Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group
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Cellulose Nanocrystal: a promising sustainable nanomaterial for applications in chemical & biomedical systems - Malaysia

Date From: 02 May 2014
Location: Malaysia
Description: Mid-day seminar in Malaysia, with presentation by Michael Tam (University of Waterloo), organised by IChemE's Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Groups.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: Plenary Theatre (2-1-01) Jalan Lagoon Selatan Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Technical presentation by Michael Tam (University of Waterloo), and time for networking. Registration from 10:30; the event will commence at 11:00 and close at 13:00.

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the biochemical engineering industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to the Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group (BESIG) and to IChemE.

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Nanotechnology is anticipated to be the next technological wave that will drive many of the innovations in science and engineering. In this discipline, there is a renewed impetus to develop nanomaterials from renewable sources due to the negative impact of using raw materials from traditional carbon sources, such as crude oil. New opportunities in the use of sustainable and renewable materials for chemical and biomedical sciences exist, and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) offers a new route to product development and formulations in this industrial sector.

The talk will focus on the important role CNC functionalization plays in imparting attractive properties that are critical for their applications. For example, functionalization of CNC with fullerene and amphiphilic polymers was performed. Special focus will be devoted to the physical interactions between CNC and various amphiphilic compounds, and how these interactions impact their stability and microstructure. In order to fully elucidate the microstructural evolution of CNC/surfactant interactions, rapid and robust characterisation techniques for quantifying the evolving molecular structure are used to elucidate their morphologies and microstructure. This presentation will end with some comments on the future directions and new opportunities of CNC in other related market sectors.


Michael Tam obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1982 and 1991 respectively. He spent 18 months on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada, and subsequently taught at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 15 years. In June 2007 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo as a tenured full professor, and holds the position of University Research Chair in the field of functional colloids and nanomaterials. His research interests are in colloids, self-assembly systems, polymer-surfactant interactions, and drug delivery systems. He has published more than 200 journal articles in various fields of polymer science and engineering. His total citation exceeds 6000 and his H-index is 46.


The event is taking place at the Monash University Malaysia.

Plenary Theatre
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Bandar Sunway 46150
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
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IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

Moash University MalaysiaMonash University - Malaysia

The Monash University Malaysia's sponsorship of BESIG events through provision of its venue facilities at this event.


This event is free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.
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