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ERDF011: Furnishing and Equipping of the Chemistry and Biology Building Extensions

Project Cost: €774,812
Beneficiary: University of Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project upgraded the teaching and research facilities at the Departments of Biology and Chemistry both at undergraduate and graduate levels. It provided the necessary laboratory and field equipment for such facilities, especially in areas such as applied and analytical chemistry, applied and environmental biology and biotechnology.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To undertake a number of smart investments in the knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in higher education;
Priority Axis: PA1 Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA1 Investment in RTDI and RTDi-related Infrastructure and ICT

Project Objectives

Since the Biology Extension Building was completed, it has been furnished with furniture, according to the available Capital Funds as allotted by Council over the years. Now it needs to be furnished with adequate equipment and services.At the same time one has to bear in mind the need of the University of Malta to keep abreast with the technological advances requires substantial Capital injections, be it in building, infrastructure and equipment, and requests of this genre come from all the Faculties across Campus.The Chemistry Extension Building is, as well, currently being serviced, equipped and furnished, in a staggered plan, according to the annual Capital Funds made available by Council.In this respect, it is worth noting that, with a Capital Injection of EUR 794,000, it would be possible to equip the two (2) remaining Laboratories with specific Laboratory Furniture and subsequently procure laboratory equipment to cater for all new laboratories in the Buildings, and office furniture for the adjacent administrative offices, thus rendering the new extensions at both the Biology and Chemistry buildings fully practical and operation in one go.

Project Results

By the end of the project the following results will be achieved:1. Furnishing of the laboratories in the extension to the Chemistry Building of the University of Malta as follows:• Analytical Chemistry laboratory: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sinks and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemical-resistant shelving; laboratory chairs• Analytical Extraction laboratory: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sink and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemical-resistant shelving; fume cupboard; laboratory chairs• Darkroom: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface and chemical-resistant sink; darkroom-type fume exhaust vent hood; wall-mounted chemical-resistant shelving• Organic Synthesis laboratory: ‘C’ Frame systems of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sinks and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemical-resistant shelving; fume cupboard; laboratory chairs• Prep Room & Storage Area: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sink and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; fume cupboard; chemical-resistant height-adjustable shelving; free-standing, chemical-resistant racks; lockable hazardous chemicals cabinet; laboratory chairs• Research Lab 1: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture and central peninsular bench with chemical-resistant sink, both having heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemical-resistant shelving; fume cupboard; laboratory chairs• Research Lab 2: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with chemical-resistant sinks and central moveable peninsular bench, both having heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemically resistant shelving; laboratory chairs• Undergraduate laboratory: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture and central peninsular benches with chemical-resistant sink, both having heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; wall-mounted chemically resistant shelving; fume cupboard; laboratory stools• Radioactive room: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sink, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; laboratory chairs• Cold laboratory: ‘C’ frame type stainless steel wall bench with mobile under-bench drawer unit.2. Furnishing of the offices in the extension to the Chemistry Building of the University of Malta with high quality wood veneer furniture as follows:• Lecture hall: linear desk, free-standing podium and low filing cabinet• Member of staff office 1: upright shelving cabinets, office desk with drawer unit, low filing cabinet, office chairs and whiteboard• Member of staff office 2: upright shelving cabinets, office desk with drawer unit, low filing cabinet, office chairs and whiteboard• Visiting lecturers’ office: linear desks with drawer units, low filing cabinets and office chairs• Prep room & stores: linear desks with drawer units, low filing cabinet and office chairs3. Furnishing of the laboratories in the ground floor of the extension to the Biology Building of the University of Malta as follows:• Behavioural Studies (Maze) room: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, chemical-resistant sink, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; hanging/overhead cupboards; laboratory chairs• Surgery room: cleanroom-class type stainless steel bench with chemical-resistant sink and hanging/overhead cupboards; fume hood; laboratory chairs• Prep room/Storage area: pharmaceutical-grade stainless steel bench with chemical-resistant sink; pharmaceutical-grade stainless steel table; hanging/overhead cupboards• Cell culture (in vitro) lab: ‘C’ Frame system of laboratory furniture with chemical-resistant sink and central peninsular bench, both having heat-resistant synthetic resin work surface, and mobile under-bench cupboard and drawer units; free-standing wall cabinet; hanging/overhead cupboards; laboratory chairs4. Purchase of laboratory equipment and accessories for the laboratories in the Biology Building as follows: microscopes, spectrophotometers, pipettes, incubators, microflow cabinets, balances, autoclaves, rotary evaporator, waters baths/shakers, pH and other multimeters, thermocycler, microtomes, ovens, pumps, hotplates, marine and diving items, freeze dryer, polarographic and voltammetric system, plate reader and electrophoresis system, centrifuges, glassware maintenance and ice-making machine, sieve shaker with sieves, refrigerators and freezers.

Project Purpose

The project will upgrade the teaching and research facilities at the Departments of Biology and Chemistry both at undergraduate and graduate levels, in order to provide for the required development and reorientation of existing teaching programmes in fields such as applied chemistry, industrial biology and in environmental sustainability and will enhance current research capabilities in these same areas.