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5th International Conference of Chemical Engineering & Industrial Biotechnology

Keynote Speakers

  • Daniel C. W. Tsang
     Associate Professor Dr. Dan. C. W. Tsang
     Programme Leader (EOSH), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    Editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials
    Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environmental
    Associate Editor of Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
    Editorial Board of Bioresource Technology, Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution

    Dan is currently an Associate Professor and Programme Leader (EOSH) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was an IMETE Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Post-doctoral Fellow at Imperial College London in the UK and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. With a strong link to real-world environmental challenges, Dan’s research group strives to develop low-impact solutions to ensure sustainable development and foster new ways in which we utilize biomass waste, contaminated land, and urban water. Dan has published over 300 SCI journal papers, and currently serves as Editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials, Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and Journal of Soils and Sediments, as well as Editorial Board Member ofBioresource Technology, Environmental Pollution, and Chemosphere. Dan has also served as Guest Editor of 20+ Special Issues at Environment International, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials,J ournal of Cleaner Production, Bioresource Technology, etc., and received the Young Scientist Award (International Bioprocessing Association) and Excellence in Review Award (Environmental Science and Technology, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, and Chemosphere). Dan is the Chair and Organizer of 2nd Biological Waste as Resource Conference (BWR2017), 4th Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation Conference (CLEAR2018), 3rd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology 2018 (BEEM2019), and 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference (APBC2020).

    Title of Speach
    Carbon-supported catalysts for sustainable biorefinery in water

    A solvent-free ball milling protocol was investigated for synthesizing sustainable Sn-functionalized biochars for glucose isomerization to fructose. Raw wood biomass and its derived biochars pyrolyzed at low and high temperatures were investigated as catalyst supports. This study emphasized that the interactions between Sn and the carbonaceous supports were related to the surface chemistry of the catalysts. Functional group-enriched surfaces provide more active sites for anchoring Sn, resulting in a high loading on the biochar support. The annealing temperature was another critical factor that affected the concentrations and nature of the species of loaded Sn. The catalytic activity was correlated to the amount and nature of active Sn sites. This study elucidated the roles of the carbon support and annealing temperature for synthesizing biochar-supported catalysts, highlighting a simple and green approach for designing effective solid catalysts for sustainable biorefineries.

  • Prof.Dr. Sharifah
    Prof. Ir. Dr. Sharifah Rafidah Binti Wan Alwi
    Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

    Associate Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production
    Editorial Board of Applied Thermal Engineering

    Prof Ir Dr Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi, P.B.S., CEng, MIChemE, MIEM, REEM, CEM, is the Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Sharifah has been extensively involved in 66 research projects, 23 industrial based projects for various companies and government agencies and has trained engineers from more than 200 companies in the field of sustainable engineering design and management. She specialises in process systems engineering with emphasis on resource conservation. She has won numerous awards such as Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2018, Malaysia Research Star Award 2018 and 2016, ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2016 in Energy Sustainability, National Young Scientist Award 2015, ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award 2014, IChemE Highly Commended Sir Frederick Warner Prize 2011 and Green Talents 2009. She is currently the Associate Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production (Q1) and Editorial Board member for Applied Thermal Engineering Journal (Q1). She has filed 14 patents (1 granted), 22 copyrights and developed 5 software products. She is the co-founder of UTM Spin-off company called Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE). She has also served as the Chairman for Malaysia IChemE Young Engineer Group (YEG) and is a member of Young Scientist Network, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and Persatuan Saintis Muslim Malaysia (PERINTIS).

    Title of Speach
    ‘Pinching’ Eco Industrial Park: Maximising resource savings and minimising waste and emissions


    Industries play a key role in providing continuous supply of human’s essential needs including food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, building materials and equipment. Rapid population as well as industrial growth have been accompanied by rising demands for utility resources and widespread environmental pollution. Eco-industrial park (EIP) is the concept of industrial symbiosis between industries which are located within an industrial site. The concept of EIP became increasingly popular in the 1990s. It is reported by World Bank that there are already 250 EIP worldwide. The first modern EIP is Kalundborg in Denmark and is a reference for planners and industrial estates’ leaders. An EIP network of linkages leads to high levels of environmental benefits and economic efficiency apart from many other less tangible benefits. Major economic factors that influence the successfulness of eco-industrial networking are cost savings and enhanced competitiveness; reduced infrastructure costs; improved revenue generation; improved opportunity for investment (new businesses); job creation; improved human resources; and access to and development of new technologies. All these factors improve the competitiveness, attract investments, business retention, and community wellbeing. As many foreign companies are growing environmentally conscious, well developed and managed industries park such as Eco-Industrial Park (EIP) should be established to attract the foreign direct investment to foster the economic competitive development. Over the last four decades, Process Integration (PI) has emerged as a holistic approach for the optimal planning, design and retrofit of minimum resource utilisation networks. PI promotes symbiosis and synergy by maximising resource utilisation efficiency and minimising wastes among interacting processes, industry and systems. In this lecture, PI techniques are discussed in the context of Eco-Industrial Park planning and management.
    Dr. Dai-Viet N. Vo

    Center of Excellence for Green Energy and Environmental Nanomaterials (CE@GrEEN), Nguyen Tat Thanh University

    Assistant Subject Editor of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
     Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports


    Title of Speach
    Sustainable Hydrogen Production from Catalytic Reforming Processes of Biomass-derived Feedstocks


    The requirement of substituting fossil fuels by an alternative and green energy has become an imperative issue owing to increasing crude oil price and the depletion of petroleum-based resources. Syngas-derived hydrogen is recently considered as an appealing and economically viable energy carrier. Apart from being a feedstock in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and methanol production, hydrogen can be implemented as a stand-alone fuel since it hasa high energy capacity of 120.7 kJ g-1 with zero emissions during combustion. Methane steam reforming and partial oxidation are conventional and industrial processes for hydrogen generation; however, these processes induce significant anthropogenic CO2 greenhouse gas emission causing global warming. Thus, dry and bi-reforming approaches have lately emerged as potential processes for hydrogen production due to the efficient conversion of greenhouse gases to value-added chemicals and fuel. The implementation of several reforming processes using different biomass-derived feedstocks, namely, methane, ethanol and ethylene glycol on Ni- or Co-based catalysts is examined for hydrogen generation in this work.

  • Associate Professor Pierre Le Clech
    Assoc. Professor Pierre Le Clech

    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 
    Associate Editors for Desalination and Water Treatment
    Editorial Board of Membrane Water Treatment

    Pierre Le-Clech works in the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. He has researched many aspects of the water and wastewater treatments by membrane processes. In particular, some of Pierre’s recent research activities are related to the impact of membrane ageing and new opportunities to reuse, recycle and dispose of old membranes. Finally, Pierre has recently led a milestone project, developing new set of national validation guidelines for MBR and RO used in water recycling. Pierre is one of the Associate Editors for Desalination and Water Treatment.

    Title of Speach:
    Considering the ageing of membrane processes in water and wastewater treatment and recycling

    Conventional membranes processes such as micro-, ultra-, nano-filtration, reverse osmosis and membrane bioreactors are now considered as options-of-choice for treatment of water and wastewater. Notwithstanding all the important process improvements and optimisations obtained through recent academic and industry research activities, the full maturity of those membrane processes is expected to be reached only after the development of standardised strategies for design, operation, maintenance and replacement. In particular, it is critical to appropriately understand and integrate the impact of membrane ageing and gradual degradation on the hydraulic and rejection performances of the processes. The talk will especially focus on recent study at UNSW to validate membrane bioreactors for water recycling and to demonstrate its reliability of rejecting viruses within the lifetime of the membrane. The talk will also demonstrate the need to better assess the relative impact of fouling over ageing of RO membranes and how new approaches in the management of online conductivity could result in significant financial savings for full-scale RO processes employed in water recycling schemes.
  • Kiran Gheesulal Parihar
    Senior Manager, Technology & Process Optimization (Utilities & Wastewater)
    BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn. Bhd

    Mr Kiran Parihar currently works as a Senior Manager for Technology & Process Optimization for Infrastructure and Utilities with BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn. Bhd.  Since 2016, he has been responsible for Conceptual Studies/Feasibility studies, Management of Change, Plant Change Management, continuous improvement and energy optimization projects.

    He is also an expert in Process and Technical Safety, with more than 20 years of experience in oil and gas niche (onshore and offshore), Petrochemicals, Refineries and Offsite, and Utilities for Project Phases, including Concept Studies, FEED, Basic and Detailed Engineering, Pre-commissioning and Commissioning.

    Title of Speech:
    Sustainability through Technical Process Optimization: Implementation of Steam Grid Optimization and Utilities Optimizer in BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Kuantan Verbund Site.

    BASF PETRONAS Chemicals has made a strong commitment to sustainable development, parallel with the company’s tagline “We create chemistry for sustainable future”. When it comes to the topic of sustainability, improving energy efficiency is one of the most important tasks and 90% of the energy is consumed in production. Through the lecture, the audience will be taken through various means and measures applied at BASF PETRONAS Chemicals to achieve and continuously improve on the topic of energy efficiency. In this lecture, some examples will be presented on both current and future efforts that the Technology and Process Optimization (TPO) team at the company has worked on and achieved the set goals.  Whether it is reducing the steam venting or recovery of water from wastewater effluent, the goal is to attain a more conscious level on use of resources. In addition, BASF PETRONAS Chemicals has recently started the total cost of ownership concept in the procurement of technical items. This initiative requires us to observe the purchase price, as well as the overall cost during the usage phase and the energy consumption.