Prospects of Nanomaterials and Ceramic EngineeringBangladesh is striving to leverage on Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) in order to accelerate its economic development. Nanotechnology and advanced materials are key elements that provide the physical basis to support IR4.0. Indeed, the Perspective Plan of Bangladesh 2021-2041 identifies nano-based materials as key enablers (PERSPECTIVE PLAN OF BANGLADESH). Nanomaterials technology has a big potential to solve some of the pressing problems of the country and to advance its industry. Industrial sectors which can benefit from nanomaterials technology include energy, environmental remediation, pharmaceuticals healthcare, agriculture, food, cosmetics etc.
In the recent past, Bangladesh has established itself as an important global player in ceramic manufacturing. Bangladesh-made ceramic products are used in some of the most famous royal households of the world, which is a testimony to their quality. Moving into the future, the ceramic industry of Bangladesh is poised to adopt IR4.0, energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies to keep pace with the global trend and to remain competitive. This industry is also coming up with nanotechnology enabled products, for example, germ resistant tiles are already in the market. The ceramic industry is in the dire need of qualified engineer with specialized knowledge to embrace the future.
There is a great enthusiasm about the new undergraduate program in Nanomaterials and Ceramic Engineering among industry leaders representing ceramics, glass, cement industry as well as those adopting nanomaterials enabled products e.g., pharmaceutical, textile industry.