American Chemical Society (ACS) Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and ACS UTP organized the Southeast Asia Global Innovation Challenge (SEA-GIC) 2020 on 3rd December 2020. Two teams from the school of Chemical Engineering emerged finalist for the challenge they undertook on the theme of ‘Battling Climate Change Thru Chemistry’, which involved the showcase of chemistry-related projects in the areas of carbon dioxide utilisation, renewable energy, green chemistry, transportation, and building.
The team led by senior lecturer Dr Ngu Lock Hei, has three members: Emily Tan Sze Min, Nuralya Alyssa Azureen Ismail and Slyvester Chai Yew Wang. Their project, ‘CO² Utilisation in Bicarbonate Lime Mortar with Industrial Waste’ – one that converts the over-emission of industrial waste carbon dioxide to a construction material – earned them second place.
Meanwhile, final-year undergraduate students Ong Jia Ling and Ng Chi Yan also qualified as a team finalist for their project entitled ‘The Future Paradigm for Hydrogen Production via Catalytic Dry Methane Reforming’.
Supervised by chemical engineering lecturer Dr How Bing Shen, the project meant to evaluate the feasibility of using two novel catalysts in green hydrogen production.
This prestigious annual pitching competition is meant to promote innovativeness and creativity among Southeast Asian students through the delivery of ideas on solving real-world problems. From 58 participating teams from Malaysia and Indonesia, only 15 made the cut for the finals.
Other finalists were from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Petronas,Universitas Islam Indonesia, University of North Sumatera, Brawijaya University, Universitas ‘Aisyiyah Surakarta, and Halu Oleo University.