Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Lam Su Shiung from the School of Ocean Engineering of UMT was invited as a keynote speaker for the International Conference on Biomass Resources Reuse (ICBRR 2018) held from 24-26 October 2018 in Zhengzhou, China. The conference was jointly organized by International Water, Air & Soil Conservation Society, College of Forestry and Henan Province Engineering Research Center for Forest Biomass Value-added Products, Henan Agricultural University, Huanghe Jiaotong University, Hunan Green House Engineering Research Center, and Central South University of Forestry and Technology.
Dr. Lam gave a keynote presentation on “Microwave pyrolysis – A promising technique for conversion of biomass resources into energy, green chemicals, and value-added products”, highlighting the findings from research work performed by his research group in UMT, particularly the advantages and potential of microwave pyrolysis process to produce environmental friendly biochar and bio-oil from biomass. The biochar can potentially be used as a filter material to adsorb pollutant in wastewater treatment and also as bio-fertilizer for use in agriculture, while the bio-oil shows potential for use as biodiesel.
Following the conference, Henan Agricultural University (HAC) in China approached and discussed with Dr Lam on research collaboration between HAC and UMT. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is proposed in the form of matching grant, leading to the signing of a research collaboration agreement between UMT and HAU to work on a joint research project on the application of green technology and catalyst for production of value-added product from forestry waste and biomass. The project will involve exchange or attachment of researcher and postgraduate student between UMT and HAUC, and sharing of research facilities between the two institutes.
This collaboration was initiated via the appointment of Dr Lam as Visiting Professor by the College of Forestry of HAC from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2023. The appointment was made based on recognition of Dr Lam’s expertise in process and product development for biomass recovery. He will be invited for short-term research attachment in HAC via this appointment under full sponsorship by HAC, offering his expertise in joint research with UMT on the recovery of forestry waste.
Source – Foong Shin Ying (email@example.com), Lam Su Shiung (firstname.lastname@example.org)