The Department of Physics of IPB University Gathers Experts to Discuss the Use of Cellulose Micro-nano

Research related to the use of micro-nano cellulose in the field of strategic needs continues to be improved. This is in line with the need for goods that have high durability and are environmentally friendly. Moreover, the abundant natural wealth makes cellulose available in large quantities in Indonesia. This potential should be utilized optimally.

This was conveyed by Dr Farah Rahma IPM, Microcellulose and Nanocellulose Expert, Faculty of Agricultural Technology (Fateta) IPB University in the Webinar Miniconference: Cellulose and Nanocellulose, Saturday (18/12).

In this activity held by the Department of Agroindustrial Technology (TIN), Faculty of Agricultural Technology (Fateta) IPB University. Dr Farah explained that research on biomaterials, especially micro-nano cellulose is important for the future. There needs to be intensive collaboration between educational institutions and research institutions.

“In addition to discussing the importance of research development, this activity aims to encourage collaboration between universities, industry and study institutions. The aim is to encourage research and application of micro-nano cellulose in strategic fields such as biomedical, energy, infrastructure, water treatment, and product packaging," said Dr Farah.
This is in line with what was conveyed by Nanang Masruchin PhD, Main Expert Researcher at the Center for Biomaterials Research, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), that the application and production of micro-nano cellulose has been carried out on a pilot and industrial scale.

"Development of nanocellulose can be done with the concept of eco-technology. That is using low cost materials such as waste. Then eco friendly, waste less, can be recycled and environmentally friendly. No less important is the process, which requires efficient energy and an effective production process,” said Nanang.

He added that collaboration is a mandatory thing that must be done. BRIN accepts cooperation with open arms. Research on micro-nano cellulose is considered to be in accordance with the national development plan. Because in the future the government will encourage the optimization and utilization of micro-nano cellulose.
This activity began with the presentation of material from various sources on the topic of micro-nano cellulose.

Present as speakers were Dr. Lisman Suryanegara, Nanang Masruchin Ph.D, and Athanasia Amanda Septevani Ph.D, all three from the Center for Biomaterials Research, BRIN. Furthermore, Dr Qanytah, Center for Post-Harvest Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan). Then Dr. Wayan Arnata from Udayana University, Dr. Dewi Sartika from Muhammadiyah University of Makassar, and Nurmalisa Lisdayana from the Sumatran Institute of Technology (Itera).

This material session was attended by 155 participants from various institutions with a focus on micro-nano cellulose. The activity was followed by a discussion session to discuss cooperation and collaboration in the field of research and development. The result of the agreement decided that there would be forums or associations on the study of micro-nano cellulose. It is hoped that further collaborative research studies can be developed to take advantage of the potential of cellulose in Indonesia. (NA/Zul)

Published Date : 21-Dec-2021

Resource Person : Dr Farah Rahma IPM, Dr Lisman Suryanegara, Nanang Masruchin Ph.D, dan Athanasia Amanda Septevani Ph.D

Keyword : micro-nano cellulose, TIN, Fateta, BRIN, IPB University