November 28, 2014, by jgkhor
Batch Process Simulation and Optimisation Workshop
By Prof. Dominic Foo
Report for Inter-Campus Mobility Fund
A hands-on workshop on “Batch Process Simulation and Optimisation” was held on 27 August 2014 at the Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham (UNUK). The workshop tutor was Prof Dominic Foo from the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies (CEGT), Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The workshop was partially sponsored by Inter-Campus Staff Mobility Fund, and two research divisions within the Faculty of Engineering, i.e.Energy and Sustainability, as well as Manufacturing and Process Technologies. The workshop aimed to provide an overview of the role of steady-state process simulation in analysing, evaluating and optimising integrated batch and biochemical processes, particularly important for biotechnology, fine chemical, pharmaceutical industries.
The workshop was participated by academic staffs, postdocs and PhD students from Faculty of Engineering. The workshop host, Dr Jon Mckechnie from Energy and Sustainability Division says “the workshop was a huge success, with high participation from a range of positions (PhD students, PDRAs, academic staff). Informal input I have received from participants is that this was a very informative event that will directly contribute to future research successes”. Dr Anca Prodea of the Manufacturing and Process Technologies Division says that “The workshop was of great interest for those who look into designing complicated biotechnological processes. It provided students and staff with the basic understanding of this process simulation software, for further development and integration in their research projects.”
Brief info about Professor Dominic Foo
Professor Ir Dr Dominic C. Y. Foo is the Professor of Process Design and Integration at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering UNMC, and the Founding Director for the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (IChemE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (HEA). He is also a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM), as well as the 2012/3 – 2013/4 sessions chairman for the Chemical Engineering Technical Division of IEM. Professor Foo is the Chief Editor for IEM Journal, Subject Editor for Transactions of IChemE Part B (Process Safety & Environmental Protection, Elsevier), Editorial Board Members for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy (Springer), and Chemical Engineering Transactions.