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UTHM’s Researchers Grabs The Gold Award

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur – The opening for Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) 2009 Research and Innovation Competitions began on a very exciting note, as the Bio-45D Machine, an invention by Tn. Hj. Mohd Salleh bin Tahar, En. Khairul Fahmi bin Ali and En. Mohd Kamil bin Ahmad Tajuddin from the Faculty of Technical Education was successful in being awarded two gold medals, one for Category A (Machinery) and more importantly being confered the ‘The Best Award’ for the Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE) 2009.


The panel of judges for the MTE 09 competition jointly decided to confer the research and innovation product, Bio-45D Machine the gold award and ‘The Best Award’ as being the top 10 products exhibited from amongst 460 products competed at the 8th Malaysia Invention and Innovation Award 2009 in conjunction with the Malaysia Technology Expo 2009. The exhibition and competiton which constituted the numerous research and innovation outcomes from both the Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IPTA/S) as well as various research agencies was held from the 19-21 February 2009 at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur and officially opened Yang Berhormat Tn. Hj. Fadillah bin Yusof, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Invovation Malaysia.

Motivated by the spirit and determination focused on resolving the problems of the local population within the area of Parit Raja that is renowned for the fried ‘krepek’ industry, the group of researchers led by Tn. Hj. Mohd Salleh Tahar invented the Bio-45D Machine aimed at resolving the issue of used cooking oil that is often discarded; by converting it into biodiesel fuel that can be used by the automotive industry. Consequently, this machine can serve to overcome the problem of river pollution around Batu Pahat due to accumulation of used cooking oil that has become a negative by-product discarded into drainage systems ultimately polluting the rivers. Thus, this Bio-45D Machine is seen as a huge relief by the local, Parit Raja ‘kerepek’ entrepreneurs who rely on this industry as one of their main source of economy.

Additionally, fellow UTHM researchers proved their excellence in producing research and innovation outcomes of a high commericalization quality by securing 3 silver awards and 8 bronze awards in the various categories that were contested. This achievement at MTE 09 is further evidence that the research and innovation outcomes at UTHM have a strong commercializable potential and are capable of having a realizable impact on the development of the local community and country at large. The community at UTHM are proud to acknowledge this recent achievement and would like to express their heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to all the researchers and inventors who participated at the MTE 2009. May the untiring efforts and strong determination shown by the researchers and inventors be an inspiration to the UTHM research and innovation community at large in order to further explore

Product Name
Name of Researcher
Automatic Machine for Processing Biodiesel Based Upon Used Cooking Oil
(Mesin Bio-45D)
Tn. Hj. Mohd Salleh bin Tahar
Mr. Khairul Fahmi bin Ali
Mr. Mohd Kamil bin Ahmad Tajuddin
‘The Best Award’
Lean Com² Toolkit
Dr. Christy P. Gomez
Mr. Koh Heng Boon
Ms. Siti Fazreena Idayu Bahtiar
FPT Silver
Digital Electronic Kit (D.E.K)
Mr. Ahmad Rizal bin Madar
Ms. Siti Saharah bt Latif
Mr. Mohamad Raffi bin Rahim
FPTek Silver
Rapid Portable Water Penetration Test System for Foamed Concrete
Mr. Koh Heng Boon
Prof. Madya Dr. Lee Yee Loon
Datuk Prof. Dr. Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah
FKAAS Silver
Water Draining Road
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lee Yee Loon
Prof. Madya Dr. Ahmad Tarmizi bin Abdul Karim
Mr. Koh Heng Boon
Mr. Izudinshah bin Abdul Wahab
Mr. Mohd Hilton bin Ahmad
Mr. Goh Kau Soon
FKAAS Bronze
Mr. Melvin Samuel s/o Pakinathan
Mr. Chang Kent Chin
Mr. Azmi bin Latif
PPKK Bronze
Ijuk-Natural Fibre Reinforced Composite
Dr. Ahmad Mujahid Ahmad Zaidi
Mr. Zulfadhli Mohd Nur Zein
Prof. Mohd Imran Ghazali
Dr. Shahruddin Mahzan
Rapid Portable Compressive Strength Test System for Foamed Concrete
Mr. Koh Heng Boon
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lee Yee Loon
Datuk Prof. Dr. Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah
FKAAS Bronze
The Lightweight Concrete Driven Piles (LCP) for Deep Foundation on Soft Soil
Ir. Agus Sulaeman
Mr. Amirul Hafiz bin Mohd Ghazali
FKAAS Bronze
ARG-Zeolite Catalytic Converter (Z-CAT)
Mdm. Hamimah Abd Rahman
Mr. Shahrin Hisham Amirnordin
Mr. Ahmad Sobri bin Ahmad Hudin
Ms. Norwahdah bt Rahmat
Mr. Mas Fawzi Mohd Ali
Dr. Ahmad Jais Alimin
FKMP Bronze
Spatial Visualization Ability Test Instrument (SVATI)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maizam bt Alias
Dr. Zainal Abidin bin Akashah
Prof. Madya Dr. Zurinah Suradi
Dr. Ismail bin Abd Rahman
FPTek Bronze
Annular Distributor for Fluidization
En. Mohd Faizal bin Mohideen Batcha
Mr. Suzairin Md Seri
Mr. Vijay R. Raghavan
FKMP Bronze


‘With Wisdom, We Explore’

MTE 2009
February 2009
By: Dr Christy Pathrose Gomez / Norliah bt Yaakub

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 09:59

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