Environmental Biotechnology Research Group (EB Group) was officially started in 2005. As the group expands, sub-group system was introduced and the groups were categorized based on research areas. Until now, we have four main research areas and each sub-group was named after the research areas, i.e. Bioenergy, Bioproduct, Bioplastic and Biofertilizer.
EB Group seeks to address the environmental issues in relation to sustainable development. With our tagline “Waste to Wealth Through Biotechnology”, we focus on the utilisation of biomass for the production of value-added products. For example, under the Bioenergy research area the potential of biomass as renewable energy has been the main highlight. Bioenergy group has successfully produced biogas (methane) and biohydrogen from palm oil mill effluent (POME) and is currently focusing on the production of bioethanol and biobutanol from oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB). Bioplastic group on the other hand has introduced a coupling system for wastewater treatment and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production. PHA, a bioplastic can be produced from organic acids obtained from anaerobically treated POME. Another research which is on PHA recovery by non-halogenated solvent is currently on-going. By the introduction of the coupling system and also the PHA recovery by non-halogenated solvent, it is expected that a sustainable PHA production could be developed. Moreover, we have recently involved in a research on bioplastic chemical recycling. We are keen to introduce the chemical recycling concept for cascade utilisation of PHA.