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PhD projects

1. Sustainable Food Systems 2. Sustainable Energy Systems 3. Sustainable Environment Systems 4. Innovative Education/Pedagogical Approach for Improving Students' Learning Experience


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Personal profile


Dr Aditya Putranto is a Senior Lecturer, with 15 years’ academic experience across the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Previously, he was a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom and a Research Fellow at Monash University Australia. He obtained PhD in 2013 from Monash University Australia, where he was awarded Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD thesis (only one recipient per year in each faculty). He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Soochow University PR China.

In terms of research, his research expertise is sustainable systems, which includes sustainable food systems, sustainable energy systems and sustainable environment systems. The overarching aim of his research is to create synergistic approach to help attain low carbon economy in food, energy and environmental systems. In particular, in line with his expertise in digital innovation, he has seamlessly integrated digital technology with sustainability into Digital Sustainable System. He has developed useful computer simulations to be used by industry as a means for optimisation and troubleshooting. He has successfully published his research in 1 book (by Cambridge University Press UK), 3 invited book chapters and 49 peer-reviewed journal papers. He has been invited to serve as examiners of postgraduate research theses by UNSW Australia, Curtin University and Queensland University of Technology. He has also been invited as a reviewer of high quality journals.

With respect to education/teaching, he is indeed a passionate and dedicated teacher with strong interest and experience in promoting students’ learning experience through curriculum development and teaching innovation. He has established sustainability-focused curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and strongly integrates sustainability into teaching practice. His teaching quality has been evidenced by Outstanding score of Teaching Evaluation Questionnaire. He is currently Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) UK. His teaching style focuses on realising the abstract concepts by making use of examples and case-studies as well as establishing simulation to aid the students' understanding. He has further developed and implemented "Design-based learning" to help students integrate the concepts to produce processes and products.

Research interests

Dr. Putranto’s research has been focusing on SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS aiming at achieving net zero in food, energy and environment systems.  More importantly, he has linked the sustainability seamlessly with DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY through DIGITAL SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS by establishing modeling and simulation tools, which are used for optimization and decision-making in industry. Based on food-energy-environment nexus and circular economy principles, he has established integrated facility to simultaneously convert waste into food additives, energy and useful materials. This pathway has been proven to help achieve sustainability by deterring adverse environmental effects generated by waste, while simultaneously producing renewable energy (including hydrogen) and increasing economic values of waste.

Research Projects

Project 1: Sustainable Food Systems

Aiming at producing high quality food materials and achieving net zero in food systems, solar energy and enhanced methods (i.e. by using microwave, infrared, ultrasound) are proposed and investigated in food processing. Similarly, active packaging combined with understanding of food material science has been used to lower the refrigeration load during food distribution.

Project 2: Sustainable Energy Systems

Aiming at lowering energy demands and adverse environmental impacts, innovative processes and plant intensification schemes are developed and investigated. Based on biomass, integrated facility to simultaneously produce green energy, food additives and useful materials is proposed. Here, plant-wide simulation is used for designing the processes, analysing resources and energy flows as well as evaluating the economic feasibility and environmental impacts.

Project 3: Sustainable Environment Systems

This project focuses on ‘waste to wealth’ process based on circular economy principles to upscale waste (e.g. plastic, glass, organic waste, electronic waste). Digital technology and simulation tools are used to develop the processes and evaluate the feasibility.

Project 4: Innovative education approach in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

This project seeks to improve students’ learning experience in STEM field through comprehensive development and implementation of curriculum, teaching practice and assessment. In particular, the effectiveness of digital technology to help students gain solid understanding of sustainability-related concepts is currently investigated.


Monash teaching commitment

  • ENG1060 Computing for Engineers
  • ENG1014 Engineering Numerical Analysis 

External positions

Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Digital Technology
  • Process Modeling and Simulation


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