Date：23 July (Friday)
Time: 15:40 – 17:10 (GMT+8)
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Mohd Ali Hassan obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Leeds, United Kingdom and PhD from University of Okayama, Japan. He is currently Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. He is an elected member of the UPM Senate and Board Member UPM. He has worked extensively on international biomass, bioenergy and zero-emission projects throughout his career, particularly with Professor Dr Yoshihito Shirai in Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan, in collaboration with the palm oil industry. He has succeeded in obtaining R&D funding from local and international agencies and companies. He managed to set up the Serdang Biomass Town and Biorefinery in UPM campus, since 2012. He led the international SATREPS project on biomass and zero emission project at the palm oil mill funded by JICA-JST (Japan) and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia from 2013-2018. He now heads the Biorefinery Complex, comprising of the pilot plant and Biomass Technology Laboratory in UPM Serdang campus. His current projects include composting of oil palm biomass and palm oil mill effluent anaerobic sludge, biochar from woody biomass, biodiesel from used cooking oil and biogas from food waste. He is now Fellow of The Academy of Sciences Malaysia and was awarded the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia, by the Academy of Science Malaysia. He also received the Research Exchange Award from the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He is also recently appointed as Fellow, Academy Professor Malaysia.
As scientists, researchers and technologists, we should do our part for the future sustainability of our planet! This talk will showcase on the utilisation and value addition of tropical bioresources and biomass within the palm oil biorefinery for the production of new bio-based products in the new bioeconomy, including bioenergy, biofertilizer and biomaterials. The focus is on developing green or environmental-friendly technologies with process integration, value-addition and pollution reduction towards a more sustainable future. New microbial biotechnology and bio-based products are developed within an integrated biorefinery to support the emerging bioeconomy, which could generate new industries and additional jobs in the rural areas. Overall, this green initiative addressed all the three pillars of sustainability, i.e. profit, people and planet, to achieve a win-win-win outcome for future sustainability!