Mary Rose Arce, News, College of Science
All three (3) research teams from PUP College of Science received funding from the prestigious Facilities and Laboratory Access Grant (FLAG) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).
The projects are geared towards developing emerging technologies and exploring innovations in line with the PCIEERD sectoral priority areas. Two (2) projects come from BS Biology students led by Prof. Lourdes V. Alvarez, PhD, and one (1) from BS Chemistry led by Assistant Professor Chester C. Deocaris, MSc. Funded projects include FunkoBats (Fungal Quinone Batteries), Project Bio-insulation, and Catalytic Zeolite PH.
FunkoBats proponents include three BS Biology students: Glenn Christian G. Bamuya, Keith Mariz P. Lazo, and Paolo Nicko M. Lucas. The purpose of the project is to obtain a sustainable energy storage via fungal quinone extraction. Another group of BS Biology students comprised of Jhoana Archel B. Fermin, Gabrielsony J. Mendoza, and Roque B. Porcel will work on Project Bio-Insulation. Using spent mushroom substrate and coir fiber, the project intends to create a low-cost aerogel with heat and sound insulation capabilities.
The team Catalytic Zeolite PH is comprised of three BS Chemistry students: Mary Rose L. Arce, Jhune Dominique P. Galang, and Dave Ahsaelle M. Milambiling. The project will attempt to transform the Pangasinan clinoptilolite and kaolin to the catalyst ZSM-5 and assess its potential application to the thermocatalytic depolymerization of polyethylene plastics.
Each team was awarded with a ?250,000-worth grant for the use of DOST’s facilities and laboratory services in support for their planned initiatives.
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