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4th International Conference of Chemical Engineering & Industrial Biotechnology

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Neal Tai Shung Chung

    Professor Dr. (Neal) Tai-Shung Chung
    Provost’s Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore

    Dr. Tai-Shung (Neal) Chung is the Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on polymeric membranes for clean water and clean energy. In 2005-2008, he worked as a Senior Consultant for Hyflux, led and built its membrane research team. He became a Fellow in the Academy of Engineering Singapore in 2012 and received IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) 2014 Underwood Medal for exceptional research in separations and Singapore President’s Technology Award in 2015.

    Title of Speech
    Sustainability by designing polymer membranes for water reuse, seawater desalination and osmotic power generation

    Clean water, clean energy, global warming and affordable healthcare are four major concerns globally resulting from clean water shortages, high fluctuations of oil prices, climate changes and high costs of healthcare. Clean water and public health are also highly related, while clean energy is essential for sustainable prosperity.

    Among many potential solutions, advances in membrane technology are one of the most direct, effective and feasible approaches to solve these sophisticated issues. Membrane technology is a fully integrated science and engineering which consists of materials science and engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, separation and purification phenomena, environmental science and sustainability, statistical mechanics-based molecular simulation, process and product design.

    In this presentation, we will introduce our efforts on membrane development for water reuse, seawater desalination and osmotic power generation. In the beginning, we will introduce the basic science of hollow fiber fabrication, then talk about the ultrafiltration membrane development as a pre-treatment for seawater RO. After that, focuses will be shifted to nano-filtration, forward osmosis and osmotic power generation. Various material and fabrication strategies to enhance membrane performance will be discussed.
  • Prof Nor Aishah Saidina Amin

    Professor Ir. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin 
    Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

    Professor Nor Aishah Saidina Amin is the Head of Chemical Reaction Engineering Group, and former Deputy Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She obtained her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at California State University, USA, and her M.Sc. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Her expertise includes applied catalysis, reactor design, reaction engineering and reactor modelling. Professor Aishah is a former visiting professor at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and more recently at EPFL, Switzerland. She was a guest editor for the Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry (Elsevier), and a reviewer for numerous ISI peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of her scholarly activity, she was a recipient of Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) award in 2013. One of her paper contribution has been recognised as the Highly Cited Paper (2012-1013) in Applied Energy. Currently, she is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and also an IChemE fellow (FIChemE).

    Title of Speech
    Photocatalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Fuels in Monolith Reactor

    Catastrophic weather changes are linked to climate change. Climate change is associated with excess amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from various sources including palm oil mills, power plants and vehicles. Hence, photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuels is one of the feasible solutions to alleviate the effect of climate change. The synthesis of heterogeneous photocatalyst combines the unique properties of semiconductor and metal oxides to synergize the effect between charge recombination rate and redox potentials. However, the surface properties of the catalyst and coke resistant ability should be improved to obtain high yield of fuel. From the characterization results of TiO2 nanoparticles modified with metal, the CO2 adsorption, band gap of photocatalyst, and electrochemistry are crucial for obtaining high fuel selectivity. Since CO2 has high acidity, a photocatalyst with basic surface is essential for better adsorption between CO2 and the catalytic surface. Apparently, rate of recombination between hole and electron is a major limitation for semiconductor material. The use of co-catalysts for reducing the rate of electron-hole recombination could improve the performance of the catalyst. The use of monolith reactor improves the efficiency of the photocatalytic system.
  • Professor Weeratunge Malalasekera 2 
     Professor Dr. Weeratunge Malalasekera
    Professor of Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

    - Ph.D., D.I.C, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 1988.
    - B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1983.

    Academic Career History
    - Professor of Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Sept. 2007 to present.
    - Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Sept. 1989 to Sept. 2007.
    - Postdoctoral research assistant, Imperial College London, Sept. 1988 to Sept. 1989.
    - Research assistant, Imperial College London, July 1985 to Sept. 1988.
    - Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.Jan. 1984 to July 1985.

    Current Research Activities 
    Application of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer analysis techniques to energy related problems
    • Modelling and simulation of internal combustion engines including combustion of bio-diesels.
    • Investigations into performance of CCGT power plants, distribution and storage options.
    • Development and investigations into energy storage solutions (Mechanical).
    • Investigations into hydrogen applications, combustion, deflagration and flame propagation in hydrogen mixtures
    • Large eddy simulation (LES) of premixed and non-premixed flames
    • Development of advanced combustion modelling techniques for premixed and non-premixed flames.

    Title of Speech
    Renewable Energy and Role of Hydrogen as a Future Fuel

    Due to world population growth, growing industrial development, improvements in living standards, emerging technologies (such as electric vehicles) and the growth in domestic and industrial use of modern equipment, the current growing trend in electricity demand and consumption will continue long into the future. The management of electrical energy supply to meet the growing demand without contributing more to the green-house gas problem is a major task. To reduce green-house gases, more and more renewable sources of electrical energy are being added to networks. However, these new sources of supplies can be intermittent and variable. Wind for example, is avaluable source of green energy but its availability is very variable. Solar energy is available during the day time subjected to sun shine but it is not available during the night. Usually peak demand of electricity for industrial customers is during the day time and the peak demand for domestic customers is during early evenings. Growth and sustainability of future renewable energies therefore requires the management of electricity networks using smart grid technologies. It also requires options to store energy and regenerate during demand periods. On small scale, options are required to have self-contained integrated systems to store energy. Hydrogen in this context is considered to be the clean fuel of the future which does not contribute to greenhouse gases. Moreover hydrogen has been recognised as a possible energy storage medium. Excess electricity from wind and solar could be converted to hydrogen by electrolysis. Depending on the application, hydrogen could be stored using various techniques. In this lecture the role of hydrogen in the context of renewable energy is explained and the methods of hydrogen storage options are discussed. Properties of Hydrogen as a fuel is further explained and advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen are also discussed. Research undertaken into hydrogen storage systems, combustion and safety aspects of hydrogen are further highlighted.
  •  Mr Jan Peter Bredehoeft Resize
    Mr. Jan Peter Bredehoeft
    Director, Operations, BASF PETRONAS Chemicals
    A citizen of Germany, Jan Peter graduated from University of Dortmund in Chemical Engineering (M. Eng). He also has a Master of Business Administration by University of Mannheim and ESSEC, Paris.  Jan Peter started his career at BASF SE in Germany in 1999.

    In his 18 years with BASF in different locations, he has done process design projects, engineering/maintenance, EHS, procurement and operations; providing him with a complete knowledge and experience on how to design and build safe, efficient and reliable plants at best total cost of ownership, how to keep the plant in top condition, and how to gain the best output. His exposure to different processes, type of plants and working environments is very impressive.

    Jan Peter is married with 3 children.

    Professional Career (Recent Highlights)
    Current         Director, Operations
    BASF PETRONAS Chemicals 
    2013 Vice President Indirect Procurement Europe
    BASF SE, Germany
    2009 Vice President Engineering, Maintenance, EHS and Utilities
    BASF-YPC Chemicals Company Ltd. Nanjing, China
    2005 Senior Manager of Mechanical Engineering
    BASF SE, Germany
    2002  Senior Consultant Operational Excellence Project
    BASF SE, Germany
    1999 Process Engineer
    BASF SE, Germany

    Title of Speech
    Energy Optimisation by BASF's Verbund Concept
  •  Mr. Murali Samudram Resize
     Mr. Murali Samudram 
    Corporate Group Services, Energy and Environment Engineer, Nestle Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

    Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons), Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

    Accreditaions and Licenses
    - 2nd Grade Steam Engineer (Malaysian Dept of Occupational Safety and Health)
    - Energy Manager (Malaysian Energy Commission)
    - Nestec Certified Boiler House Auditor. 

    Professional Career
     2010-Present Nestle Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Corporate Group Services, Energy and Environment Engineer
     1) To drive the Energy and Water reduction targets for 8 factories in Malaysia Singapore.
    2) To coach and guide the General Services Engineers in the market to ensure compliance , reliability and energy efficient.
    3) Environment Officer for the market. & coordinate environment activities for the factories.
    4) To support Co Manufacturers.
    5) Prepare annual environmental report for Nestle Malaysia to achieve rating of GRI A+.
    6) Maintain Zero Landfill Initiative for the market.
    7) Certified Boiler House Safety Auditor for Zone AOA. ( Australia, New Zealand and India)
    8) Represent in FMM Energy and Environmental Committee.
    2006-2009 Nestle Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd Shah Alam Complex
    Engineering Manager (Shah Alam Factory)
    1) Managing the Maintenance & Improvement activities for factory – RM 16 mio/yr
    2) Managing the Capital Expenditure ( CAPEX) for factory – RM 20 - 30 mio/yr)
    3) Managing the Energy for the Factory – RM 28 mio /yr.
    4) SHE Management for Factory - obtained OHSAS 18000 and ISO 140000 – SGS audit.
    5) Industrial Services Expert for Nestle Malaysia/Spore – Advisor & Auditor
    1995-2005 Nestle Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd
    Senior Utilities Engineer  (Petaling Jaya Factory)
    1) Provide Engineering support for Utilities Plant ( Boilers, Chillers, AHU’s , Air Compressors, WWTP and Building ) , Chilled Dairy Plant ( Processing & F/P) and Culinary Sauces Plant.
    2) Factory Safety Health and Environment coordinator – [ SHE] .
    1992-1994 Palmco Oil Mill Penang
    Plant Engineer ( Production & Maintenance)
    Specialise in extraction of Crude Palm Kernel Oil
    1989-1991 Pasir Gudang Edible Oil
    Assistant Engineer ( Production )
    Specialize in Palm Oil Refinery ( Physical & Chemical) and Fractionation ( Dry and Wet).

    Title of Speech
    Sustainability Strategies and Practice in Nestle Malaysia