Agus Saptoro

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Associate Prof. Dr. Agus Saptoro

PhD, BEng (First Class Honours)
MIEAust, CPEng, NER, Senior Member of AIChE, AMIChemE
Associate Professor

Research Cluster Head for Intelligent System Design and Control
Chair – Student and Alumni Relations Committee – Faculty of Engineering and Science 2017
Chair – 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers 2016 (http://www.curtin.edu.my/somche2016/)
Associate Editor – International Journal of Food Engineering
Guest Editor – IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017)
Guest Editor – Chemical Product and Process Modeling Journal 12 (4) (December 2017)

 

Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2539
Location: Skylark 3 Room 343
Email: agus.saptoro@curtin.edu.my  

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rSuNOPMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Agus_Saptoro/contributions

SCOPUS: https://www-scopus-com.dbgw.lis.curtin.edu.au/authid/detail.uri?origin=resultslist&authorId=24597790900&zone=

 

 

Academic History

  • Research Fellow (Mechanical and Systems Engineering) under Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN) Scholarship, University of Hyogo, Japan (2015)
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Australia (2010)
  • MEng (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Australia (2005, directly converted to PhD in 2006)
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering) (First Class Honours), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (2002)

 

Professional History

  • Associate Professor (Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak (2018 – present)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hyogo, Himeji, Japan (2 – 30 June 2014)
  • Senior Lecturer (Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak (2013 – 2018)
  • Lecturer (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Sarawak (2009 – 2012)
  • Sessional Academic Staff (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Australia (2005 – 2008)
  • Lecturer (Chemical Engineering), National Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia (2003 – 2004)
  • Process Control Engineer, PT Polysindo Eka Perkasa (Polymer Fiber Plant), Indonesia (2002)

 

Research Interests

  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Statistical process control and inferential sensor design
  • Process modeling and optimisation
  • Process intensification

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Research Project and Funding

  • Academia-industrial survey on process control applications in chemical process industries and undergraduate process control education in Malaysia: Practices, Challenges and Future Outlook (Project leader – under Malaysia Process Control Community’s Survey Project 2017-2018). http://mpcc.utp.edu.my/index.php/upcoming-events/process-control-surveys/

  • Process design, control and optimisation of low cost post-combustion CO2capture system (Chief Investigator – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) Academic Grant, 2015 – 2018). Collaborators: Dr Ujjal Kumar Ghosh (Qatar University) and A/Prof Hari Babu Vuthaluru (Curtin University, Australia). 
  • Influence of microwave irradiation on surface tension of nanofluids (Chief Investigator – Funded by Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN), Japan, 2015). Collaborator: A/Prof Yusuke Asakuma (University of Hyogo, Japan).
  • Formulation of a robust, non-Gaussian algorithm used to develop adaptive soft sensor for sensing various states in industrial processing plants (Chief Investigator – Funded by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Education, Malaysia, 2015 – 2017). Collaborator: Prof Manabu Kano (Kyoto University, Japan). (MPhil scholarship is available)
  • Process Modeling and Optimization of Composting of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) from Oil-palm for Development of High Quality Organic Compost (Co-investigator – Funded by CELTEX Resources Sdn Bhd, 2012 – 2014). Collaborator: A/Prof Chua Han Bing (Curtin University).
  • Enhancing undergraduate transport phenomena teaching and learning through combined inductive and deductive approaches (Chief Investigator – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Teaching Innovation Project 2011 – 2012).
  • Dynamic Neural Network and Gaussian Process based Model Predictive Control of A Palm Wastes Boiler (Chief Investigator – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Fund, 2010 – 2011).

 

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Saptoro, A., Suhartono, J., 2018, Two phase permeability models of membrane gas separation: a comparative study, In: Membrane Technology for CO2 Sequestration (Ed: Jawad, Z.A.), CRC Press (accepted).
  • Tan Y. Y., Tang F. E., Saptoro A., Khor E. H., 2017, The interaction between outflow dynamics and removal of NH4+-N in a vertical flow constructed wetlands treating septage. In: Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Volume 2 (Eds: Jimmy C.M. Kao and Wen-Pei Sung), CRC Press/Balkema, pp. 1141-1146.
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B., 2015, Predictions of Coal Properties using Empirical Models, in Energy Science and Technology: Coal Energy (Vol.2) (Eds: Sharma, Prasad and Sivakumar), Studium Press LLC (ISBN: 1-62699-061-1 / 1-62699-063-8).
  • Lai, J.C., Chua, H.B., Saptoro, A., Ang, H.M., 2013, Effect of Isolated Mesophilic Bacterial Consortium on the Composting Process of Pressed-Shredded Empty Oil Palm Fruit Bunch, in Developments in Sustainable Chemical and Bioprocess Technology (Eds: P. Ravindra et al.), Springer Science+Business Media New York (ISBN:978-1-4614-6207-1).

 

Journal Publications

2018

  • Asakuma, Y., Takahashi, S., Maeda, Y., Araki, N., Saptoro, A., 2018, Chemical Reaction Behavior in Liquid-liquid System under Non-contact Microwave Irradiation, Journal of the Japan Petroleum Institute 61 (2), 150-155 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 0.649).

2017

  • Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Saptoro, A., 2017, Bubble formation in water with magnetite nanoparticles during microwave irradiation, ChemicalEngineering & Processing: Process Intensification, 119, 101-105 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.234).
  • Saptoro, A., Nandong, J., Hussain, M.A., Shukor, S.R.A., 2017, Editorial: Special Issue of 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2016 – Process System Engineering, 12 (4), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0062, Chemical Product and Process Modeling (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Asakuma, Y., Matsumura, S., Saptoro, A., 2017, In-Situ Observation of Nanoparticle Formation under Different Power of Microwave Irradiation, Crystal Research & Technology, 52 (9), DOI: 10.1002/crat.201700108 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 1.0).
  • Saptoro, A., Wee, S.K., Lau, S.W., Ng, W.P.Q., Anwar, M., Yeo, C.W.S., Khor, E.H., 2017, Editorial Note: Special Issue of 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2016, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 206, 011001, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/011001 ((Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Asakuma, Y., Takahashi, S., Maeda, Y., Araki, N., Saptoro, A., 2017, Chemical reaction behavior in liquid-liquid system by non-contact heating of microwave irradiation, Journal of the Japan Petroleum Institute, accepted, Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 0.649).
  • Yeo, C.W.S, Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2017, Development of Adaptive Soft Sensor using Locally Weighted Kernel Partial Least Square Model, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 12 (4), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0022 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Tiong, N. T. A., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., 2017, Numerical studies on the laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of water-based Al2O3 nanofluid in circular and non-circular ducts, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 12 (4), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0019 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Malang, J., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., Tadé, M.O., 2017, Comparison of Turbulence Models for Single Sphere Simulation Study under Supercritical Fluid Condition, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 12 (4), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0026 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Tanaka, K., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., Phan, C., 2017, Surface tension profiles of nanofluid containing surfactant during microwave irradiation, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017) 012011 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012011 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Nishijima, S., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., 2017, Promotion of nucleation for nano-particle formation by two-stage microwave irradiation, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017) 012055 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012055 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Lai, C.M.T., Chua, H.B., Danquah, M.K., Saptoro, A., 2017, Isolation of Thermophilic Lignin Degrading Bacteria from Oil-Palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) Compost, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 2006 (2017) 012016 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012016 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).

2016

  • Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Matsumura, , Saptoro, A., 2016, Mechanism of microwave heating through molecular orbital method and bubble size profiles, Procedia Engineering, 157, 13-1 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication).
  • Saptoro, A., Kanazawa, Y., Asada, M., Asakuma, Y., Phan, C., 2016, Microwave Irradiation based Non-Chemical Method to Manipulate Surface Tension of Nanofluids, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 72, 228-234  (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.830).

2015

  • Tan, Y.Y., Tang, F.E., Saptoro, A., Khor, E.H., 2015, Septage Treatment Using Vertical-Flow Engineered Wetland: A Critical Review, Chemical Engineering Transactions. 45, 1531, DOI: 10.3303/CET1545256(SCOPUS cited-publication). Download the manuscript here: http://www.aidic.it/cet/15/45/256.pdf
  • Tze, A.T.N., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., 2015, Reviews on Drag Reducing Polymers, The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 32 (8), 1455-1476 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.007).
  • Malang, J., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., 2015, Computational Fluid Dynamics based Hydrodynamics Studies in Packed Bed Columns: Current Status and Future Directions, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (Thomson Reuters Web of Science, 2016 Impact Factor: 0.623).

2014

  • Saptoro, A., 2014, State of the art in the development of adaptive soft sensors based on Just-in-Time models, Procedia Chemistry, 9, 226-234. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science indexed-publication). Download the manuscript here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187661961400028X
  • Saptoro, A., Herng, M.T.H., Teng, E.L.W., 2014, “Oxygen Transfer to Cassava Starch Solutions in an Aerated, Well-Mixed Bioreactor: Experimental and Mass Transfer Studies”, The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 31 (4), 650 – 658. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.007)
  • Lin, T.M., Ping, T.S., Saptoro, A. and Panau, F., 2014, ”Mass Transfer Coefficients and Correlation of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction of Sarawak Black Pepper”, International Journal of Food Engineering, 10 (1), 1 – 15. (DOI 10.1515/ijfe-2012-0219). (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 0.685)

2013

  • Saptoro, A., Huo, A.K.C., 2013, “Influences of Indonesian coals on the performance of a coal-fired power plant with an integrated post combustion CO2 removal system: A comparative simulation study”, Energy Conversion & Management, 68, 235-243. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2106 Impact Factor: 5.589)

2012 and before

  • Saptoro, A., Tadé, M.O. and Vuthaluru, H.B., 2012, “A Modified Kennard-Stone Algorithm for Optimal Division of Data for Developing Artificial Neural Network Models”, Chemical Product and Process Modelling, 7 (1), Article 13, DOI: 10.1515/1934-2659.1645. (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication)
  • Saptoro, A., 2012, “Extended and Unscented Kalman Filters for Artificial Neural Network Models of Chemical Processes”, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering, 46 (3), 319-323. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 0.494)
  • Saptoro, A., Yao, H.M, Tadé, M.O. and Vuthaluru, H.B., 2008, “Prediction of coal hydrogen content for combustion control in power utility using neural network approach”, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 94 (2), 149-159. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.303)

 

Conference Publications

2016

  • Yeo, C.W.S, Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2016, Development of Adaptive Soft Sensor using Locally Weighted Kernel Partial Least Square Model, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Tiong, N. T .A., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2016, Numerical studies on the laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of water-based Al2O3 nanofluid in circular and non-circular ducts, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Malang, J., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., Tadé, M.O., 2016, Comparison of Turbulence Models for Single Sphere Simulation Study under Supercritical Fluid Condition, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Tanaka, K., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., Phan, C., 2016, Surface tension profiles of nanofluid containing surfactant during microwave irradiation, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Nishijima, S., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., 2016, Promotion of nucleation for nano-particle formation by two-stage microwave irradiation, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Lai, C.M.T., Chua, H.B., Danquah, M.K., Saptoro, A., Isolation of Thermophilic Lignin Degrading Bacteria from Oil-Palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) Compost, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers, Miri, Malaysia, 1 – 3 December 2016.
  • Tanaka, K., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., Phan, C., 2016, Mechanism of surface tension reduction of ionic liquid aqueous solution by microwave irradiation, 11th Asian Thermophysical Properties Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 2 – 6 October 2016.
  • Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Matsumura, , Saptoro, A., 2016, Mechanism of microwave heating through molecular orbital method and bubble size profiles, IX International Conference on Computational Heat and Mass Transfer, Cracow, Poland, 23 – 26 May 2016

2015

  • Saptoro, A., Asada, M., Tanaka, K., Asakuma, Y., Phan, C., Surface tension profiles of ionic liquid solution during and after microwave irradiation, 6th Asian Conference on Colloid and Interface Science (ACCIS) 2015, Arkas Sasebo, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, 24-27 November 2015.
  • Tiong, N.T.A., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., CFD Studies on the laminar heat transfer and flow behaviors of polyacrylamide solution and nanofluid in circular and non-circular ducts, 3rd International Workshop on Heat Transfer Advances for Energy Conservation and Pollution Control, Taipei, Taiwan, 16-19 October 2015.
  • Nakata, R., Saptoro, A., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., A study on non-thermal effect of microwave through molecular orbital method and in-situ observation of bubble formation, Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 27 September – 1 October 2015.
  • Nakata, R., Saptoro, A., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Bubble formation around nano-particle in dispersion medium under microwave irradiation, The 6th Asian Particle Technology (APT) Symposium 2015, Seoul, South Korea, 15 – 18 September 2015.
  • Tan, Y.Y., Tang, F.E., Saptoro, A., Khor, E.H., Septage Treatment Using Vertical-Flow Engineered Wetland: A Critical Review, 3rd Postgraduate Colloquium for Environmental Research 2015, Kuching, Malaysia, 24 – 26 August 2015.
  • Nakata, R., Saptoro, A., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Bubble formation in water with magnetite nano-particles microwave irradiation, The 5th International Conference on the Characterization and Control of Interfaces for High Quality Advanced Materials and the 51st Summer Symposium on Powder Technology 2015, Kurashiki, Japan, 7 – 10 July 2015.

2014

  • Kanazawa, Y., Asada, M., Asakuma, Y, Saptoro, A., Phan, C., Surface tension of heavywater before and after microwave irradiation, CUTSE conference 2014, Miri, Malaysia.
  • Asada, M., Kanazawa, Y., Asakuma, Y, Saptoro, A., Phan, C., Surface tension profiles of carbonated water during and after microwave irradiation, CUTSE conference 2014, Miri, Malaysia.

2013

  • Saptoro, A., 2013, State of the art in the development of adaptive soft sensors based on Just-in-Time models, The International Conference and Workshop on Chemical Engineering (ICCE), Bali, Indonesia, 4 – 5 December 2013.

2012 and before

  • J. C. Lai, H. B. Chua, A. Saptoro and M. Ang. Effect of isolated mesophilic bacterial consortium on pressed-shredded empty fruit bunch composting process. 4th International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (ICCBPE 2012) in conjunction with the 26th symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMCHE 2012), Sabah, 2012
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2008, “Prediction of coal properties using neural networks: a novel approach based on small training data set”, CHEMECA, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2008, “Optimising artificial neural networks topology using hierarchical two-population genetic algorithm”, 12th APCChE Congress, Dalian, China.
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2006, “Partial Least Squares and Neural Networks based Model of Coal-Fired Power Plant Boiler”, CHEMECA, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2006, “A Comparative Study of Prediction of Elemental Composition of Coal using Empirical Modelling”, IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, Gramado, Brazil.
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2006, “Design of Feed-Forward Neural Networks Architecture for Coal Elemental Composition Prediction”, International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2006, “Prediction and Monitoring of Unburnt Carbon in Fly Ash in Coal-Fired Power Plant”, International Conference on Modelling and Simulation-, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Scholarly in Teaching Publications

  • Saptoro, A., Panau, F., Sen, T.K., Ingram, G., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Phan, C., 2011, “Joint Assessments of Project Based Learning in Chemical Engineering Units”, in: Proceedings of the Enhancing Learning: Teaching & Learning Conference 2011, ISBN 978-983-44176-3-5, Miri, Malaysia.
  • Kumar, P., Saptoro, A. and Ghosh, U.K., 2011, “On the Complementary Role of Simulations in Chemical Engineering Curriculum”, in: Proceedings of the Enhancing Learning: Teaching & Learning Conference 2011, ISBN 978-983-44176-3-5, Miri, Malaysia.

 

Consultancy Projects

  • Trainer for “Multivariate Data Analysis Module” for the Government’s Manpower Training Requirement Programme for the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE) Batches 1, 2 and 3 (2009 – 2010).
  • Trainer for “Pinch Technology and Process Integration in Power Plant Module” for in-house training at PT Indonesia Power, Jakarta (2003).

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Associate Member of The Institution of Chemical Engineer (IChemE)
  • Member of Malaysia Process Control Community (MPCC)
  • Member of Society of Engineering Education Malaysia
  • Guest Editor of IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017)
  • Guest Editor of Chemical Product and Process Modeling (December 2017 Issue)
  • Reviewers for Chemical Engineering Science (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 2.895), Computers & Chemical Engineering (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 3.024),  Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems (ISI Journal, 2016 Impact Factor: 2.303), Journal of Chemometrics (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 1.884), Neural Computing and Applications (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 2.505), Journal of The Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers (ISI Journal, 2016 Impact Factor: 4.217), Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 0.836), Energy Conversion and Management (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 5.589), Journal of Food Process Engineering (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 1.37) and International Journal of Food Engineering (ISI Journal, 2016 IF: 0.685) and Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering.
  • Chairman,  29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers 2016 
  • Chief Judge, National Symposium of Chemical Engineering (NACES) 2015

 

Teaching – taught units

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Process Plant Engineering
  • Process Mass Transfer
  • Process Principles
  • Process Modelling and Simulation
  • Chemical Engineering Research Projects 1 & 2
  • Plant Design Project
  • Process Instrumentation and Control
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Process Safety and Risk Management

 

Postgraduate supervisions

  • Completed supervisions: 1 PhD student and 2 MPhil students
  • Graduating: 1 PhD student and 2 MPhil students
  • On-going supervisions: 4 PhD students 

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