Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Centre (BERC)
Originally, BERC was setup in December 2002 at the Department of Science in Engineering under the name Environmental Biotechnology Engineering Research Group (EBERG). In July 2003 when the Department of Biotechnology Engineering was formally setup, EBERG moved to the new department. In April 2004, the group changed its name to Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Group (BERG) in order to widen the scope of expertise as a result of increased members from various fields. The IIUM Research Board, on 23rd February 2005, approved the establishment of Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Unit (BERU). BERC was recognized as a Centre of Excellence in Green Technology" by Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOHE) in February 2010. In 2011 The Unit was upgraded to a Center and to become Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Center (BERC). Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Centre (BERC) was setup to provide engineering and scientific solutions using experimental, analytical and computational techniques necessary for dealing with problems involving water supply, wastewater treatment, waste management, environmental pollution control (land and water), environmental impact assessment of engineering projects etc. Emphasis is on the applications of biotechnology principles and environmentally-friendly technologies/techniques to solve diverse environmental problems. The main focus of BERC is bioconversion of natural products and organic residues for wide applications in water, wastewater treatment, and water pollution control. The research interest and expertise of BERC members are: Bioconversion of industrial, domestic and agricultural waste for value added products i.e. bio-ethanol, bio-compost, bio-feed, organic acids, enzymes etc in liquid and solid state; Optimization/modeling; Bioreactor design and analysis; Development of bioactive materials from natural products and organic waste residue for use in water and waste treatment; Water and wastewater treatment (municipal and industrial); Water pollution control; Fermentation technology and microbial biotechnology; Extraction and purification of natural products.
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