Malaysian researcher joins oil spill project August 13, 2012 A leading Malaysian nanotechnology researcher will join Murdoch University’s School of Engineering and Energy this month to collaborate on a new oil spill clean-up technology. Dr Lai Mun Kou of the University of Technology Petronas will be working with the Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group (MANRG) thanks to a five-month Endeavour Award. “Dr Lai’s activities are part of an ongoing effort to develop and strengthen the links between the thriving oil and gas industries in Malaysia and Western Australia,” said MANRG Director Dr Gerrard Eddy Poinern. “These collaborations can help companies in both countries gain a competitive edge globally through novel cutting-edge technology.” Dr Poinern said MANRG’s oil spill project would build on his group’s work on detoxifying toxic algae blooms in the Swan River. The new project will target organic contamination from petroleum compounds using nano iron (nano Fe). “After the Gulf of Mexico disaster, we began to wonder if our innovative technique could be adapted to destroy hydrocarbons in water,” Dr Poinern said. “Many of nature’s processes and reactions occur at the nano scale, so it’s a matter of finding out how we can bind these organic molecules to surfaces and use nanotechnology to our advantage. “While industry takes great measures to ensure environmental protection, experience tells us future oil spills are inevitable, which means having the right tools can potentially avert severe environmental disasters.” Dr Poinern said Malaysian researcher Anpalagan Sockalingam, who spent time with MANRG as an Endeavour recipient in 2009, has since been appointed to the prestigious National Nanotechnology Board of Malaysia. “We hope Dr Lai’s experiences will generate similar dividends for his career and look forward to adding yet another world-class talent to our group,” Dr Poinern said. Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Research, Schools, International, School of Engineering and Energy, School of Engineering and Energy Research Tags: School of Engineering and Energy, endeavour award, gerrard eddy poinern, lai mun kou, malaysia, manrg, murdoch applied nanotechnology research group, nanotechnology, national nanotechnology board of malaysia, oil spill clean up, university of technology petronas Comments (One response) Elliott November 13, 2012 Hello, yes this piece of writing is truly fastidious and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging. thanks. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!