Tan Inn Shi


Dr. Tan Inn Shi
Ph.D, B.Eng.
Petroleum Engineering Program Coordinator
Faculty of Engineering and Science

Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2438
Fax: +60 85 443837
Location: Skylark 3.L3.427
Email: tan.s@curtin.edu.my


Dr. Tan Inn Shi is currently a lecturer in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University, Sarawak campus. 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

Journal Publications

  1. Tan, I.S., Lam, M.K., Lee, K.T. (2013). Hydrolysis of macroalgae using heterogeneous catalyst for bio-ethanol production . Carbohydrate Polymers. 94, 561-566
  2. Tan, I.S., Lee, K.T. (2014). Enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation of seaweed solid wastes for bioethanol production: An optimization study. Energy. 78, 53-62
  3. Lam, M.K., Tan, I.S., Lee, K.T. (2014). Utilizing lipid-extracted microalgae biomass residues for maltodextrin production. Chemical Engineering Journal. 235, 224-230
  4. Tan, I.S., Lee, K.T. (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. Bioresource Technology 184, 386-394
  5. Tan, I.S., Lee, K.T. (2015). Solid acid catalysts pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of macroalgae cellulosic for the production of bioethanol. Carbohydrate Polymers. 124, 311-321
  6. Tan, I. S., & Lee, K. T. (2016). Comparison of different process strategies for bioethanol production from Eucheuma cottonii: An economic study. Bioresource technology199, 336-346.
  7. Teh, Y. Y., Lee, K. T., Chen, W. H., Lin, S. C., Sheen, H. K., & Tan, I. S. (2017). Dilute sulfuric acid hydrolysis of red macroalgae Eucheuma denticulatum with microwave-assisted heating for biochar production and sugar recovery. Bioresource Technology.

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)

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