation cooperation between MPOB and the Malaysian Nuclear Agency.
The first project is joint research in palm polyol and bio-polyester for the production of water-based acrylate polyurethane dispersions for the production of advanced coating materials using radiation technology.
The second project is joint research in palm polyol and bio-polyester for the production of photopolymer resins for the production of 3D scaffolding for tissue engineering in applications in biomedicals using radiation technology.
“This MoU will add skills and knowledge for sustainable development by using radiation technology for research officers at MPOB.
“It is also a new exploration for palm polyol and bio-polyester polyol for the production of coating materials from water-based polyurethane dispersions and tissue engineering 3D scaffolding products in biomedical applications using radiation technology,” MPOB director-general Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Nuclear Agency director-general Dr Siti A’iasah Hashim hopes the expertise of both agencies, as well as the facilities and laboratories of both parties could be used to make the collaboration a success.
"I hope that the current situation, whereby the country is working to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, will not affect and cause a delay in the planned activities and objectives of the projects that have been set to be fully achieved," she said.