Diponegoro University is continually conducting research and creating useful innovations as a research university in Central Java. From the many innovations by Undip lecturers and students, among them are created by lecturers from Undip Faculty of Engineering. Prof. Dr. Ir. Nyoman Widiasa, S.T., M.T. and Dr. Rifky Ismail, S.T., M.T. explained the results of their research in the talkshow Halo Jateng with TVRI with the theme “Undip Innovation during the Covid-19 Pandemic”.
Research on membrane technology conducted by Prof. Nyoman produced an innovation in processing wastewater into clean water. Water treatment equipment created using membrane technology and shaped as a portable device. It is able to process water from one place to another. This tool has the capacity to process 20,000 liters of clean water on a day. This technology can be applied to overcome river water pollution that is being dealt with by Semarang residents.
Meanwhile, the research conducted by Dr. Rifky uses biomedical engineering, a technology that combines medical science with engineering science. There are four categories in this technology, namely mechanics, materials, mechatronics (mechanics-electronics), and signal processing. He has created the bionic hand which is an artificial hand robot that helps people with special needs to replace the function of the hand. The bionic hand is moved by a sensor with an electronic mobile so that the user can choose which finger to move. Until now, the tool has five versions. The latest innovation from Dr. Rifky is a bio-degradable screw, which is a screw that is implanted in the human body as a medical aid to help bone growth. Later, this screw invented by Undip lecturers no longer need to be taken from the human body since it is formed from sea shells and crab shells so it is safe to be put on human body. The shells are commonly found in the cities of Demak, Rembang, and Pati.
The innovations from two Undip Faculty of Engineering lecturers receive support from many parties in the form of research funds from LPPM Undip, Ministry of Research and Technology, and Ministry of Education and Culture. Various research results from Undip lecturers are intellectual property which will later be registered with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights so that it becomes Undip’s patent rights. Furthermore it can be produced by Undip partners, including from the business, general, and government sectors. Through a license agreement, the results of innovation can be produced so that they can be distributed to the community and become new solutions with the latest environmentally friendly technology.