Research Groups

Green Materials Laboratory

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June 2015

June 9, 2016 – The team of Jamico Jamlang, Mica Marañon and Girro Rigor has won First Place in the 2016 Undergraduate Project Competition of the UP College of Engineering. The team, with their project entitled “Developing a Physically Cross-linked Hydroxymethyl Cellulose Hydrogel for Wound Dressing Application“, bested 7 other finalists that were chosen from 29 entries submitted by the different units of the College. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!

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May 28, 2016 – The BS ChE Gremlins have successfully presented their theses in the 2016 DChE Undergraduate Research and Plant Design Colloquium. The first group- composed of Jamico Jamlang, Mica Marañon and Girro Rigor- presented their project on HEC hydrogel as a wound dressing, while the second group- composed of Paul Jake Nalzaro, Lara Casalme and Raymond Osabel- presented their project on vitamin E microencapsulated in HPC/alginate blend.

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May 27, 2016 – Mr. Diamaden Salinding and Mr. Jar Carlo Ramirez defended their MS ChE theses entitled “Thermal and mechanical properties and moisture absorption of lignocellulose (soda lignin)/unsaturated polyester blends” and “Analysis and optimization of water-based printing ink formulations for polyethylene films“, respectively. Their thesis defense panel is composed of Dr. Bryan Pajarito (panel chair for Salinding) of the Catalyst Research Laboratory, Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida (panel chair for Ramirez) of the Catalyst Research Laboratory. Mr. Salinding and Mr. Ramirez are both scholars under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology.

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April 8-9, 2016 – Dr. Terence Tumolva presented a paper in the 2016 3rd International Conference on Chemical and Food Engineering (ICCFE 2016), which was held in Tokyo, Japan. Joining him are Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida and Asst. Prof. Patrick Ramoso of the Catalyst Research Laboratory, Dr. Rizalinda de Leon of the Fuels, Energy and Thermal Systems Laboratory (FETS), Asst. Prof. Ralph Villa of the Polymer Research Laboratory and Asst. Prof. Charlimagne Montealegre of the Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory.

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Dr. Tumolva also visited his former professor, Dr. Masatoshi Kubouchi of the School of Materials and Chemical Technology in Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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August 7, 2015 – The Gremlins has found a new home in B201-202, which is twice larger than their original room B206. The cleaning and transfer is supervised by the Lab Head, Dr. Terence Tumolva, who is assisted by returning member Mr. Rodel Guerrero (now a PhD student) and MS students Lady Christine Cruz and Mamerto Benitez Jr. Joining the activity are the new undergraduate members: Paul Jake Nalzaro, Raymond Joseph Osabel, Lara Casalme, Jamico Jamlang, Mica Therese Marañon and Girro Jonn Rigor.

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June 1, 2015 – The BS ChE students have successfully presented their theses in the 2015 DChE Undergraduate Research and Plant Design Colloquium. Three groups are under Dr. Terence Tumolva and one group is advised by Asst. Prof. Ralph Villa.

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May 26, 2015 – Ms. Maria Teresa Mina defended her MS ChE thesis entitled “Development of natural fiber-reinforced plastic composite using Pandanus simplex (karagumoy) fiber”. Her thesis defense panel is composed of Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida (panel chair) of the Catalyst Research Laboratory, Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Asst. Prof. Ralph Villa. Ms. Mina is a scholar under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology.

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May 8-9, 2015 – Dr. Terence Tumolva and Ms. Jeddah Marie Vasquez (MS ChE) attended and presented papers in the 2015 International Congress on Chemical, Biological and Environmental Sciences (ICCBES2015), which was held in Kyoto, Japan. Joining them are Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida and Asst. Prof. Patrick Ramoso of the Catalyst Research Laboratory.

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May 6, 2015 – Ms. Jeddah Marie Vasquez defended her MS ChE thesis entitled “Synthesis and characterization of a self-assembling hydrogel from water-soluble cellulose derivatives and sodium hydroxide/thiourea solution”. Her thesis defense panel is composed of Dr. Rizalinda de Leon (panel chair) of the Fuels, Energy and Thermal Systems Laboratory, Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida of the Catalyst Research Laboratory. Ms. Vasquez is a scholar under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology.

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April 1, 2014 – Three members of the Green Materials Research Group had successfully defended their master’s theses in chemical engineering: Ms. Joy Erika Reyes (“Effect of surface temperature and particle loading on the mechanical properties of CFB fly ash reinforced thermoset composite”), Ms. Sakura Onishi (“Effect of particle loading, temperature and surface treatment on moisture absorption of CFB fly ash reinforced thermoset composite”) and Mr. Ralph Villa (“Developing a predictive model for determining the mechanical properties of CFB fly ash thermoset composite”). Ms. Reyes and Ms. Onishi are both scholars under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology, while Mr. Villa is an instructor from the Department of Chemical Engineering of UP Diliman and a member of the project team working on the beneficiation and utilization of circulating fluidized bed (CFB) fly ash from local power plants.

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Their thesis defense panel was composed of Dr. Rizalinda de Leon (panel chair) of the Catalyst for Energy Applications Research Group, Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida of the Catalyst for Environmental Applications Research Group of the Polymers and Catalysts (PolyCat) Laboratory.

March 31, 2014 – Mr. Noel Sabarillo had successfully defended his MS ChE thesis entitled “Characterization of latent heat storage System of MEPCM-incorporated paint”. His thesis defense panel was composed of Dr. Rizalinda de Leon (panel chair) of the Catalyst for Energy Applications Research Group, Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida of the Catalyst for Environmental Applications Research Group of the Polymers and Catalysts (PolyCat) Laboratory.

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April 3, 2013 – Three members of the Green Materials Research Group had successfully defended their master’s theses in chemical engineering: Mr. Rodel Guerrero (“Synthesis of furfural from agricultural residues in the Philippines for local furfural production”), Mr. Ronald Bual (“A degradation study of polyurethane and polyfurfuryl alcohol resins under acidic environment”) and Mr. Joseph Ortenero (“The effects of different chemical treatments on the mechanical and morphological properties of water hyacinth fiber-reinforced green composites”).

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The thesis defense panel for Mr. Guerrero and Mr. Bual is composed of Dr. Bryan Pajarito of the Industrial Polymers Research Group (chair), Dr. Terence Tumolva (adviser) and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida of the Catalysts for Environmental Applications Research Group of the Polymers and Catalysts (PolyCat) Laboratory, while that of Mr. Ortenero is composed of Dr. Pajarito (chair), Dr. Tumolva (adviser) and Asst. Prof. Bryan Alamani. All three are scholars under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology.

December 1, 2012 – Members of the Tohgo, Shimamura and Fujii Laboratory from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shizuoka University visited the University of the Philippines Diliman as under the Short-Stay, Short-term Visit (SSSV) Program of the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). The visit includes a sightseeing tour in Manila as well as a short research workshop held at the Beta Epsilon Multimedia Hall in Melchor Hall. This is continuation of the SSSV Program held at Shizuoka University in the preceding year.

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The Shizudai delegation were hosted by Dr. Terence Tumolva of the Green Materials Research Group and Dr. Maria Lourdes Dalida of the Catalysts for Environmental Applications Group of the Polymers and Catalysts (PolyCat) Laboratory (special thanks to the other DChE faculty who joined in the sightseeing tour: Marjorie Baynosa, Hyacinth Mae Tambago, Jhud Mikhail Aberilla, Kristian July Yap, Bryan Alamani, and Dr. Bryan Pajarito).

December 5, 2011 – Members of the Green Materials Research Group of the Polymers and Catalysts (PolyCat) Laboratory visited Shizuoka University – Hamamatsu Campus for a Short-Stay, Short-term Visit (SSSV) Program, which was funded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). They were hosted by Assoc. Prof. Yoshinobu Shimamura and Asst. Prof. Tomoyuki Fujii, and was formally welcome by Prof. Keiichiro Tohgo, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. The visit includes a plant tour, a sightseeing tour in Tokyo, and two workshops in Shizuoka University – Hamamatsu Campus and at Tokyo Institute of Technology – Ookayama Campus (the latter hosted by Prof. Masatoshi Kubouchi of the Materials Science for Chemical Equipment Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering).

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(photo credit: http://mechmat.eng.shizuoka.ac.jp/docs/UPDLabExchange2011.pdf)