Athanasia Amanda: Substitutes Palm Oil Biomass to be High Value – Products

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Athanasia Amanda: Substitutes Palm Oil Biomass to be High Value – Products

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Until now palm oil biomass waste is not maximally taken for advantage. It tends to raise issues in the environment. That is why the researchers from Chemical Center Research BRIN came to initiative to develop integrated biorefinery to get micro nano cellulose innovations.

It is admitted or not, it is widely open to develop palm oil biomass. In addition, it is not maximally taken for advantages. One researcher from Chemical Research Center BRIN, Athanasia Amanda Septevani and her team came to initiative to develop and initiated to develop integrated biorefinery technology to process chemically biomass to be micro-nano cellulose products to get useful and high value products.

Amanda who was born in the City of Semarang started biorefinery technology after she finished her doctor program at The University of Queensland and returned to Indonesia in 2017.

“I started biorefinery technology to advantage palm oil plantation waste which is in big numbers that many do not advantage optimally yet and impact to palm oil productivity,” she said.

She also mentioned, micro – nano cellulose innovation would have higher value to sell, be useful and can be applied in many sectors, such as, environment, automotive, electronic, energy, and biomedical technology.

Cellulose is one biggest component in biomass waste that has big potential to be isolated and develop to be micro – nano cellulose innovation products. Kinds of cellulose materials have been used and developing, such as, as the materials to building insulation, ‘nanopaper’ product to electronic substrate, super adsorbent to filter polluted water, thermo-plastic elastomer for the bridge layers, anti-microbe fiber for biomedical, cell fuel substrate for renewable energy.

Amanda who is the Madya Expert Researcher at Pusat Riset Kimia BRIN successfully cooperated with three important sectors, they are, universities, government’s institutions, and industries to realize and develop integrated biorefinery technology innovation products.

Amanda and her team produce cellulose micro in 1 ton – commercial scale from palm oil plantation waste with PT Mandiri Palmera Agrindo. It is said, the cooperation would continue to build big scale factory in Luwuk, Sulawesi.

For more, please read InfoSAWIT, March 2022