Technical Talk on "The Potential for Mass Production of Nanocellulose from Oil Palm Biomass in Msia"

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Technical lecture
28 September 2019 11:00 - 13:00
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IMechE Malaysia is proud to collaborate with Engineering Education Technical Division, IEM and Engineers Australia Malaysia Chapter (EAMC) to organise this technical talk.

Malaysia is the second largest producer of palm oil in the world with more than 100 million tonnes of oil palm fresh fruit bunches being processed annually. From this amount, only 24% is crude palm oil and the rest are mainly lignocellulosic biomass. Other than biomass, palm oil industry has a valuable untapped resource which is excess steam, generated from boiler fueled with oil palm biomass (OPB). These two resources are the key resources in cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) production as the mechanically processed CNF requires high energy for its production. CNF is a type of nanocellulose, which is an emerging nanomaterial with high acceptance rate worldwide due to its renewability, sustainability, biodegradability and superior mechanical properties. Vast research has been done to overcome the high energy consumption during CNF production, and it has been a hot topic discussed among the researchers and CNF producers globally.

Can palm oil industry solve this issue?
How the characteristics of oil palm biomass are different from other resources?
What are the potential applications of nanocellulose in Malaysia?
 
These are among the discussion topics during the talk.

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Speaker(s)

Dr. Hidayah Ariffin is an Associate Professor and Innovation Coordinator at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, and a Deputy Director at the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

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Wisma IEM
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P.O. Box 223 Jalan Sultan
Petaling Jaya
47620
Malaysia

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