Lau Shiew Wei

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Lau Shiew Wei

Ph.D., M.Eng., B.Eng. (Hons)
Chemical Engineering Program Coordinator
Lecturer 

Contact Details

Telephone: +60 85 443939 extn: 2419
Location: Skylark 3 SK3-335 (Room 335)
Email: lau.shiew.wei@curtin.edu.my

Professional Background

2016 – present         Programme Coordinator/Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Malaysia
2009 – 2015             Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) (part-time), Curtin University, Western Australia
2008 – 2015             Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia    
2004 – 2007            Associate Lecturer/Lecturer, Department of Foundation Studies, Curtin University Malaysia
2002 – 2004            Master of Engineering (Chemical), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia
2001 – 2002             Quality Control / Value Engineer, Shimano Components (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Johor, Malaysia
April – June 2000    Industrial Trainee, Sarawak Shell Berhad, Miri, Malaysia
1997 – 2001               Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia

Research Interests

Coagulation and flocculation (bioflocculation), wastewater and sludge treatment, biomass utilisation

Publications

A. Book Chapters

  • Lau, S.W., Sen, T.K., Chua, H.B. and Ang, H.M., Conditioning Aids and Their Applications for Sludge Dewatering, in Physical Chemical and Biological Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater, T.K. Sen, Ed. 2015, Nova Publisher: USA.
  • Lau, S.W., Chong, S.H., Ang, H.M., Sen, T.K. and Chua, H.B., Dewaterability of anaerobic digested sludge with cations and chitosan as dual-conditioners, in Developments in Sustainable Chemical and Bioprocess Technology, R. Pogaku, A. Bono, and C. Chu, Eds. 2013, Springer: US. p. 11-17.

B. Refereed Journal Publications

  • Sen, T.K., Lau, S.W., Chua, H.B. and Ang, H.M., Conditioning of synthetic sludge and anaerobically digested sludge using chitosan, organic polyelectrolytes and inorganic metal cations to enhance sludge dewaterability. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 2017
  • Lau, S.W., Tang, S.D., Ang, H.M., Sen, T.K. and Chua, H.B., Dual-conditioning of sludge using chitosan and metal cations. Water Practice and Technology, 2015. 10(2): p. 381-389. (SCOPUS indexed)
  • Lau, S.W., Tan, T.P.L. and Goh, S.M., Teaching Engineering Ethics using BLOCKS Game. Science and Engineering Ethics, 2013. 19(3): p. 1357-1373. (ISI Thomson Reuters indexed)
  • Mohd. Setapar, S.H., Lau, S.W., Chen, Y., Cen, P.L., Yao, S.J. and Mat, H.B., Partitioning Behaviour of Selected Antibiotics in Organic Solvents. Journal of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering – Sustainable Process for Natural Resources Special Edition, 2008. p. 100-112.
  • Mohd. Setapar, S.H., Lau, S.W., Toorisaka, E., Goto, M., Furusaki, S. and Mat, H., Reverse Micelle Extraction of Antibiotics. Jurnal Teknologi Series F, 2008. 49. p. 69-79. (SCOPUS indexed)

C. Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • Phang, K.Y., and Lau, S.W. A Survey on the Usage of Biomass Wastes from Palm Oil Mills on Sustainable Development of Oil Palm Plantations in Sarawak. in 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers. 2016. Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. (Also published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 2017. 206: 012073) (ISI Thomson Reuters indexed and SCOPUS indexed Conference Proceedings).
  • Low, Y.J., and Lau, S.W. Effective Flocculation of Chlorella vulgaris using Chitosan with Zeta Potential Measurement. in 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers. 2016. Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. (Also published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 2017. 206: 012091)
  • Lau, S.W., Ang, H.M., Sen, T.K. and Chua, H.B. Assessment of Chitosan Conditioning in a Synthetic Anaerobic Digested Sludge System. in Chemeca 2014. 2014. Perth, Australia.
  • Lau, S.W., Tang, S.D., Ang, H.M., Sen, T.K. and Chua, H.B. Dual-Conditioning of Sludge using Chitosan and Metal Cations. in Water Convention 2014. 2014. Singapore.
  • Lau, S.W., Chong, S.H., Ang, H.M., Sen, T.K. and Chua, H.B. Dewaterability of anaerobic digested sludge with cations and chitosan as dual-conditioners. in 26th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. 2012. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Chan, Z.Y., Lau, S.W. and Chua, H.B. Dewatering of anaerobic digested sludge with oil palm biomass as novel physical conditioner. in 26th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. 2012. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Lau, S.W., Mat, H.B., Chen, Y., Cen, P.L. and Yao, S.J. Reactive Extraction of Antibiotics with TOMAC/Kerosene System: I. Equilibrium. in Chemeca 2008. 2008. Newcastle, Australia.
  • Lau, S.W., Mat, H.B., Chen, Y., Cen, P.L. and Yao, S.J. Reactive Extraction of Antibiotics with TOMAC/Kerosene System: II. Kinetics. in Chemeca 2008. 2008. Newcastle, Australia.
  • Lau, S.W., Chen, Y., Cen, P.L., Yao, S.J. and Mat, H.B. Reactive Extraction of Antibiotics in Trioctylmethyl Ammonium Chloride (TOMAC)/Kerosene System. in 20th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers. 2006. Shah Alam, Malaysia.
  • Lau, S.W., Mohd. Setapar, S.H., Chen, Y., Cen, P.L., Yao, S.J. and Mat, H.B. Solubility Behaviour of Selected Antibiotics in Organic Solvents. in 10th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Conference. 2004. Kitakyushu, Japan.
  • Mohd. Setapar, S.H., Lau, S.W., Toorisaka, E., Goto, M., Furusaki, S. and Mat, H.B. Reverse Micelle Liquid-Liquid Extraction of Antibiotics. in 10th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Conference. 2004. Kitakyushu, Japan.

 

Research Grants

2017                      Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) – Project Leader
Project Title: Spectrometric analysis of flocculation activity and molecular interactions of chitosan-like bioflocculant of Citrobacter strains to improve sludge dewatering (RM87,000)

2017 June            Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN) Fellowship
Project Title: Production of bacterial chitosan-like bioflocculent (BF) and its application for the pretreatment for making drinking water using RO-membrane water supplier machines

2014 – 2016        Curtin Sarawak Research Fund – Co-investigator
Project Title: Impregnation of silver nanoparticles in a polysulfone membrane: Filtration performance, antimicrobial ability and biofouling resistance studies (RM10,000)

2012 – 2015        Curtin Sarawak Collaborative Research Fund – Project Leader
Project Title: The Dual Conditioning Effect of Salt and Chitosan on the Dewaterability of Anaerobically Digested Sludge (RM20,000)

2010 – 2016        Curtin Sarawak Collaborative Research Fund – Co-investigator
Project Title: Extraction of algae oil for the production of transport liquid biofuel (RM25,000)

2009 – 2011        MOSTI eScience Fund – Co-investigator
Project Title: Development of Food Microstructures to Reduce Sodium in Foods

2007 – 2009        Curtin Sarawak Research Fund – Project Leader
Project Title: Investigation of the mechanical properties of anodised aluminium through the optimisation of anodising process (RM10,000)

 

Professional Associations

  • 2008 – Present   ASSOCIATE MEMBER, the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK
  • 2005 – Present   GRADUATE ENGINEER, the Board of Engineers Malaysia

 

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