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UNM Academic wins Malaysia ASPIRE 2020


University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Ir Ts Dr Show Pau Loke, was selected as the winner for Malaysia ASPIRE 2020 on 17 August 2020, and will go on to represent the country at the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) 2020.

Dr Show’s research focuses on an innovative product that can help with a smarter and optimal utilisation of raw resources while enhancing the local bioprocessing industry.

The ASPIRE award is organised annually by APEC to recognise the achievements of young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.

The theme for the 2020 edition is ‘Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy’ and the judging panel will focus on the contribution of scientists to biodiversity for prosperous economies across the APEC region by spurring research that contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.

According to Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, President of Akademi Sains Malaysia, Dr Show’s track record in his field and the impact that his model would have on the industry and the country was why he stood out from the rest of his peers. She added that his invention will allow Malaysia to better manage its food wastage issue.

Throughout his career, Dr Show has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes. In 2016, he won the Young Chemical Engineer Award. The following year, Dr Show was awarded the silver medal at the International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA).

In 2018, Dr Show became the first Malaysian to win the celebrated DaSilva Award 2018 from the Society of Biotechnology, Japan for his research titled Converting wastewater to bioenergy and bio-products using microalgae technology.

His most recent award was in 2019 when he received the National Young Scientist Award from the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC). Dr Show was the first recipient from a private university to receive this award.

University of Nottingham Malaysia CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall said, “We are extremely proud of Dr Show and his latest award. Like many of our successful researchers Pau Loke has demonstrated significant innovation in his field. We will continue to support his world leading research, which is making a positive impact on both industry and the country.”

(Article image caption: Prof Ir Ts Dr Show Pau-Loke awarded Malaysia ASPIRE 2020 from Akademi Sains Malaysia president, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail)

(Thumbnail image caption: President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia presented a winning certificate to Prof Ir Ts Dr Show Pau-Loke)


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 2nd September 2020

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