Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua, Head of the Research Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation, and Associate Dean (Research) for the School of Science and Technology at Sunway University won the IChemE 2018 Global Award in the Water Category in November 2018.
The IChemE Water category award recognizes the best project or process to demonstrate engineering excellence in water use, clean-up, and re-use, with particular emphasis on reducing environmental impact while preserving commercial viability.
The project, which was carried out in collaboration with Professor Ir. Dr Mohamed Azlan Hussain of the University of Malaya, is the “Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System Producing Clean Water.”
The innovative self-cleaning system has been used during the severe floods in the state of Kelantan, to produce clean water for flood victims. A few units of the system have been installed in remote villages without access to clean water in Sarawak and Perak.
This “Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System Producing Clean Water” won Professor Kheireddine, the 2016 University of Malaya’s award for outstanding achievement in community engagement.
According to Professor Kheireddine, “The system is an automated self-cleaning mobile ultrafiltration system which produces clean water from various sources such as river water, underground water, and spring water. Incorporating a self-cleaning smart backwash system that eliminates the use of chemicals, the system is also be driven by solar power and can be easily transported to rural areas whenever needed. This green system with high socio-economic impact addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 6, which is Clean Water and Sanitation. The readily available system has been installed in many remote villages in Malaysia producing clean water at a cost less than RM0.20 per m³. The research for the project was focussed on impacting societies and communities deprived of access to clean water.”
An article of the Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System by Professor Kheireddine Aroua and his collaborator Professor Ir. Dr Mohamed Azlan Hussain appeared in The Chemical Engineer magazine (Issue 942/943 – December 2019/ January 2020) published by IChemE.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is a multi-national institution to advance chemical engineering’s contribution to the benefit of society. The annual IChemE Global Awards which celebrates the chemical, process, and biochemical engineering excellence is widely recognized as the world’s most prestigious in chemical engineering.
Professor Kheireddine who hails from Tunisia has over 25 years of research and teaching experience. Attached to Sunway University since 2017, Professor Kheireddine has been listed among Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 as well as 2019 in Engineering by Clarivate Analytics. The award recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by the…