Five out of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) six researchers, whom participated in the International Exhibition of Inventions New Techniques and Products Geneva (INTPG) in Geneva, Switzerland on 2-6 April 2008 recently, had won five medals.
A lecturer from the Department of Communication and Computer System Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Dr. M. Iqbal Saripan, was Malaysian researchers whom received a special gold medal together with Geneva Jury Appreciation.
His gold medal win was through a research product called Wire-Mesh Collimator for Gamma Camera, a product being used to improve the quality of camera images using a new collimator structure in a camera which can detect cancer and tumor at an early stage.
“The new collimator structure in the camera will affect the sensitivity of the image quality being used in Nuclear medicine,” he said when contacted from Japan.
Other UPM researchers whom contributed three silver medals went to the researchers from the Faculty of Science, i.e. Prof. Dr. Elias Saion with a product called Synthesis of PVA/PANI Conducting Polymer by Radiation Method, Prof. Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin with his invention of the product called VPO-07: New Generation of Industrial Nanocatalysts and Dr. Zanariah Abdul Majid with Direct Block Software for Solving Higher Order Ordinary Different Equation.
Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd. Saleh Jaafar, from the Faculty of Engineering, won a bronze medal through his invention called Early Strength Detection for High Strength Concrete.
Malaysia Head of Delegates, Dr. Wan Manshol Wan Zin from the Malaysia Association of Research Scientist (MARS), said that the exhibition was an annual event involving participations from all over the world in competing with the latest innovations and products.
“Malaysia sent 32 research products from five public universities and two research institutes, where 29 managed to win medals including six gold medals,” he said.
Last year UPM did not send any participation to the event.