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Recent Events in the School of Science and Technology

Events organized by the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology and Sustainability (IRITS)

Seminar on ‘The comparative study on morphology, physiology and proteomics of the toxin-producing mechanisms of pseudo-nitzschia (bacillariophyta)’

On 28 April 2017, Dr Xin Chen gave a seminar on his research study which looked into the toxin profiles of toxic and non-toxic strains of pseudo-nitzschia with the use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) technology.

The research results indicated that the protein expressing differences occurred between toxic and non-toxic strains of pseudo-nitschia multiseries. In the toxic strains, there are proteins which could be treated as potential toxin biomarkers. The production of domoic acid (DA) is said to be related to ‘the press condition which could be a response to the environmental changes and the result of the long-term adaptation.’

Seminar on ‘The development of electric vehicles and policy implications: International and Hong Kong perspectives’

On 1 June 2017, Professor Peter Hills, Director of the Kadoorie Institute at the University of Hong Kong, gave a seminar on the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and policy initiatives for promoting them from international and Hong Kong perspectives. Prof. Hills first introduced the early development of EVs, their recent re-emergence, and the pros and cons of adopting them. After that, he discussed the policy initiatives for promoting the production or purchase of EVs in countries around the world and in Hong Kong. The relationship between EVs and the development of the smart grid, an evolved grid system that optimizes the conservation and delivery of electricity, was also discussed.

Seminar on ‘High strength wastewater treatment as an opportunity for microalgal industrialization’

On 7 July 2017, Mr Kam-chau Wu, a doctoral student in the School of Science and Technology, gave a seminar on his research study on a treatment system — microalgal treatment for foodwaste leachate (MTFL) — to purify food waste leachate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Wu’s study was divided into two phases. Firstly, he aimed to find the species with a faster growth rate in the leachate environment. Secondly, he aimed to discover the efficiency of using continuous cultivation of bioreactor for treating the foodwaste leachate, while testing whether the setup is functional.

Some important study results included the following: the system was able to significantly remove the major water contaminants, and biodiesel can be produced from the system.

    

 

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