Field of award: Chemical Engineering
Year awarded: 2007
Division: Engineering Sciences
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mathematical modelling of biofilms and their application to bioreactors. He has studied intensively the dynamic behaviour of biofilms as applied in bioreactors to treat domestic and hazardous industrial wastes. His studies have contributed to a better understanding of biofilm structure, microbial ecology as well as the biochemical reactions occurring inside the biofilms. His mathematical models of the biochemical reaction kinetics in biofilms have led to better understanding of the dynamic behaviour of the system. The models are used as the basis for the design of wastewater treatment plants treating hazardous wastes such as polychlorinated biphenyls, chlordane, and other perticides nd chemicals banned under Stockholm Convention.
Current Position: Chairman and Professor
Office Address: Chemical Engineering Department De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila
Education: PhD (Chemical Engineering), Waseda University; MS (Applied Science in Chemical Engineering) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; BS (Chemical Engineering) University of San Carlos, Cebu City