RESEARCH CENTRESCCSPCFMNCAAR

    RESEARCH CENTRES

    Centre for Chemical Synthesis & Polymer Technology (CCSPT)

    (1) Synthesis and Chemical Biology Group

    Synthesis and Chemical Biology group concentrates on creating and understanding new molecules, which will lead to the discovery of new or refined drugs as well as novel and advanced materials for industrial applications. The group is also involved in the development of innovative tools to investigate biological assays such as antibacterial, antiviral, neuro-toxicity and neuro-protection. The group focuses in the research area of organic chemistry namely development of synthetic methodology and structural exploration/ synthetic studies of some nitrogen heterocycles with a pyrrolidine ring system towards bioactive natural compounds. The tissue culture laboratory is equipped with a bioanalyzer for DNA, RNA and proteins analyses, and GloMax®-Multi+ Detection System for determining cell viability, cytotoxicity and apoptosis. Currently, the centre has more than 15 postgraduate students conducting research in various synthesis and biological research areas. 

    (2) Polymer Composites Technology Group

    Polymer Composites Research and Technology group is established to be a base for researches that will have an impact on the academic and industrial practices and productivity through the understanding and application of fundamental and advanced polymer composites technology. Supported by a comprehensive research laboratory (Polymer Characterization Research Lab and Polymer Fabrication Research Lab), researches under this group are focusing on the development of innovative polymer composites materials (thermosets, thermoplastics and rubber) which include the usage of functional fillers (bio-based and synthetic), advanced mechanical and physical testing and analysis, thermal and dynamic studies, and the studies on the innovative polymer composites fabrications and testing. The members and associate members of this group are from various research backgrounds such as applied sciences and engineering. As to maintain the standard of researches to be accepted by the industries, few associate members were appointed from various private sectors. The center has dedicated external professors as academic advisors for the academic courses run by the center. Until today, this group has produced many postgraduate students by research at MSc. and PhD. levels. On top of that, this group has many collaborative works and provides continuous testing services to researchers from within the university and also to the outsiders. With proper planning and support, the center aims to be one of the leading reference centers in the field of polymer composites in this country.   

    Research Topics

    Centre for Functional Materials & Nanotechnology (CFMN)

    (1) Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Group

    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology group is a multi-disciplinary “Research and Development Centre for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology”. NANO-SciTech group focuses on the synthesis, fabrication, characterization, measurement, evaluation and analysis of Nano-Structured Materials, Nano-Structured Thin Films, Nano-Composited Materials, Nano-Composited Thin Films, Nano-Electronic Devices, and Nano-Ionic Devices. NANO-SciTech group has a mission to foster research and education to outreach towards establishing Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as one of the leading Research University in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology. NANO-SciTech group aims to become one of the world leaders in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology research. NANO-SciTech group explores the inventions and innovations the current trends in research and academic opportunities as a magical new world full of potential.

    (2) Nanomaterials Research Group

    Nanomaterials Research group under the Centre for Functional Materials and Nanotechnology (CFMN) focusing on the research works involving synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials such as lithium manganese spinels/layered compounds, zinc oxide nano rods, lithium tantalate nanomaterials, nano additives in polymers and other types of nano compounds. The group concentrates on fundamental studies involving structural characterization, morphology, electrical, electrochemical and optical characteristics of nano materials. The group is equipped with equipment such as a 200kV HRTEM, FESEM, XRD, XPS particle sizer, electrical measuring instruments, etc. The group encourages participation of experienced as well as beginners in the nanomaterial field of research. Some of the activities involve research performed at international research centres. The group has done experiments at ANSTO (Menai) at the Australian Synchrotron facility in Melbourne and SLRI (Thailand). This centre intends to be a reference group for nanomaterials research in Malaysia. Recently, Oxford EDX has appointed us as the reference for SEM and TEM EDX. 

    (3) Advanced Materials Group

    Advanced Materials group is established as one of the research group under the patronage of Institute of Science. With its focuses on solid state science and technology which include ionic materials and devices, organic-electronic materials, coating materials as well as theoretical and computational studies of smart materials, the Advanced Materials group is unique in its field of research. The group especially places great emphasis on the development and application of new methodological approaches. Beginning with their creative design, the composition of the materials, their characterization up to the processing of materials, the group interdisciplinary mode of operation of ties all necessary specific disciplines ant thus offers the ideal basis for excellent research. The group is also actively engaged in the research collaboration with a few international and national research institutions. The group is equipped with a number of service groups for sample preparation, characterization and fabrication, each of which are coordinated by a head of research group but can also be accessed by all employees.

    Research Topics

    Centre for Astrophysics & Applied Radiation (CAAR)

    Centre of Astrophysics and Applied Radiation (CAAR) inaugurated in April 2008 was previously known as the Centre for Research in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology established in the Institute of Science in 2002. The research conducted in Environmental Radiation & X-ray (ERaX) Laboratory and field study. The centre focuses areas of research are on environmental nuclear radiation and the fundamental solar energy studies, development and applications of renewable energy in buildings, passive solar architecture, energy efficiency in buildings and environmental air quality. Recently it expended into research related to indoor and outdoor low-level environmental radiation. Many of the research projects are funded by the Government as well as private sectors, such as Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Sime Darby Research Sdn Bhd, and TNB Research. With regards to the centre output, it has actively produced numerous publications in respected journals; many of the projects have won awards at national as well as international fairs and exhibitions that attest the commercial viability of some of the innovation produced by the centre.

    Research Topics

    Centre for Chemical Synthesis & Polymer Technology

    (1) Synthesis and Chemical Biology Group

    Synthesis and Chemical Biology group concentrates on creating and understanding new molecules, which will lead to the discovery of new or refined drugs as well as novel and advanced materials for industrial applications. The group is also involved in the development of innovative tools to investigate biological assays such as antibacterial, antiviral, neuro-toxicity and neuro-protection. The group focuses in the research area of organic chemistry namely development of synthetic methodology and structural exploration/ synthetic studies of some nitrogen heterocycles with a pyrrolidine ring system towards bioactive natural compounds. The tissue culture laboratory is equipped with a bioanalyzer for DNA, RNA and proteins analyses, and GloMax®-Multi+ Detection System for determining cell viability, cytotoxicity and apoptosis. Currently, the centre has more than 15 postgraduate students conducting research in various synthesis and biological research areas. 

    (2) Polymer Composites Technology Group

    Polymer Composites Research and Technology group is established to be a base for researches that will have an impact on the academic and industrial practices and productivity through the understanding and application of fundamental and advanced polymer composites technology. Supported by a comprehensive research laboratory (Polymer Characterization Research Lab and Polymer Fabrication Research Lab), researches under this group are focusing on the development of innovative polymer composites materials (thermosets, thermoplastics and rubber) which include the usage of functional fillers (bio-based and synthetic), advanced mechanical and physical testing and analysis, thermal and dynamic studies, and the studies on the innovative polymer composites fabrications and testing. The members and associate members of this group are from various research backgrounds such as applied sciences and engineering. As to maintain the standard of researches to be accepted by the industries, few associate members were appointed from various private sectors. The center has dedicated external professors as academic advisors for the academic courses run by the center. Until today, this group has produced many postgraduate students by research at MSc. and PhD. levels. On top of that, this group has many collaborative works and provides continuous testing services to researchers from within the university and also to the outsiders. With proper planning and support, the center aims to be one of the leading reference centers in the field of polymer composites in this country.   

    Centre for Functional Materials & Nanotechnology

    (1) Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Group

    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology group is a multi-disciplinary “Research and Development Centre for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology”. NANO-SciTech group focuses on the synthesis, fabrication, characterization, measurement, evaluation and analysis of Nano-Structured Materials, Nano-Structured Thin Films, Nano-Composited Materials, Nano-Composited Thin Films, Nano-Electronic Devices, and Nano-Ionic Devices. NANO-SciTech group has a mission to foster research and education to outreach towards establishing Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as one of the leading Research University in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology. NANO-SciTech group aims to become one of the world leaders in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology research. NANO-SciTech group explores the inventions and innovations the current trends in research and academic opportunities as a magical new world full of potential.

    (2) Nanomaterials Research Group

    Nanomaterials Research group under the Centre for Functional Materials and Nanotechnology (CFMN) focusing on the research works involving synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials such as lithium manganese spinels/layered compounds, zinc oxide nano rods, lithium tantalate nanomaterials, nano additives in polymers and other types of nano compounds. The group concentrates on fundamental studies involving structural characterization, morphology, electrical, electrochemical and optical characteristics of nano materials. The group is equipped with equipment such as a 200kV HRTEM, FESEM, XRD, XPS particle sizer, electrical measuring instruments, etc. The group encourages participation of experienced as well as beginners in the nanomaterial field of research. Some of the activities involve research performed at international research centres. The group has done experiments at ANSTO (Menai) at the Australian Synchrotron facility in Melbourne and SLRI (Thailand). This centre intends to be a reference group for nanomaterials research in Malaysia. Recently, Oxford EDX has appointed us as the reference for SEM and TEM EDX. 

    (3) Advanced Materials Group

    Advanced Materials group is established as one of the research group under the patronage of Institute of Science. With its focuses on solid state science and technology which include ionic materials and devices, organic-electronic materials, coating materials as well as theoretical and computational studies of smart materials, the Advanced Materials group is unique in its field of research. The group especially places great emphasis on the development and application of new methodological approaches. Beginning with their creative design, the composition of the materials, their characterization up to the processing of materials, the group interdisciplinary mode of operation of ties all necessary specific disciplines ant thus offers the ideal basis for excellent research. The group is also actively engaged in the research collaboration with a few international and national research institutions. The group is equipped with a number of service groups for sample preparation, characterization and fabrication, each of which are coordinated by a head of research group but can also be accessed by all employees.

    Centre for Astrophysics & Applied Radiation

    Centre of Astrophysics and Applied Radiation (CAAR) inaugurated in April 2008 was previously known as the Centre for Research in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology established in the Institute of Science in 2002. The research conducted in Environmental Radiation & X-ray (ERaX) Laboratory and field study. The centre focuses areas of research are on environmental nuclear radiation and the fundamental solar energy studies, development and applications of renewable energy in buildings, passive solar architecture, energy efficiency in buildings and environmental air quality. Recently it expended into research related to indoor and outdoor low-level environmental radiation. Many of the research projects are funded by the Government as well as private sectors, such as Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Sime Darby Research Sdn Bhd, and TNB Research. With regards to the centre output, it has actively produced numerous publications in respected journals; many of the projects have won awards at national as well as international fairs and exhibitions that attest the commercial viability of some of the innovation produced by the centre.
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