Author: Scientific Malaysian

Enhancing Safety and Sustainability of Malaysian Refineries

Enhancing Safety and Sustainability of Malaysian Refineries

Despite a good safety standard developed through ages of practices, oil refinery accidents still occur in this 21st century. Even though, in recent years, there have been no major oil refinery hazards causing serious casualties reported in Malaysia, there are safety issues which Malaysian oil refinery management should be cautious about.

Project Collab: Organic Electronics (Dr Woon Kai Lin, University of Malaya)

Project Collab: Organic Electronics (Dr Woon Kai Lin, University of Malaya)

Our research focuses on efficiency and performance of the materials and devices. By studying the charge transport, interfacial barriers, energy levels of organic semiconducting materials, exciton confinement, exciton dissociation, synthesis of various novel organic semiconducting materials, molecular modelling and correlation between molecular structure and device properties, we hope to achieve devices with very high performance. We fabricate various devices such as organic field effect transistors, organic phototransistors, organic light emitting diode, organic photovoltaic and smart organic electronics. We also actively patent our new findings.

7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

On the 30th of June 2013, the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention 2013 was held at the KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The conference was officiated by the IAS President and Nobel Laureate Prof. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institute Pasteur in Paris and International Conference Chair for IAS 2013, and Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Local Co-Chair of IAS 2013 and Director of Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) of University of Malaya.

Fundamental research: what is the use?

Fundamental research: what is the use?

When I was working at CERN, the perennial question posed to me by friends and family was, “What is the use of fundamental research?” Despite my slight indignation over the seeming short-sightedness of the question, it is not difficult to see where people are coming from.

Meet the Scientist: Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman

Meet the Scientist: Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman

Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman is Malaysia’s first astrophysicist. She was the founding director of Angkasa, the Malaysian National Space Agency, and has played an instrumental role in sending our first Malaysian astronaut to space. She is currently serving as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Deputy Director-General of the UN office in Vienna. In a recent interview with Scientific Malaysian, she provided us with a privileged insight into her work and passion for the space sciences.

Meet the Scientist: Tan Sri Prof. Augustine Ong Soon Hock

Meet the Scientist: Tan Sri Prof. Augustine Ong Soon Hock

In 2012, Tan Sri Prof Ong was given the Merdeka Award in recognition for his “outstanding contribution to the research and development of the chemistry and technology of palm oil and for his significant role in advocating and promoting Malaysian palm oil industry to the world”. To date, Tan Sri Prof Ong is still actively involved in scientific non-government organisations, including the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), which he founded in 1986.

Technology Transfer: Taking scientific discoveries from lab bench to marketplace

Technology Transfer: Taking scientific discoveries from lab bench to marketplace

After World War II, the U.S. government recognised the importance of scientific research for the country’s economic growth, public welfare and national interest. Technology transfer or commercialisation of technology became important in boosting innovation from private and governmental entities. Development or discovery of a pharmaceutical drug is an example of modern day technology transfer. Emergence of technology transfer has created alternative career options for scientists and engineers such as patent agents and scientific advisors.

Re-shaping and Re-designing Our Lego Land

Re-shaping and Re-designing Our Lego Land

The humankind had really gone a big way to reconstruct its Lego-dreamland. Today, there are over 20 megacities worldwide. Unlike Lego-bricks though, the world’s resource is finite. In other words, what humans are doing is merely a ‘nature reconstruction’. Is it possible for us to build our dreamland which assimilates well into the nature’s ecosystem?