About

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Rashidi Md Razali
(1997-1998)

Prof. Dr. Karsono Ahmad Dasuki
(1998-2000)

Prof. Dr. Halimaton Hamdan
(2000-2006)

Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani
(2006-2007)

Prof. Dr. Mohd Marsin Sanagi
(2007-2011)

Prof. Dr. Mustaffa Shamsuddin
(2011-2015)

Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur
(2015-Present)

1997

First letter issued calling for the first meeting of committee to establish Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS) chaired by the Deputy Dean of Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Mohamad Rashidi Md. Razali. It really shows that our IIS ‘forefather’ always feel the importance of element of ‘philosophy of science’ for the institute by inviting staff from Centre for Islamic Studies and Social Development for its first meeting.

7 May 1997

20 May 1997

A memo was received from Centre for Islamic Studies and Social Development which listed seven of their staff who supposed to work in History, Philosophical Science and Technology at Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies.

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Rashidi Md Razali was appointed as the first Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS).

1 Jun 1997

11 June 1997

Einstein Gravitational Wave Laboratory meeting on Einstein Laboratory and research on gravitational wave took place at Vice Chancellor Office. The Chairman of the meeting (Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zaharudin Idrus, Vice-Chancellor of UTM) asked IIS to appoint international renowned visiting scientists, visiting professors and contract professors. Einstein Laboratory and gravitational wave research was the backbone of IIS.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) received 100-m DL laser interferometer (TENKO-100) for gravitational wave detection which worth RM 16 millions from Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS), Japan.

 

14 June 1997

19 June 1997

UTM appointed three contract professors under three different faculties to work with IIS. Prof. Nizar M. Sharif (Faculty of Computer Science and Information System), Prof. Liping Xu (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) and Prof. Sergei Tochitsky Yakovlevich (Faculty of Science). Following the meeting on the 11 June 2007 grand support from the University to IIS was in place.

The Einstein Laboratory was officially inaugurated at Dewan Sultan Iskandar by Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Minister of Education of Malaysia. In the speech, UTM was challenged by the minister to develop progressive scientific society, the society which not only able to use technology

20 June 1997

9 July 1997

A letter from Registrar Office to Dean of Faculty of Science, UTM, Prof. Dr. Azhari Salleh informed that the Board of Directors of UTM approved the establishment of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS).

Appointment of Prof. Dr. Nobuki Kawashima from Kinki University as Visiting Professor at IIS from 7-19 August 1997. Prof. Dr. Kawashima was the first visiting professor at IIS.

23 July 1997

12 September 1997

IIS temporarily operated at Level 3, Block P02 (Block G), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UTM.

1998

Prof. Dr. Karsono Ahmad Dasuki was appointed as the second Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS). The administrative team comprising the Director and Prof. Dr. Noorddin Ibrahim as the Deputy Director, Prof. Dr. Halimaton Hamdan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jamalludin Talib. Under Prof. Karsono’s management, IIS successfully secured Islamic Development Bank (IDB) loan worth RM 12 million to purchase capital scientific instruments.

2000

Prof. Dr. Halimaton Hamdan was appointed as the third Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS). Prof. Norddin Ibrahim, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustaffa Shamsuddin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zuhaimy Ismail, and Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani were appointed as Deputy Director, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics Program Chairmen, respectively.

2002

IIS received scientific instruments purchased worth RM 12 million under Islamic Development Bank loan. These equipments were located temporally at Department of Chemistry and Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) at Technovation Park, UTM. First intake of undergraduate program for Excellent Scientists Program (ESP) was in the Second Year, Semester 1 for 2002/2003 session. Research project Zeolites and Derivatives as Catalyst in the Synthesis of Specialty Fine Chemicals led by Prof. Dr. Halimaton Hamdan has been selected as one of projects under Top-Down Intensified Research in Priority Area (IRPA) research grant. The project received an allocation of RM 11.5 million.

2003

Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani was appointed as the Deputy Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS). Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yussof Wahab and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainal Abdul Aziz were appointed as Physics and Mathematics Program Chairmen, respectively. Dr. Hadi Nur joined IIS as a lecturer under the chemistry program.

The First Annual Fundamental Science Seminar (AFSS) 2003 was held at The Puteri Pan Pacific Hotel, Johor Bahru. This year’s theme was “Towards the Enhancement of Fundamental Science Research”. The AFSS 2003 was dedicated to all aspects of fundamental science research, namely in the field of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.

20 May 2003

August 2003

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Catalytic Research Centre, Hokkaido University. As part of an effort to bring research under Chemistry Program to the global scale, a Memorandum of Understanding with Catalytic Research Centre (CRC), Hokkaido University was formally signed in August 2003 to establish collaborative research in several areas of catalysis and solid state chemistry. The signing of the MoU followed the successful research visit to Hokkaido University in March 2002. The MoU covers the exchange of staff, researchers and graduate students working in the field of zeolite and derivatives as catalyst. The coordinator for CRC is Prof. Bunsho Ohtani, Head of the Laboratory of Catalytic Reaction Chemistry.

IIS moved to a newly built building located on one of the hills surrounding the UTM campus in Skudai. IIS is a building of a central laboratory and administrative complex (approximately 4000 square meter). The complex of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology laboratories, and administrative areas.

October 2003

2004

April 2004

The transfer of capital analytical instruments of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS), such as solid state and liquid NMR instruments, from the laboratory at Technovation Park, to the new IIS building in UTM main campus. Other physics and mathematics equipment were also successfully moved to the new IIS building.

The Annual Fundamental Science Seminar 2004 (AFSS 2004) was held at IIS building, in conjunction with the public lecture given by Prof. Carl E. Wieman (2001 Physics Nobel Laureate).

14 June 2004

23 July 2004

Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst gave a public lecture entitled “NMR and its Nobel Glory” and afterwards visited the Solid State Chemistry Laboratory. Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst visit is a part of his travel plan to Malaysia for the celebration of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2004.

IIS successfully conducted two parallel events; the Annual Fundamental Science Seminar 2004 (AFSS 2004) and the first Youth Science Camp 2004 during IIS Science Week on 11-15 June 2004.

 

11-15 June 2004

Research Grant

Single Electron Transistors’ research program is one of the recent research proposals approved by The Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation under the Intensification Research Program Area (IRPA), 8th Malaysia Plan of strategic research category, with allocation of about RM 11.4 million. Basically the research comprises of a series of 6 projects incorporated into a big program according to an umbrella concept and aimed to produce a typical Single Electron Transistors. This program involves collaborations with Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

2005

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Muhamad Saridan Wan Hassan, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim Yacob were appointed as Physics and Chemistry Program Chairmen, respectively. Dr. Sugeng Triwahyono joined IIS as a lecturer under the chemistry program.

Appointment

Research Grant

Due to our excellent and efficient work during phase I, IIS was allocated another RM 6 million to purchase more research equipment under the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) loan.

IIS successfully organized the Youth Science Camp (YSC) 2005. The emphasis of the program for this year was on the importance of social values through scientific leadership and career.

17-21 June 2005

4-5 July 2005

Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia conducted the Annual Fundamental Science Seminar 2005 (AFSS 2005), the third in a series of seminars which explore specific areas of fundamental science in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biosciences. The theme of AFSS 2005, “Nurturing Nanotechnology through fundamental science research” is in line with the current national activities on forming the National Nanotechnology Initiatives. In conjunction with AFSS 2005, IIS is hosting the Malaysian Nanotechnology Forum 2005 (MNF 2005) and the Asian Nano Forum 2005 (ANF 2005) Steering Committee Meeting. (MNF 2005) and the Asian Nano Forum 2005 (ANF 2005) Steering Committee Meeting. The IIS building and all these important events were officiated by YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. The presence of YAB Dato’ Sri indicates a strong supports of the Malaysian Government towards the development of scientific research in Malaysia.

2006

Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies successfully conducted the Annual Fundamental Science Seminar 2006 (AFSS 2006). The seminar, as usual dealt with very varied subjects of fundamental sciences but more towards advance and complementary scopes presented by the distinguished scientists and expertise as they will share their vast experiences and possible interest during discussions.

6-7 June 2006

16-20 June 2006

IIS successfully organized the Youth Science Camp (YSC) 2006.

Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS) announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani as the new Director of IIS. He succeeded the former Director, Prof. Dr. Halimaton Hamdan who reached the end of her term of appointment on 31 July 2006.

16 August 2006

2007

Appointment

Prof. Dr. Mohd Marsin Sanagi was appointed as the Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, UTM to succeed Prof. Dr. Samsudi Sakrani who was promoted as Dean, Faculty of Science. Prof. Dr. Yussof Wahab, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tahir Ahmad and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Radzi Mat Isa were appointed as Deputy Director, Mathematics Program Chairman and Physics Program Chairman, respectively.

Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies successfully conducted the Regional Fundamental Science Seminar 2007 (RAFSS 2007) 2nd and 2 International Conference on Mathematical Sciences 2007 (ICOMs 2007) on 28-29 May 2007. This joint seminar was attended by about 400 participants. There were more than 40 participants from abroad.

28-30 May 2007

19 June 2007

IIS successfully organized the 4th Youth Science Camp (YSC) 2007.

2011

Prof. Dr. Mustaffa Shamsuddin was appointed as the Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, UTM to succeed Prof. Dr. Mohd Marsin Sanagi.

15 March 2011

20-21 December 2011

Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2011 (RAFSS 2011) – 20 to 21 December 2011 – is the ninth in a series of interdisciplinary symposia devoted to all aspects of fundamental science research in the field of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology organized by the Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Lectures will be given by invited eminent specialists. Prof. Norikazu Nishiyama (Osaka University) and Prof. Andrivo Rusydi (National University of Singapore) were invited to deliver the lectures. Prof. Nishiyama also gave scientific talks at our institute.

2012

The Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2012 (RAFSS 2012) has been successfully held in Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru, and is also due to the support of Profs. Yasuhiro Shiraishi, Tadao Nagatsuma and Massaki Ashida from Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, and Prof. Hisao Yoshida from Nagoya University. These professors also gave scientific talks at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

10-12 December 2012

2013

3-5 September 2013

IIS successfully organised 4th International Conference and Workshop on Basic and Applied Sciences (4th ICOWOBAS) and Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2013 (RAFSS 2013). 4th ICOWOBAS and RAFSS 2013 were series of interdisciplinary conference and workshop devoted to all aspects of science and mathematics, namely the field of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. It is jointly organized by the Faculty of Science (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya, Indonesia) and Salahaddin University (Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan).

2014

IIS successfully organized the Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2014 (RAFSS 2014).

8-11 September 2014

2015

Restructuring of the Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies

In 2015, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) radically restructured its research centres organisations with the aim of its further development in response of changing university needs. To facilitate research and operational activities, the Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies was renamed to Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials (CSNano), and is currently one of the centres of excellence under Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

2 March 2015

Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur has been appointed by the university as Director of Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, start effectively on 15 February 2015.