We visited Faculty of Material Sciences and Engineering and their staffs were very friendly and ready to answer any questions from us. The labs visited were X-ray Diffratogram Lab, Spark Plasma Sintering Lab (SPS), Nano Rare Earth Material preparation Lab (also having SPS system), and Scanning Microscopic Emission (SEM) Lab. At the X-Ray Diffratogram Lab, the instrument XRD that been used is MAXima-X series. The XRD instrument gives information about the crystallographic structure, chemical composition, and physical properties of materials.
The second lab is Spark Plasma Sintering Lab (SPS), which also called as field assisted sintering technique (FAST) or pulsed electric current sintering (PECS). This instrument applied a sintering technique. This laboratory usually involved with carbon material.
The last lab that we visit is Scanning Microscopic Emission (SEM) Lab. This instrument gives information about the sample's surface topography, composition, and other properties such as electrical conductivity. Each lab is under the supervision of 1 lecturer and assisted by more than one staff to handle the instrument. Even the lecturers also run their sample by themselves. The situation is different in Malaysia, the instrument job handling is only done by lab technician. In BJUT, the handlings of some instrument are also allowed for post graduate student. This permission gives opportunities to their student to enhance their knowledge. These shows that, this university are preparing their student to be more independent on their own research starting from the preparation of their sample until handling the instrument to get their result. Thus, UTM should apply their style of work to prepare the students to fulfill the UTM motto towards Research University.