Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering (FKKSA) of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) was established in 2002 with the aim of providing engineering programmes in the field of chemical and natural resources engineering. This faculty is also tasked to embark on research and development activities, particularly in the area of fine and specialty chemicals, chemical process up-scaling and biotechnology-related processes in order to generate expertise relevant to the needs of the industry.
In light of the establishment of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), FKKSA is expected to play an important role as well as a reference centre for chemical and biotechnology-related activities. It will also serves as a catalyst for the development of these activities through programmes such as technology transfer, staff exchange, training, consultancy and other services relating to chemical and natural resources engineering.
Research in FKKSA include various aspects of chemical engineering like Industrial Biotechnology, Renewable Energy, Separation Processes, Fluid Flow, Advance Material, Reaction Engineering, Food/Pharmaceutical/Drug, Combustion/Explosion Engineering, Process Control, Instrumentation and Optimization, Environmental Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD). There several Research Cluster currently at FKKSA to bring together researchers working in a number of different disciplines to promote inter-disciplinary synergies, and to create new possibilities for outputs, engagement and impact. The clusters are:
- Environment & Renewable Energy
- Industrial Biotechnology Cluster
- Oil and Gas
- Process Systems Engineering and Safety (ProSES)
The results of research by faculty members also received recognition for universities, national and international levels and winning several medals. There are three Center of Excellence (CoE) established in FKKSA. There are
- Rare Earth Research Center
- Center of Excellence for Advanced Research in Fluid Flow (CARIFF)
- Center for Biocomposites and Innovative Materials (CBIM)