Keynote Speakers

8th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing   

(IBA-IFIBiop 2019)

“Bridging Sustainability and Industrial Revolution through Green Bioprocessing”
Conference Venue: Imperial Hotel, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Conference Date: 1 – 5 May, 2019

List of Keynote Speakers for IBA-IFIBiop 2019


Prof Duu-Jong Lee
Topic: Use of Forward Osmosis Membrane in Industrial Applications
Prof Duu-Jong Lee is currently Chair Professor of National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan and National Chair Professor of Taiwan. His areas of specialization are environmental biological processes with special reference to aerobic and anaerobic treatment of wastewaters and solid wastes and their conversion to materials and energy. Prof. Lee has authored one book, sixteen book chapters, 28 review papers, ten patents, 850 SCI papers. He is Editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s newly launched journal, Bioresource Technology Reports.

Prof Huu Hao Ngo
Topic: Progresses and challenges of algae-based material for wastewater treatment
Prof Huu Hao Ngo is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, Co-Director of Joint Research Centre for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney. He has been duly elected as Fellow of International Water Association (FIWA) and Fellow and Lead Researcher of the International Bioprocessing Association (FIBA and LRIBA) and serving as IBA Council Member. He has also served as Co-director of Collaborative Membrane Bioreactor Center.
Ngo is internationally well-known for his activities in the areas of advanced biological waste treatment technologies (e.g. membrane bioreactor, specific attached and/or suspended growth bioreactors, anaerobic digesters, wetland and bio-sorption) and membrane technologies. His expertise and practical experience also covers the areas of water and wastewater quality monitoring and management, water and wastewater treatment reuse technology and assessment, desalination, and solid waste management. Currently, his activities focuses more on the development of specific green bioprocessing technologies: resource recovery, water-waste-bioenergy nexus and greenhouse gas emission control.
Ngo has published more than 500 technical papers (including > 450 SCI/ISI journal papers, > 100 conference papers, 4 books and 30 book chapters and a number of patents while receiving several highly recognized honors/awards. He has been invited to give numerous plenary/keynotes and invited talks, seminars and lecturers in the international conferences as well as the universities/research institutions.
Ngo has appointed as Editor of a high impact journal – Bioresource Technology, Elsevier and as Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier. He is also a founder and Editor in Chief of Journal of Water Sustainability while being editorial board member/guest editor of numerous international journals such as Bioresource Technology Reports, Elsevier; Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring and Management, Elsevier; Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, IJSEES.

Prof Raj Boopathy
Topic: Carbon Ecology of Termite Gut Microbes and Biodegradation of High
Concentration of Phenol
Prof Raj Boopathy is an Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of biological sciences at the Nicholls State University, USA. He received the Jerry Ledet Foundation Endowed Professorship in Environmental Biology in 2002 and John Brady Endowed Professorship in 2012. In 2008, Dr. Raj Boopathy received the Nicholls State University’s Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. He has more than 30 years of research experience in the area of bioremediation and bio-processing. His research involves bioremediation of hazardous chemicals including oil spills and explosives, biological treatment of wastewater, antibiotic resistance genes in the environment, and bio-ethanol production. He has published 167 research papers in peer- reviewed journals and 17 book chapters. He edited one book. His research work has been cited more than 7,000 times with h-index of 46. Dr.Raj Boopathy reviewed research grants for National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and numerous private agencies and foreign governments including South Africa, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Israel. He is the editor of International journal of Biodeteriortion and Biodegradation (IBB) and the Journal of Applied Sciences (Section, Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology). He also serves as a senior editor of the Journal, Renewable Bioresources and is on the Editorial Boards of various International journals including Bioresource Technology and the International Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination. Dr. Raj Boopathy received Fulbright scholarship and spent six months teaching and conducting research at the Institute of Technology (ITB) in Bandung, Indonesia in 2007. He also received European Union-US biotechnology Fellowship and Leverhulme commonwealth fellowship. He has been elected as a Fellow of various societies including International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and the International Forum on Bioprocessing (IFBioP). Dr Raj Boopathy was selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Specialist to visit various countries for next five years by the US State Department and he recently visited Malaysia and Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Boopathy received Dr. Waksman Award from SIMB for his contribution in Microbiology Education in 2017.

Prof Christian Larroche
Topic: Biohydrogen production by dark fermentation: Impact of spatial heterogeneities and modelling of an anaerobic bioreactor
Prof Christian Larroche is Director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a graduate school of engineering of University Clermont-Auvergne, France. He is also member of the research laboratory Institut Pascal and of the laboratory of excellence ImobS3 at the same university. He has strong research skills and expertise in the area of applied microbiology and biochemical engineering. He is author of 220 documents, including 114 articles, three patents, 15 book chapters and 24 co-editions of books or journal special issues. He is member of French Society for Process Engineering (SFGP), French Society of Biotechnology and European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He is administrator of IBA-IFIBiop and editor of Bioresource Technology.

Dr Doan Pham Minh
Topic: From municipal solid wastes to green hydrogen production: case study of VABHYOGAZ3 project
Dr Doan Pham Minh is an Associate Professor at RAPSODEE Research Centre in France. His research areas covered but not limited to functional materials for energy and environment and valorisation of biomass & biowastes into energy and useful materials. Dr Doan is member of various scientific societies such asSociete francaise de Thermique (SFT), C@T network (Catalysis in Toulouse) and Societe Francophone d’Eutude des Carbones (SFEC). He is also the Founder and Responsible of the Teaching Unit “Post-processing of gas, liquid and solid co-products” since 2017. Since 2005, Dr Doan has published 65 articles in peer reviewed international journals (H index 14 by SCOPUS); 7 book chapters; 3 patents; 52 international and national congresses; 9 proceedings references; 60 abstracts and 3 invited conferences.

Professor Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin
Topic: Catalysis, Green Chemistry & Sustainability: Challenges & Opportunities
Taufiq-Yap, Yun Hin is currently a Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Head of Laboratory for Sustainable Chemicals and Bioenergy, Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He earned his BSc (Hons) and MSc in 1992 and 1994, respectively at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He then went on to earn his PhD (1997) in heterogeneous catalysis at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom. He published various reviews on biodiesel and hydrogen production from biomass, and is author of over 320 scientific publications, several communications in international conferences (over 30 Plenary or Keynote/Invited lectures in the last 5 years), he is author/editor of 2 books on biodiesel. He is currently the Regional Managing Editor for Asia-Pacific for Bulletin of Chemical Reaction and Catalysis, Editorial Board member for Catalysis Survey from Asia, Malaysian Journal of Chemistry, Malaysian Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vietnam Journal of Catalysis and Adsorption and Malaysian Journal of Catalysis. Throughout his career, Professor Taufiq-Yap has been the recipient of the following Awards and Distinctions: National Young Scientist Award (2002); Visiting Researcher at Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University, UK (2004, 2005); The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award (2008), Top Research Scientist Malaysia (2013) and Malaysia’s Research STAR Award (2018). Professor Taufiq-Yap was appointed as Fellow of Academy Science of Malaysia (2015), Fellow, Malaysia Institute of Chemistry (2009) and Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2008); He was also appointed as Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Japan (2011 and 2012), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (2012) and Curtin University Sarawak (2011-2015), and elected as Titular Member of International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He is currently the President of Malaysian Catalysis Society (2016-now) and Executive Council Member of Asia-Pacific Association of Catalysis Society (APACS).

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ir. Abdul Wahab Mohammad
Topic: Biorefineries for Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development in Malaysia
Abdul Wahab Mohammad is currently Professor in Membrane and Separation Technology at the Research Centre for Sustainable Process Technology (CESPRO), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UKM and was seconded to Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute in 2018. He received his PhD from University of Wales Swansea in the area of nanofiltration membranes, and MSChE from Purdue University, USA and BSChE from Lehigh University, USA. His research interest is on membranes science and applications, wastewater treatment, water reuse and recycling, sustainable separation technology and engineering education. His research funding has been supported by various agencies locally and internationally. In 2014, he lead a big group of researchers from 7 Malaysian universities on a LRGS project related to biorefineries. Up to now, he has published more than 250 journal papers with citation exceeding 5000 and h-index of 39. He is the co-editor of a new Elsevier journal, Journal of Water Process Engineering which was launched in 2014. For his excellence in research, he has been awarded the 2008 Prince Sultan International Water Prize and the 2015 Malaysia Toray Science Foundation Science Award. Abdul Wahab is a registered Professional Engineer (PEng) in Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of IChemE and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud 
Topic: Microbial Electrochemical Technology: Green Bioelectricity Generation, Wastewater Remediation, Hydrogen Production, Desalination and CO2 Utilization
Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Wan Ramli Wan Daud FASc is the Professor of Chemical Engineering at Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since 1996 and Principal Research Fellow at the Fuel Cell Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since 2006. He is also the Founding Director of the Fuel Cell Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2007-2013 and Fellow of Academy of Science Malaysia since 2012. For his leading role in distinguished scientific work, he was awarded the Darjah Setia Pemangku Negeri from the Pulau Pinang state government which carries the title Dato’ in 2013.
He was awarded the BEng degree (First Class Hon.) from the University of Monash in 1978 and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 1984. He was a Tutor at UKM (1979-1984), a lecturer (1984-1989), Associate Professor (1990-1995) and Professor of Chemical Engineering since 1996 until now. He was appointed the Head of Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering UKM (1986-1988), Deputy Dean of Engineering UKM (1990-1993, 1995-1998) and was the Founding Director of the Fuel Cell Institute UKM (2007-2013).
He is a World expert in zero emission renewable hydrogen energy from biomass, wastewater, methanol and solar energy, on fuel cells using hydrogen, methanol and wastewater as fuels and on sustainable drying technology.
In recognition of his scientific work, Professor Wan Ramli was honored with the Merdeka Award 2016 for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, Malaysia’s top award for Malaysian scientists, on 23 September 2016 for outstanding scholarly research and development in advancing the technology of fuel cells and hydrogen energy in Malaysia, the region and the world.
He has published 994 articles including 374 articles in international journals, 391 articles in proceedings of international conferences and 229 articles in proceedings of national conferences. He has published 2 international research books and 2 national books. He contributed 2 chapters in international research books and 5 chapters in national research books. He has been cited in international journals 6,111 times in ISI WOS with H-index 42, 7,231 times in SCOPUS with H-index 43 and 11,291 times in Google Scholar with H-index 51.
He was listed as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in engineering twice in 2015 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters for having the highest number of papers that are highly cited
He was awarded the Award for Excellence in Research in Drying of Agricultural Products and Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Drying Technology 2011, the Outstanding Contribution to the Drying Community 2009 Award, the IChemE Highly Commended Shell Energy Award 2008, the ASEAN Energy Award 2007, and the ASEAN Energy Award 2005.
Additionally, for his outstanding achievements in invention and innovations, he won two Gold medals at the 29th and 33rd Salon International Des Inventions Geneve (2001, 2005), the Environmental award from the Swiss Society for the Protection of the Environment (2001), two Gold medals at World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies, Brussels (2007), one Silver medal at 34th Salon International Des Inventions Geneve (2006) and Special Award of the Union des Innovateurs de la Croatie (2006)
Internationally, Professor Wan Ramli was invited by the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Government of Iceland in 2006 to present a keynote paper on fuel cells and hydrogen energy. He was honored with invitations to present 21 keynote and 10 invited papers in China, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and Thailand. He was appointed member of the international advisory and scientific panels of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), International Drying Symposium, World Congress of Particle Technology, International Conference on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy Technology, Asian Particle Technology Symposium, Regional Symposium of Chemical Engineering and Asia-Pacific Drying Conference. He was invited a Guess Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy thrice in 2013, 2015 and 2017.