TEHRAN (INIC)- Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) of the scientific and technological department of presidential office signed an agreement with the department of Education, Research and Technology of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade to commercialize nanotechnology.
The aim of the agreement is to obtain the determined share of Iran from the global nanotechnology market and develop knowledge-based economy, improvement and adoption of advanced technologies, including nanotechnology, by the country's industries.
After endorsing the agreement, Dr. Sa'eed Sarkar, the INIC Secretary-General, stated that "nanotechnology has three stages. The first stage is the production of nanomaterials, and a wide range of nanomaterials are produced in the country. The second stage is the adoption of nanotechnology by the industries in the country, which increases the quality and competitiveness of the products. The third stage is the production of new products based on nanotechnology such as fabrics, glass and smart drugs".
"Works are being carried out very well at research and development levels, and we are among the leading countries in the field of science. However, we cannot obtain our final goal without the adoption of nanotechnology by the industries in the country," he added.
Also for his part, Dr. Ali Asqar Tofiq, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade Deputy for Education, Research and Technology stated that "insufficient efforts have been made in the commercialization of nanotechnology, and we need to create the atmosphere for the industrial society to get familiar with this technology".
Among the common plans in this agreement, mention can be made of establishment of a joint workgroup to compile operational regulations, carrying out the required researches related to the adoption of advanced technologies, including nanotechnology by industries, common cooperation in the promotion of nanotechnology in industries, provision of support for the production of pilot plants for semi-industrial production of products in order to prove the technology and to develop its applications in the field of nanotechnology, helping the monitoring of technology and market to provide the ground for the adoption of technology by industries, carrying out the required researches related to market development aiming at creation of required infrastructure for the adoption of technology by industries, and provision of financial support for projects with high priority in the field of nanotechnology.