Dr. Fortunato B. Sevilla III was recognized for his pioneering and outstanding work on chemical sensors and biosensors in the Philippines. His research group at the University of Santo Tomas was the first in the country to fabricate chemical sensors based on optical fibers, to synthesize molecularly imprinted polymers for use in piezoelectric chemical sensors and to develop electric nose systems, which have applications in monitoring the quality of economically important products such as virgin coconut oil, civet coffee and mango. His work in the field of low-cost instrumentation and microscale chemistry has contributed to the improvement of chemistry education in the Philippines and in different parts of the world and has been recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. It has enabled chemistry teachers to teach chemistry laboratory courses more effectively through the use of locally available low-cost materials and resources.
Birthdate: 15 November 1947
- B.S. in Chemistry - University of Santo Tomas 1968
- Master of Science - University of Manchester 1984
- Ph.D. in Instrumentation - University of Manchester 1987