Creators of Salugen, UNS students win Chemistry Expo & Festival

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Muhammad Adam Firdausi, Putri Indah Nurani and Thufeil Noor Muhammad with their trophy. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Solo – Another achievement has been proudly attained by the students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (MIPA) Universi­tas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta, during the National Chemistry Expo and Festival, organized by Universitas Muhammadiyah Semarang (Unimus) in late January, 2020.

In this competition, the students were competing in a team, consisting of Muhammad Adam Firdausi from Diploma in Pharmacy Study Program class of 2018, Thufeil Noor Muham­mad from Diploma in Informatics Engineering Study Program class of 2018, and Putri Indah Nurani from Diploma in Pharmacy Study Program class of 2019. This team prepared an ointment product named Salugen under the supervision of Dian Eka Ermawati, M.Sc., Apt.

Their research entitled “Salugen: Innovation for Wound Healer Oint­ment from Milkfish (Chanos F) Bone Collagen Waste”. Salugen is made from the milkfish bone waste that has gone through several scientific treat­ments and was tested many times. Certainly, during the development of the product, there were many obsta­cles and challenges they faced. Putri, through a WhatsApp, recounts their experience to uns.ac.id team, Friday (2/7/2020).

“Because there were many ideas we had in our mind but with many drawbacks, we had switched the formulation. At first, we planned to produce Nuggets made from Tempe and Gembili (Dioscorea esculenta) to support food security, as the ob­jective of SDG; this was changed to the innovation of wound ointment from milkfish bone collagen waste. Consultation after consultation was carried out and finally our abstract passed the selection.

Because of this, we could only start the process to produce the oint­ment on D-1 before departure day; there were many obstacles to face,” said Putri.

“However, our leader Adam mo­tivated us, saying that the ointment has met our objective. The x-banner was also printed on the D-1 day from the departure day, obstacles remain­ing started from banner printing problems, ointment boxes, and stick­ers. During our trip to the champion­ship site we were soaked in the rain and had to stop for shelter twice,” she added.

However, their struggle bore sweet fruit. They succeeded in raising the name of UNS to 1st place. (*/est)