• Plenary Speaker
3rd International Conference on Mechanical,
Manufacturing and Process Plant Engineering
Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia, 22nd–23rd November 2017

Plenary Speaker

Associate Professor Dr. Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim

School of Chemical Sciences - Universiti Sains Malaysia

Oil Palm Lignin for Industrial Applications

By 2020, it is expected that oil palm biomass reaches 100 million tons in Malaysia. Millions of tons of solid oil palm biomass such as empty fruit bunch fiber (EFB), oil palm fronds (OPF), oil palm trunk (OPT), mesocarp fiber and palm kernel shell are by-produced as agricultural wastes from palm oil production. These biomasses could produce enormous greenhouse gases that worsen the global warming. However, disposal of such wastes requires additional effort and expenses which make the mill operation less cost efficient. The properties of oil palm lignocellulosic waste (composed of useful compounds; i.e. lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose) have triggered a sudden drive on its potential and growing research interest for various applications all over the world. To encourage the millers to dispose the wastes in an eco-friendlier way, alternative products which can generate additional income from the biomass should be developed to also realize the national agenda to generate wastes from wealth. In this presentation, the speaker will share his experience in inventing several products from oil palm lignin for industrial usages. Among the products are LignoRust, ViscoLigno, LignoPEX and Ligno-X.