DOST-PTRI Researches were Presented in the NAST Scientific Poster Session of the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting

By: Sharmainne Rhey B. Caoili
Technology Transfer, Information and Promotions Staff

TAGUIG CITY – Five notable scientific papers from the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI) were presented in the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Scientific Poster Session, as part of this year’s 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting.

The research studies presented fell under the Biological Sciences, and the Engineering Science and Technology Divisions, and were among the 150 researches submitted. These are detailed in the Table below.

Table of Scientific Poster Details of DOST-PTRI Researchers for the NAST Scientific Poster Session

Research Title

Research Authors

Highlight of the Research

Phylogenetic Relationships Among Seventeen Philippine Bombyx mori Strains Based on DNA Barcoding

Dr. Ma. Neda A. Catalma
Ivan Y. Dee Tan
Ma. Ysabella Elaine D. Conde
 Dr. Ma. Anita M. Bautista Cheryl G. Lopez
Alfrieta B. Olayo
Juliet A. Abuan

The silkworm strains from other countries have adapted to the environmental conditions in the Philippines, but the strains are still conserved and can be genetically characterized.

Cellulose Acetate Nanofiber Membrane from Banana (Musa acuminata) for Wound Healing Application

Jenneli E. Caya
Marites de Leon
Nora B. Mangalindan

Banana pseudostem cellulose has potential for wound healing application. This research shows us how.  

Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC) from Kapok (Ceiba pentandra)

Zailla F. Payag
Kimberly P. Viron
Dr. Julius L. Leaño, Jr.

Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC) has been successfully extracted from Kapok, an indigenous Philippine fiber source. MCC is an emerging technology with various potential applications in biomedical, food, packaging, automotive, and sensor industries.

Ionic Liquid-Mediated Synthesis of Cellulose/Montmorillonite Nanocomposite

Kimberly Viron
Anilyn M. Falcatan
Dr. Julius L. Leaño Jr.

An eco-friendly approach to cellulose dissolution to minimize the environmental impact of cellulose and cellulose-based composite processing.

Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) from Philippine Tropical Abaca (Musa Textilis) Fiber

Josanelle Angela V. Bilo
Dr. Julius L. Leaño Jr.

Surface modified Abaca-sourced cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) serve as a precursor for further functionalization. This opens up the possibilities for CNC from Abaca for various applications such as sensors, anti-counterfeiting, biomarker applications, and more.

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) held its 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting with the theme “Science and Technology for Society: Solutions to Long-Standing Concerns” via Zoom. This year, it focused on the science, technological, and societal researches on the issues to address these concerns for policy recommendations and appropriate interventions. It also tackled COVID-19 pandemic-related topics and guidelines for the said issue to be submitted to the Philippine government and the private sector. The winners for the Best in Scientific Poster Award per division were awarded last July 10, 2020, during the last day of the scientific meeting.

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