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Associate Professor Dr Wong Chen Wai

Associate Professor | Department of Biotechnology

Academic Qualifications

PhD Enzyme & Food Biotechnology
Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching
BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

Areas of Interest
Biomaterials: Food Packaging, Biofilms
Enzymes: Extraction, purification & applications
Developemnt of skin whitenning products from natural resources
Food products development: Cacao tea, fruits & vegetables powders
Research

  1. Name of grant: FRGS
    Funder: MOHE
    Project Title: Nanocellulose from Leucaena leucocephala as a bioplastic composite for the creation of an intelligent food packaging material
    Code: FRGS/1/2018/TK10/UCSI/02/1
    Duration: 3 years
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 85,000
    Status: Active
  2. Name of grant: REIG
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Interaction of transition metals with Kapok (Ceiba pentandra) cellulose and its implications on hydrolysis and pyrolysis reaction
    Code: REIG-FAS-2020/027
    Duration: 2 years
    Role: C
    Amount: RM32,300
    ​Status: Active
  3. Name of grant: PSIF
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Tyrosinase and melanogenesis inhibition by Malaysian coastal plants
    Code: PSIF-FAS-052
    Duration: 2 years
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 25,000
    ​Status: Completed
  4. Name of grant: FRGS
    Funder: MOHE
    Project Title: Creation of a Root Targeted Delivery Vehicle for fertilizers using cellulose from duckweed and other agricultural waste biomass
    Code: FRGS/2/2014/SG01/UCSI/02/2
    Duration: 2 years
    Role: Co-PI
    Amount: RM 98,000
    ​Status: Completed
  5. Name of grant: CERVIE UCSI Grant
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Enzyme- aided liquefaction for the production of local fruit puree and powder
    Code:
    Duration: 3 years
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 83,000
    ​Status: Completed

Current Research Project

  1. Friedelin from Bioprospecting of Coastal Plants and Its Behaviour in Anti Melanogenic Skin-Whitening Formualtions
  2. Development of Antifouling Membrane Film for Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)
  3. Incorporation of polyphenol oxidase inhibitors from selected spices into an active packaging material based on cellulose acetate
  4. Cellulose from Leucaena leucocephala as a bioplastic composite for the creation of an active food packaging material

Publications

  1. C. S. Siow, E. W. C. Chan and C. W. Wong. (2022). Antioxidant and sensory evaluation of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) tea formulated with cocoa bean hull of different origins. Future Foods.
  2. Chen Wai Wong, Amelia Yen Fang Toh and Win Yee Lim (2021). Effect of heated onion extrcat on white button mushroom (Agaricus Bisporus) polyphenol oxidase. Carpathian Journal of Food Science & Technology. 13(4), 16-23.
  3. W. Y. Lim, E. W. C. Chan, C. W. Phan and C. W. Wong. (2021). Tyrosinase inhibiting extracts from coastal plants as potential additives in skin whitening formulations. Current Applied Science and Technology. 21 (3): 481-494.
  4. C. S. S. Lim, E. W. C. Chan, C. W. Wong, J. B. L. Tan, V. S. Anggraeni, Z. J. Loong, and Y. K. Teo. (2021). Anti-quorum sensing and antibiotic enhancement of Allylpyrocatechol and Methyl Gallate. Jurnal Teknologi. 85 (3):101-106.
  5. L. P. Pui, R. Karim, Y. A. Yusof, C. W. Wong and H. M. Ghazali. (2021). Effect of inlet temperature and carrier concentration on spray-dried ‘Cempedak’ (Artocarpus Integer) fruit powder and its reconstitution properties. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum, TechnologiaAlimentaria. 20 (2): 135-148.
  6. L. P. Pui, I, Kong. R, Karim, Y. A. Yusof, C. W. Wong and H. M. Ghazali. (2021). Optimization of juice production from ‘Cempedak’ (Artocarpus integer) fruit pulp liquiefied with the aid of enzymes. British Food Journal.
  7. W. Y. Lim, Y. W. Cheng, L. B. Lian, E. W. C. Chan and C. W. Wong. (2021). Inhibitory effect of Malaysian coastal plants on banana (Musa acuminata colla “Lakatan”), ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) polyphenol oxidase. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 58 (11): 4178-4184.
  8. L. P. Pui, R. Karim, Y. A. Yusof, C. W. Wong and H. M. Ghazali. (2020). Anti-caking agent Effects on the properties of spray-dried ‘Cempedak’ fruit powder. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Sience. 43 (4).
  9. L. P. Pui, R. Karim, Y. A. Yusof, C. W. Wong and H. M. Ghazali. (2020). Optimization of spray-drying parameters for the production of 'Cempedak' (Artocarpus integer) powder. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization.
  10. 10. C. W. Wong, R. K. S. Leow, W. Y. Lim and Z. Z. Siew. (2020). Evaluation of physicochemical changes of spray-dried honey jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) powder during storage. International Food Research Journal. 27 (2): 366-375.
  11. 11. Eric Wei Chiang Chan, Caroline May Ying Huang, Pei Xin Chia, Carine Shu Shien Lim, Zhi Juin Loong, Marina Talib, Chen Wai Wong (2020). Title: Swelling behaviour and methylene blue absorption of carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels from Malaysian agricultural wastes by electron beam irradiation. Cellulose Chemistry Technology. 54 (5-6): 421-428.
  12. 12. E. W. C. Chan, C. W. Wong, S. K. Wong, Y. W. Hui and J. B. L. Tan. (2020). Emodin and shikonin (quinones): An overview of their chemistry, plant sources and cytotoxic activities against lung cancer. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 29 (1):1-12.
  13. W. Y. Lim, C. F. Cheun and C. W. Wong. (2019). Inhibition of Enzymatic Browning in Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.)) with Chemical and Natural Anti-browning Agents. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation.
  14. C. W. Wong, K. Y. Ding and V. S. (2019). Anggraeni. Aqueous Two-Phase Separation (ATPS) of Polyphenol Oxidase from Lotus Root (Nelumbo nucifera) and its Characterization. International Food Research Journal. 26 (6): 1699-1706.
  15. 15. E. W. C. Chan, C. W. Wong, Y. H. Tan, J. P. Y. Foo, S. K. Wong and H. T. Chan. (2019). Resveratrol and Pterostilbene: A Comparative overview of their Chemistry, Biosynthesis, Plant Sources and Pharmacological Properties. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science. 9 (07): 124-129.
  16. E. W. C. Chan, C. S. S. Lim, Z. J. Loong, W. Y. Lim and C. W. Wong. (2019). Role of scutellarin in human cancer – A synopsis. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science. 9 (01): 142-146
  17. W. Y. Lim and C. W. Wong (2018). Inhibitory Effect of Chemical and Natural Anti-Browning Agents on Polyphenol Oxidase from Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Journal of Food Science and Technology, 55 (8): 3001-3007 (DOI: 10.1007/s13197-018-3218-7).
  18. L. P. Pui, R. Karim, Y. A. Yusof, C. W. Wong and H. M. Ghazali (2018). Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Selected ‘Cempedak' (Artocarpus integer L.) Fruit Varieties. International Food Research Journal, 25 (2): 861-869.
  19. C. W. Wong, C. Y. Teoh and C. E. Putri. (2018). Effect of Enzymatic Processing, Inlet Temperature and Maltodextrin Concentration on the Rheological and Physicochemical Properties of Spray-dried Banana (Musa Acuminata) Powder. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 42 (2): e13451.
  20. S. Y. Chong and C. W. Wong (2017). Effect of Spray Dryer Inlet Temperature and Maltodextrin Concentration on Colour Profile and Total Phenolic Content of Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) Powder. International Food Research Journal, 24 (6): 2543-2548.
  21. C. M. Y. Huang, P. X. Chia, C. S. S. Lim, J. Q. Nai, D. Y. Ding, P. B. Seow, C. W. Wong and E. W. C. Chan (2017). Synthesis and Characterisation of Carboxymethyl Cellulose from Various Agricultural Wastes. Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, 51 (7-8): 665-672.
  22. C. W. Wong and H. H. Tan (2017). Production of Spray-Dried Honey Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus) Powder from Enzymatic Liquefied Puree. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 54 (2): 564-571.
  23. C. W. Wong and W. T. Lim. (2016). Storage Stability of Spray-Dried Papaya (Carica papaya L.) Powder Packaged in Aluminium Laminated Polyethylene (ALP) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). International Food Research Journal, 23 (5): 1887-1894.
  24. H. Lin, A. W. R. Ng. and C. W. Wong (2016). Partial Purification and Characterization of Polyphenol Oxidase from Chinese Parsley (Coriandrum sativum). Food Science and Biotechnology, 25 (S) 91-96.
  25. S. Y. Chong and C. W. Wong. (2015). Production of Spray-dried Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) Powder from Enzyme-added Liquefied Puree. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 39 (6): 2604-2611.
  26. C. W. Wong, L. P. Pui and J. M. L. Ng (2015). Production of Spray-Dried Sarawak Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Powder from Enzyme Liquefied Puree. International Food Research Journal, 22 (4): 1631-1636.
  27. C. W. Wong and A. W. R. Ng (2015). Partial Purification and Characterization of Polyphenol Oxidase from Round Brinjal (S. melongena var. depressum). International Food Research Journal, 22 (2): 833-838.
  28. C. W. Wong and P. L. A. Lee (2014). Inhibitory Effect of Onion Extract on Cassava Leaf (Manihot esculenta Crantz) Polyphenol Oxidase. International Food Research Journal, 21 (2): 755-758.
  29. C. W. Wong and P. L. A. Lee (2014). Characterization of Polyphenol Oxidase from Cassava Leaf (Manihot esculenta Crantz). International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences, 4 (2): 546-553.
  30. D. Manohan and C. W. Wong (2012). Characterization of Polyphenol Oxidase in Sweet Potato (Ipomoea Batatas (L.). International Journal for the Advancement of Science & Arts, 3 (1): 14-31.
  31. C. W. Wong, S. K. S. Muhammad, M. H. Dzulkifly, N. Saari, H. M. Ghazali (2007). Enzymatic Production of Linear Long-chain Dextrin from Sago (Metroxylon sagu) Starch. Food Chemistry, 100 (2): 774-780.
  32. C. W. Wong, C. H. Tan and E. W. C. Chan. (2017). Drying Methods as Means of Increasing the Availability of Tropical Fruits. In: Processing and Drying of Tropical Fruits. pp. 1-24. [Book by Transport Processes Research (TPR) Group, National University of Singapore].
  33. W. C. Chan, C. H. Tan and C. W. Wong. (2017). Effects of Drying Methods on the Antioxidant and Other Bioactive Properties of Fruits. In: Processing and Drying of Tropical Fruits. pp. 25-38. [Book by Transport Processes Research (TPR) Group, National University of Singapore].

Conferences

  1. International Meeting - 45th Annual Conference of The Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB); 2nd International Health And Medical Science Conference. 18-19 August 2021.
  2. 4th International Conference on Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (ICMBB), Malaysia 1-3 June 2021.
  3. Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Seminar Series (MSMBB), 26 Nov 2020.
  4. Green Chemistry New Zealand 2019, The University of Auckland, New Zealand 2-5 December 2019.
  5. Graduate Research Symposium Taylor’s University. 26 Nov 2019.
  6. International Food Research Conference (IFRC 2019), The Everly Putrajaya. 28-29 August 2019.
  7. 27th FAOBMB Conference & International Meeting-44th MSBMB Conference IUBMB Special Symposia, organized by the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (MSBMB), 19-22 August 2019.
  8. 3rd International Conference on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (ICMBB 2019), organized by Faculty of Applied Sciences with Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB), 24-25 April 2019.
  9. 30th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products and the 10th International on Biodiversity (ISCNP30 & ICOB10), Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece. 25-29 November 2018.
  10. 2018 International Conference on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (ICBMBB 2018), Kuala Lumpur. 15-16 August 2018.
  11. SIAP Conference, Auditorium GG08, Ground Floor, Block G, UCSI University, 10 July 2018.
  12. 29th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar, Taylor’s University. 12 May 2018.
  13. International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition 2017 (ICFSN 2017), The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 25-26 October 2017.
  14. 1st International Applied Science Symposium, UCSI University, Malaysia, 20-21 July 2017.
  15. 28th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar, Monash University, 13 May 2017.
  16. 3rd Symposium of the Malaysian Symposium for Microbiology 2016 (MSM2016), Ramada Plaza, Melaka, Malaysia, 14-17 December 2016.
  17. Monash Science Symposium 2016. Monash University Malaysia, 21-23 November 2016.
  18. 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST 2016), Royal Dublin, Ireland, 21-25 August 2016.

Award and Recognition

  1. Commendations for Climate Action Video Competition, 2020 (Advisor for Carine Lim Shu Shien)
  2. Commedations for Climate Action Video Competition, 2020 (Advisor for Vania Septa Anggraeni)
  3. International travel grant, 2020 KoSFoST International Symposium and Annual Meeting, Korea (Supervisor for Carine Lim Shien)
  4. New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Student Poster Prize at Green Chemistry New Zealand 2019 (GCNZ19) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Green Chemistry Poster Prize at GCNZ 19 Green Chemistry New Zealand 2019 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Best Poster Award: Category (Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Food Science & Nutrition), Graduate Research Symposium Taylor’s, 2019 University
  7. 1st Runner up for Best Oral Presentation, Applied Science Symposium , 2017
  8. Top 5 finalists of the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2015 out of 500 project proposals received globally, Berlin, Germany.
  9. Best Oral presenter, Postgraduate Research Symposium, UCSI University, 2014
  10. Best Poster Presentation Award, 24th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar, Taylor University, 2012
  11. Gold Metal Award for Poster Presentation, Pameran Rekacipta Penyelidikan & Innovasi, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. 2006.

Networks and Collaborations on Research

  1. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCSI University, Malaysia and Universitas Surabaya (UBAYA), Indonesia.
  2. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCSI University, Malaysia and Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia (IPB).
  3. Universiti Putra Malaysia.
  4. University Malaya.
  5. Monash University.

Contributions to Society

  1. Science & Maths Quiz, 2021 (Scientific Committee)
  2. Community Drive on 8 Dec 2020:Organizing Committee for the event, working with the Agarthiyar Universal Mission Organization to collect donated items and distribute to B40 categories.
  3. ChemBingo Challenge, ACS Malaysia Chapter, Sep 2019.
  4. STEM Engagement Programme and Activities, Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University, 2012-present.
  5. Organizing committee for STEM International Conference for Excellent Schools (PASKTM) 2018: Empowering Minds Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution. 31October-2 November 2018 held at UCSI University.
  6. KLESF2018: As American Chemical Society (ACS) Malaysia Chapter Committee for promoting STEM to the primary and secondary school
  7. Organized Science activities to promote interest in STEM among the primary school students at Wise & Wonder EduKidz on 8 November 2018.
  8. Fund Raising Initative for Sunbeams Orphanage Home. 4th Applied Science Week (ASW) 2016, Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University. Programme Committee.
  9. Fund Raising Initative for Orphanage Home. 2nd Applied Science Week (ASW), Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University, 1-3 Jul 2013. Programme Committee.
  10. Charity Drive for Yayasan Sunbeam Orphanage Home. 1st Applied Science Week (ASW), Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University , 19-21 Jul 2012. Publicity Committee.
  11. Fund Raising for Yayasan Sunbeam Orphanage Home. Wow UCSI Food Fair, Empire Shopping Gallery, 17 Jul 2011. Programme Committee.