Office of laboratory and workshop affairs
One the important and active departments of the deputy of research and technology is the office of laboratory and workshop affairs which has a great role in Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah Branch (henceforth IAUKSH) including ranking as well as the development of research and education section as well as research projects.
It is worth mentioning that eight laboratories are equipped with high tech facilities such as GC, HPLC, FTIR, spectrometers UV/VIS, potentiostat galvanostate,GC MASS, PCR, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Reaserch Flume galvanostat, polarography and the like. The establishment of the a genomics and diametric laboratory is a unique facility in the west of Iran, which thanks to its expert personnel has made it possible for out-of-university demands for upon-request analysis to be carried out after appropriate permissions are obtained from its related technicians.
The labs of this laboratories are
- Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory
- Food Technology Research Laboratory
- Research Laboratory, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
- Structural Research Laboratory
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
- Water Engineering Research Laboratory
- Nanophysical Research Laboratory
- Composites Research Laboratory
- 3D printer research laboratory
- Structural Laboratory
It also has a plant biotechnology research center Which is equipped with advanced equipment and devices.
The office of laboratories and workshops of Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah Branch at a glance
It is an important and active department of the deputy of research and technology of the university and plays substantial role in contributing to the development of research and education section as well as research projects.
The office of laboratories of IAUKSH was established in 1380 under the management of Mohammad Saeid Veghar. It was initially equipped with 18 laboratories and workshops and then between 1383 and 1388 with the management of Mohammad Hadi Haqiqi this number grew to 70 laboratories and workshops. Finally in Changiz Karami’s term, from 1388 to 1390, the number of laboratories and workshops rose to 110.
Currently Mr Mahdi Emdadi is the manager of laboratories at IAUKSH.
Some the responsibilities of the manager of Laboratories are:
- Supervising laboratory and research related equipment purchases
- Organizing and budgeting the use of laboratory spaces
- Synchronizing student researchers and instructors so that they can make a better use of the laboratory spaces, equipment, and facilities.
- Quality checking the equipment and facilities of the laboratories against the standards
- Establishing and/or equipping any new lab or workshops, which plays a substantial role in raising the IAUKSH ranking
It is worth mentioning that five laboratories are equipped with high tech facilities such as GC, HPLC, FTIR, spectrometers, potentiostat, galvanostat, polarography and the like. The establishment of the a genomics and diametric laboratory is a unique facility in the west of Iran, which thanks to its expert personnel has made it possible for our-of-university demands for upon-request analysis to be carried out after appropriate permissions are obtain from its related technicians.
Agriculture research laboratory
Agriculture research laboratory was established by Dr. Mohammad Jowkar a faculty member of the department of Agriculture and plant breeding by an order from the deputy of research in an area with approximately 100 square meters on the campus of Imam Khomeini (PBUH) complex in 25/8/1388. Later in Khordad 1389 the lab was inaugurated by Dr. Jasebi.
the lab is to prepares the grounds for the development and progression of creativity and research at university. It is done so through esteeming research and researchers besides avoiding complexities researchers might face when some of the classes were held in labs. Therefore the labs are able to offer their services to all faculty members, university personnel, and students from other universities.
In addition to offering such equipment as scales with the precision of one ten thousandth, Ph meter, auto-color, incubator, chemical hood, various heaters and stirrers, the lab provides the following facilities:
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- All the equipment needed for physiological studies such as sun-scan, porometer (measuring the area of the stomata openings of a leaf by the amount of a gas passing through a given area of it), fluorometer (measuring the intensity of fluorescence), chlorometer (measuring the amount of chlorophyll), leaf level meter, stress gauge, an instrument measuring plant water potential.
- All equipment needed for culturing plant cell and tissue such as Lab hood, growth chamber, autoclave, shaker, etc.
Research projects carried out in the lab
Among the most important research activities conducted by the faculty members and students, one could mention “optimizing the protocol for cario-typing of Narcissus, optimizing the protocol for Endive/chicory tissue culture, optimizing the protocol for endive/chicory cell culture as well as the physiological studies of after harvest of ornamental plants such as Alstroemeria, Mary, and Rose.
The ongoing research projects
Investigating the effects of some combinations on microbial contamination of vase solution of Alstroemeria cut flower.
M.A. theses conducted in these labs include the following
- A comparison of two methods for germplasm conservation of cichorium intybus l. by cryopreservation of callus and shoot tip and evaluation of genetic stability in cryopreserved stocks.
- Cryopreservation of Cichorium Intybus L. seeds by vitrification through
On-going M.A. theses in these labs include the following
- Analyzing the effect of
Research projects conducted or ongoing in young researchers’ club
- Determining the need
- Studying the effect
Research projects conducted or ongoing in these laboratories
- Analyzing the
M.A level labs of Agriculture department (plant breeding)
M.A. level labs of agriculture department (M.A. in plant breeding) were established in an area of 1200 square meters in 1/5/1385. Under such names as genomics, plant tissue culture, and cytogenetic, it has accommodated practical credits offered for a 15 student strong group in an area of 60 square meters.
Upon the establishment of the faculty of sciences in 1/12/1387, this lab was moved to a new building and after proteomics lab was set up, M.A. level labs of agriculture department developed their capacity by opening up two new labs in an area of 90 and 70 square meters each taking 15 students. Because of the rise in the number of M.A. students, these two recent labs under names such as genomics, plant tissue culture, cytogenetic, proteomics and cytology are designated as the place where M.A. level classes are held. Moreover, these labs give laboratory services to students as well as those from the neighboring branches of the university.
These labs were established to create an appropriate education-research environment for such plactical classes as cytogenetic, the application of biotechnology in plant breeding, cytology and plant tissue culture for M.A. level students, as well as an environment where these students can conduct research projects or carry out their theses.
In this lab besides the conventional lab facilities such as Ph meter, Avon, typical and refrigerator incubators, autoclaves, chemical and laminar lab hoods, shakers, vertexes, lab digital scales, and the like, equipment needed for extraction and analysis of various plant DNAs, various plant tissue culture, as well as extraction and analysis of plant proteins are available.
Equipment installed in this lab
Brand name: Hettich
Model: Mikro 200R
It can rotate at 15000 rpm and adjust the temperature at 10 C to separate different phases of the material used.
2.Agagel Mini Electrolysis
This apparatus is used to make 8 cm thick gels and to separate DNA on them.
3.Agagel Maxi Electrolysis
This is used to produce 18 cm thick gels
Brand name: Vilber
Model: E-Box vx2
It is equipped with a 104 Megapixel camera and the E-CAPT software to analyze images. It is used to take photos of the gels and their bands by using UV ray.
Brand name: Bioard
Model: I cycler
This is used to set specific temperature profiles as well as specific programs to replicate the DNAs extracted.
The equipment installed in this lab includes the following:
Brand name: GE Healthcare
Model: Ettan IPG phor 3
This is used to separate the first dimension of a 2 dimensional electrolysis. It separate the proteins from each other based on their PH and isoelectric points.
Brand name: Amersham Bioscience
Model: SE600 Ruby
This is used to separate proteins and the second dimension of 2 dimensional electrolysis.
Brand name: Nano Vue plus
With this apparatus one can measure the amount of light passing through or being absorbed on different wave lengths, RNA and DNA concentration, proteins. Moreover this apparatus requires a small amount of the sample (about 2 micrometers). It can draw the standard deviation curve and calculate the final concentration of the material.
4.Image scanner III
It is used to can protein gel images and transferring them to a computer. It uses Image Master and can scan two gels simultaneously.
C.Analytical chemistry laboratory
This lab was established by Ms Elaheh Ahmadi (M.Sc. holder in Analytical Chemistry) in the central building of the laboratories in 1387 and was inaugurated by the IAU Higher presidency, Dr Jasbi in Khordad 1389.
Analytical chemistry lab as one of the highly equipped labs in IAUKSH, within the university framework provides for part of the research and development needs of industry and university, In particular in particular it produces medical sensors, sensors sensitive to vitamins, hormones and metals, synthesis of mineral nanoparticles and complexes.
It is obvious that economic and social development is bound with development in production and industry. Right now because of the decrease in current earnings and the economic problems our country is grappling with, it behooves the public to decrease our research and industrial dependence on currency. Therefore, chemistry laboratory with its expert personnel and high end equipment is ready to cooperate with industries such as medicine, food, oil, petro-chemistry and related industries to give scientific and research services, specific productions, to carry out research projects.
In this lab besides the conventional lab facilities such as scales measuring one ten thousandth of gram, various heater-stirrers, Ph meter, Avon, centrifuges, shakers, microwaves, chemical hoods, water distillers, and the like, is equipped with technical potentiostat and galvanostat, polarograph, spectrophotometer, conductometer and Ion meter.
1.Potentiostat and galvanostat (AUTOLAB/PGSSTAT302N)
This high end, high current potentiostat/galvanostat, with a compliance voltage of 30 V and a bandwidth of 1 MHz, combined with our FRA32M module, is specially designed for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It has both digital and analogue outputs which enables it to control other apparatuses. With a minor correction or improvement in the apparatus, the user is able to dynamically measure iR-compensation.
The i797 is used for manual measurements or educational purposes. This system has a high sensitivity when used for voltammeter methods.
Anything capable of being measured with a Volta-metric method can also be measured with this apparatus. It includes model i797 along with its standard accessories. After connecting to a computer, selecting specific user and retrieving the method from memory, one can start the experiment. It gets connected to a computer through a USB port. It is utilized manually and is used for measuring quantity on a daily basis or for research purposes.
Polarograph/Metrohm is a simple, inexpensive apparatus to measure the quantity of the material such that it traces the measurement of heavy metals some Ions and some organic materials.
The samples used with this instrument are readily made and it measures all samples with high precision. The analysis results are of high quality. It uses both the ultraviolet and visible beam of light. Its instructions are monitored by a chip/CPU. The analysis can be repeated with both high precision and sensitivity. The instrument is controlled by a computer and its related software program.