By Mardiah Hafizah
KUALA LUMPUR - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) won seven gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals from 24 entries in an exhibition 'Conference and Exposition Invention for Institutions of Higher Learning' (copyright) 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) recently.
Prof. Dr. Normahdiah Sheik Said from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication is among the researchers who won a gold medal through her innovative Augmented Reality Storytelling Kit (STAR KIT).
Prof. Dr. Omar Dzolkhifli of the Agriculture Faculty won a gold medal through his innovation Biobased nano-emulsion of Rotenone For Safe and Effective Insect Pest Control which is a botanical insecticide extracted from a Tuba tree.
Researchers from the Faculty of Food Sciences and Technology led by Prof. Dr. Tan Chin Ping walked away with a gold medal through the creation of a new process for the production of refined palm oil with reduced 3-MCPD esters. This invention will result in the reduction of processing solutions for 3 -MCPD ester in the process of high quality refining of oil.
In addition, Prof. Dr. Fatimah Md. who is the Director of the Institute of Biosciences won a gold medal through her creation AquaGelatine: Marine-based Halal Gelatine for Versatile Applications of Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical which featured the production of gelatine and collagen-based dietary jellyfish.
A representative of researchers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Food (UPMKB) namely Prof. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Osumanu Haruna, received another gold medal through an innovation Activated Carbon For Green Farming. Through this innovation, farmers can double their yields and reduce the use of pesticide and labour as well as harvesting time.
Shell-Less Extruded CCP innovation by Prof. Dr. Norhani Abdullah of the Institute of Tropical Agriculture won a gold medal via her review on the production of poultry feed which could boost the chickens' immune system.
The other gold medal was won through innovative GreenCat: Bi-functional Heterogeneous Catalysts for Production of Non-Edible based Biodiesel creation by Prof. Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin from the Faculty of Sciences. His creation involved the production of catalysts for biodiesel production in a more efficient manner.
The event was organized by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, with the theme "Innovating Today for Tomorrow '.
A total of 44 public and 44 private universities and polytechnics participated, featuring some 500 innovation projects in nine major clusters. UPM led under the cluster of agriculture, aquaculture and the environment, through the submission of a total of 103 researches and innovations.
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