Strategic planning is a process of defining the strategy or direction that an organization is planning to take in the future. The process involves top management or organization making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. As the new year 2016 rolls in, it is important for an organization to strategically plan for the activities to be implemented for the rest of the year. The Polymeric Biometerials Research Lab took the initiative to organize a strategic planning meeting last week. The strategic planning session was organized with the aim to bring together all the key staff who will then bring an infinite flow of life changing ideas to achieve the objectives of the lab and by extension the vision of the university.
The meeting was divided into two parts whereby the first part of the meeting was spent to review the past year’s activities and achievements. All the staff presented the projects that they managed to conduct in 2015 and explain the issues pertaining to the projects. Meanwhile, the second part of the meeting was spent discussing the projects that the team plan to deploy this year. After several hours deliberating on the pros and cons of the projects proposed, the team managed to come up with a solid plan of action.
As critical as business planning is to the success of the lab, all plans are useless unless followed by action. Key people was identified to deploy the projects with specific action plans. The team is definitely more confident in working towards the goals of the lab now that the strategy has been laid out.
Abd Razak, S. I., Wahab, I. F., Abdul Kadir, M. R., Md Khudzari, A. Z., Mohd Yusof, A. H., Dahli, F. N., Mat Nayan, N. H., and Anand, T. J. S. (2016). “Biomimetic growth of hydroxyapatite on kenaf fibers,” BioRes. 11(1), 1971-1981.
Biomimetic hydroxyapatite (HA) growth on mercerized kenaf fiber (KF)was achieved by immersion in a simulated body fluid (SBF) solution withthe addition of a chelating agent. An electron micrograph revealeduniform HA layers on the KF within 14 days of immersion with significantvibrational peaks of HA components. The tensile tests showed nosignificant drops in the unit break of the modified fibers. This new bone-like apatite coating on KF can be useful in the field of bone tissueengineering. The key motivation for this new approach was that it utilizesthe abundantly available kenaf plant resource as the biobased template.
Abd Razak, S. I., Wahab, I. F., Fadil, F., Dahli, F. N., Md Khudzari, A. Z., & Adeli, H. (2015). A Review of Electrospun Conductive Polyaniline Based Nanofiber Composites and Blends: Processing Features, Applications, and Future Directions. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, 2015.
Electrospun polymer nanofibers with high surface area to volume ratio and tunable characteristic are formed through the application of strong electrostatic field. Electrospinning has been identified as a straight forward and viable technique to produce nanofibers from polymer solution as their initial precursor. These nanofiber materials have attracted attention of researchers due to their enhanced and exceptional nanostructural characteristics. Electrospun polyaniline (PANI) based nanofiber is one of the important new materials for the rapidly growing technology development such as nanofiber based sensor devices, conductive tissue engineering scaffold materials, supercapacitors, and flexible solar cells applications. PANI however is relatively hard to process compared to that of other conventional polymers and plastics. The processing of PANI is daunting, mainly due to its rigid backbone which is related to its high level of conjugation. The challenges faced in the electrospinning processing of neat PANI have alternatively led to the development of the electrospun PANI based composites and blends. A review on the research activities of the electrospinning processing of the PANI based nanofibers, the potential prospect in various fields, and their future direction are presented.
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Name : Nor Syuhada Binti Azmi
– Bachelor in Bio-composite Technology at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam.
– Now studying at Masters level in Biomedical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
– Currently involves in biomaterial study project for tissue engineering and other medical applications
Nor Syuhada Binti Azmi
M.Phil Biomedical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
1. Development of Cardiovascular Patch using Electrospinning Process. (Project Leader) IJN Contract Research 2016
2. Bioink Development for 3D Bio Fabrication. (Project Leader) Birooni Saintifik Consultation Award 2015
3. Biomaterial Development and Process Study of 3D Bioprinting Towards Vascular Grafts (Project Leader) Tier 1 2015
4. Evaluation of Calcium Phosphate Growth on Kenaf Fibers for Potential Biomedical Applications. (Project Leader) PAS 2015
5. Fabrication and Evaluation of Polylactic Acid/ Graphene Oxide Scaffolds via Freeze-Extraction Technique for Tissue Engineering (Project Leader) Tier 2 2015
6. The effect of halogenated based ceramics on the degradation and bioactivity of biodegradable magnesium-based alloys. (Project Member) FRGS 2015
7. Fabrication and Evaluation of Electroactive Polylactide/Polyaniline Composite Scaffold for Cardiac Tissue Engineering. (Project Member) Flagship 2014
8. Development of biologically friendly low-energy pulsed electrical field packaging from pineapple agrowaste for horticultural products. (Project Member) Tier 1 2014
9. Conductive Kraft Paper Based on Kenaf/Polyaniline Biofibers for Electrostatic Sensitive Devices Packaging. (Project Member) PRGS 2014.