Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC) formerly, Membrane Research Unit (MRU), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), is a research center for advanced membrane technology and new membrane applications. The mission and vision of AMTEC is to be a leader in membrane technology and applications especially in the Asia Pacific region and globally through innovation and creative technologies. The center produces postgraduate students in addition to training engineers, scientists and technicians from Malaysia and abroad in membrane technology to enhance the nation human capital and productivity.
AMTEC incorporate a business venture laboratory that is involved in the design, fabrication and commercialization of customized membrane module and membrane system for local and overseas applications. AMTEC is a platform for multidisciplinary research and development in the areas of science, engineering, industrial design, and commercialization in UTM and the Asian region.
The research program in Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC) involves fundamental and application study of various membrane-based separation processes including gas separation, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and ion exchange membranes for fuel cell. In particular, we study the effects of fabrication conditions of flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes on the structural properties and separation performance by adopting a combine effect of phase inversion and rheologically induced molecular orientation approach. The idea of enhance molecular orientation during membrane manufacturing enhances membrane performance have been successfully proven in membrane processes such as gas separation, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and ultrafiltration. This led to the widespread interest in developing high performance membranes for gas-gas and liquid-liquid phase separation.
The research program has been expanded to include development of PAN-based carbon fiber as precursor for composite materials, development of carbon membranes for gas separation and synthesis and production of carbon nanotubes for hydrogen storage for fuel cell application. These important areas which fall under nanomaterials and nanotechnology have generated widespread interest into developing an advanced material both for membrane and composite technologies. The research program in AMTEC (MRU), UTM is highly interdisciplinary and involves a number of international collaborations. Recently, the British Council approved a project under Prime Minister Initiative 2 Connect (PMI2) – Research Co-operation Award, which is in collaboration with Imperial College, London.