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​Dr Suzana Yusup wins second prize in the global Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

(6 April 2016) Professor Dr Suzana Yusup did the university proud when she won the second prize in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2016 held in Berlin, Germany.  Over 500 proposals were submitted and her project was selected as one of the five finalists.

The Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2016 is open to individuals or organisations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors from all countries. Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries.

Dr Suzana, an associate professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), was awarded a research grant worth €25,000 for her project titled "Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield".

For this project, Dr Suzana and her team members developed a water-based biopesticide, based on a unique combination of different plant extracts, to improve the productivity of paddy fields. 

"With the improvement of paddy fields productivity, we hope that it will help the surrounding community to earn a better income.  This project is also in line with UTP's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda as well as supporting Malaysia's policy in ensuring security of food supply in the country," said Dr Suzana.

The research was a collaboration between Perak Tengah Agriculture Department, Bio-X Techno Sdn Bhd and biomass processing cluster under the Centre for Biofuel and Biochemical Research UTP.

UTP team members consisted of Associate Professor Dr Mohamed Hasnain Isa, Dr Rohani Salleh, Dr Noridah Osman, Dr Ruzaimah Nik Mohd Kamil, Haryanni Harun, Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom, Daniel Joe Dailin and Puteri Sarah Diba Kamarulzaman.

'The Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield' initiative is just one of UTP's many research areas which are poised to offer much benefit to industries, societies and applications across the board.

Already recognised for its educational excellence especially in the engineering, technology and science fields, UTP is well on its way to reaching its goal of gaining recognition and acknowledgement as a world-class research intensive university.