Agus Saptoro

Associate Prof. Dr. Agus Saptoro

PhD. (Curtin Australia), BEng. (Hons.) (First Class) (Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
FHEA, MIEAust, CPEng, NER, SMAIChE, AMIChemE, Grad Eng BEM
Deputy Dean of Research and Development and Chair of Graduate Studies Committee

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  

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rSuNOPMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Agus_Saptoro/contributions
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Publons: https://publons.com/researcher/1413820/agus-saptoro/


Academic Background

  • Visiting Research Professor (under Hyogo Overseas Research Network (HORN) Scholarship), University of Hyogo, Japan (2015)
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Curtin University, Australia (2010)
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering) (First Class Honours), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (2002)


Professional History

  • Deputy Dean of Research and Development and Chair of Graduate Studies Committee (2020 – 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 – present)
  • Associate Professor (Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak (2017 – present)
  • Programme Coordinator/ Deputy Head of Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Visiting 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

  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Statistical process monitoring and inferential sensor design
  • Process modelling, optimisation and control
  • Energy efficient CO2 capture technology
  • Fluids and thermal engineering and microwave technology


Research Project and Funding

  1. 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, RM171,950; 2020 – 2023). (A fully funded PhD position is currently available. Please refer to this link).
  2. Implementation of Innovative Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Curtin’s Engineering Education (Co-investigator – Funded by Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP) 2019 Grants, RM2,000; 2019 – 2020).
  3. 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, RM2,000; 2019 – 2020).
  4. 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 Multimedia Authority, RM100,000, 2018 – 2020).
  5. Microwave Kiln for Beads Production (Co-investigator – Funded by Public-Private Research Network (PPRN), Ministry of Education, Malaysia, RM31,200, 2018 – 2019).
  6. Process design, control and optimisation of low cost post-combustion CO2 capture system (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) Academic Grant, RM100,000, 2015 – 2018). 
  7. 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). 
  8. Formulation of a robust, non-Gaussian algorithm used to develop adaptive soft sensors for sensing various states in industrial processing plants (Project Leader – Funded by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education through Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Round 2 2014, RM 82,000, 2015 – 2018. 
  9. 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, RM 220,000, 2012 – 2014).
  10. Enhancing undergraduate transport phenomena teaching and learning through combined inductive and deductive approaches (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Teaching Innovation Project, 2011 – 2012).
  11. Dynamic Neural Network and Gaussian Process based Model Predictive Control of A Palm Waste Boiler (Project Leader – Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Fund, RM 10,000, 2010-2012).

 

Publications

Journal Publications

2020

  1. Suhartono, J., Pertiwi, D. S., Noersalim, C., Yulianingshih, D., Sofianti, F., A. 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 & Technology, accepted [2018 IF: 2.418, Q2].
  2. 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, accepted [2018 IF: 1.693, Q3].
  3. Shibatani, A., Kan, K., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., 2020, Synergistic effect of high irradiation power and anti-solvent addition for enhanced microwave assisted nanoparticle synthesis process, Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, accepted [2018 IF: 0.627, Q4].
  4. 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, accepted [2018 IF: 1.396] (Corresponding author).
  5. 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, 0: 1-17, DOI: 10.1002/ghg.1953 [2018 IF: 1.693].
  6. 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, accepted [Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication].
  7. Shibatani, A., Kan, K., Matsumura, S., Asakuma, Y., Saptoro, A., 2020, Synergistic effect of high irradiation power and anti-solvent addition for enhanced microwave assisted nanoparticle synthesis process, Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, accepted [2018 IF: 0.627].
  8. Tan, Y.Y., Tang, F.E., Saptoro, A., 2020, Effect of loading rate and sludge deposit on a VFCW treating septage, Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research, DOI: 10.1080/23249676.2020.1719217 [Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication].

2019

  1. 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 [2018 IF: 3.375] (Corresponding author).
  2. 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 [2018 IF: 1.090].
  3. 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 [Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication].
  4. 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 [Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication].
  5. 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 [Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication].

2018

  1. 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 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2017 Impact Factor: 2.826).
  2. 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, 2017 Impact Factor: 0.649).

2017

  1. 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 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2017 Impact Factor: 2.826).
  2. 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).
  3. 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, 2017 Impact Factor: 1.122).
  4. 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).
  5. 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: 10.1515/cppm-2017-0022 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).
  6. 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: 10.1515/cppm-2017-0019 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).
  7. 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: 10.1515/cppm-2017-0026 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).
  8. 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:10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/01201 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science).
  9. 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:10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012055 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science).
  10. 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 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).

2016

  1. Asakuma, Y., Nakata, R., Matsumura, S., Saptoro, A., 2016, Mechanism of microwave heating through molecular orbital method and bubble size profiles, Procedia Engineering, 157, 13-18 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).
  2. 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, 2017 Impact Factor: 3.204).

2015

  1. 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 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication).
  2. 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, 2017 Impact Factor: 2.199).
  3. 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 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science cited-publication, 2017 Impact Factor: 0.881).

2014

  1. 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)
  2. 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. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science Journal, 2017 Impact Factor: 2.199).
  3. 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. (Thomson Reuters Web of Science Journal, 2017 Impact Factor: 0.923).

2013 and before

  1. 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 [Thomson Reuters Web of Science Journal, 2018 IF:7.181, Q1] (*Corresponding author).
  2. 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 Modelling, 7 (1), Article 13, DOI: 10.1515/1934-2659.1645 [Thompson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication] (*Corresponding author)..
  3. 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 [2018 IF: 0.52, Q4].
  4. 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 [2018 IF: 2.786, Q1].

 

Book Chapters

  1. 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).
  2. Nagarajan, R., Anandkumar, A., Hussain, S.M., Jonathan, M.P., Ramkumar, Mu, Saptoro, A., Eswaramoorthi, S., Saptoro, A., Chua, H.B., 2018, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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

2018

  1. 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.
  2. Ayittey, F.K., Saptoro, A., Wong, M.K., Kumar, P., 2018, Standalone Process Modifications in Potassium Carbonate CO2 Capture System, One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, Miri, Malaysia, 26 – 28 November 2018.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

  1. Kanazawa, Y., Asada, M., Asakuma, Y, Saptoro, A., Phan, C., Surface tension of heavywater before and after microwave irradiation, CUTSE conference 2014, Miri, Malaysia.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  • Graduate Engineer (Board of Engineers Malaysia)
  • Member of Malaysia Process Control Society (MyPCS)
  • Executive member of Malaysian Process Control Society (MyPCS) (2019 – 2021)
  • National Committee Member, 26th Regional Symposium of Chemical Engineering (RSCE) 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Chair, 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2016.
  • International Scientific Committee, 32nd Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineering (SOMChE) 2020.
  • International Journal of Food Engineering (2018 Impact Factor: 0.951; https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijfe)
  • Guest Editor of IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 206 (2017)
  • Guest Editor of Chemical Product and Process Modeling (December 2017 Issue)
  • 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.
  • Reviewers for Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science Journals: Chemical Engineering Science (2018 IF: 3.372), Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2018 IF: 3.375), Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2018 IF: 1.61), Computers & Chemical Engineering (2018 IF: 3.334), Journal of Chemometrics (2018 IF: 1.847), Neural Computing and Applications (2018 IF: 4.664), Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems (2018 IF: 2.786), Energy & Fuels (2018 IF: 3.021), Energy Conversion and Management Journal (2018 IF: 7.181), Journal of The Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers (2018 IF: 3.834), Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science Journal (2018 IF: 3.493), Measurement (2018 IF: 2.791), Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy (2018 IF: 2.931), Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering (2018 IF: 1.396), International Journal of Food Engineering (2018 IF: 0.951) and Journal of Food Process Engineering (2018 IF: 1.448) and Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2018 IF: 0.79).
  • 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 and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia.
  • Reviewer for Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) and Sarawak Research Development Council (SRDC) proposals at Curtin University Malaysia and Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.


Teaching – Taught units

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Process Plant Engineering
  • Process Mass Transfer
  • Process Principles
  • 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


Postgraduate supervisions

  • Undergraduate research projects: 5 – 7 students/year
  • Postgraduate research projects
    • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): graduated (4 students), on-going (1 student)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): graduated (3), graduating (1), on-going (1 student)

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