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Dr. Kow’s research is mainly emphasized on the utilization of biomass in synthesizing aerogel and its corresponding composites. Continuing from his PhD research work, his research team is now focussing on applications for aerogel composite in industrial processes. This includes heavy metals adsorption with nano-magnetite aerogel composite, high temperature thermal insulation material, fire retardant material and moisture adsorbent. Realizing the highly porous and thermally stable structure of aerogel, his team is now attempt to embed aerogel with/to other materials such as nano-magnetite particles, activated carbon and textile to improve its functional properties. At current stage, applications of these composites are centered on the aspects of adsorption (heavy metal and dye removal in wastewater, toxic and greenhouse gases removal) and thermal insulation (heat resistant and flame retardant textile). Apart from the applications, his team is also looking into aspects to further improve the conversion process from biomass to aerogel composite. Those aspects including process integration to reduce energy utility, reduction of processing time, lower emission and sustainable development. 



  • Elements of Material Science
  • Material Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Industrial Chemistry 


Supervising MEng research projects 

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