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Dr Show Pau Loke becomes the first Malaysian to win the DaSilva Award

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Dr Show Pau Loke, an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, was recently awarded the prestigious DaSilva Award 2018 from the Society of Biotechnology, Japan for his research titled Converting wastewater to bioenergy and bio-products using microalgae technology. Dr Show is the first Malaysian to have been bestowed this honour.

The DaSilva Award was established as a result of the donation from the late Professor Edgar J. DaSilva, who was the former Director of the Division of Life Sciences at UNESCO in Paris. The award was conceived as a platform to recognise the outstanding achievements of young Asian researchers in the field of microbial biotechnology.

Dr Show’s research focuses on the approach of cultivating microalgae in palm oil mill effluent – one of the most toxic pollutants in the agro-industrial sector – for wastewater treatment. As microalgae are able to survive in wastewater by assimilating the organics and nutrients for growth, they can reduce the cultivation cost and achieve the removal of pollutants.

“I would like to thank the Society of Biotechnology, Japan for selecting me as the winner of the DaSilva Award 2018. This award is an important recognition to me as a researcher,” said Dr Show at the awards ceremony that was held on 5 September at Kansai University in Japan.

Dr Show also expressed his gratitude to his supervisors, professors and research collaborators from across the world for their input in making his research a big success.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall: “We are extremely proud of Pau Loke’s achievement especially gaining such a special recognition in the international arena by winning this prestigious award. It is especially commendable as he is also the first Malaysia to win this accolade. This demonstrates the world class research that Malaysia is conducting, but especially at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.”

The award was presented to Dr Show on 5 September 2018 at Kansai University, Japan.

(Image caption: Dr Show (second row, third from left) with the 2018 winners of DaSilva Award 2018)


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Posted on 19th September 2018

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