Universities’ Research Centre (URC)

Introduction

Universities’ Research Centre, commonly known as URC, is a multidisciplinary research laboratory established in 1985 to assist and foster research activities in Universities, colleges and institutes of higher education as well as to provide research assistance/services to private enterprises and government organizations seeking modern technology. URC has eighteen staff members headed by a Pro-Rector. The URC is staffed by specially trained technicians and professional scientists who are professor, associate professors, lectures and assistant lecturers in physics, chemistry, botany and zoology.

The laboratory instruments and facilities are managed by a team of those scientists and technicians assigned to the Centre from the University of Yangon and other Universities. The URC has a range of expertise across the broad spectrum of Science and they are available for discussion on research problems and technical development.

Location

The URC is located on Convocation Road, main campus in University of Yangon.

Address: Universities' Research Centre, Convocation Road, University of Yangon, University Avenue, Kamayut 11041, Yangon, Myanmar Ph: 95-1-535486, 95-1-502074 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objectives of URC

  • To provide research facilities and technical help for research works leading to MSc, MRes, PhD degrees and departmental projects.
  • To foster and promote effective multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research across with the emphasis on applied essential for the economic development
  • To provide services to other Ministries and private enterprises

Support Services

Any stage of project from sample preparation to data interpretation and report production is carried out in URC to ensure complete confidentiality. The service of URC covers

  • Sample preparation for petrographic and/or metallographic studies for XRD and XRF study and digestion and chemical analysis
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis for crystalline phase and chemical composition of inorganic or organic materials
  • Morphological study
  • Water, mineralogical, petro logical, geochemical, chemical, physical, biological, engineering and environmental sample analysis
  • Detection of genuine and artificially treated natural, synthetic and imitation gemstone
  • Preventative maintenance for research instruments
  • Installation and development of electronic/computerized system and control

International Collaboration

Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) and University of Yangon began collaborating through the KFAS international scholar exchange fellowship (ISEF) in 2001, which is a live-and-research program in Korea for one year that has invited twenty-five Myanmar scholars over the past eleven years. After the collaboration began, the two institutions coestablished Asia Research Centre in University of Yangon (ARC-UY) in August 2002. The objective of this centre is to provide research grants and academic support to Myanmar scholars at the local level.

Training and Up skilling

URC provides trainings and up skilling opportunities to nurture the technicians and intellectuals needed by the Universities. Technical training is also offered to share the knowledge of modern laboratory instrumentation among researchers. Members of Myanmar Police Forces were trained to be familiar with the research instruments of URC from 5-6-2004 to 15-6-2004. Training on operation and application of advanced research instruments at URC was conducted from (21- 11- 2005 to 28-11-2005) and (19-3-2012 to 30-3-2012). Technological and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was transferred to the Air Force in September 2010. A training of Supercomputing Technology was offered to the officers of Defense Services (Communication) from August to December 2010.

Training (2012)

  1. Training on operation and application of advanced research instruments 1/2012 (19-3-2012 to 30-3-2012)
  2. Training on operation and application of advanced research instruments for new appointed Chemistry demonstrators (12-11-2012 to 13-11-2012)
  3. Training on operation and application of advanced research instruments for new appointed Botany demonstrators (25-11-2012 to 30-11-2012)
  4. Training on operation and application of Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer for staffs from Water Irrigation Department (22-11-2012 to 30-11-2012)
  5. Training on basic knowledge for sample preparation and some advanced instruments for Industrial Chemistry academic staffs and research students(Dagon University) (3-12-2012 to 10-12-2012)

Collaborative Research Area

  • Electronic Science and Engineering
  • Life Science and Biotechnology
  • Material Science
  • Environmental Science

Research (2004-2014)

  1. Gold-Ore Mineralogy and its Significance in Metal Extraction: With Special Reference to Refractory Gold at the Kyaukpahto Mine, Myanmar
  2. A Study on Some Myanmar Ornamental Fish Species in Inlay Lake(2004-2007)
  3. Determination of Performance Parameters of UV-240 Spectrophotometer in URC (2001-2004)
  4. FT-IR Studies on Inorganic Compounds (2001-2005)
  5. The Nature and Distribution of Gold in the Ores from Kyaukpazat Mine, Northern Myanmar
  6. Investigation of Various Plants Naturally Grown in Yaw Region for the Purpose of Presentation of Myanmar Indigeneous Medicine
  7. Production of Chitosan from lobster shell wastes and its application to Agriculture and Industry (2003-2005)
  8. Renovation of Scanning Electron Microscope (2008-2009)
  9. Renovation of X-ray Diffractometer (Rigaku) (2009-2010)
  10. Automatic Control System of Flying Vehicles (2009-2010)
  11. Some Aroma Constituents of Essential Oil Extracted from Myanmar Agarwood (Aquilaria agallocha Roxb.) (2010-2011)
  12. Production of Chitosan from Myanmar Prawn Shell Wastes(2004-2007)
  13. An Investigation on the Biochemical Properties of Yew Tree (2005-2008)
  14. Analysis and Comparison of Waters from Various Streams of the Mount Popa (2005-2008)
  15. High Performance Computing in Yangon University (2009-2010)
  16. Parallel Processing in Cryptography (2010-2011)

Current Research Activities

The current research activities may be divided into categories. The first one deals with the analysis of samples of research students for their PhD degrees from University of Yangon and other Universities in Myanmar and the interpretation of results obtained. The second one is concerned with the research work carried out by the staffs of URC for their future carriers.

  1. Some Aroma Constituents of Essential Oil Extracted from Myanmar Agarwood (Aquilaria agallocha Roxb.)
  2. X-ray Diffraction Study on Nanoferrite
  3. Community awareness on knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) for the reduction in Aedes aegypti (L-1762) breeding intensity
  4. Characterization of Copper Zinc Ferrite
  5. Fabrication of inorganic solar cell
  6. Synthesis and Preparation of Nano-particles for Battery and Solar Cell Applications and Study on their Antibacterial Activities
  7. Chemical composition of essential oils form some Myanmar indigenous medicinal plants
  8. Preparation of biological permanent slides and assessment for quality improvement
  9. One Watt Battery-less Solar Cell
  10. Inertia Navigation System
  11. Design of Multi-rotor Craft Control
  12. Nano/Micro Imprinting for Electro Mechanical Sensors
  13. Nanotechnology Enhanced Solar Cell
  14. Preparation of Fungal and bacterial Spore Formation Slides

Staffs

  • 1 Pro-rector
  • 1 Professor
  • 5 Associate Professor
  • 7 Lecturer
  • 4 Assistant Lecturer
  • 13 Other Staffs

Faculty/Staff

Professor  Dr Pho Kaung

Professor Dr Pho Kaung

Acting Rector (Head of Universities’ Research Centre)
DSc(Hokkaido), MInstP(London)
Professor Dr Aye Aye Myint

Professor Dr Aye Aye Myint

Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Chemistry)
BSc, MSc(Chem), MRes(Chem), PhD
Dr Ye Chan

Dr Ye Chan

Associate Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc(Hons), MSc(Physics), PhD
Dr Nay Myo Khine

Dr Nay Myo Khine

Associate Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc(Hons), MSc(Physics), PhD
Dr Myint Myint Khine

Dr Myint Myint Khine

Associate Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Chemistry)
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc(Chem), PhD(Germany)
Dr Cho Cho

Dr Cho Cho

Associate Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Chemistry)
BSc, MSc(Chem), PhD
Dr Bay Dar

Dr Bay Dar

Associate Professor Universities’ Research Centre (Botany)
BSc(Hons), MSc(Microbiology), PhD(Plant Pathology)
Daw Ohnmar Win

Daw Ohnmar Win

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc, MSc(Physics)
Daw Nang Sanda  Myint

Daw Nang Sanda Myint

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Zoology)
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc(Entomology), PhD(Thesis)
Dr Wit Yee Aye

Dr Wit Yee Aye

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Zoology)
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc(Entomology), PhD
Dr Thida Min

Dr Thida Min

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Chemistry)
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc(Chem), PhD
Dr Myo Aung

Dr Myo Aung

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc, MSc(Physics), MRes, PhD
Dr Sun Htoo

Dr Sun Htoo

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc, MSc(Eng: Phy), DCSc(Computer Science) PhD
Dr Cho Cho Thet

Dr Cho Cho Thet

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc(Hons), MSc(Physics), PhD
Dr Nan Thidar Chit Swe

Dr Nan Thidar Chit Swe

Lecturer Universities’ Research Centre (Physics)
BSc(Hons), MSc(Eng: Phy), PhD