Plenary Lecture

Artificial Photosynthesis for Sustainable and Environmental Friendly Construction: A Review

Professor Muhammad Fauzi Mohd
Head of Sustainable Construction Materials and Building Systems (SUCOMBS) Research Group
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abstract: Artificial photosynthesis processes using semiconductor as photocatalyst, has emerged as an important destructive technology leading to the formation of eco-friendly end products. Interesting part of this process is the ability to convert pollutants into harmless substances directly in the contaminant source. Recently, artificial photosynthesis is a modern technology, which has potential for the reduction of “global warming”. This paper reviews recent developments in this emerging technology and provides information on the parameters that control the process. The effects of the photosynthetic reaction on the cementations materials are discussed and future potential applications of this technology are also considered. Finally, it also provides the scope for the future research on this topic with adequate literature support.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Muhammad FauziMohdZain is the Deputy Dean of Postgraduate and Development at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia. A graduate of Kyushu University, Japan, Fauzi’s area of expertise lies in Sustainable/Concrete Technology & Advanced Materials. He has published extensively in local and international journal and has received several medals at the International Invention Exhibition over the past years. Amongst some of his product and inventions are the Dielectric probe system for non-destructive testing & evaluation of building materials. (Gold Medal, Geneva 2004/Patent), Expert system for high performance concrete mix design for Malaysian climate (Silver Medal, Geneva, 2004/Copyright).His research areas are in Sustainable construction materials and building systems. He is recognised as a council member of the Concrete Society of Malaysia and is an expertise consultant in his area of research for MOSTI, SIRIM, CIDB and ACI. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kyushu University and a Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Building Performance & Diagnostics, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.