On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, The Centre for Nanotechnology Research(CNR), a section of Dr. Anawarul Abedin Innovation Institute, in collaboration with the IEEE AIUB Student Branch, successfully organised a seminar session on Nano and Femto Technology titled “A Journey of Unknowns in the Femto-Nano World.” The event was held to commemorate Nanotechnology Day, and this seminar aimed to deliver an informative and inspiring discussion regarding nano and Femto technologies.

The distinguished speaker and faculty members launched the program with a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate Nanotechnology Day. Following the ceremony, Prof. Dr. A.B.M Siddique Hossain, Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB; delivered the inaugural speech. He spoke briefly on nanotechnology and the definitions of nano and Femto. After the inaugural address, Dr. Mohammad Mahbub Rabbani, Associate professor, and In-Charge, CNR, AIUB, delivered his remarks for the seminar session. He stated that this was the first time AIUB had celebrated Nanotechnology Day. His discussion topics included the relevance of nanotechnology, what it is, and the significance of Nanotechnology Day. He also stated that this event might be an example for other institutes to observe Nanotechnology Day. He acknowledged the honoured speaker for the session at the end of his remarks. He thanked the speaker for giving his valuable time and welcomed him to the AIUB campus.

Dr. Md Tofazzal Islam, Professor, and Founding Director, Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE); Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University; Fellow of The Fulbright, Commonwealth, JSPS, And Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation; began the seminar session by greeting everyone. He said he was happy to meet everyone and to be invited to the seminar. He introduced himself and talked about his struggles from childhood and how he reached where he is today. Then he described the seminar’s title, A Journey of Unknowns in the Femto-Nano World. There was an in-depth discussion regarding nanoparticles found in nature, nanotechnology, and the hypothetical Femto technology. He then briefly covered DNA structure, the Covid 19 vaccine, plant colonisation, and the quote, “Plant health is earth wealth.” He shared how he discovered the genetic identity and origin of the deadly wheat blast in Bangladesh. He also discussed about the establishment of the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University. He mentioned some research works such as High-valued nano carbons from jute and bone charcoal, Novel nanomaterials as magnoliopsids, Novel nanomaterials as catalytic converters, and novel pathways for the conversion of biomass to high-valued biochemicals. He also talked about his research on SARS CoV-2 Infection, which reduces the Human Nasopharyngeal Commensal Microbiome by including Pathobionts. In the end, he answered some questions from the participants and concluded the seminar.

The seminar started at 03:30 PM and finished at 05:30 PM. A total of 120+ participants attended the event.