Waste to Wealth

The palm oil milling process produces a large amount of solid and liquid wastes, including empty fruit brunches, oil palm fronds, mesocarp fibre, palm kernel cake, and palm oil mill effluent. This cluster aims to convert these wastes into valuable chemicals or products using sustainable technologies.

Meet the researcher


Associate Professor Wu Ta Yeong (School of Engineering)

  • Biofuel Production
  • Biomass Valorization
  • Biorefinery
  • Waste Reuse
  • Waste Treatment

Dr Pushpamalar Janarthanan (School of Science)

  • Biodegradable Biomaterials
  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organic Hydrogels

Associate Professor Poon Wai Ching (School of Business)

  • Applied Economics
  • Climate Change & Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Biomass Waste

Dr Joseph Ho Yong Kuen (School of Engineering)

  • Biomass Modelling
  • Cellulose Technology
  • Metabolic Modelling

Dr Irene Chew Mei Leng (School of Engineering)

  • Synthesis of Nanocellulose and Nanolignin
  • Process System Optimization
  • Bioenergy Pathway Selection
  • Waste Heat Recovery and Integration

Dr Arshad Salema (School of Engineering)

  • Biomass, Bioenergy, Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency & Sustainability
  • Process design and product development
  • Microwave processing