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Thursday November 5, 2009

University Malaysia Pahang invests RM5mil in state-of-the-art central laboratory

KUANTAN: Universiti Malaysia Pahang has invested RM5mil in a state-of-the-art central laboratory that will focus on developmental research and industrial collaborations.

Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim said the university was setting out a very focused agenda for the upcoming laboratory.

“We want to enter further into collaborations with industries, and produce impeccable research work,” he told a press conference to announce the achievement of its two lecturers who won gold, platinum and diamond awards during an international invention show at UMP here recently.

Prof Daing Nasir added that the laboratory would have high-precision equipment.

It would entail a different way of managing and involve high-level security, he said.

A proud moment: Daing Nasir looking at the gold medals won by Zamzuri Hamedon and Norashikin Mohd Zain.

“We have already invested RM5mil in the laboratory and expect it to be fully functional by the end of the 10th Malaysia Plan.

“We hope to obtain the necessary accreditation within the period,” he said.

He added that the laboratory would ensure that research results be translated into commercial products.

On financial grants for researchers, Prof Daing Nasir said they were entitled to a sum of up to RM40,000.

However, their proposals would be subjected to various terms and conditions as well as a series of rigourous vetting and evaluations before a final sum could be approved, he explained.

UMP’s latest achievements were through two of its lecturers who won gold medals and special awards at the British Invention Show in London in October.

Norashikin Mat Zain, from the Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering Faculty, used banana stem as a material to make environment-friendly and affordable biodegradable plastics for packaging.

The 27-year-old won a gold medal and two special awards for best inventions in environment innovation (Henry Goh Award).

Zamzuri Hamedon, 38, of Manufacuring and Technology Engineering Faculty won a gold medal for each of his two products — Universal External Hinge Fixator (UniHF) sand Multi-Purpose Spring Activated Pole (SAP).

UniHF is designed for the treatment of joint contractures without open surgery while SAP is a multi-purpose pole.

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