Former IPPS collaborations

Formerly supported physics research groups, phased out 2008 - 2011:

Applied diode laser spectroscopy

This research group at University of Cape Coast received ISP support between 2005 and 2010. The activities are coordinated by Prof Paul Buah Bassua and Dr Jojo Moses Eghan. The group is an active member of the IPPS supported networks LAM and AFSIN.

Objectives

The AFR:02 project under the cooperation with African LAM network is being used as a capacity training of graduate students, research work and exchange of scientists among the Africans in both west and eastern Africa regions. The objectives are:

  • Early detection of diseases and the level of resistance to some crop varieties
  • Optical/physical properties of some local edible oils
  • Detection and analysis of industrial gas emissions using DOAS technique
  • Interferometric techniques: Application to strain and stress detection on some Ghanaian woods
  •  Fibre optics applications in measurements and sensing
  • Developing Matlab data program for Spectroscopic data analysis and laser beam propagation for optical diffraction

A full description of the activities and history of this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008).

Contact

Prof Paul K. Buah-Bassuah, Email: buahbass@yahoo.com and Dr Jojo Moses Eghan, Email: eghan_jm@yahoo.com, Laser and Fibre Optics Centre (LAFOC), Department of Physics, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Website: ucc.edu.gh

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Geophysical Studies and Investigations

This research group at the Department of Physics, Ahmadu Bello University received ISP support between 1984 and 2010. The activities are coordinated by Prof Isaac B. Osazuwa.

Objectives

The purpose of the research activity is to train high level manpower in the field of geophysics. Among the aims of the projects are:

  • to embark on postgraduate programme leading to the award of MSc and PhD degrees in Applied Geophysics
  • to design research projects that will address problems of national interest
  • to enter into research cooperation with other institutions and government agencies for the purpose of solving scientific problems of mutual and national interest
  • to set the pace for sustainable research in geophysics in Nigeria and the Subregion

A full description of the activities and history of ISP support to this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008).

Contact

Prof Isaac B. Osazuwa, Department of Physics, Ahmadu Bello University
Email: Iosazuwa@yahoo.com

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The Nigerian Mesoscale Experiment (NIMEX)

This research activity is a collaboration between three Nigerian universities: Department of Physics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology, and Department of Physics, University of Ibadan. The activities are coordinated by Prof O.O. Jegede. The activity received support from ISP from 1977 to 2009.

Objectives

The NIMEX project aims at building human and infrastructure capacity in systematic observation, weather and climate modelling, as well as atmospheric diffusion, point and multi industrial-source dispersion modelling. The ultimate objective of the project is to provide information that will be useful to agriculture, aviation, communication and water resources.

A full description of the activities and history of ISP support to this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008).

Contact

Prof Oluwagbemiga O. Jegede, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Email: oojegede@oauife.edu.ng

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Applied Laser Spectroscopy

This research group at the Dept. pf Physics at University of Cheikh Anta Diop received ISP support between 2005 and 2010. The activities are coordinated by Prof Ahmadou Wagué. The group is an active member of the IPPS supported networks LAM and AFSIN.

Objectives

The research work is conducted on three streams:

  • Laser Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy in Plants
  • Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Urban Zone Pollution Monitoring
  • Application of Diode Laser Spectroscopy in Medicine

Since several years the Laboratory Atomes Lasers, is running these different topics with a purpose of contributing to the development of laser sciences at the university Cheikh Anta Diop, and also in the region, in term of capacity building of human scientific resources in laser spectroscopy and Atomic physics and also in term of the development of research capacity in the different applications of laser for social and economic development.

A full description of the activities and history of ISP support to this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008):.

Contact

Prof Ahmadou Wagué, Laboratoire Atomes Lasers, Inst. de Technologie Nucleaire Appliquee, University Cheikh Anta Diop
Email: wague@refer.sn
Website: www.ucad.sn

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Atmospheric Physics and Lightning Research

The research group in Atmospheric Physics and Lightning at the Department of Physics, University of Colombo, has received ISP support between 1978 and 2010. The activity is coordinated by Dr I. M. K. Fernando.

Objectives

Even though two thirds of the lightning activities in the globe takes place in the tropic research related to the properties of tropical lightning and its impact on the environment are relatively scarce. The main objective of the research group is to study the lightning phenomenon in the tropic and its direct and indirect effects on the structures as well as on humans. The group is also studying the distribution of pollution in Sri Lanka, based on wind distribution and forecast atmospheric changes.

The collaboration has resulted in:

  • 12 graduated PhD students
  • 14 graduated Mphil/MSc students
  • 25 publications in international journals
  • 26 publications in regional and local journals
  • 93 conference reports

As a consultancy mission an ISP graduate from the group has trained around 400 Sri Lankan technicians in lightning protection. Whenever there is a lightning problem in Sri Lanka people can turn to the so called data centers, where the trained technicians are available to answer questions. This graduate was also a member of the Sri Lanka Standard Institution working group on developing guidelines for Lightning Protection Systems.  In 2008 he was, together with another ISP graduate and a team of professionals from relevant fields, also a part of a committee appointed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, put together to develop a policy proposal to address issues related to structures and installation of antennas, such as health safety, economic, environmental impacts steaming from the rapid implementation of telecommunication networks recently.

Another graduate from the same group has been consulting as a “trainer of trainers”, educator and advisor on lightning and transient protection and has conducted about 80 training programs in over 12 countries. Graduates from the research group were also involved in voluntary projects which included lightning protection of the Sri Lankan railway museum.

A full description of the activities and history of the research Group

Contact

Dr I. M. K. Fernando,  Department of Physics, University of Colombo
Email: Fernando@phys.cmb.ac.lk
Website: Dept of Physics, University of Colombo

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Molecular description of Biomolecules

The Molecular Desorption Mass Spectrometry research group at the Department of Physics, University of Colombo received ISP support between 1981 and 2010.

Objectives

  • The activities of the research group are multidisciplinary and multipurpose in nature. The group concentrates its activities along three different paths:Development of mass spectrometers to detect and analyze heavy bio-molecules using Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) technique
  • Conducting research in the field of proteomics and natural products, an
  • Providing mass spectrometry services and postgraduate training to inculcate scientific and research attitude.

The collaboration has resulted in:

  • 5 graduated PhD students
  • 4 graduated Mphil/MSc students
  • 11 publications in international journals
  • 8 publications in regional and local journals
  • 43 conference reports

A full description of the activities and history of this research Group

Contact

Website: Dept of Physics, University of Colombo

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Instrumental Development

The Centre for Instrument Development (CID) was established in 2001 at the Department of Physics, University of Colombo. This research group has received ISP support between 2005 and 2010.

Objectives

The Centre for Instrument Development was established to promote the advancement of technological standard and applied scientific research in Sri Lanka. The CID research group carries out work mainly in three spheres; research in the fields of post harvest technology and solar energy, instrument developments, and dissemination of knowledge.

The collaboration has resulted in:

  • 2 graduated MPhil students
  • 2 publications in international journals
  • 22 conference reports

In addition, CID has conducted a MSc program in applied electronics, and several other lecture and training courses related to Electronics.

A full description of the activities and history of this research Group

Contact

Website: Dept of Physics, University of Colombo

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Technologically important New Materials

This research group in Synthesis, Characterization and Investigation of Physical Properties of Technologically Important New Materials at the Department of Physics, University of Peradeniya, has received ISP support between 1984 and 2010.

Objectives

The research is directed towards understanding fundamental physical processes in materials with potential for new devices and applications. The group works with synthesis and characterization of ionically and electronically conducting polymers, semiconductor materials and devices as well as structural and functional ceramics.

The collaboration has resulted in:

  • 18 graduated PhD students
  • 70 graduated Mphil/MSc students
  • 108 publication in international journals
  • 79 publications in regional and local journals
  • 278 conference reports

Members of the research group have been involved in training pre-university students, high school physics teachers and university lecturers through periodical seminars and science camps in schools in remote, less developed areas of Sri Lanka. Four such camps were organized in 2009 by the Science Education Unit of the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya.

A full description of the activities and history of this research Group

Contact

Website: Dept of Physics

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Seismology

This research group at University of Dar es Salaam received ISP support from 1987 to 2008. The activities are coordinated by Dr Richard Ferdinand. The group is an active member of the IPPS supported network ESARSWG.

Objectives

The activity's main objective is to maintain a permanent seismic network to monitor seismic activity along the EARS. To achieve this objective, research on seismology related problems and postgraduate training in order to maintain capacity building were established. Currently, the group is engaged on development of seismic construction codes for cities and towns located along the Eastern rift as a pilot project for the development of seismic construction code in Tanzania.

A full description of the activities and history of this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008).

Contact

Dr Richard Ferdinand, Department of Geology, University of Dar es Salaam
Email: rf@udsm.ac.tz,

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Material for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Applications

This research group at the University of Dar es Salaam received ISP support from 1976 to 2008. The activities were coordinated by the late Prof Rogath T. Kivaisi (☨2014). The group is an active member of the IPPS supported network MSSEESA.

A full description of the activities and history of this research group is available from the 2009 activity catalogue (information complete up to 2008).

Contact

Dr Margaret Samiji, Department of Physics, University of Dar es Salaam
Email: samiji@udsm.ac.tz,

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