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Dr. Mohd Azmuddin Abdullah

Institute of Marine Biotechnology Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia


Talk Title
On Target Sustainable Energy Development Goals: Integrated Algal Biorefinery and Palm Oil Milling as the Magic Bullet

Talk Abstract

Global Sustainable Development goals aim to achieve human development via tackling the issues of Economics, Environment, and Socio-cultural diversity in a more holistic manner, not in a disintegrated, fractured, sectorial and win-lose narrow basis, as seen especially in the last 200 years with the explosion of the Industrial big bang. This entails major re-evaluation of human activities to address famine and poverty, destruction of eco-systems and habitat for wildlife, climate change, increasing temperature of the earth, rising ocean level, destructive weather patterns and emerging infectious diseases. The antidotes lie in the systems-wide optimization of resource and biodiversity management for improved food production and distribution, better and affordable health care, with cleaner air, water and energy, whilst ensuring strict monitoring, regulation and enforcement to minimize wastage, emission and pollution. The call for greener approaches and more eco-friendly processes and products as the magic bullet to achieve the 2030’s core agenda for 17 Sustainable Development Goals has never been any louder. The focus of this presentation is to highlight the integrated algal biorefinery and the palm oil milling processes as the strategies to achieve sustainable bioenergy production, environmental remediation and the conversion of biomass wastes and residues into high-value added products. The needs to battle the image problem, to reduce the negative impact on the environment, and to project a more sustainable palm oil industry through Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will be discussed. This hopefully could bring forth insights for scientists, engineers, investors, economists and social scientists working in diverse area, to form partnerships and collaborative efforts, to tackle immediate and pressing problems facing the world yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Short Biography

I completed an M. Eng in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom (1990-1994), a PhD in Bioprocess Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia (1995-1999) and a Post-doctorate in Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (2000-2001). I have been an academic in the Department of Biotechnology, UPM (1994-2004), and in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) (2004-2014). I am currently an Associate Professor in the Institute of Marine Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (2015-present). My 5 major research interests are: 1) Understanding the dynamics between environmental factors and cell physiological responses in terms of cell growth, biochemicals/metabolites production, genes expression and specific enzymic induction or repression in microbial, algal and plant cell systems; 2) Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles for slow release and targeted drug delivery to cancer cells; 3) Integrated bioenergy and environmental remediation based on the biorefinery concept and cell culture engineering with enhanced productivity and recovery of biocompounds in large-scale bioreactor systems; 4) Biomaterials science and engineering for the development of value-added composite materials, and the eco-friendly biomaterials extraction, characterization and utilization; and 5) Bio-chemical sensor modified with eco-friendly and low cost materials for enhanced sensitivity of heavy metal ions and biomolecules detection using voltammetric analyses and CMOS-MEMS technology platform. I have published more than 130 articles in the international and national refereed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports, and presented in more than 30 international and national conferences as invited or oral speakers, with 3 patents pending. I have reviewed more than 300 submitted manuscripts to journals and conferences and have been a regular reviewer for publishers such as Elsevier and Taylor and Francis. With these more than 20 years academic and research journey, I have been awarded with the International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal 2017, Sweden; and the Teaching Excellence Award 2015 for “Health, Safety and Environment as the basis for innovative T, R, D, C & E on Sustainability” by the Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science (AABS), India.

Talk Keywords
Global Sustainable Development; Integrated Biorefinery; Microalgae; Oil Palm; Bioenergy; Environmental remediation; Biomass utilization; Green Chemical Engineering
Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
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