University of St. La Salle

USLS, DOST- PCIEERD sign MOA to establish aerogel tech center

A landmark Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formalizing the establishment of the Center of Aerogel Technology for Energy and Environment (CATEE) was signed between the University of St. La Salle and the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), marking a significant milestone, on October 5 at The Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City.

The Center's primary focus will be on the synthesis and development of functionalized aerogels for a range of applications, including environmental remediation, resource recovery, and energy storage devices.

The  representing the University during the MOA signing were Dr. Romeo G. Teruel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Dr. Mary Ann T. Pandan, the CATEE Team Leader.

CATEE stands as a pioneering project, marking it as the first research center in Negros Occidental dedicated to advanced materials. Its mission is to elevate research and development activities within the region, cultivate, train, and attract innovative talents in the fields of science and engineering, specifically in the domain of aerogel synthesis and development.

Dr. Pandan leads the CATEE Team, which also includes USLS' Balik Scientist, Dr. Khino J. Parohinog, and faculty members from the College of Engineering and Technology, namely Engr. Rendell C. Barcimo, Dr. J-len J. Mesias, and Engr. Arvee G. Olvido.

This collaboration is anticipated to make substantial advancements in aerogel technology, benefitting not only the university but also the wider scientific community and the environment.




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