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UNMC academic named outstanding Asian researcher and engineer

Professor Ir Dr Dominic C. Y. Foo, an academic at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has been recently awarded with the Outstanding Asian Researcher and Engineer award by the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ).  

Professor Foo was granted this award for outstanding research in chemical engineering, particularly in green technology. He is also a global expert in in the area of process integration, focusing on waste minimisation, such as water recovery and carbon footprint reduction.  He was nominated by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) for this award.  

”I must thank all my research collaborators for contributing their expertise in my research projects as we have been working on ground breaking research throughout the years. Their hard work and  support has been instrumental factor in helping me get this award,” said Professor Foo, who is actively working with research collaborators in Asia, Europe, America and Africa.

Prior to this, he has also won the Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2012, Young Engineer Award 2010 of IEM and Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (IChemE). 

The SJEC Award will be presented at the 79th SCEJ annual meeting at Gifu University, Japan in March 2014. During this international symposium, Professor Foo will present a lecture on “Process Integration for Resource Conservation,” which focuses on his research work.

About SJEC Award

This award is granted to outstanding individuals under the age of 45 at the time of selection, who contribute to research and technological development of chemical engineering that have resulted in significant improvements within Asia outside Japan. The SCEJ Awards Committee encourages all members and Asian Chemical Engineering Institutes to nominate deserving colleagues for the Award.

About Dominic Foo

Professor of Process Design and Integration at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UNMC and the founder of Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies at UNMC. He is active member of professional engineering bodies in Malaysia and the UK. He has published two books and more than 80 papers in international refereed journals.  

About the School of Engineering at UNMC 

The Faculty of Engineering is recognised as being amongst the best in higher education. Here at the Malaysia Campus all of courses are taught in English and the degrees awarded are exactly the same as those in the UK. The school offers undergraduate and post graduate courses with interesting research opportunities. For more information on courses offered, please consult 


More information is available from Professor Dominic Foo, Professor, School of Engineering, on +6 (03) 8924 8130, or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager, on +6 (03) 8924 8746,

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World's Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings. 

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security. 

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Posted on 27th November 2013

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