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UNM PhD candidate wins Outstanding Postgraduate Researcher Award


Chong Jia Wen, a second year PhD student from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of Nottingham Malaysia, was recently awarded The Outstanding Postgraduate Researcher Award at the International Conference on Sustainable Biowaste Management 2021 (SBM2021). She was one of six presenters to receive the award.

The conference was hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University’s Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture and Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment and ran from 12 to 14 April 2021. Initially scheduled for 2020, the conference was postponed to April this year and took place online.

This year’s conference is the fifth in the series and attracted 438 participants from 39 countries. The previous conferences provided an interactive platform for exchanging expertise and this year, the focus was on biological waste management through integrated approaches further providing impetus to the available and future technologies through critical evaluation.

There were seven keynote presentations in addition to three parallel platform sessions and three daily parallel poster sessions for three consecutive days with a total of 89 platform presentations and 45 poster presentations.

All presentations were based on 10 specialised themes and therefore it was a requirement to include the following themes:

  • Organic Waste Sources and Recycling Trends in Asia-Pacific Region
  • Biotechnology and molecular-engineering for organic resource management
  • Bio-fuels and bio-products from organic resources
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and mitigations in waste management sectors
  • Integrated biotechnologies for novel products 
  • Emerging organic pollutants and fate during resource management
  • Bio-nano technology and applications in waste recycling
  • Bio-electro and bio-magnetic technology for energy or fuels
  • Bio-instrumentations in waste management
  • Industrial bio-engineering and process scale-up

Chong’s 12-minute presentation highlighted the Multi-Stage Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) approach in bio-oil solvent design to upgrade to bio-oil quality, which is under the Bioconversions for Biofuels category.

“It has been a great experience attending the SBM 2021 conference. The process of preparing the presentation was a chance for me to reflect and improve on my work. Being one of the six awardees certainly gave me a sense of recognition on my current research work. I would also like to extend my appreciation to my PhD project supervisor, Dr Nishanth, Dr Suchithra and Dr Kasturi”


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Posted on 23rd April 2021

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