Finalists announced for first-ever virtual Malaysia Awards ceremony

Finalists announced for first-ever virtual Malaysia Awards ceremony

26th August 2020

Thirty-one finalist entries are in with a chance of winning a prize for excellence and innovation in chemical, biochemical and process engineering at the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) first-ever virtual Malaysia Awards.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IChemE’s member volunteer judging panel and organising committee are transforming the IChemE Malaysia Awards into a virtual ceremony.

This year marks eight years of the awards, which will take place on 19 October 2020 and will see winners announced in eight categories.

The Malaysian Refining Company, PETRONAS, Sumwin Solutions Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Xiamen University Malaysia are just some of the many finalists of the team and individual peer-reviewed awards.

Law Chung Lim, Chair of IChemE’s Malaysian Board, said:

“The IChemE Malaysia Awards is about recognising Malaysian chemical engineers’ specialist expertise and skills that allows them to adapt to a variety of situations and industries, as well as the projects they undertake every day to support the community and help solve societal issues.

“Despite the challenges we continue to face in this pandemic, chemical engineers across our nation have persisted, so our volunteer members felt it was especially important to bring everyone together virtually to celebrate their tremendous efforts.

“Thank you everyone who took the time to enter this year’s awards and for your continuous commitment to the profession. Thank you to the judging panel for their time and effort in evaluating the entries and thank you to the IChemE employees who have provided support to the awards. Congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to seeing you all in our first-ever virtual IChemE Malaysia Awards.”

Finalists of the awards are being contacted directly for more details on the ceremony and how to join online.

Winners of the IChemE Malaysia Awards will automatically be entered into corresponding categories at the IChemE Global Awards, which will be delivered virtually through a series of webinars in October and November. Winners of the Global Awards are eligible for the overall award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering.

For more information on the IChemE Malaysia Awards 2020 visit

Official finalists for the IChemE Malaysia Awards 2020

Oil and Gas Award

  • PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols - Energy Efficiency and Reduction Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) Stripper System
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Steam System Closed Loop Realtime Optimiser (RTO)
  • PETRONAS Research - Biocide Enhancer - BioMETT
  • PETRONAS Research and the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia - Metal Organic Framework as Self-healing Catalyst

Palm Oil Award

  • Sumwin Solutions Malaysia - Patented 3MCPDE and Glycidyl Esters (GE) Mitigation Technology
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Sime Darby Research and Yayasan Sime Darby - Zero Waste Technology

Process Safety Award

  • PETRONAS Chemicals Ammonia - Cold Box Life Assessment (CoBALt)
  • PETRONAS Chemicals Ammonia and Swagelok Malaysia - New Design of Ammonia Sampling Station
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Smart Ratchet for Preventing Sample Spills
  • PETRONAS Research - CO2 Blowdown Methodology

Student Chapter Award

  • Swinburne University
  • University of Malaya
  • University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Xiamen University Malaysia

Sustainability Award

  • PETRONAS Chemicals Fertiliser – Cleaner Air through Process Control Advancement (CAPCA)
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Furnace Air-Register (FAR)-key and Logbook for Cost Optimisation
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Steam System Closed Loop Realtime Optimiser (RTO)
  • PETRONAS Research - Tunable Biobased Polyol Esters for Sustainable Future
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Sime Darby Research and Yayasan Sime Darby - Zero Waste Technology

Training and Development Award

  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) - Operator Training Simulator (OTS)
  • PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) – Redefining Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Education through the Centre of Health Safety and Environment Excellence (CoHEx)
  • EnQuest Petroleum Production Malaysia (EQPPM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) - EQPPM-UKM Collaboration on IChemE Accreditation

Young Industrialist Award

  • Malaysian Refining Company - Muhammad Faiz Bin Omar
  • PETRONAS - Mohamad Fakhrul Ridhwan Bin Samsudin
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS - Serene Lock Sow Mun

Young Researcher Award

  • Monash University Malaysia - Ng Boon Junn
  • PETRONAS - Nik Muhammad Syafiq bin Nik Mohd Adnan
  • PETRONAS Research - Muhammad Ashraf bin Zin Zawaw
  • Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak - How Bing Shen
  • Xiamen University Malaysia - Chew Kit Wayne


IChemE Malaysia Awards 2020


For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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