Project Title Multielement Biofilter
Project Category Innovation
Abstract Chemical water pollution in water bodies has triggered and created awareness among researchers on health effect of heavy metals toward living organisms and how to control chemical pollution from worsen. The presence of overwhelmingly high heavy metal concentration in human being could lead to death. The main source of heavy metals in water come majorly from human activities namely from industries, agricultural and household activities. Hence, the development of more efficient and low cost tools or method to treat polluted water is a never ending effort. Currently, there exist few methods to treat polluted water particularly from heavy metals, but these conventional methods are too costly and thus not suitable to be used in long term. In addition, there are also few biosorbents from biomass being developed, however they have limited application as they can only perform single metal adsorption process. The use biomass as an adsorbent is a cheaper option despite being environmental friendly due to abundant resources of agriculture waste. Our team has successfully prepared a new biosorbent, which are hybrid from Oil Palm Mesocarp Fiber (OPMF) (Elaesis guineensis sp.) and Mangrove Bark (MB) (Rhizophora apiculate sp). This new biosorbent is very efficient to absorb multiple heavy metal ion namely Cr, Cu, Ni, and Pb from a solution. This new biosorbent has a great potential to be developed further as a multielement biofilter, which can help to curb the problem of water pollution caused by heavy metals.
Validation Status Validated
Validation Date 2018-04-05


Staff Status
Mohammad Isa bin Mohamadin,Prof. Madya Ts. ChM. Dr. Leader


Event Name Event Date Event Level Achievement Event Venue
Invention, Innovation and Design Exposition (iidex) 2017 2017-09-25 National Silver Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor UiTM Shah Alam