USAID STRIDE grantee’s research contributes to establishment of research lab
Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) launched the Bio-Products Research Laboratory (BPRL) last July 10, 2018 in Iligan City. Instrumental to the launch of the pioneering BPRL is Dr. Arnold Lubguban, a USAID STRIDE research grantee.
In 2016, Dr. Arnold became a USAID STRIDE Philippine-U.S. Research and Exchange (PURE) grantee. This gave him the opportunity to study at the University of Missouri and led him to explore alternative ways to produce insulation foams using more sustainable raw materials such as rice straws. The research enabled him to obtain a Php43 million grant, this time from the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council or Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), for the establishment of the BPRL. With the BPRL’s facilities, Dr. Arnold and his team plan to scale-up and fine-tune the synthesis of the project for commercialization.
“Thank you USAID STRIDE for the opportunity of initiating this project with @MSUIIT.PH researchers. The baseline data we gathered with our STRIDE project contributed greatly in the approval of a research program on bio-based polyols and polyurethanes which are part of BPRL’s activities,” Dr. Arnold said.
During the launch, MSU-IIT signed an agreement with industry partner Chemrez Technologies, Inc., one of the largest chemical manufacturing companies in the country, for the conduct of research on various bio-products with potential commercial applications.