The University has received a donation of laboratory equipment from a US-based non-government organisation – The Reagent Project Inc– to help strengthen training and research.
The School of Science’s Physical Science Department received assorted equipment on Friday, October 28 following a successful application by Dr Victor Shikuku, a lecturer and research fellow at the university, in February 2018.
The consignment includes high-tech apparatus which are expected to greatly advance both undergraduate and postgraduate training, especially in material science and water quality analysis.
It comprises an X-ray diffractometer and a polarimeter used in studying and characterization of material, water quality testers, thermo-biosafety cabinet used for safe experimentation and a salinity meter.
The Principal Professor Jack Ogodo Nandi ceremoniously received the apparatus and noted that they would remarkably boost advanced research for both the university, neighbouring ones and line Government agencies as well as researchers.
The gears come at a hefty price, with a refurbished XRD machine costing at least Sh2 million. This cost is an obstacle to scientific inquiry for universities that continue to weather decreased Government funding.
The Chair of Physical Science Department Dr Felix Saouma said hitherto researchers at the faculty have had to send samples abroad and other institutions for analysis. With the equipment, there will be a reversal of the trend.
Dr Shikuku sought the equipment to help improve his work testing and improving local water quality. The water quality gears will also be used to test the efficacy of the effluent released into water bodies by industries and institutions.
The Reagent Project collects useful but unused equipment from well-stocked laboratories across the US and gives them to needy institutions on a priority basis.