A section chronicling the establishment and development of Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials, one of Centres of Excellence (COE) under Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
24 April 1997
A working paper was submitted to Executive Committee, UTM by Office of Corporate Affairs to establish an interdisciplinary research institute in fundamental sciences. Ten potential research areas have been listed in working paper ranging from Astronomical Science, Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics, Catalyst Study, Nuclear Physics, Acoustic and Optical Physics, Solid State Physics, Genetic & Molecular Biology, Materials Science, Computational Mathematics & Statistics. However, there was one research area added to it handwritten (most possibility during the meeting) which was History and Philosophy of Science. In the end of the working paper, it was suggested that naming the institute as “Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS)” in honor of Abu Ali Al Huysayn Ibn Abd Allah Ibnu Sina (Avicenna) (980-1037), one of the foremost philosophers and scientists in the Medieval Hellenistic Islamic tradition. Ibnu Sina’s achievements as a scientist and philosopher are without parallel. He wrote two most famous works, the Kitab ash-shifa (“Book of Healing”) and the al-Qanun fi at-tibb (“Canon of Medicine”). It is also proposed that the Institute will be put under management of Faculty of Science. Faculty also plays a role to coordinate human resource development and scientific instruments at university level so that the institute can be act as interfaculty and interdisciplinary center. Subsequently, a proposal for organization structure and activities at Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS) was drafted. It first revealed that meeting of Executive Committee of university which took place on the 24 April 1997 was agreed to approve the establishment of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies. Furthermore, the institute was responsible to coordinate and facilitate all fundamental science researches at UTM. It also suggested that the organizational structure consist of Director, Deputy Director and four laboratories coordinators.
7 May 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.
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.
1 June 1997
Prof. Dr. Mohamad Rashidi Md Razali was appointed as the first Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS).
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.
14 June 1997
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.
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.
20 June 1997
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 but also
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).
23 July 1997
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.
12 September 1997
IIS temporarily operated at Level 3, Block P02 (Block G), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UTM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 May 2003
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.
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.
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.
14 June 2004
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).
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.
11-15 June 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.
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.
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.
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.
17-21 June 2005
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.
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.
16-20 June 2006
IIS successfully organized the Youth Science Camp (YSC) 2006.
6-7 June 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.
16 August 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.
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.
28-30 May 2007
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.
19 June 2007
IIS successfully organized the 4th Youth Science Camp (YSC) 2007.
15 March 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.
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.
10-12 December 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.
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).
8-11 September 2014
IIS successfully organized the Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2014 (RAFSS 2014).
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.