Tan Inn Shi


Dr. Tan Inn Shi
Ph.D, B.Eng. (Hons), AMIChemE, FHEA

Contact Details
Location: Skylark 3 Room 427
Telephone: +60 85 630 100 Ext: 2438
Fax: +60 85 630 254
Email: tan.s@curtin.edu.my

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=uyiNdYIAAAAJ
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Inn_Shi_Tan
SCOPUS: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57218448836
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1901-8211


Dr. Tan Inn Shi is currently a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Curtin University, Malaysia. She accomplished her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She obtained a Bachelor degree (first class honours) in Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Her main research interest is the breakdown of macro-algae biomass into simple sugars (e.g glucose) which is a major bottleneck in the production of bio-based fuels. Her research focuses on combined chemical pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of macro-algae biomass.

Academic History

  • Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2011-2015
  • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, 2006-2010


  • Sanggar Sanjung Award 2014
  • Sanggar Sanjung Award 2015
  • Recognized reviewer-Energy Conversion and Management, 2015
  • USM-Postgraduate Research Grant Award, 2011
  • Dean List Awards, 2006-2010

Research Interests

  • Life cycle Assessment Modeling
  • Fermentation & Optimization
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Process Dynamics and control
  • Hydrodynamic stability
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering

Research Project and Funding

  1. SRDC (Principal Investigator) 2020: Pilot Plant Scale Supercritical CO2 Extraction of Natural Antioxidant
  2. FRGS (Principal Investigator) 2019: Mechanism of multistage nano-enabled microbial fermentation of biomass to produce biodegradable polymer.
  3. FRGS (Co-Investigator) 2019: Determining the underlying biomineralization mechanism on biomass
  4. Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP) 2019: Flipped-delivery and rapid prototyping as blended project-based learning in Fluid Mechanics

Journal Publications

  1. H.C.Y. Foo, I.S. Tan, A.R. Mohamed, K.T. Lee, (2020). Insights and utility of cycling-induced thermal deformation of calcium-based microporous material as post-combustion CO2 sorbents, Fuel. 260; 116354.
  2. T.T. Nguyen, M.K. Lam, Y. Uemura, N. Mansor, J.W. Lim, P.L. Show, I.S. Tan, S. Lim, (2020). High biodiesel yield from wet microalgae paste via in-situ transesterification: Effect of reaction parameters towards the selectivity of fatty acid esters, Fuel. 272; 117718.
  3. I.S. Tan, M.K. Lam, H.C.Y. Foo, S. Lim, K.T. Lee, (2019). Advances of macroalgae biomass for the third generation of bioethanol production, Chinese J. Chem. Eng. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjche.2019.05.012.
  4. H.Y. Teh, U. Suparmaniam, M.K. Lam, Y. Uemura, J.W. Lim, I.S. Tan, J. Kansedo, S. Lim, (2019). Harvesting of Chlorella Vulgaris Biomass by Using Different Bio-Flocculants: A Comparison Study, Int. J. Biomass Renewables. 8, 17–27.
  5. V.H. Leong, H. Ben Mahmud, M.C. Law, C.Y.H. Foo, I.S. Tan, (2019). A numerical modelling and simulation of core-scale sandstone acidizing process: a study on the effect of temperature, J. Pet. Explor. Prod. Technol. 9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-018-0522-8.
  6. A.C.Y. Tiong, I.S. Tan, H.C.Y. Foo, (2019). A Mechanistic Study of Surfactants, Particles, and Polymers on Foam Stabilization, in: IOP Conf. Ser. Mater. Sci. Eng.https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/495/1/012058.
  7. V.H. Leong, H.B. Mahmud, M.C. Law, C.Y.H. Foo, I.S. Tan, (2019). An optimization framework for sandstone acidizing using design of experiment (DOE) and mathematical modelling, in: IOP Conf. Ser. Mater. Sci. Eng.https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/495/1/012066.
  8. A. Norlee, T.I. Shi, H.K. Ben Mahmud, H.F.C. Yew, M.U. Shafiq, (2019). Investigating the Effectiveness of Emulsified Acid on Sandstone Formation under High Temperature Conditions, in: IOP Conf. Ser. Mater. Sci. Eng., IOP Publishing; p. 12113.
  9. V.H. Leong, H. Ben Mahmud, M.C. Law, H.C.Y. Foo, I.S. Tan, (2018). A comparison and assessment of the modelling and simulation of the sandstone matrix acidizing process: A critical methodology study, J. Nat. Gas Sci. Eng. 57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2018.06.044.
  10. Y.Y. Teh, K.T. Lee, W.-H. Chen, S.-C. Lin, H.-K. Sheen, I.S. Tan, (2017). Dilute sulfuric acid hydrolysis of red macroalgae Eucheuma denticulatum with microwave-assisted heating for biochar production and sugar recovery, Bioresour. Technol. 246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.07.101.
  11. I.S. Tan, K.T. Lee, (2016). Comparison of different process strategies for bioethanol production from Eucheuma cottonii: An economic study, Bioresour. Technol. 199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.08.008.
  12. I.S. Tan, K.T. Lee, (2015). Immobilization of β-glucosidase from Aspergillus niger on κ-carrageenan hybrid matrix and its application on the production of reducing sugar from macroalgae cellulosic residue, Bioresour. Technol. 184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2014.10.146.
  13. I.S. Tan, K.T. Lee, (2015). Solid acid catalysts pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of macroalgae cellulosic residue for the production of bioethanol, Carbohydr. Polym. 124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.02.046.
  14. I.S. Tan, K.T. Lee, (2014). Enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation of seaweed solid wastes for bioethanol production: An optimization study, Energy. 78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2014.04.080.
  15. M.K. Lam, I.S. Tan, K.T. Lee, (2014). Utilizing lipid-extracted microalgae biomass residues for maltodextrin production, Chem. Eng. J. 235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2013.09.023.
  16. I.S. Tan, M.K. Lam, K.T. Lee, (2013). Hydrolysis of macroalgae using heterogeneous catalyst for bioethanol production, Carbohydr. Polym. 94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2013.01.042.

Conference Publications

  • Tan, Inn Shi and Lee, Keat Teong. Production of bioethanol from macroalgae cellulosic residue using solid acid catalyst pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis. In: Chemeca 2014: Processing excellence; Power our future. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia, 2014:[15]-[36]. 28 Sep-1 Oct 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Graduate member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)-Registration number (JS71104)