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Chemistry

 
Chemistry Research Division is set up to define and provide the baseline information on tropical peat chemistry. Our research interests are expanded to soil chemistry, water quality, plant nutrition and fertility, and its implication on greenhouse gases (GHG) in both natural and developed peatland ecosystems.

The under-going research projects in Chemistry Research Division are focusing on the interactions between soil, water, plant and atmosphere in the tropical peatland ecosystem. Through the research projects, our goal is to improve the understanding of biogeochemical processes and anthropogenic environmental change in tropical peatland.

The main objectives of the Chemistry Research Division are:

• Asses impacts of agricultural practices on carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling in agroecosystems
• Develop management practices to improve soil C accretion, N and water use efficiency, soil structure and reduce plant nutrient losses and GHG emissions.

The research division is well equipped with various instrumentations such as Gas Chromatography (GC-TCD, GC-FID & GC-ECD), Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP-OES and ICP-MS), UV-Visible Spectrometer, Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) and CN Analyzer.