On Monday (17/1), two lecturers and researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia (FTUI) received a grant worth USD 12,000 from the Osaka Gas Foundation. The two lecturers and researchers who received the grant came from the Department of Chemical Engineering, namely Rahma Muthia, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Muhammad Ibadurrohman, Ph.D. (DIC). The grant ceremony was held offline in Makara 04 Smart Meeting Room FTUI. Since

The 2022/2023 Osaka Gas Research Grant ceremony was attended by Prof. Ir. Mahmud Sudibandriyo, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Deputy Dean for Resources, Ventures, and General Administration), Dr.rer.pol. Romadhani Ardi, S.T., M.T. (Manager of Student Affairs, Research, and Community Service), Mr. Tetsuo Setoguchi (Chairman of the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange), Mr. Koji Kato (Executive Director of the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange), as well as the 2021 and 2022 grantees. Besides Rahma Muthia, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D. and Muhammad Ibadurrohman, Ph.D. (DIC), this event was also attended by Prof. Dr. Ir. Nelson Saksono, M.T., and Dr. Eng. Radon Dhelika as the recipient of the Osaka Gas Research Grant in 2021.

In his remarks, Prof. Mahmud explained that this collaboration program had helped many researchers and professors at the UI Faculty of Engineering, “I was one of the recipients of an Osaka Gas research grant in 2009. At that time, my proposal entitled ‘Development of Adsorbed Natural Gas Storage Prototype and Its Performance during Discharge’ received a grant along with Prof.’s research. Nasruddin. The support from the Osaka Gas Foundation has helped the UI Faculty of Engineering a lot in developing research and innovation, especially in topics related to Gas Engineering and Sustainability.”

“We hope that the research that has been carried out by the UI Faculty of Engineering can be useful for the progress of Indonesia. If we look back at the past, many changes have occurred over the last 30 years. However, these changes did not hinder the collaboration between the Osaka Gas Foundation and the UI Faculty of Engineering. We remain determined and hope that this collaboration program can continue in the future by consistently making adjustments in line with developing conditions and the environment,” said Mr. Tetsuo in his speech.

“The collaboration between FTUI and the Osaka Gas Foundation was first established in 1993. During the 30 years of this collaboration, the total research by lecturers at the UI Faculty of Engineering that has been funded by the Osaka Gas Foundation has now reached 89 studies with a total of grants disbursed reaching USD 350,000. This figure is certainly not small, but the impact of the research being funded is far greater for the community and the country. Hopefully, in the future similar cooperation can be increased with other FTUI partners,” said the Dean of FTUI, Prof. Dr. Heri Hermansyah, ST., M.Eng., IPU.

The ceremony continued with the symbolic handover of grant funds to the Osaka Gas research grant recipients in 2022. Then the grant recipients made presentations on research topics to be carried out within the next year. Rahma Muthia presented her research topic entitled ‘Echno-enviro-economic assessment of floating photovoltaic-to-hydrogen technology on the Jatiluhur reservoir for the green hydrogen injection into natural gas pipelines networks’ while Muhammad Ibadurrohman presented his research topic entitled ‘Development of g- C3N4-based Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production Utilizing Pharmaceutical Wastes as Anodic Sacrificial Agents’.

On the same occasion, Prof. Nelson and Radon Dhelika also presented about the development of research that had been carried out after one year since the 2021 Osaka Gas grant. Prof. Nelson presented the results of his research entitled ‘Ammonia Synthesis by Plasma Electrolysis Technology’ and Radon Dhelika presented the results of his research entitled ‘Development of Small-Scale Eddy Current Separator for Handling of Electronic Waste with Minimum Beneficiation Pre-Processes in Indonesia’. The ceremony ended with the delivery of gifts from both parties and a group photo.


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