Cibinong – BRIN Public Relations. A sweet gift at the end of 2021 was successfully inscribed by one of young researchers from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). Muhammad Adly Rahandi Lubis, Researcher at BRIN’s Biomaterials Research Center won the ASEAN – Republic of Korea Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation 2021 (ASEAN ROK STI Pioneer).

Adly is scheduled to leave for Seoul, South Korea in March 2022, to personally receive the award in “The Award-Winning Ceremony and The STI Training Program” with MSIT Korea and ASEAN. At the age of thirty-two, Adly has added to the long list of BRIN’s outstanding young researchers in 2021.

Adly’s success in winning the award cannot be separated from his significant contribution in inventing environmentally friendly wood adhesive technology for wood panel products that was patented in South Korea in 2017 under the title “Method for Removing Adhesive Included in Fibreboard”, and in Indonesia in 2020 under the title ” Manufacturing Process of Non-Formaldehyde Plywood Adhesives Based on Dialdehyde Starch and Their Products”.

The important point in Adly’s research so far is to focus on developing environmentally friendly and low-emission wood adhesive technology. “This award is granted to young researchers in ASEAN who have had a significant impact on science, technology, and innovation, especially those who have graduated and are doing doctoral studies, and on the condition, have conducted research with researchers in South Korea and have plans to continue the collaboration,” explained the Medan-born man on Thursday (06/01).

During the selection process, the researcher, who also won the third best science and technology HR title at the Biomaterials Research Center in 2020 and the third winner of the Ph.D Thesis Award by the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) in 2020, succeeded in convincing the jury with exposure to the research portfolio that had been conducted.

Adly emphasized that collaboration is the key to achieving high achievement and productivity in research. “Not only that, collaboration will also improve the hard skills and soft skills in research management,” he added.

Adly’s research portfolio is clearly depicted in the roadmap which is divided into four stages of research activities that he carried out from 2020 to 2024, namely the first stage focusing on research on development of lignin and tannin-based polyurethane resins for impregnation of refractory hemp fiber in 2020-2024. This research aims to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable lignin and tannin-based polyurethane resins for the production of refractory – fire resistant- hemp fiber as a functional textile raw material.

This research has produced two publications in highly reputable International Journals (Q1), namely Bio-Based Polyurethane Resins Derived from Tannin: Source, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application which has been published in Forests 12 (11), 1516, and Enhancing Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Ramie Fiber via Impregnation by Lignin-Based Polyurethane Resin published in Materials 14 (22), 6850.

The subsequent research in the second stage is development of low-emission adhesives for composite wood panels in 2021-2022. “This research focuses on developing a formulation technology for super low formaldehyde emission wood adhesives, < 0.3 ppm (Super E0 for the European standards and F**** for the Japanese standards) for wood panel products,” he explained.

In the third stage, Adly conducted research for development of natural adhesives for wood-based panels in collaboration with PT. Mutu Agung Lestari (MAL) from 2020 to 2022. Jointly with PT. MAL, this research has produced a joint publication in a highly reputable International Journal (Q1) entitled Enhancing the Performance of Natural Rubber Latex with Polymeric Isocyanate as Cold-Pressing and Formaldehyde Free Adhesive for Plywood which has been published in The Journal of Adhesion, 1 -16.

For the fourth stage, Adly is conducting research on the development of environmentally friendly adhesives for non-wood composites made from betel nut waste in 2021-2022. This research collaborates with PT. Greenie Alam Indonesia (GAI). This research collaboration has resulted in two registered patents and one license by PT. GAI, namely Method for Manufacturing of Low Emission Urea-Formaldehyde Adhesives and their Products.

“Currently, my team and I are applying the low emission adhesive technology that has been licensed on an industrial scale with PT. GAI as a particle board adhesive for creative composite products made from betel nut waste. It is hoped that this technology can support the circular economy at the micro level in Indonesia,” said Adly.

He hopes that development of biomaterial research, especially in the field of environmentally friendly adhesives can continue to be developed. “I hope to continue to collaborate in conducting research with national and international researchers, particularly on the development of strong and economical environmentally friendly adhesives for composite panel products,” he added.

For information, to date Adly has published 40 scientific articles in international and national journals, with the h-index SCOPUS 12, h-index Google Scholar 14, and h-index PUBLONS 10. In addition, Adly has also successfully obtained 7 patents registered since joining the Biomaterials Research Center in 2014. (sa ed. sl)