Launching “MJIIT-Panasonic Collaborative Research Laboratory”

On November 23, 2021, the Malaysian Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) signed a cooperation agreement with Panasonic Appliances R & D Center Asia Pacific SDN. BHD. (PAPRADAP) to launch the “MJIIT- Panasonic Collaborative Research Laboratory”. 
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In collaboration with MJIIT’s MEMOBIO iKohza (Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Biology Reserach Laboratory), this joint laboratory aims to solve various problems peculiar to the Southeast Asian region, research on public health, especially harmful microorganisms and harmful substances peculiar to the tropical region.
We plan to conduct joint research focusing on the removal of harmful microorganisms and harmful substances.
At the signing ceremony, Managing Director Naoaki Ishimaru of PAPRADAP stated, “Through the launched collaborative lab, we would like to develop goods and technology contributing to Malaysia, utilizing Malaysian specific hygiene environment,”. In response, the Associate Professor Nor’Azizi, the Head of Memobio iKohza, expressed his expectations and enthusiasm for the joint research by stating “This is a very good chance for us, especially for young researchers, and we will try to maximize this given chance”.
This is the 6th establishment of a joint research laboratory between MJIIT and a Japanese company.
MJIIT is promoting industry-academia collaboration through the establishment of joint research laboratories and contract research.
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Dr. Nadia briefly explained the progress of the project to PAPRADAP (Mr. Ishimaru Naoaki and Mr. Tomoaki Kajiura), witnessed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’Azizi and JICA Expert (Mrs. Emiko Hamada – not in the picture)

The signing of Collaborative Agreement with Kansai Paint Asia Pacific and SIME Kansai Paint

On 11th November 2021, MJIIT received a visit by a group of the Kansai Paint companies for the first time after the collaboration started. In November 2020, the Collaborative Agreement was signed between Kansai Paint Asia Pacific, SIME Kansai Paint, and MJIIT, however, the visit could not be made earlier due to the MCO.
The aim of the collaboration is for the analysis and development of suitable paint material in Malaysia by utilizing electrical microscopies and other analytical equipment in MJIIT. During the visit, both parties discussed contributing and supporting the needs of MJIIT researchers, the promotion of science and technology, and the possibility of further collaborative research and lecture, based on the mutual benefits and advantages.
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Farewell to Mr. Shunsuke Nakamura from Kindai University, Japan

Goodbye Nakamura! Please visit us again!

Mr. Shunsuke Nakamura (Yellow shirt) with iKohza’s members.

We had the opportunity to work with Mr. Shunsuke Nakamura as the Adjunct Lecturer in Memobio iKohza from 1st of April 2019 until 31st of March 2020. Mr. Nakamura was a Master students from Kindai University in Osaka, Japan and immediately appointed as soon as he graduated from the University.

During his time in Memobio iKohza, he assisted in many research regarding the production of biocoke from biomass that are abundantly available in Malaysia. He also participated in discussions and helped with the installation of the biocoke machine in MJIIT. 

Farewell gift from Memobio members to Mr. Nakamura by Head of iKohza (Hara Sensei)

With his expertise in production of coke from biomass, he managed to help our students on the experiments and analyses required to get a high quality of biocoke. With his help, we’re able to publish in ISI-indexed (Q1) journals and we’re looking forward to more collaboration opportunity with Mr. Nakamura in the future.

Special Lecture by Prof. Hideaki Nojiri

Our iKohza is delighted to have a visit from Professor Dr.  Hideaki Nojiri from University of Tokyo, Japan and during his visit, Prof. Nojiri will give a special lecture to all Memobio members and attendants from other iKohzas. See you there!

Retirement of Prof. Datin Dr. ChM. Zuriati Zakaria

On 25th Of April 2017, we had a farewell makan-makan to celebrate our Head of iKohza retirement from MJIIT. Prof. Datin Dr. ChM. Zuriati Zakaria is the first Malaysian female that have obtained a PhD in Chemistry, and we are proud of having the opportunity of having YBhg Prof. Zuriati as our Head of iKohza since the iKohza started.

We will definitely miss the wisdom, support, encouragement and advices that YBhg. Prof. Zuriati has always blessed upon us during every Rinkoh sessions, every meetings and all of our gatherings. YBhg. Prof. Zuriati will continue her work outside of MJIIT by joining Institut Kimia Malaysia as one of the Board Member and consultant in various Industries.

Makan-makan farewell for Mr. Ryo Asada from Tsukuba University, Japan

Farewell Asada-kun! See you again!

Being in MJIIT, we had the opportunity to having exchange student program, by sending our students abroad and receiving International students to as our lab member for a period of time.  This time around, we had the opportunity to work with a PhD student from University of Tsukuba, Japan – Mr. Ryo Asada. He stayed in Malaysia for 1 semester and during that time we had the first opportunity of having a Japanese student in our group.

This first exchange of students between UT (University of Tsukuba) and MJIIT opens up a lot of opportunities to both parties, as Mr. Asada said his English has improved a lot while our students too managed to practice their Japanese speaking skills.

We wish the best of luck to Mr. Asada! May you finish your PhD with flying colors!