Ooi Chien Wei (Edward)

Assoc Professor

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Biocatalysis in waste management (PhD or Master student) - scholarship available for application


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Personal profile


Assoc. Prof. Ooi Chien Wei specializes in the fields of bioprocess design and biocatalysis. His research focus is on the development of integrated microbial fermentation systems and bioprocess model prediction tools for the expression of industrially important enzymes and proteins derived from recombinant DNA technology. His research also involves the applications of bio-derived ionic liquids and stimuli-responsive polymers in the designs of novel bioprocesses, bioseparation systems and biosensing materials. Aside from the field of bioprocess engineering, his research focuses on the development of food-grade emulsion systems and the extraction technologies applied in food waste valorization and recovery of phytonutrients from microalgal source and agrowastes. He has been working with the industrial partners in the development of smart hydrogels for glove application and in the transformation of chemical synthesis routes by biocatalysis strategy, ranging from enzyme engineering to molecular dynamic simulations. He has published more than 90 ISI-indexed journals, and holds 6 patents related to bioprocess technology, biomass processing and smart hydrogel application. He has secured multiple research grants from government and industry worth more than RM680,000 as principle investigator.

Research interests

  • Bioseparation and bioprocess engineering
  • Downstream processing of proteins
  • Bioprocess integration
  • Enzyme technology
  • Biomass valorization
  • Biosensors

Monash teaching commitment

  • ENG1010 - Process System Analysis (2012)
  • CHE2165 - Bionano Engineering (2012 - 2015)
  • CHE2871 - Biochemistry for Engineers (2017 - present)
  • CHE4162 - Particle Technology (2011 - 2016)
  • CHE4171 - Biochemical Engineering (2014 - present)

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Process and Food Engineering, Ph.D. in Bioprocess Engineering , Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

Award Date: 12 May 2011

B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) (Tunku Abdul Rahman University)

Award Date: 31 Jul 2007

Research area keywords

  • Bioseparation and bioprocess engineering
  • Downstream processing of proteins
  • Bioprocess integration
  • Enzyme technology
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biomass valorization
  • Biosensors
  • Ooi C.W.
  • Ooi Chien-Wei
  • Chien Wei Ooi
  • Ooi, Chien-Wei
  • Ooi Chien Wei

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