Public Events

28 Oct 2015

The planet is warming up… How can engineering help?


This talk recorded on Wed 28 Oct 2015, 6pm at University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, Number 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.


Dr Ernesto Hernandez (UNMC)

Ernesto Hernandez, Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, is a life scientist and chemical engineer – an unusual but perhaps the right profile to tackle current challenges in health, food, water and energy. As undergraduate, he created what he calls Bioinspired Chemical Engineering: based on inspiration in nature to apply the tenets of chemical engineering to address grand challenges faced by humanity.

Ernesto uses microbes and their products for a variety of purposes, such as to clean water, air, soil and sludge, to convert a variety of wastes into fuel or to ease the flow of oil in deep underground oil reservoirs at tremendously high temperatures and pressures. Ernesto pioneers the field of designing artificial bioenvironments with biomolecular evolution, hoping to accelerate the capture of smoky carbon dioxide to reduce its threatening effects on Earth due to global warming. Ernesto has held positions in America and Europe either in the chemical industry or several universities including the University of Manchester.

Dr. Amirhossein Malakahmad is an Associate Professor, Deputy Head and MSc Environmental Engineering Program Manager in the Civil Engineering Department of the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). His research focuses on solid waste management, refinery wastewater treatment and carcinogenicity assessment of wastewater. He has received numerous awards including best education delivery awards, best science and engineering design awards, invention, innovation & technology award, and publication awards.

Seminar Summary

Inspired by the exponenential achievements in modern history, Ernesto Hernandez will give us a different perspective on global warming. He embarks into the journey of showing SciTech solutions, not aiming to save the Earth from its inevitable death but to help it last longer as a liveable global home for us all.