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Chemical Engineering Student Team among Top 5 in SEA-GIC 2020

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4 December 2020 - Southeast Asia Global Innovation Challenge (SEA-GIC) 2020 with the theme “Battling Climate Change thru Chemistry” is the prestigious pitching competition by American Chemical Society (ACS) Malaysia Chapter’s flagship programs. This challenge is opened to all undergraduate students in the Southeast Asia region.

Out of 58 participating teams, 15 teams were selected to compete in the final competition, which was held virtually on 3rd December 2020 through online platform, Microsoft Teams.

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One of the teams from the School of Chemical Engineering, USM, has emerged as the 5th best team in SEA-GIC 2020 with their project titled “Next Generation Carbon Capture and Storage: Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling”. The basic idea of this project is to replace the current conventional coal combustion scheme with a novel combustion scheme to burn coal in gaseous oxygen without the need of energy-intensive gas-gas separation unit.

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The members of this particular team are James Law Kah Chun, Teh Yoong Sin, and Teoh Wei Xin who are currently in their third year of studies. The team is supervised by Dr. Masrina Mohd Nadzir. The SEA-GIC 2020 promote innovativeness among the undergraduates to solve the real-world problem. The competing teams are strongly supported by the management and the staff of the School of Chemical Engineering.

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Text: James Law Kah Chun
Photos: Team SG20-A026 for SEA-GIC 2020