SIO 6 – Education & Research Sustainable Activities

JANUARY 2020

S60120/01
Green Activity:
Characterization Of Nanocellulose Filter Paper From Malaysian Renewable Forest Resources For Water Purification Through High-performance Filtration In Wastewater Treatment

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Date:

21 January 2020

Place/Venue:
Pulp & Paper Laboratory UTHM

Participants:
Dr Nor Hazren Abdullah Hamid and final year students from the Civil Engineering Technology (Environmental) program Wan Muhammad Syakil bin Wan Yunus and Nooranisa binti Zulkifli

Description:
The active involvement of JTKA researcher Dr Nor Hazren Abdul Hamid at Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), for the research of KPT fund (FRGS-RACER) entitled”Characterization Of Nanocellulose Filter Paper From Malaysian Renewable Forest Resources For Water Purification Through High-performance Filtration In Wastewater Treatment”. Two final year students from the Civil Engineering Technology (Environmental) program will be involved with starting a one-month project at the FRIM laboratory. The students were Wan Muhammad Syakil bin Wan Yunus and Nooranisa binti Zulkifli.


FEBRUARY 2020

S60220/01
Green Activity:
Documentation of aquatic insects in selected rivers at the Endau-Rompin (Johor) National Park (PETA)

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Date:

25 February 2020

Place/Venue:
Endau-Rompin (Johor) National Park

Participants:
Ts. Dr. Kamarul Rahim Kamarudin with students from Master of Science (Biodiversity Conservation)

Description:
A research was conducted in the Endau-Rompin (Johor) National Park to identify the species and distribution of aquatic insects and to determine the quality of river water based on the presence of certain species. 


MARCH 2020

S60320/01
Green Activity:
The Deterioration of Quality of The Environment Impacts the Safety and Well-being of Urban Communities

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Date:
1 March 2020

Place/Venue:
UTHM

Participants:
PM. Dr. Haryati binti Shafii

Description:
The article written by PM. Dr. Haryati bt Shafii tell us regarding the deterioration of quality of the environment that affect the safety and well-being of urban communities. Environment deteriorate due to the development undertaken by humans such as the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, toxic and hazardous waste. According to Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Ekhwan Haji Toriman, 25 rivers in Malaysia was reported to be contaminated and Johor has the highest rate of river pollution followed by Penang and Malacca.

Besides, the air quality also affected by smoke, dust and the most recent cases which is Coronavirus that can be spread through the air (breathing). This indicates that, the air is no longer safe to human. In addition, the increasing number of populations specifically in Malaysia also contributed to the increase in waste generation especially in urban areas. Based on a study, the estimated average waste generated by an individual is 1.8 kg daily in 2018.

In today’s context, people need to be aware of their responsibilities towards the environment. Education, awareness and concern towards the importance of environment should be enhance. This is because the deterioration in the quality of the environment threatens the health, safety and well-being of the community.  We cannot compromise on profit when it comes to safety, health and human life.


S60320/02
Green Activity:
Institute of Integrated Engineering, UTHM Produces Hand Sanitizers to Inhibit the Transmission of Covid-19

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Date:
15 March 2020

Place/Venue:
UTHM

Participants:
Ts. Dr. Mohd Fahmy bin Abdullah and members of Institute of Integrated Engineering, UTHM

Description:
As one of the MTUN universities in Malaysia, UTHM constantly keep making efforts in inhibiting the transmission of the recent pandemic which is Covid-19. Institute for Integrated Engineering (12E) that gathers many experts in  science, technology and mechanical have taken proactive steps to produce hand sanitizers.

The ingredients in producing the sanitizers are ethanol, aloe vera and perfume. For a small bottle of 100 ml hand sanitizer, only 60 ml ethanol (95% purity) and 20 ml deionized (Dl water) were used. The composition changes depending on the purity of the ethanol. While aloe vera and perfume were used as moisturizer for hands and produces a pleasant smell for the users.

Institute for Integrated Engineering UTHM will continuously doing research and proactive moves to ensure the sustainability of the campus.