JOHOR BAHRU, 14 December 2015 – A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the University of Cambridge from the United Kingdom (UK) to enable both parties to collaborate in research focusing on producing gas from waste recyclable materials.

The Memorandum was signed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fauzy Ismail and Prof. Simone Hocbgred, Chairman of Rolls Royce Combustion Research Center, University of Cambridge.

Speaking at a press conference after the ceremony, UTM Head of Engine Combustion Research Division, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazri Mohd Jaafar said Prof. Simone Hochgreb of Engineering Department who is also the head of research for Rolls Royce will collaborate with his team in conducting the study to produce gas from discarded materials in a project on “Distributed Low Emissions Combustion for Biogenerated Syngases“.

“The three-year project will examine the mechanism of burning syngas produced from sewage and industrial wastes which are expected to provide solutions to the industry in replacing the waste into something beneficial to the energy sources,” he said.

This research project is a continuation from another project implemented since 2008 where UTM, University of Cambridge and Rolls Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a collaborative research on the potential of biofuels.

“This project is an offset projects that have been undertaken by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) for developing database for palm based combustion fuel.

“The project will be led by Prof. Hochgreb Simone and me. The success of this project includes the production of an impact factor journal article, 2 UTM staff graduating from the University of Cambridge, intellectual property and awards related to the project, “said Prof. Mohammad Nazri.

This year marked the 8th year of research collaboration between both universities and reinforced by the signing of this new agreement.
Research collaboration in the field of combustion and renewable energy also includes the placement of UTM students and staff at the University of Cambridge, exchange of expertise, as well as joint production and generation of intellectual property.

Prof. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (left) exchanging MoA documents with Prof. Simone after the signing ceremony between UTM-University of Cambridge that held at Banquet Hall, Sultan Ibrahim Chancellery Building, UTM Johor Bahru.

Prof. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (left) exchanging MoA documents with Prof. Simone after the signing ceremony between UTM-University of Cambridge held at the Banquet Hall, Sultan Ibrahim Chancellery Building, UTM Johor Bahru.