Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon & Team Publish Four Articles in High-Impact Journals

2022-09-13

The Research and Postgraduate Centre congratulates Chin Min Yee, Ng Wai Lam, Wong Khai Jian, Hoy Zheng Xuan, and Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon Kok Sin from XMUM New Energy and Science Engineering (NESE) programme for publishing four research articles in high-impact publications. 

The first paper, Life cycle assessment of bioelectrochemical and integrated microbial fuel cell systems for sustainable wastewater treatment and resource recovery” is published in the Journal of Environmental Management (Q1, IF: 8.91), with Chin Min Yee as the first author and Phuang Zhen Xin the second author. In the context of wastewater treatment, bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) have gained significant interest in the past few years. BESs are technologies that utilize microbial activities, simultaneously treat wastewater and generate value-added by-products such as electricity. In the article, the authors compare fifteen BESs, including integrated microbial fuel cells, with environmental evaluation and hotspot analysis via life cycle assessment methodology. In line with Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean water and sanitation) and 13 (Climate change), this study provides scientific references to wastewater treatment stakeholders leveraging potential BESs and integrated microbial fuel cell systems to improve water sanitation and address climate change simultaneously.

 

 

The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115778

The second paper, “The overlooked criteria in green building certification system: Embodied energy and thermal insulation on non-residential building with a case study in Malaysia” is published in Energy (Q1, IF: 8.857). Ng Wai Lam is the articles first author, while Chin Min Yee, Zhou Jinqin, and Chin Ann Ying are the co-authors. This paper assesses the embodied and operational energy of different green-rated office buildings by benchmarking non-green office buildings. The findings show that embodied energy is essential to include in building planning rather than overemphasising operational energy assessment in the green building grading method. The article provides evidence-based outcomes to policymakers when determining the amount of embodied energy and operational energy to increase energy savings even further.

 

The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2022.124912

The third paper, “A country-level Pareto-optimal palm waste utilisation network for economic and environmental sustainability,  was also published in Energy, with Wong Khai Jian as the first author and Ooi Jun Keat & Ng Wai Lam as the co-authors. A collaborative research with Dr. Mong Guo Ren from NESE program, the paper discusses optimising Malaysia's palm waste utilisation pathway in a multi-objective model, which provides quantitative information for stakeholders to design an efficient palm waste utilisation strategy that is environmentally and economically feasible.

 

 

The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2022.125007

The fourth paper, “Forecasting Heterogeneous Municipal Solid Waste Generation via Bayesian-Optimised Neural Network with Ensemble Learning for Improved Generalisation, is published in Computers & Chemical Engineering (Q1, IF: 4.13), with Hoy Zheng Xuan as the first author, in collaboration with Associate Professor Dr. Chin Wen Cheong from the Department of Mathematics. The research studies the socioeconomic correlation of municipal solid waste composition and develops an artificial neural network framework with reduced uncertainty to forecast waste composition trends. The forecasted outcomes are analysed to provide policy recommendations for the waste authorities in developing a circular economy via proper waste management.

 

The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2022.107946

 

Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon’s current research group members (From left to right: Dr. Vincent Woon, Ng Wai Lam, Chin Min Yee, Phuang Zhen Xin, Hoy Zheng Xuan, Ooi Jun Keat)

Chin Min Yee: “I couldn't imagine that my FYP work managed to be published after 1.5 years, even though I am not continuing with this study for my Master's research. In this prolonged timeframe, I have gained my academic research soft skills, in-depth knowledge of life cycle assessment, and realized the dedication of a researcher to their research work from all the literature reviewed - It is a terrific idea by not spending extra effort to obtain the resources from scratch. With this paper published, it is hoped that the wastewater treatment's environmental issues are well aware.”

Ng Wai Lam: “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my supervisor, Dr Vincent Woon, who encourages me to publish my FYP work. Research is not an easy process; it takes consistent effort and patience to achieve. This project has taught me to think critically and logically, as well as given me the opportunity to improve my writing skills and learn time management. Special thanks to Dr. Vincent Woon and my teammates for their support and guidance during the research process. It cannot be done without them!” 

Wong Khai Jian: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part in paper writing. I would like to thank Dr. Vincent, Dr. Mong Guo Ren, Jun Keat, and Wai Lam for their guidance and assistance throughout the entire paper writing process. It has been a fruitful journey for me, and I believe what I have learned here will aid me in my future career.”

Hoy Zheng Xuan: “My heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to my supervisors, Dr. Vincent and Dr. Chin for providing me with guidance and counsel throughout this multidisciplinary research project. Working on this research provides me with fundamental knowledge of machine learning and hands-on experience in delivering projects that provide real-world environmental solutions. I have learnt a lot from this research group and I am excited in improving my research skills and extending the impact of our future research.”

Hoy Zheng Xuan: “My heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to my supervisors, Dr. Vincent and Dr. Chin for providing me with guidance and counsel throughout this multidisciplinary research project. Working on this research provides me with fundamental knowledge of machine learning and hands-on experience in delivering projects that provide real-world environmental solutions. I have learnt a lot from this research group and I am excited in improving my research skills and extending the impact of our future research.”

Ts. Dr. Vincent Woon is an Associate Professor at XMUM School of Energy and Chemical Engineering. His research interests include carbon footprint analysis, life cycle assessment, waste management, green township and building development, and energy optimization. Since joining XMUM, he has received several international awards, including the UNFCCC-GIR-CASTT Fellowship by the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center of Korea and United Nations Climate Change, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academy Seminar Fellowship by the US Department of State, CrossCulture Programme Fellowship by the German Federal Foreign Office, and First Prize of the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development by the Global Development Network. He is also a Professional Technologist with the Malaysia Board of Technologists and a Green Real Estate (GreenRE) Accredited Professional of Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia.

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