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A milestone in technology transfer: UP Diliman launches CoaTiN®, the first and only local TiN coating technology to serve commercial sector

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), successfully launched the country’s first and only facility for CoaTiN®, a technology invented by noted researcher and Physics professor Dr. Henry J. Ramos, on 2 April 2014. The ceremony was held at the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The CoaTiN® facility and technology team (from left): Engineer Erwin Abergas (ASET), Ms. Michelle Villamayor (NIP), Mr. Henry Lee (NIP), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), Mr. Marcedon Fernandez (NIP). (OVCRD file photo)

The CoaTiN® facility and technology team (from left): Engineer Erwin Abergas (ASET), Ms. Michelle Villamayor (NIP), Mr. Henry Lee (NIP), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), Mr. Marcedon Fernandez (NIP). (OVCRD file photo)

CoaTiN® or “Titanium Nitride Thin Film Formation on Metal Substrate by Chemical Vapor Deposition in a Magnetized Sheet Plasma” applies an innovative technique in coating tools with Titanium Nitride (TiN). This type of coating has numerous advantages over those currently available in the local market, including enhancing durability and prolonging tool life.

With the opening of the first CoaTiN® facility in the Philippines, local industries, which outsourced their coating operations abroad, can now save millions in costs. The invention has been granted patents in different countries, such as the Philippines, United States, Germany, Japan and Malaysia.

Dr. Ramos’ research was funded by the University and the former Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD), now known as PCIEERD or Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development. With assistance from the same agency, Dr. Ramos, supported by the OVCRD, began a collaboration with the Asian Semiconductor and Electronics Technology (ASET) Corporation for the market validation and prototyping of CoaTiN® for eventual commercial release.

Dr. Ramos addressed questions from the media during the press conference. He discussed the technology together with Engineers Alfonso Azurin (ASET President), Jun Mariano (ASET Executive Vice President) and Raul Sabularse (DOST-PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director), Dr. Luis Sison (former UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), and Atty. Marcia Ruth Gabriela Fernandez (former Program Development Associate of the OVCRD).

The audience became aware of the significance of the technology to local industries, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Dr. Ramos and his research and industry partners emphasized that since local industry players outsource their coating processes, the launch of the CoaTiN® facility will generate significant savings for them. This will lead to the more efficient use of their working capital, with the cost-cutting impact also benefiting SMEs.

In the market validation phase, the CoaTiN® products immediately received positive feedback from big players in various industries, according to Engr. Mariano, Executive Vice President of ASET Corporation.

Dr. Henry J. Ramos addresses the media during a press conference at the MIRDC Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City.  (OVCRD file photo)

Dr. Henry J. Ramos addresses the media during a press conference at the MIRDC Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City.
(OVCRD file photo)

The ribbon-cutting and ceremonial testing were held at the new CoaTiN® facility in the MIRDC Compound. The program was spearheaded by Raul Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD (in the absence of Executive Director Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara) and UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito M. Pacheco.

Dr. Violeda Umali, Director of the Research Dissemination and Utilization Office of OVCRD formally introduced Dr. Ramos. After a brief overview on CoaTiN®, Dr. Ramos, Vice-Chancellor Pacheco, and Engineers Sabularse and Azurin officiated the ribbon-cutting.

Following the launch, ASET President Engr. Alfonso Azurin and DOST Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) Division Manager Mr. Jovi Gonzales (for Director Engr. Edgar Garcia), gave their congratulatory messages.

Industry leaders, including officials of the Semiconductor and Electronics Institute of the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI), Mr. Arthur Tan (Chairman) and Mr. Danilo Lachica (President), were also in attendance.

PCIEERD officials and valued partners from other agencies such as Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor, Director-General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and representatives from Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, the law firm handling the patent maintenance and applications of CoaTiN®, were present during the Launch.

Dr. Benito Pacheco (UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), Engr. Alfonso Azurin (President, ASET Corp.), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), and Engr. Raul Sabularse (Deputy Executive Director, PCIEERD) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launch of CoaTiN® on 2 April 2014 at the CoaTiN® Facility site in Taguig City. (OVCRD file photo)

Dr. Benito Pacheco (UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), Engr. Alfonso Azurin (President, ASET Corp.), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), and Engr. Raul Sabularse (Deputy Executive Director, PCIEERD) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launch of CoaTiN® on 2 April 2014 at the CoaTiN® Facility site in Taguig City. (OVCRD file photo)

With the official launch of CoaTiN®, Dr. Ramos, the University, and their partners hope to have positive impact not only on the local semiconductor and related industries, but also the Philippine economy as a whole.

The launch of CoaTiN® is a momentous milestone in OVCRD’s technology transfer initiative to assist researchers and creative workers of the University in the protection, deployment and commercialization of their works. One of the very first inventions assisted by the Office, CoaTiN® and its commercialization is a partnership of many firsts for the University, which started back in 2000, underscoring the long – and typically tedious and painful – process of technology commercialization.

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