Professor Dr. Y.H. Taufiq-Yap
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Universiti Putra Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Y.H. Taufiq-Yap is currently a Professor of Catalysis, Head of Laboratory for Sustainable Chemicals and Bioenergy, Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre, Faculty of Science and Deputy Director of Research Management Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He earned a BSc (Hons) and MSc in 1992 and 1994, respectively at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He then went on to earn his PhD (1997) in heterogeneous catalysis at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK. His research interests lie on designing heterogeneous catalysts and nanocatalyst for sustainable energy and chemicals production from biomass and renewable resources and environment protection, including the reduction of greenhouse and toxic gas emissions by catalytic technologies. He published various reviews on biodiesel and hydrogen production from biomass, and is author of over 310 scientific publications, several communications in international conferences (over 30 plenary or invited/keynote lectures in the last 5 years), he is author/editor of 2 books on biodiesel. Throughout his career, Professor Taufiq-Yap has been the recipient of the following Awards and Distinctions: National Young Scientist Award, 2002; Top Research Scientist Malaysia (2013); Visiting Researcher, Cardiff University, 2004, 2005; Appointed Fellow of Academy Science of Malaysia (2015), Malaysia Institute of Chemistry (2009) and Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2008); Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Japan, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and Curtin University Sarawak, elected Titular Member of International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Council Member of Asia-Pacific Association of Catalysis Society (APACS).
Title of talk: Catalysis, Green Chemistry & Sustainability: Challenges & Opportunities
Abstract: Catalysis is one of the fundamental pillars of green chemistry which include the design of chemical products and reaction or processes that can reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The design and application of new catalysts and catalytic systems are simultaneously achieving the dual goals of environmental protection and economic benefit. Green chemistry also known as sustainable chemistry is defined as the practice of chemical science and manufacturing in a manner that is sustainable, safe, and environmental friendly and that consumes minimum amounts of materials, chemicals and energy while producing little or no waste material and hazardous chemicals. Developing green chemistry methodologies is a challenge that may be viewed through the framework of the “Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry”. These principles identify catalysis as one of the most important tools for implementing green chemistry. Catalysis offers numerous green chemistry benefits including lower energy requirements, catalytic versus stoichiometric amounts of materials, increased selectivity, and decreased use of processing and separation agents, and allows for the use of less toxic materials. Heterogeneous catalysis, in particular, addresses the goals of green chemistry by providing the ease of separation of product and catalyst, thereby eliminating the need for separation through distillation or extraction. In addition, environmentally benign catalysts such as clays and zeolites, may replace more hazardous catalysts currently in use. This lecture highlights a variety of ways in which catalysis may be used in green chemistry reactions. The role of chemistry in ‘greening’ existing processes will drive the development of more efficient, selective catalysts and reduced energy consumption.