Andrew Ng Kay Lup - Malaysia
Andrew graduated summa cum laude in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Chemical Engineering with first class distinction from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia in 2016. In the same year, he was offered by Malaysian government to be one of the MyBrain15 KPT scholars under the nationally coveted scholarship programme to pursue an engineering doctorate study in University of Malaya, Malaysia. His research interests include theoretical catalysis, rovibronic spectroscopy, catalytic reaction engineering and quantum thermodynamics with application foci of fuel upgradation and biomass processing. His two-year stint in doctorate research on hydrodeoxygenation of phenolics for fuel upgradation has resulted in an output of 9 written scientific papers and one potential patent.
Andrew has presented his work at the 3rd ICChESA 2017 and received the Best Oral Presenter Award in the field of chemical reaction engineering, polymer and composite materials. He is also a silver medallist of the National Nanotechnology Olympiad. Currently, he is representing his institution for the 3-minute Thesis and Falling Walls Lab competitions at national level. Away from the lab, he reads books on Hebrew, Greek, astrophysics, philosophy and theology. He enjoys watching online lectures and TED talks from various universities while occasionally giving lectures to undergraduates when necessary. In addition, he enjoys playing four musical instruments, of which the violin is his favourite. Andrew is also passionate in inspiring youths through his education talks and medical charities during his mission trips with his team.
Bio-crude oil from lignocellulosic biomass: A zero-to-hero energy scenario
The bio-crude oil produced via catalytic thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass is a potential renewable energy source in the wake of the forthcoming decline in fossil fuel supply and the ever increasing oil demand. This process is valuable as it converts such biomass waste into high-value fuel and valorized chemicals. The feedstock of this process such as agriculture residues, wood residues and municipal solid wastes are abundant in nature and can be collected without disrupting food production. Lignocellulosic biomass is made up of lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose which are the source of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. High carbon content is important for high heating value of oil, but high oxygen content in biomass would also cause bio-crude oil to be corrosive and chemically unstable. Therefore, metal-zeolite catalyzed thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass is required to form bio-crude oil that contains simpler hydrocarbons in higher proportion.