Yin Leng Kua | Waste-to-Wealth | Women Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Yin Leng Kua | Waste-to-Wealth | Women Researcher AwardūüŹÜ

Xiamen University Malaysia, Malaysia

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Her academic journey commenced with a strong foundation in Chemical Engineering. She earned her Master of Engineering (MEng) with first-class honors from the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia in 2011. Building upon this accomplishment, she pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering from the same institution, graduating in 2017.

Professional Endeavors

Her professional journey is characterized by a blend of academic excellence and practical application. As an Assistant Professor, she currently holds a prominent position at the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia. Her administrative role as the Advisor for XMUM IChemE Student Chapter showcases her commitment to fostering student development and engagement.

Contributions and Research Focus

Her research interests span a wide array of topics within the realm of analytical chemistry and green technology. Her pioneering work in utilizing natural deep eutectic solvents (NADES) for the extraction of phytonutrients demonstrates her dedication to sustainable practices in the field. Additionally, her exploration of novel food formulations, such as utilizing durian seed and black soldier fly larvae, underscores her innovative approach to addressing contemporary challenges in the food industry.

Accolades and Recognition

Her contributions to academia and research have been recognized through various accolades and achievements. Her involvement in research grants as Principal Investigator, including grants from both academic and industrial sources, highlights the significance of her work in attracting external funding and industry partnerships. Furthermore, her publications in reputable journals and her students' successes in competitions and fellowships underscore her impact on the scholarly community.

Impact and Influence

Her research has the potential to catalyze significant advancements in the fields of analytical chemistry and food technology. By championing sustainable practices and innovative solutions, she not only contributes to academic discourse but also influences industry practices and policies. Her mentorship of postgraduate students and active involvement in academic conferences further amplify her influence in shaping the next generation of researchers and professionals.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As She Leng continues to expand her research portfolio and mentorship endeavors, her legacy in academia and research is poised to endure. Through her interdisciplinary approach and commitment to sustainability, she leaves a lasting imprint on the scientific community. Her future contributions are anticipated to further advance knowledge in her areas of expertise while inspiring others to pursue excellence in research and education.


A total of  213 citations for her publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of her research within the academic community.

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  • i10-index¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†6

Notable Publications 

Tunable durian seed gum-derived eutectogel as a novel coating material: Rheological, thermal, textural and barrier properties for enhanced food preservation

Simultaneous Fractionation of Low-gluten Flour and Gum from Durian Seed: Process-Properties Relationship

Sugar-based natural deep eutectic solvent (NADES): Physicochemical properties, antimicrobial activity, toxicity, biodegradability and potential use as green extraction media …

Insights on the potential of natural deep eutectic solvents (NADES) to fine-tune durian seed gum for use as edible food coating

Ethyl lactate as a potential green solvent to extract hydrophilic (polar) and lipophilic (non-polar) phytonutrients simultaneously from fruit and vegetable by-products

Natural Deep Eutectic Solvent (NADES) as a Greener Alternative for the Extraction of Hydrophilic (Polar) and Lipophilic (Non-Polar) Phytonutrients

Simultaneous Recovery of Carotenes and Tocols from Crude Palm Olein Using Ethyl Lactate and Ethanol



María Blecua | Medioambiente | Best Researcher Award

Dr. María Blecua | Medioambiente | Best Researcher Award

Fundación CIRCE, Spain

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits:

Maria Blecua began her academic journey with an internship at the University of T√ľbingen's Institute of Physiology I during her Erasmus year (15/09/2012 ‚Äď 15/07/2013). Here, she was involved in the Voltage-Clamp department, conducting experiments on genetically modified oocytes, performing voltage clamp tests, and analyzing data from chemical techniques. She completed her Bachelor's thesis and contributed to two publications.

Professional Endeavors:

Her professional journey kicked off as a Researcher Student in the R&D Electrical Laboratories at Exide Technologies (01/10/2013 ‚Äď 30/09/2015). During this time, she worked on data analysis for Lead Acid Batteries, collaborated in calibration plans, and contributed to tear-down analyses. Following this, she pursued a Ph.D. in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Universidad Aut√≥noma de Madrid (14/02/2016 ‚Äď 28/02/2020), specializing in Electrochemistry. Her research focused on Lead Acid Batteries for Micro Hybrid Electrical Vehicles, specifically examining the influence of different carbon materials and organic expanders on the performance of negative plates. She manages the environmental laboratory, contributes to H2020 and Spanish public projects, and actively engages in tasks related to Life Cycle Analysis, technology acceptance, and proposal writing.

Contributions and Research Focus:

Her research contributions span a wide range, including the improvement of negative plate performance in Lead Acid Batteries, hydrometallurgy recycling of lithium-ion batteries, Life Cycle Analysis, and the upscaling of recycling processes for solar panels. Her work extends to technology acceptance and proposal writing, showcasing a holistic understanding of the research and development process.

Accolades and Recognition:

She completed her International Ph.D. with distinction, earning a Cum Laude distinction. This recognition underscores the excellence and impact of her research in the field of Electrochemistry.

Impact and Influence:

Her work has made a significant impact on the development and understanding of battery technologies, with a focus on sustainability and recycling processes. As a leader in various projects, Maria has been instrumental in shaping the direction of research and development in her field.

Legacy and Future Contributions:

Her legacy lies in her extensive research and leadership roles, contributing to the advancement of battery technologies and recycling processes. Her future contributions are likely to further shape sustainable practices in the energy storage industry, considering her ongoing role at Fundación CIRCE and her expertise in diverse aspects of battery research and development.


A total of  112 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

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  • Documents¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 7

Notable Publications 

Effect on water consumption by metallic impurities into electrolyte of lead-acid batteries

Improvement of the lead acid battery performance by the addition of graphitized carbon nanofibers together with a mix of organic expanders in the negative active material

Graphitized Carbon Nanofibers: new additive for the Negative Active Material of Lead Acid Batteries

Influences of carbon materials and lignosulfonates in the negative active material of lead-acid batteries for microhybrid vehicles

Electrochemical evaluation of lead-carbon electrodes for micro hybrid vehicle applications

SPAK-Sensitive Regulation of Glucose Transporter SGLT1

Down-regulation of the Na+-coupled phosphate transporter NaPi-IIa by AMP-activated protein kinase


Niyi Babatunde Ishola | Chemical Engineering| Best Researcher Award

Dr. Niyi Babatunde Ishola | Chemical Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Borealis Polymer Oy | Finland

Professional Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Niyi Babatunde Ishola commenced his academic journey with a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria, in 2011. Building upon this foundation, he pursued a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, Nigeria, completing it in 2016. Subsequently, he ventured into doctoral studies at Universite de Lyon1, Lyon, France, achieving a Ph.D. in Process Engineering in 2022.

Professional Endeavors

His professional trajectory encompasses diverse roles across international borders. Notably, at Borealis Polymers Oy, Finland, he contributed significantly to research and development, focusing on olefin polymerization catalysts, bench-scale polymerization behavior, and catalyst performance evaluation. Concurrently, as a Doctoral Researcher at CP2M Laboratory, CPE, Lyon, France, he delved into extensive research involving gas phase ethylene polymerization, catalyst synthesis, sorption experiments, and high-throughput reactor studies. Furthermore, Ishola has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Chemical Engineering Department of OAU, Nigeria. In this capacity, he mentored students, assisted in tutorials, and explored biodiesel synthesis and catalyst production methodologies.

Contributions and Research Focus

Hisresearch contributions are prolific and multidimensional, spanning numerous publications across esteemed journals. His research primarily revolves around process engineering, polymerization kinetics, catalyst development, biodiesel synthesis, sorption experiments, and modeling techniques. Notably, he has investigated the application of machine learning, genetic neuro-computing models, and artificial intelligence for insights into various industrial processes such as membrane performance, biodiesel production, and pollutant degradation. His expertise encompasses diverse methodologies, including Design of Experiment, Response Surface Methodology, Neural Networks, and Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference Systems, applied in optimizing and modeling chemical processes.

Accolades and Recognition

Ishola's dedication and scholarly prowess have earned him prestigious scholarships, including the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (Nigeria) scholarship in collaboration with Ministere Affaires Estrangeres (France), along with the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Impact and Influence

Through his extensive research and scholarly publications, Niyi Babatunde Ishola has significantly contributed to the field of chemical engineering, particularly in polymerization kinetics, catalyst development, and alternative energy sources such as biodiesel production. His utilization of advanced modeling techniques and innovative methodologies has widened the horizons of process engineering and sustainability studies.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As a researcher and educator, Ishola leaves a legacy of rigorous scientific inquiry, innovative problem-solving, and multidisciplinary exploration. His commitment to advancing the frontiers of chemical engineering and sustainability science is evident through his prolific publications and ongoing contributions to academia. His future endeavors are anticipated to continue shaping the field through cutting-edge research, mentorship, and scholarly contributions.



A total of  103 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 516
  • h-index¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†8
  • i10-index¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 8

Notable Publications 

E Betiku, VO Odude, NB Ishola, A Bamimore, AS Osunleke, AA Okeleye
(135 ) 2016
Development of a Novel Mesoporous Biocatalyst Derived from Kola Nut Pod Husk for Conversion of Kariya Seed Oil to Methyl Esters: A Case of Synthesis …
E Betiku, AA Okeleye, NB Ishola, AS Osunleke, TV Ojumu
( 81) 2019Application of agricultural waste-based catalysts to transesterification of esterified palm kernel oil into biodiesel: A case of banana fruit peel versus cocoa pod husk
VO Odude, AJ Adesina, OO Oyetunde, OO Adeyemi, NB Ishola, AO Etim, ...
( 75) 2019

Performance evaluation of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system, artificial neural network and response surface methodology in modeling biodiesel synthesis from palm kernel oil …
E Betiku, AS Osunleke, VO Odude, A Bamimore, B Oladipo, AA Okeleye, ...
( 56 ) 2021

Process modeling and optimization of sorrel biodiesel synthesis using barium hydroxide as a base heterogeneous catalyst: appraisal of response surface methodology, neural …
NB Ishola, AA Okeleye, AS Osunleke, E Betiku
( 43 ) 2019

Optimization of sorrel oil biodiesel production by base heterogeneous catalyst from kola nut pod husk: Neural intelligence‚Äźgenetic algorithm versus neuro‚Äźfuzzy‚Äźgenetic algorithm
E Betiku, NB Ishola
( 32 ) 2020

Modelling of synthesis of waste cooking oil methyl esters by artificial neural network and response surface methodology
AR Soji-Adekunle, AA Asere, NB Ishola, IM Oloko-Oba, E Betiku
( 30 ) 2019

Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system-genetic algorithm vs. response surface methodology: A case of optimization of ferric sulfate-catalyzed esterification of palm kernel oil
NB Ishola, OO Adeyemi, AJ Adesina, VO Odude, OO Oyetunde, ...
( 29 ) 2017

Crude rubber seed oil esterification using a solid catalyst: Optimization by hybrid adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system and response surface methodology
CF Jisieike, NB Ishola, LM Latinwo, E Betiku
( 7 ) 2023

AS Yusuff, NB Ishola, AO Gbadamosi, KA Thompson-Yusuff
( 7 ) 2022