TWO PROFESSORS from the College of Science were feted by the Commission on Higher Education as their research won the 2009 National Capital Region Outstanding Research and Publication (Republica) Award for the Natural Sciences last May 19.

College of Science professors Dharmatov Rahula Albano and Fortunato Sevilla III won the biyearly award, besting 28 other researchers with their paper titled “Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal Sensor for Surfactant Based on Molecularly Imprinted Polypyrrole.”

“I’m happy of course, but this [award] is for UST,” Sevilla said.

The winning research was based on the thesis done by Albano in the UST Graduate School under the supervision of Sevilla. It was first published in 2007 in Science and Actuators B: Chemical, a highly recognized international scientific journal published by Elsevier Science Press in the United States.

The paper also received the 2008 Gawad San Alberto Magno for Outstanding Research Work during the Dangal ng UST faculty recognition ceremony. Darenn G. Rodriguez

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