In the presence of Mother Syria Assembly (MSA) President Dr. Mahmoud al-Irk , the first specialized course of the Specialized Science in Hi-Tech, organized by the Syrian Mother Association, was held in cooperation with the Engineers Union, Damascus Governorate Branch on Sunday , October, 29th .
The opening ceremony was also attended by Engineers Union president in Syria, Dr. Nassib Hadid, specialized scientific researchers and MSA’s members.
In his lecture under the title “Introduction to Nanotechnologies” Dr. Aous al-Salman of the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Damascus University said that this promising technology promises a huge leap in all branches of sciences, including modern medicine, the world economy, international relations and even the everyday life of average people. , Adding that nanotechnology will enable us to produce high-precision computers that can be placed on the head of a pen or pin, and imagine a fleet of nanoparticles medical robots that can be injected into the blood or swallowed to treat blood clots, cancer tumors and other incurable diseases .
Dr. al-Salman introduced nanotechnology as the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (down to 1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to create new and unique materials and products…with enormous potential to change society.
Nanoparticles , according to International Standards Organization (ISO), he added is ¾Particle with a nominal diameter (such as geometric, aerodynamic, mobility, projected-area or otherwise) of 100 nanometers or less.(2) ¾Ultrafine particles defined the same
He quoted Horst Stormer (Nobel Prize Winner in Physics-1998) as saying that
“Nanotechnology has given us the tools to play with the ultimate toy box of nature – atoms and molecules. Everything is made from them and the possibilities to create new things appears limitless” , adding that nanoparticles are 10 to 15 times smaller than red blood cells .
He explained That Nanocrystals are synthesized from Metallic materials such as Gold, Silver, Cobalt, Semiconductors such as Cadminum sulfide, Cadmium selenide or Indium phosphide, and Insulators such as Iron oxide and Titanium oxide.
Highlighting nanotechnology use in the Arab world, Dr. al-Salman said that a growing number of initiatives on nanotechnology research, education, and industry have been recently launched by several Arab countries to quickly build scientific capacity and track worldwide developments in nanotechnology. Some countries, namely, the oil-rich countries, have allocated large funds to support these initiatives, which are intended to serve the national interests in energy, water and food supply, medicine, and local industry. The other Arab countries are also pursuing nanotechnology, however, with fewer funds but with more human resources.