Inaugural Lectures

 

PROFESSOR DR ZANARIAH ABDULLAH - 25 NOVEMBER 2016
Backdrop Syarahan Perdana Prof Zanariah
Synopsis - My voyage in heterocyclic research started with simple diazines. Diazines are family of heterocyclic compounds, containing two nitrogen atoms at various positions. Examples of simple diazines are pyrimidines, with two nitrogen atoms at 1, 3 positions, pyrazines, with nitrogen atoms at 1, 4 positions and  pyridazines, nitrogen atoms at 1, 2 positions. The structural unit of pyrazine and pyrimidine, for example is found in many natural products. The pyrimidine ring system has wide occurrence in nature, either as substituted and/or ring fused compounds, for example in the nucleotides, thiamine (vitamin B1) and alloxan. It is also found in many synthetic compounds such as barbiturates and the HIV drug, zidovudine.  Pyrazine on the other hand, is also found as flavour constituents in peas, coffee, capsicum peppers and wines. Pyrazine and pyrimidine fuse with either benzene or another heterocycle to form fused-ring systems, for example purines, quinoxalines, thiadiazole, etc. Our team embarked in synthesizing fluorescent derivatives of pyrimidines, pyrazines, quinoxalines, etc., and their metal complexes. Our work continues with synthesis of biologically active systems such as derivatives of imidazolium, benzimidazolium, 1, 2, 4-triazole and 1, 3, 4-oxadiazole.

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PROFESSOR DR YUSOFF MOHD AMIN - 22 AUGUST 2016
Syarahan Perdana Prof Yusoff Mohd Amin
Abstract - Radiation is energy in transit in the form of high-speed particles and electromagnetic waves.We encounter electromagnetic waves every day. They make up our visible light, radio, handphone and television waves, ultra violet (UV), and microwaves with a spectrum of energies. These examples of electromagnetic waves do not cause ionizations of atoms because they do not carry enough energy to separate molecules or remove electrons from atoms.

The term radiation is actually referred to radiation with enough energy so that during an
interaction with an atom, it can remove tightly bound electrons from their orbits, causing the atom to become charged or ionized and hence to be more precise the term ionizing radiation is sometime used. Examples are X-rays (gamma rays) and neutrons.

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PROFESOR DR CHRISTOPER G. JESUDASON - 6 DECEMBER 2016
SYARAHAN PERDANA PROFESOR DR CHRISTOPER G. JESUDASON
Synopsis - he lecture recounts  fundamental research outcomes  in statistical
thermodynamics, mechanics, quantum theory, thermal radiation, conductive  heat transfer,  variational principles and thermodynamics  arising  from  the process of posing scientific questions that were raised relative to  work featured in the accessible   media in terms of   critique rectification of  such  work instead of being drawn into the standard safe science  incentive  par excellence of working within the parameters of specialized collaborative   global  research groups  in  incremental advances with guaranteed visibility and media based accreditation.

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