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Dr. Chan Eng Seng is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Monash University Malaysia. He was the Discipline Head of Chemical Engineering from 2011 to 2018. His research interest revolves around the development of novel and sustainable oil ad fats processing technologies for food and fuel applications. He is currently heading the Monash-Industry Plant Oils Research Laboratory (MIPO) which serves as a gateway to promote and coordinate multidisciplinary collaboration and academic-industry linkages in research programmes related to sustainable oil and fats processing. 

In education, he believes that ‘Practice-based Learning’ is the best way to learn engineering subjects. He has introduced a number of open-ended projects in the chemical engineering programme with the goal to provide students the opportunities to gain hands-on experience in designing chemical processes and operating pilot-scale chemical plants.

Prof. Chan is a Professional Engineer, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


Research interests

Prof. Chan’s current research focuses on sustainable oil and fats processing and applications.

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE2873 - Introduction to Chemical Processes
  • CHE3873 - Pilot Plant Project
  • CHE4180 -  Chemical Engineering Project

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Ph.D., University of Birmingham

Sept 1998Jul 2002

Award Date: 2 Jul 2002

Chemical Engineering, B.Eng., University of Birmingham

Sept 1995Jul 1998

Award Date: 2 Jul 1998

External positions

Technical Committee Member , Konsortium Penyelidikan Mekanisasi dan Automasi Palm Minyak (Mechanisation and Automation Research Consortium of Oil Palm)

6 Aug 2021 → …

Program Advisory Committee, Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (Malaysian Palm Oil Board)

1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

Research area keywords

  • Oil and fats processing
  • biofuel production
  • Microencapsulation and Controlled Release
  • emulsions
  • Enzymatic technology
  • Palm oil derived compounds

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