CASTER RECEIVES ADDITIONAL MULTI-MILLION NAIRA HIGH-TECH LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has received additional multi-million naira state-of-the art laboratory equipment to boost innovative research activities in the University towards promoting national technological and economic growth of the country.

 Taking the delivery recently, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare disclosed that the equipment were from 2016 TETFUND Zonal Intervention and were meant to be engaged in Biotechnology/Biological/Biochemical Sciences as well as Chemical Sciences.

 He explained that other Departments in the University that could also make use of the equipment include Physical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences; adding that the apparatus are centrally domiciled in Central Laboratory at Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research (CASTER) of the Institution.

 Speaking during the occasion, the Director, CASTER, Professor Nuhu Obaje stated the equipment would further enhance research activities in the University and expressed appreciation for the continued support of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in contributing immensely to the development of learning and research activities of IBB University.

 He assured that the equipment would be deployed to explore new frontiers in the research exploits of the Institution for the benefit of the society in general.

Professor Obaje gave the list of the equipment to include:ALPHA FT-IR-BASE SPECTROMETER, A250/D System Specification: Small footprint: 22 x 30cm; MICROPROCESSOR BASED GAS CHROMATOGRAPH basic with key board control panel, Pneumatics: Regulators carries gas, fixed flow restriction for hydrogen, Display: 16 characters, 17 segment Alpharenumeric display of set and actual temperature, Injection Port: Standard one packed and one dedicated capillary injection. 

 Others he said are: THERMOSCYCLER – Universal Block for 96:0.2ml tubes, HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH (HPLC) Isocratic system with high pressure delivery pump multi-wave length UV detector, FREEZE DRYER; Type: Standard Chamber with 8 port manifolds freeze drying area and MICRO CENTRIFUGE with Microhemotocrite Rot-Max speed 16000RPM with brushless induction motor frequency drive.

 The Director further listed more of the equipment to include: DEEP FREEZER: constructed with double wall, the exterior is made of M.S sheet, MAGNETIC STIRRER HOTPLATE; Capacity: 1 Litre, Speed range up to 1200rpm, Temperature 300degree, controlled by energy regulator.

 He said in the equipment were BINOCULAR BIOLOGICAL DIGITAL MICROSCOPE: Viewing head: Sliding binocular head inclined at 45 degree, 360 rotatable; 55-75mm interpupillary distance and METABOLIC CAGES FOR SMALL ROGENTS; Durability: Most components are made from autoclavable polycabonentans S.S304.

 Professor Obaje enjoined all researchers in and outside IBB Universities to make use of the facilities to advance innovative research for national technological and economic growth of the Country.

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