Agus Saptoro

Prof. Dr. Agus Saptoro

PhD (Curtin Australia), BEng (Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
SFHEA, MIEAust, CPEng, NER, SAMIChemE, Grad Eng BEM, MMyPCS

 

Contact Details
Location: Prinia 1. GF. Office of R&D / Skylark 3 Room 343
Telephone: +60 85 630 100 Ext: 2634 / 2539
Fax: +60 85 630 254
Email: agus.saptoro@curtin.edu.my; agus.saptoro@curtin.edu.au

Personal website: https://agussaptoro.com/

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rSuNOPMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Agus_Saptoro/contributions
ResearcherID Profile: https://publons.com/researcher/AAG-6265-2019/
SCOPUS:https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=24597790900
Publons: https://publons.com/researcher/1413820/agus-saptoro/
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1734-4788

 

Backgrounds

Agus Saptoro is currently a Professor at Curtin Univesity Malaysia. He re – ceived Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in chemical engineering from Gadjah Mada University Indonesia and obtained his PhD in chemical engineering (process system engineering) from Curtin University Australia. He has been a Visiting Professor/ Academic for University of Hyogo, Japan, National Institute of Technology (ITENAS), Bandung, Indonesia, and University of Aberdeen, UK. His research expertise and interest include energy efficient CO2 capture processes, intelligent data and image analysis, process modelling, simulation and optimisation, and thermal engineering especially microwave technology. He is Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) with AdvanceHE (formerly known as Higher Education Academy UK) and Executive member of Malaysian Process Control Society (MyPCS). He is also serving as Editorial Board Member of Digital Chemical Engineering Journal (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/digital-chemical-engineering) and Associate Editor of International Journal of Food Engineering (https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijfe).

 

Academic History

  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Australia (2010)
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering) (First Class Honours), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (2002)

 

Professional History

  • Professor (Chemical and Energy Engineering), Curtin University Malaysia (2022 – present)
  • Member of Curtin Malaysia Academic Council (2022 – present)
  • Deputy Dean of Research and Development/Director of Curtin Malaysia Graduate School (2020 – present)
  • Member of Curtin University Malaysia’s R&D Committee (2019 – present)
  • Associate Dean of Research and Development (Faculty of Engineering and Science) (2019 – 2020)
  • Visiting academic staff, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen (UK) (2019)
  • Research Cluster Head for Intelligent System Design and Control (2018 – 2020)
  • Associate Professor (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University Malaysia (2017 – 2021)
  • Visiting Research Professor (under Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN) Scholarship), University of Hyogo, Japan (2015)
  • Chair of Students and Alumni Relation Committee, Curtin University Malaysia (2016 – 2018)
  • Programme Coordinator/Deputy Head of Department of Chemical Engineering (2014 – 2016)
  • Visiting Academic Professor, University of Hyogo, Himeji, Japan (2014)
  • Senior Lecturer (Chemical Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia (2013 – 2018)
  • Lecturer (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University Malaysia (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 Expertise and Interests

  • Chemometrics (multivariate data & image analysis)
  • Machine Learning for process engineering
  • Process modelling, optimisation and control of physical, chemical and biochemical systems
  • CO2 capture and storage technology
  • Thermal Engineering and Microwave Technology

 

Awards

  1. Curtinnovation Award 2021 under International Category entitled “AgriSmartEye: a reliable, low-cost method to analyse black pepper” (https://research.curtin.edu.au/2021-awards/; https://youtu.be/_sOglbkqk-o)
  2. Curtin Malaysia’s Top Contributor for External Project Award 2021.
  3. Wiley Top Cited Article 2020-2021 in Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology Journal
  4. Gold Medal Recipient of Innovation Technology Expo (InTEX) 2022

 

Research Project and Funding

  1. Numerical Modelling of Airborne Transmission of Covid-19 exposure in a Classroom – A CFD Approach (Malaysia based Project Leader – Funded by ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D scheme under ASEAN-India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) 2022 – 2024, ~MYR173,000)
  2. Green Building Overall Performance Assessment based on Multivariate Data Analysis of Energy Consumption, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Occupant Satisfaction: A Case Study on Sarawak Energy’s Miri Regional Office (Project Leader – Funded by Sarawak Energy Berhad 2022 – 2024, MYR188,600).
  3. A Rapid, Reliable and Cost-Effective System to Detect Authenticity and Geographical Origin of Ground Black Pepper: Technology Development and Prototyping (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Malaysia Research Institute (CMRI) 2021 – 2022, MYR200,000).
  4. Mechanistic Modeling of Hybrid Microwave and Ultrasound Assisted Pharmaceutical Crystallisation with and without Addition of Anti-solvent (Project Leader – Funded by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) 2020 – 2023, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, MYR95,100).
  5. A New Approach to Fundamental Modelling of Sludge Dewatering under Low Pressure Condition (Co-investigator – Funded by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) 2020 – 2023, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, MYR110,012).
  6. Development of a Rapid, Reliable and Cost-Effective Product Quality Estimation of Sago (Metroxylon sagu) based on Hyperspectral Images (Project Leader – Funded by Sarawak Research Development Council (SRDC) 2020 – 2023, MYR180,000).
  7. Implementation of Innovative Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Curtin’s Engineering Education (Co-investigator – Funded by Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP) 2019 Grants, MYR2,000; 2019 – 2020).
  8. The Influence of Zoom Video Communication on Improving the Impact of Learning and Teaching Environment (Co-investigator – Funded by Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP) 2019 Grants, MYR2,000; 2019 – 2020).
  9. Development of a Rapid and Cost-Effective Detector and Estimator of Adulterants in Ground Black Pepper using Spatial and Spectral Image Analysis (Project Leader – Funded by Sarawak Digital Economic Corporation (SDEC) 2018 – 2020, MYR100,000).
  10. Microwave Kiln for Beads Production (Co-investigator – Funded by Public-Private Research Network (PPRN), Ministry of Education, Malaysia, MYR31,200; 2018 – 2019).
  11. Process design, control and optimisation of low-cost post-combustion CO2 capture system (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) Academic Grant, MYR100,000, 2015 – 2018).
  12. Microwave irradiation based physical method to manipulate the surface tension of nanofluids (Project Leader – Funded by Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN), Japan, ¥473,630, 2015).
  13. Formulation of a robust, non-Gaussian algorithm used to develop adaptive soft sensors for sensing various states in industrial processing plants (Project Leader – Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Round 2 2014 (2015 – 2018) – Funded by Ministry of Education, Malaysia, MYR82,000).
  14. Process Modelling and Optimization of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) from Oil-Palm for Development of High-Quality Organic Compost (Co-investigator – Funded by Celtex Resources Sdn Bhd Grant 2012 – 2014, MYR220,000).
  15. Enhancing undergraduate transport phenomena teaching and learning through combined inductive and deductive approaches (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Teaching Innovation Project, 2011 – 2012, MYR2,000).
  16. Dynamic Neural Network and Gaussian Process based Model Predictive Control of a Palm Waste Boiler (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Fund 2010 – 2011, MYR10,000).

 

Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Sinehbaghizadeh, S., Saptoro., A., Naeiji, P., Tiong, A.N.T., Mohammadi, A.H., 2022, Insights into the synergistic effects of metal particles (Ag, Cu, and Fe) and urea on CO2 clathrate hydrate growth using molecular dynamics simulations, Chemical Engineering Science, accepted [2021 IF: 4.889, Q2]
  2. Bahrun, M.H.V., Bono, A., Zaini, M.A.A., Othman, N., Saptoro, A., 2022. Dynamic Performances of Adsorbents in an Industrial-Sized Packed Bed Column for Lead Ion Removal, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, accepted [2021 IF: 4.050, Q2]
  3. Kong, Z.Y., Yang, A., Saptoro, A., Sunarso, J., 2022. Revisiting the binary azeotropic separation containing tetrahydrofuran and ethanol: Design and control of extractive distillation using dimethyl sulfoxide as alternative solvent, Digital Chemical Engineering, In Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dche.2022.100060
  4. Sinehbaghizadeh, S., Saptoro, A., Mohammadi, A.H., 2022. CO2 hydrate properties and applications: A state of the art. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 93: 101026, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecs.2022.101026 [2021 IF: 35.339, Q1]
  5. Sinehbaghizadeh, S., Saptoro, A., Sepideh, A.I., Tiong, A.N.T., Mohammadi, A.H., 2022. Molecular dynamics simulation studies on the stability and decomposition of clathrate hydrates of single and double greenhouse gases. Energy & Fuels, 36 (15): 8323–8339, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.2c01396  [2021 IF: 4.654, Q2].
  6. Takai, T., Shibatani, A., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., Phan, C., 2022, Microwave-assisted nanoparticle synthesis enhanced with addition of surfactant. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 182: 714-718, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2022.04.035 [2021 IF: 4.119, Q2].
  7. Kartik, S., Balsora, H., Sharma, M., Saptoro, A., Jain, R.K., Joshi, J.B., Sharma, A., 2022, Valorization of Plastic wastes for Production of Fuels and Value-added Chemicals through Pyrolysis – A review. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 32, 101316, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsep.2022.101316 [2021 IF: 4.56, Q1].
  8. Tan, Y.Y., Tang, F.E., Saptoro, A., 2021, Process-based models for nitrogen dynamics in subsurface flow constructed wetlands: A state-of-the-art review. Environmental Reviews, 99 (999), 1-19, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2021-0001 [2021 IF: 5.547, Q2].
  9. Asakuma, Y. Shibatani, A., Kan, H., Saptoro, A., 2021, Prediction of particle number density in suspension by measuring the sizes of bubbles generated during microwave irradiation, Crystal Research & Technology, 56 (3): 2000160, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/crat.202000160 [2021 IF: 1.599, Q3].
  10. Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., Wong, M.K., 2021, Energy-saving process configurations for monoethanolamine-based CO2 capture system, Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 16 (1): e2576, DOI: 10.1002/apj.2576 [2021 IF: 1.777, Q3].
  11. Simonetti, S., Saptoro, A., Martín, C.F., Dionisi, D., 2020, Product concentration, yield and productivity in anaerobic digestion to produce short chain organic acids: a critical analysis of literature data, Processes, 8 (12): 1538, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8121538 [2021 IF: 3.352, Q2].
  12. Asakuma, Y., Wada, Y., Saptoro, A., 2020, Prediction of aggregate shape through bubble size in suspension during microwave irradiation in the process of aggregation, Advanced Powder Technology, 31 (11): 4563-4569, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apt.2020.10.003 [2021 IF: 4.969, Q2].
  13. Suhartono, J., Pertiwi, D. S., Noersalim, C., Yulianingshih, D., Sofianti, F., Saptoro, Chafidz, A., 2020, Characteristics and Performances of Blended Polyethersulfone and Carbon-based Nanomaterial Membranes: The Effect of Nanomaterial Types and Air Exposure, Chemical Engineering and Technology, 43(8): 1630-1637, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ceat.201900582 [2021 IF: 2.215 , Q3].
  14. Saptoro, A., Jawad, Z.A., Chin, B.L.F., 2020, Special issue “Selected Papers from 8th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IBA-IFIBiop) 2019”, International Journal of Food Engineering, 16 (10), 20200212 DOI: 10.1515/ijfe-2020-0212 [2021 IF: 1.832, Q4].
  15. Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., Wong, M.K., 2020, Parametric Study and Optimisation of Hot K2CO3-based Post-combustion CO2 Capture from a Coal-fired Power Plant, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 10(3): 631-642, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ghg.1983 [2021 IF: 2.518, Q4/Q3].
  16. Shibatani, A., Kan, K., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, S., 2020, Synergistic effect of high irradiation power and anti-solvent addition for enhanced microwave assisted nanoparticle synthesis process, Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, 53(8): 397-401, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1252/jcej.19we115 [2021 IF: 0.799, Q4].
  17. Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., Wong, M.K., 2020, Rate-based simulation study of boric acid promoted potassium carbonate capture system, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 778, 012082, https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/778/1/012082 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  18. Shibatani, A., Kan, K., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, S., 2020, Intensified nanoparticle synthesis using hybrid microwave and ultrasound treatments: consecutive and concurrent modes, Crystal Research & Technology, 55(4): 1900199, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/crat.201900199 [2021 IF: 1.599, Q3].
  19. Yeo, W.S., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2020, Missing data treatment for locally weighted partial least square based modelling: A comparative study, Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 15(2): e2422, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/apj.2422 [2021 IF: 1.777, Q3].
  20. Ayittey, F.K., Obek, C.A., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., Wong, M.K., 2020, Process Modifications for Hot Potassium Carbonate-based CO2 Capture System: A Comparative Study, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 10(1): 130-146, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ghg.1953 [2021 IF: 2.518, Q4/Q3].
  21. Wong, R.X.J.P., Jawad, Z.A., Tan, P.C., Chin, B.L.F., Chew, T.L., Saptoro, A., 2020, Preparation and Characterization of Blended Cellulose Acetate Membrane for CO2/N2 Separation, Journal of Physical Science, 31(2): 15-31, https://jps.usm.my/preparation-and-characterisation-of-blend-cellulose-acetate-membrane-for-co2-n2-separation/ (Web of Science indexed publication).
  22. Tan, Y.Y., Tang, F.E., Saptoro, A., Khor, E.H., 2020, Effect of loading rate and sludge deposit on a VFCW treating septage, Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research, 8(1): 1-14, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23249676.2020.1719217 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  23. Yeo, W.S., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2019, Adaptive soft sensor development for non-Gaussian and nonlinear processes, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 58 (45): 20680-20691, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b03821 [2021 IF: 4.326, Q2].
  24. Atsuya, S., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., 2019, Promoting nucleation in microwave assisted nanoparticle synthesis using combined two-stage irradiation and anti-solvent addition, Crystal Research & Technology, 54 (6), https://doi.org/10.1002/crat.201800205 [2021 IF: 1.599, Q3].
  25. Ling, J.S.J., Tan, Y.H., Mubarak, N.M., Kansedo, J., Saptoro, A., Nolasco-Hipolito, C., 2019, A review of heterogeneous calcium oxide-based catalyst from waste for biodiesel synthesis, SN Applied Science, 1 (8): Article Number 810, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42452-019-0843-3 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  26. Mickel, V. M., Yeo, W. S., Saptoro, A., 2019, Evaluating the Performance of Newly Integrated Model in Nonlinear Chemical Process Against Missing Measurements, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 14 (4): https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2018-0066 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  27. Tiong, A. N. T, Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., 2019, Laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of polyacrylamide solution in double pipe heat exchanger, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 495 (1), 012056, https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/495/1/012056 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  28. Bui, J.J.X., Tang, F.E., Tan, Y.Y., Wong, K.S., Saptoro, A., 2019, Dewatering and Mineralization of Sludge in Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands: A Review, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 495 (1), 012069, https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/495/1/012069 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  29. Asakuma, Y., Matsumura, S., Saptoro, A., 2018, Method for suppressing superheating behaviour during microwave assisted nanoparticle formation by ethylene glycol addition, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification, 132, 11-15, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cep.2018.08.003 [2021 IF: 4.264, Q2].
  30. 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, https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jpi/61/2/61_150/_pdf (2): 150-155 [2021 IF: 1.105, Q4/Q3]..
  31. Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Saptoro, A., 2017, Bubble formation in water with magnetite nanoparticles during microwave irradiation, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification, 119, 101-105, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cep.2017.06.005 [2020 IF: 4.237, Q2].
  32. 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 (Web of Science indexed-publication].
  33. 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 2018 [2021 IF: 1.599, Q3].
  34. 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 (Web of Scienced indexed publication).
  35. 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 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  36. Tiong, N. T. A., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 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 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  37. 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 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  38. 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 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  39. 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 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  40. 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 206 (2017) 012016 doi:10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012016 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  41. Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Matsumura, , Saptoro, A., 2016, Mechanism of microwave heating through molecular orbital method and bubble size profiles, Procedia Engineering, 157, 13-18, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.332 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  42. 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, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2015.11.015 [2021 IF: 3.37, Q2].
  43. 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: https://doi.org/10.3303/CET1545256 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  44. Tze, A.T.N., Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., 2015, Reviews on Drag Reducing Polymers, The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 32 (8), 1455-1476, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11814-015-0104-0 [2021 IF: 3.146, Q3].
  45. 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, 13 (3), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2014-0121 [2021 IF: 1.636, Q4].
  46. 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, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proche.2014.05.027 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  47. Saptoro, A., Ting, M.H.H, Liew, E.W.T, 2014, Oxygen Transfer to Cassava Starch Solutions in an Aerated, Well-Mixed Bioreactor: Experimental and Mass Transfer Studies, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 31 (4), 650 – 658, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11814-013-0251-0 [2021 IF: 3.146, Q3].
  48. Ting, M.L., Then, S.P., 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: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijfe-2012-0219 [2021 IF: 1.832, Q4].
  49. Saptoro, A. and Kong, C.H., 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 and Management, 68, 235-243, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2013.01.015 [2021 IF: 11.533, Q1].
  50. Saptoro, A., Vuthaluru, H.B. and Tadé, M.O., 2012, A Modified Kennard-Stone Algorithm for Optimal Division of Data for Developing Artificial Neural Network Models, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 7 (1), Article 13, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1934-2659.1645 (Web of Science indexed publication).
  51. Saptoro, A., 2012, Extended and Unscented Kalman Filters for Artificial Neural Network Models of Chemical Processes, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering, 34 (3), 319-323, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1134/S0040579512030074 [2021 IF: 0.924, Q4).
  52. 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, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemolab.2008.07.007 [2021 IF: 4.175, Q2/Q1].

Book Chapters

  • Saptoro, A., Suhartono, J., 2019, Two phase permeability models of membrane gas separation: a comparative study, In: Membrane Technology for CO2 Sequestration (Ed.: Jawad, Z.A.), CRC Press (accepted).
  • Nagarajan, R., Anandkumar, A., Hussain, S.M., Jonathan, M.P., Ramkumar, Mu, Eswaramoorthi, S., Saptoro, A., Chua, H.B., 2019, Geochemical characterization of beach sediments of the Nw Borneo, SE Asia: Implications on provenance, weathering intensity and assessment of coastal environmental status, In: Coastal Zone Management: Global Perspectives, Regional Processes, Local Issues (Ed.: Ramkumar, Mu, James, A., Menier, D., Kumaraswamy, K.), Elsevier, pp. 279-230.
  • 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).

Conference Publications

2022

  •  Sinehbaghizadeh, S., Saptoro, A., 2022, Understanding the effects of impurities on the growth rate of biogas hydrate at a molecular level, 3rd Swinburne Sarawak Postgraduate Research Conference (SSPRC), Kuching, Malaysia, 11 – 12 August 2022.

2018

  • Obek, C.A., Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., 2018, Improved process modifications of aqueous ammonia based CO2 capture system, 25th Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE), Manila, Philippines, 21 – 22 November 2018.
  • Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., Wong, M.K., Kumar, P., 2018, Standalone Process Modifications in Potassium Carbonate CO2Capture System, One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, Miri, Malaysia, 26 – 28 November 2018.
  • Yeo, W.S., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2018, PLS based non-Adaptive and LW-PLS based Adaptive Soft Sensor Development with Missing Data, One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, Miri, Malaysia, 26 – 28 November 2018.

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 and before

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Patents

  • Filled Patent entitled “Method of Testing A Sample For Determining Authenticity and Geographical Origin” (MyIPO Application No. PI2022001909) (Agus Saptoro, Terence Chia Yi Kai, Garenth Lim King Hann, Chua Han Bing)
  • Filled Patent entitled “Thermal-Hydraulic Experiments and Behaviors of Polyacrylamide Additives in Water-based Al2O3 Nanofluid in Circular and Non-Circular Conduits” (MyIPO application no.: PI2020007231) (Angnes Tiong Ngieng Tze, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar).

 

Copyrights

  1. Literary work entitled “Energy Efficient Process, Dynamic Modelling and Control of Boric Acid Promoted Potassium Carbonate based CO2 Capture System” (MyIPO application no.: LY2021E07023) (Agus Saptoro, Foster Kofi Ayittey, Perumal Kumar).
  2. Literary work entitled “Investigation of Formation and Dissociation Mechanisms of Pure and Mixed CO2 Hydrates in the Presence of Thermodynamic and Kinetic Promoters using Molecular Dynamics Simulation” (MyIPO application no.: LY2021E07025) (Saeid Sinehbaghizadeh, Agus Saptoro, Angnes Tiong Ngieng Tze).
  3. Literary work entitled “Process Intensified Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Systems” (MyIPO application no.: LY2021E07022) (Agus Saptoro).
  4. Literary work entitled “Detection of Adulterants in Sarawak Ground Black Pepper using Deep Learning Based Computer Vision and Hyperspectral Imaging” (MyIPO application no.: LY2020007407) (Agus Saptoro, Chia Yi Kai, Garenth Lim King Hann)
  5. Literary work entitled “Energy Efficient Process Modifications of CO2 Capture Systems” (MyIPO application no.: LY2020007392) (Agus Saptoro, Chung Li Hsuan, Chong Shek Hong, Christine Ann Obek, Foster Kofi Ayittey).
  6. Literary work entitled “Non-Gaussian Locally Weighted Kernel PLS based Adaptive Soft Sensor” (MyIPO application no.: LY2019008121) (Christine Yeo Wan Sieng, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar).
  7. Literary work entitled “Improved Process Modifications of Aqueous Ammonia based CO2 Capture System” (MyIPO application no.: LY2018006436) (Agus Saptoro)
  8. Literary work entitled “Adaptive Soft Sensor Based on Modified Locally Weighted Partial Least Square Algorithm for Non-Gaussian and Nonlinear Processes” (MyIPO application no.: LY2018006438) (Christine Yeo Wan Sieng, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar).
  9. Literary work entitled “VF_Sep: A Model to Simulate Hydraulic Performance and Nitrogen Dynamics in Vertical Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Septage” (MyIPO application no.: LY2018006443) (Tan Yee Yong, Tang Fu Ee, Agus Saptoro).

 

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).

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker, Study in Malaysia Webinar Series: “Carbon Capture and Storage: An Effort to Combat Global Warming”, 30th July 2021, AUG Student Services, Indonesia
  • Invited Speaker, International Webinar on Roles of Chemical Engineers in Combating Global Warming: “Energy Efficient Process Modifications of CO2 Capture Systems”, 28th August 2020, National Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.
  • Invited Speaker, Indo-UK joint International Webinar on Current Trends in Chemical Process Technology and Materials Development: “Energy Saving Process Modifications of CO2 Capture System”, 19th – 20th August 2020, University of Aberdeen, UK – IIT Guwahati, India.
  • Invited Speaker, International Webinar on Recent Trends in Energy Conversion Technologies:” Energy Efficient Process Modifications of CO2 Capture Systems, 13th – 19th July 2020, Curtin University Malaysia.
  • Invited Speaker, International Process Control Competition (IPCC) 2019: “Digitalization of Its Impact: An Academic Perspective”, 6th November 2019, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • Guest Lecture, Industry 4.0 driven Chemical Engineering Education, 4th April 2019, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.
  • Guest Lecture, Engineering Education for Industry 4.0, 1st April 2019, University of Indonesia, Indonesia.

 

Teaching – Taught units

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Process Plant Engineering
  • Process Mass Transfer
  • Process Principles
  • Process Analysis (Statistics for Chemical Engineers)
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory Project
  • 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

 

Undergraduate supervisions

  • Undergraduate research projects: 3 – 5 students/year

 

Postgraduate supervisions

No

Student ID

Name

Degree

Title of the Project

Status/Supervision

1

16603974

Terence Chia Yi Kai

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Deep Learning based Fault Diagnostic and Modelling of Chemical Processes

On-going/Principal Supervisor

1

18935297

Lee Ming Hao

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Product Quality Estimation of Sago (Metroxylon sagu) based on Hyperspectral Images and Deep Learning

On-going/Principal Supervisor

2

20438717

Melvin Wee Xin Jie

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Catalytic co-pyrolysis of palm oil waste with surgical mask for biofuel production

On-going/Co-Supervisor

3

20456968

Saeed Sinehbaghizadeh

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Mechanistic Studies of Promoted CO2 Hydrates using Molecular Dynamics Simulation

On-going/Principal Supervisor

4

20476322

Abdul Zahir

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

The Effect of Reaction on the Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer Rate in Rotating Packed Bed for CO2 capture by Absorption

On-going/Co-Supervisor

6

18051258

Christine Ann Obek

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Solubility Modelling of Bioactive Compounds in Supercritical CO2/Co-Solvent System: Empirical and Thermodynamic Modelling Approaches

On-going/Principal Supervisor

7

16603974

Terence Chia Yi Kai

MPhil (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Detection of Adulterants in Sarawak Ground Black Pepper using Deep Learning Neural Network Based Computer Vision and Hyperspectral Imaging

Graduated in 2021/Principal Supervisor

8

19047850

Foster Kofi Ayittey

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Energy Efficient Process, Dynamic Modelling and Control of Boric Acid Promoted Potassium Carbonate Based CO2 Capture System

Graduated in 2020/Principal Supervisor

9

15439521

Christine Yeo Wan Sieng

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Adaptive soft sensors for non-Gaussian chemical process plant data based on locally weighted partial least square

Graduated in 2019/Principal Supervisor

10

141764

Ounais Samawi

Master of Electrical Engineering specialised in Biosystems

Dynamic modelling study of palm oil waste compost

Graduated in 2019 (University of Mons, Belgium)/Co-Supervisor

11

18645033

Emmanuel Yahaya

MPhil (Chemical Engineering)

Optimal Process design and sensitivity analysis of shell and tube heat exchanger operated with nanofluids

Graduated in 2018/Principal Supervisor

12

15814759

Jameson Malang

MPhil (Chemical Engineering)

Comparison of Turbulence Models for the Prediction of Hydrodynamics of Packed Beds under Supercritical Fluid Condition

Graduated in 2017/Co-Supervisor

13

14028012

Angnes Tiong Ngieng Tze

PhD (Chemical Engineering)

Laminar Forced Convective Heat Transfer Studies in Circular and Non-circular Ducts with Polyacrylamide Additives in Water-based Al2O3 Nanofluid

Graduated in 2017/Co-Supervisor

14

14188709

Tan Yee Yong

PhD (Civil & Construction Engineering)

A mechanistic model for hydraulic behaviour and nitrogen dynamics in a vertical flow constructed wetland treating septage

Graduated in 2016/Co-Supervisor

15

13579470

Lai Jia Chi

MPhil (Chemical Engineering)

Co-composting of Chitinous Materials and Oil Palm Wastes to Improve Quality of Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) Compost as an Organic Fertilizer

Graduated in 2016/Co-Supervisor

16

17307688

Vivienne Sim

MPhil (Chemical Engineering)

Physico-chemical changes and kinetics for mineralisation of EFB composting

Graduated in 2015/Co-Supervisor

 

Professional Affiliation

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA), AdvanceHE (formerly known as Higher Education Academy (UK))
  • Member, Engineers Australia (MIEAust), Membership No: 5912711
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Engineers Australia (IEAust)
  • National Engineering Register (NER), Engineers Australia (IEAust)
  • Graduate Engineer, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Registration No: G20956L
  • Member, Malaysian Process Control Society (MyPCS)

 

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Digital Chemical Engineering Journal (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/digital-chemical-engineering)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Food Engineering (https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijfe)
  • Technical Committee Member, 33rd Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2022.
  • Executive member of Malaysian Process Control Society (MyPCS) (2019 – now)
  • National Committee Member, 26th Regional Symposium of Chemical Engineering (RSCE) 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Guest Editor, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 12 (4) (2017) (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science indexed Journal).
  • Chair of Editorial Team, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017) (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science indexed Proceedings).
  • Chair, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2016.
  • Technical Committee Members: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Automatic Control and Intelligent Systems (I2CACIS2017), Malaysia; International Scientific Committee of Faculty of Industrial Technology International Congress (FoITIC) 2017, Indonesia; International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (ICCBPE) 2015, Malaysia.
  • Journal Reviewers: Chemical Engineering Science, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Computers & Chemical Engineering, Journal of Chemometrics, Neural Computing and Applications, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Energy Conversion and Management Journal, Journal of The Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, International Journal of Food Engineering and Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering.
  • Reviewers for various conferences/symposiums: CHEMECA, SOMChE, I2CACIS2017, OCPC, CUTSE, RCChE 2018 and RSCE 2019.
  • PhD and MPhil thesis examiners: The University of Newcastle, Australia, Curtin University, Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and University of Aberdeen, UK.