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Curtin Malaysia chemical engineering graduate Philip Ting among top winners in ICMCC 2022 competition

August 1, 2022 | Campus News

Miri – 26 July 2022 Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) chemical engineering graduate Philip Ting Kin Tien recently placed third in the 5-minute tech splash category of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Student Chapters Malaysia Competition and Convention (ICMCC).

ICMCC is a global initiative that provides a platform for IChemE student chapters in Malaysia to connect, interact and compete with students from other regions. The objective of the competition is to propagate technical knowledge and exposure to chemical engineering industries among students, as well as develop the professional competencies of IChemE student chapter committee members.

The competition was jointly organised by the IChemE student chapters of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Curtin University Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM). It is hosted by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and this year’s competition was the second held so far.

Ting won on account of his outstanding undergraduate research project entitled ‘Kinetic and Thermodynamic Analysis for Palm Kernel Shell and Surgical Waste Mixtures in Catalytic Pyrolysis Process’, which aims to find a viable means of generating green and renewable energy from the abundant supply of palm oil waste biomass and COVID-19 plastic waste in Malaysia. The project was carried out under the guidance of Associate Professor Bridgid Chin Lai Fui of Curtin Malaysia’s Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering.

Associate Professor Chin applauded Ting’s achievement, saying he managed to win under still challenging circumstances for both students and lecturers even though the COVID-19 pandemic is now in the endemic stage.

“With the strong support of the university and their lecturers, our students continued to participate in both national and international competitions throughout the pandemic, and I anticipate there will be even greater eagerness to participate in competitions in time to come,” she said.

Dean of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, Professor Tuong-Thuy Vu, and Head of the Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Associate Professor Ir. Stephanie Chan Yen San, also offered their congratulations. Prof. Vu commented that Ting’s achievement reaffirmed that research projects by Curtin Malaysia’s undergraduate students are of the highest quality, resulting in promising results and beneficial outcomes for society.

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