Engineering HDR Seminar Series 6, 2012: Production of Biohydrogen by Rhodobacter Sphaeroides O.U.001 in Pulp and Paper Mill Wastewater through Photofermentation

Ms Jacqueline Hay Xiao Wen, CSPE postgraduate student

Date: 2012-05-07
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Meeting Room 5-4-22


Hydrogen has been introduced as a potential replacement for energy resource due to the depletion of fossil fuel and raising awareness about the global climate change and health problem caused by the combustion of fossil fuel. Hydrogen can be considered as a clean fuel as it produces only water upon combustion and does not emit any greenhouse gases to the environment. One attractive option is to produce hydrogen through microbial photofermentation process, which is a clean and renewable process. The aim of this research is to demonstrate and prove that pulp and paper mill effluent could be reutilize as both growth medium and biohydrogen production medium, and convert the industrial wastewater into valuable production, biohydrogen gas. It represents an attractive alternative solution to the increasing consciousness in environment preservation and global efforts towards industrial waste minimization and a more effective waste treatment.

About the Speaker

Ms. Hay graduated with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering with Honours) from Monash University Sunway Campus in 2010. She joined Monash University in 2011 for postgraduate studies under the supervision of Dr. Wu Ta Yeong, Dr Juan Joon Ching and Assoc Prof Dr Jamaliah Md Jahim. Her research focus is on reutilizing of pulp and paper mill effluent into valuable product, biohydrogen gas, through photofermentation process. The present study demonstrated that reutilizing wastewater as a substrate for biohydrogen production provides a sustainable way to waste management as it could reduce the production cost and waste treatment cost.