Circular Economy Workshop and Green Materials Exhibition
On 20th and 21st September 2022, Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Research Unit (AMSERU) exhibited Green Materials Projects and conducted Circular Economy Workshop in conjunction with Global Clean up Congress (GCC) 2022 at IIUM Cultural Centre (ICC) and Kulliyyah of Engineering, IIUM. The GCC 2022 was organized by CRC CARE, in conjunction with the global CARE Alliance™, the Government of Malaysia’s Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and the International Islamic University of Malaysia. With the theme of circular economy practice, the exhibition and workshop aimed to educate and spread awareness to the visitor about the impact of recycling waste materials to the environment. The 2 days event were led by Dr. Nur Idayu Ayob and Dr. Norshahida Sarifuddin, with the involvement from AMSERU members, post-graduate students and our collaborator from Green Waste Selangor (GWS). AMSERU’s booth and workshop also was sponsored by Minggu Sains Malaysia (MOSTI), PERINTIS and Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan Malaysia.
During the two days event, AMSERU’s booth was visited by congress participants as well as public participants.. It is an honor to all AMSERU members as our booth visited by YB Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, together with Prof. Dr. Ravi Naidu, the Chairperson of GCC 2022 and CEO of CRC Care Australia. At the exhibition booth, various products derived from waste materials were exhibited like 3D printed products produced by Durian skin (Prof. Dr. Hazleen Anuar), soap from used cooking oil (Dr. Maisarah, GWS), sanitary pad from sago (Prof. Ir. Dr. Zuraida), plastic from organic waste (Dr. Norshahida), products from waste plywood (Dr. Nur Idayu), empty fuit bunch (EFB) (Dr. Noorasikin), rice husk ash (RHA) (Dr. Farah Diana), Biomass (Dr. Alya Naili) and hybrid rocket fuel (Dr. Norhuda Hidayah). These products are developed from the research works done by AMSERU members. The Circular Economy Workshop participated by students from different schools. On the day 1, the Circular Economy Workshop was involved by 110 students from SMK Hulu Klang, Kolej Komuniti Ampang and Maahad Tahfiz (Kemahiran) Nur Fattah. AND, for the day two, 120 school students from Summit 2 Private School, Mutiara International Grammar School and IIUM International School have participated the the workshop. During the workshop, the students were exposed with a talk related current condition of the earth due to the abundance of waste materials around the world and what is their role as future leader, including the importance of knowledge about materials to recycle. The talk was given by Ts. Dr. Ahmad Zahirani Ahmad Azhar, the Head of Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering. After the talk, the students were invited to join demonstration in producing 3D products from durian skin waste led by Br. Romainor, fabrication of plastic from sago starch by Sr. Nur ‘Aishah and fabrication of soap from used cooking oil by Dr. Maisarah. The students were excited and actively participated the workshop. The workshop was ended with a photo session.
Overall AMSERU has received positive responses from the students and teachers regarding the event. The students also were able to deepen their knowledge and interest in Materials Engineering and waste management. We do hope this event will be beneficial to the young generation especially the school students in saving the world. Together we contribute to the sustainability of our environment and planet.
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