Current Projects/Vacancy

 

Separation and Purification of Sugars using Nanohybrid Membranes

The use of lignocellulosic biomass has received attention due to concerns for environmental sustainability and an increasing global waste problem. In order to solve these problems, lignocellulosic biomass can be converted to fuels and chemicals. Since lignocellulose biomass is a renewable feedstock, the conversion process solves the waste problem and at the same time produce chemicals. One of the major challenge in the development of biorefineries is the separation and purification of the biomass hydrolyzate to produce purified product (sugar) stream. After pretreatment, the biomass produces a stream containing dilute product sugars (glucose and xylose), along with unwanted inhibitory compounds such acetic acid and furfural. The aim of this project is to study the potential of nanohybrid membrane processes for separation and purification of sugar stream. Fabrication of novel nanohybrid membrane to purify the sugar stream and remove acetic acid will be made and characterisation and performance studies of the membrane will be investigated. The membrane process is expected to be a highly promising technology for sugar purifications.

Scholarship: RM1500/month for 1.5 years (MSc)

Start: Next Semester (Sep 2019).

Background: Engineering or Science Degree

 Interested students can contact me at:  nazlee@utm.my (Dr Nazlee Faisal)