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Group Events

Research Visit by Prof Dr Fawzi Banat from Abu Dhabi (Jul 2023)

  • Research visit and meeting with Professor Fawzi, who is an expert in the fields of desalination, food packaging, and biofuel upgradation, from Chemical Engineering Department, Khalifa University, UAE.
  • Discussions on research collaborations in algal biomolecules, bioseparations and fermentation research areas.

Research Stay with Dr Stephan Ende’s lab at AWI, Germany (Jun 2023)

  • Research stay at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, under the supervision of Vice Head Dr Joachim Henjes and Scientist Dr Stephan Ende.
  • Laboratory visit and research conducting. Knowledge sharing and discussions on potential topics.

Research Visit by Prof Dr Perumal Varalakshmi and Prof Dr Ashokkumar Balasubramaniem from India (Mar 2023)

  • Research visit and meeting with Professor Varalakshmi and Professor Ashokkumar, who are experts in algae biotechnology and biomolecules characterization, from the School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India.
  • Discussions on research collaborations in algal bioenergy and therapeutics, environmental microbiology, genetic disorders, bioproducts chemistry research areas.

Research Visit by Dr Heli Siti Halimatul Munawaroh from Indonesia (Nov 2022)

  • Meeting with Dr Heli, who is affiliated to the Study Program of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.
  • Collaboration and commitment updates for the World Class Professor Program.
  • Campus visit and research sharing. Potential collaboration in facilities and equipment usage. Discussion on student exchanges between institutions.

Research Visit by Prof Nguyen Khoi Nghia from Vietnam (Nov 2022)

  • Meeting with Professor Nghia, who is the Head of Soil Microbiology laboratory, Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Can Tho university, Vietnam.
  • Discussions on research exchanges between institutions and potential collaboration in soil and environmental microbiology, soil science and composting research areas.

Research Visit To XMUM from University of Nottingham Malaysia, UCSI University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Aug 2022)

  • Meeting with Professor Ir Dr Show Pau Loke (UNM), Dr Khoo Kuan Shiong (UCSI), Dr Chia Shir Reen (UNITEN) and Dr Cheah Wai Yan (UKM) and PhD students, for the research group sharing and discussion.
  • Updates on the upcoming group activities and events, and the progress of co-supervised students.
  • Campus visit and research sharing. Potential collaboration in facilities and equipment usage. Discussion on student exchanges between institutions.

Research Introduction to Sarawak Energy Sdn. Bhd. (July 2022)

  • Meeting with the subdivision (SE) called Clean Energy Exploration from the R&D department. In this subdivision, there are Water Energy Unit, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology Unit and Bioenergy Unit.
  • Potential collaboration in microalgae cultivation, extraction, biofuel conversion, circular economy, carbon capture, etc

Press conference for the initiation of Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC) (May 2022)

Visit to Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology and MONASH University (April 2022)

  • Visit to Algal Biomass Research Lab (iKohza) led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iwamoto Koji. The focus iKohza is on issues related to green technology, renewable energy and biomass, reduction of carbon dioxide, and greenhouse effect gas, from the air, using microalgae.
  • Discussion on potential collaboration and directions in microalgae technology for green processing.

Visit to Universiti Putra Malaysia SATREPS-COSMOS Microalgae Cultivation demonstration site (March 2022)

  • COSMOS aspires to enhance aquaculture production through improvement of the culture environment and innovate new technologies
  • Discussion on potential collaboration and directions in microalgae technology for upstream processing

OpenLCA Training by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim Siew Shee (UNM) (March 2022)

  • Introduction and First Steps to OpenLCA
  • Installation and importing of database in OpenLCA
  • Integrated approach for sustainability assessment for face mask production

Visit to Fresh Spirulina Farm (March 2022)

  • 30,000L open pond system for Spirulina cultivation, mixing using pump
  • Cultivation of pure Spirulina using spring water and harvested using membrane
  • Harvesting in early morning before light penetration for optimum size
  • Products created: Raw Spirulina, Spirulina banana juice, Spirulina paste in bread

Visits by renowned Professors from International Institutions

  • Professors from Taiwan, Japan, China, New Zealand, Sweden.

Visits to Industries

  • Mentari Alam Eko (M) Sdn Bhd. ; Hartalega ; Sime Darby Plantation Berhad ; Muar Ban Lee Sdn. Bhd. ; Bio Tajmeel Cosmeceutical Sdn. Bhd.