*****2016 Keynote Speakers*****

Dr. Masrina binti Mohd Nadzir
School of Chemical Engineering,
Engineering Campus,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
14300, Nibong Tebal,
Pulau Pinang.

Speech Title: Green modification of protein-based biomaterials and their characterization

ABSTRACT: Protein-based biopolymers such as collagen and gelatin are frequently used in biomedical and tissue engineering applications due to their inherent biocompatibility, biodegradability, and availability of binding sites for cell attachment and growth. Modification of these biomaterials allows custom-made properties for specific application, the control of drug entrapment and release, and the regulation of cell behavior. Crosslinking agents can be used to modify and improved the properties of protein-based biomaterials. The aim of our researches is to investigate green techniques and crosslinking agents for the modification of collagen and gelatin. One such crosslinking agent is genipin, a naturally occurring chemical compound. This crosslinking agent was used to improve the mechanical structure of gelatin hydrogel loaded with curcumin and for regulation of curcumin release. This presentation will include our findings on this study and also introduce our research on collagen and gelatin-based biomaterials.


Dr Masrina is currently a lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is the leader of the Bioengineering & Biotransport Research Group at the School of Chemical Engineering. Her research group uses multidisciplinary approaches to overcome limitations important for the quality of life. She is mainly interested in developing biomaterials for cell culture, tissue regeneration and drug delivery. She also works on extraction of active compounds from plants and the incorporation of plant extracts in biomaterials.

She graduated in Biochemical-Biotechnology Engineering (International Islamic University Malaysia) and did a year stint at Padiberas Nasional Berhad as an R&D executive. In 2007, she was awarded the Monbukagakusho Scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan to continue her postgraduate study. She received her MEng in 2009 and PhD in 2012 from Osaka University, Japan, specializing in Materials Engineering Science. She was appointed as lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2013.

More information on Dr Masrina and her research group can be found on her group webpage

Qualifications: B. Eng. (Hons) (Biochemical-Biotechnology Engineering, IIUM), M. Eng. and PhD (Materials Engineering Science), Osaka University, Japan.
Expertise: Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Biological Material Science, Bioremediation.


Past Keynote of APCETA
Hall of Fame

Official APCETA Keynote

Asst. Prof. Dr. Unalome Wetwatana
Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) Program
Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS)
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)
1518 Pracharaj 1 Road, Bangsue
Bangkok 10800, Thailand

Speech Title: Metal oxides for synthesis gas production via thermochemical cycles of CO2/H2O co-splitting


Unalome Wetwatana Hartley is assistant professor in Chemical and Process Reaction Engineering at The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS), King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok and directs the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratory (CAT-RE).

She obtained a degree in industrial chemistry from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok in 1999 and degree in chemical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 2002. She was awarded a Thai Royal Scholarship and held the Civil Service Commission of the Prime Minister Thai Government Scholarship for her postgraduate study (2005-2009) through which she received her Ph.D. and Diploma of Imperial College in Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineeringin 2009 from Imperial College London.  In 2012 she was promoted to assistant professor at TGGS where she continues to teach heterogeneous kinetics and the principles of catalysis. In 2013, she became a joint-academic at The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE)and a member of the Advanced Fuel Processing Laboratory (AFPL).

She has published more than 30 papers in international journals and proceedings. She has obtained grants and funding from Thailand Research Fund (TRF), PTT Public Company Limited, National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Office of the Higher Education Commission (MUA), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NASTDA), Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) on topics ranging from synthesis gas production (thermochemical cycles, steam reforming, and gasification), bio-oil production via pyrolysis, N2O decomposition, bio-oil upgrading, and hydrotreating.