Assistant Professor Dr. Lee Kiat Moon

Dr. Lee Kiat Moon

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Assistant Professor Dr. Lee Kiat Moon

Head of Department, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering | Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Academic Qualifications

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Areas of Interest
Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass
Anerobic in wastewater treatment
Biogas Production
Carbon capture and storage
Surfactant Adsorption
Professional Bodies

Graduate Engineer of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)


Research Grants

  1. Name of grant: UCSI University Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Synthesis of environmental friendly nanocrystalline cellulose pickering emulsion
    Duration: 10th March 2017 - 30th September 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
    Amount: RM 25,000
    Status: Completed


Current Research Project

  1. Study on different wave irradiation on lignocellulosic pretreatment using deep eutectic solvent (DES)
  2. Treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME) using anaerobic digester for biogas production
  3. Enhancement of oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) pretreatment using deep eutectic solvents (DES) incorporated with ultrasonic irradiation
  4. Enhancing delignification and subsequent enzymatic saccharification of oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) by ultrasound assisted-organosolv pretreatment
  5. Impact of mineralogical variations in reservoir rocks and surfactant adsorption


  1. Thi, S., Lee, K.M. (2019). Comparison of deep eutectic solvents (DES) on pretreatment of oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB): cellulose digestibility, structural and morphology changes. Bioresource Technology.
  2. Al-Shorgani, N.K.N., Al-Tabib, A.I., Kadier, A., Zanil, M.F., Lee, K.M., Kalil, M.S. (2019). Continuous butanol fermentation of dilute acid-pretreated de-oiled rice bran by Clostridium acetobutylicum YM1. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 4622.
  3. Lee, K.M., Zanil, M.F. (2019). Interval type-2 fuzzy logic with Karmen-Mendel algorithm for sequential ionic liquid dissolution-solid acid saccharification. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 94(4), 1073-1081.
  4. Ang, T.N., Chan, C.-H., Ngoh, G.C., Lee, K.M., Yoon, L.W., Chua, A.S.M. (2016). Assessment of cellulosic biomass saccharification by molten Brönsted acidic 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulphate ([EMIM][HSO4]) via kinetic studies. BioResources, 11(1), 1349-1358.
  5. Lee, K.M., Ngoh, G.C., Chua, A.S.M. (2015). Ionic liquid-mediated solid acid saccharification of sago waste: Kinetic, ionic liquid recovery and solid acid catalyst reusability study. Industrial Crops and Products, 77, 415-423.
  6. Lee, K.M., Ngoh, G.C., Chua, A.S.M., Yoon, L.W., Ang, T.N. & Lee, M.G. (2014). Comparison study of different ionic liquid pretreatments in maximizing total reducing sugars recovery. BioResources, 9(1), 1552-1564.
  7. Lee, K.M., Ngoh, G.C. & Chua, A.S.M. (2013). Process optimization and performance evaluation on sequential ionic dissolution-solid acid saccharification of sago waste. Bioresource Technology, 130, 1-7.
  8. Ang, T.N., Yoon, L.W., Lee, K.M., Ngoh, G.C., Chua, A.S.M. & Lee, M.G. (2011). Efficiency of ionic liquids in the dissolution of rice husk. BioResources, 6(4), 4790-4800.

Contributions to Society

  1. “Engineering for All 2.0” organized by Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, IChemE Student Chapter and Hands of Hope, 16th March 2019
  2. Judge for the First® Lego® League Malaysia 2018 organized by Sasbadi, Malaysia, 2nd – 4th November 2018
  3. Academic Editor of Research Communication in Engineering Science & Technology (RCEST) by Asian Scientific Journal, 24th September 2018 – 31st December 2019
  4. “My One-Day Uni-Life 4.0” organized by Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, UCSI University and Hands of Hope, 30th June and 7th July 2018
  5. “Engineering for All” organized by Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, IChemE Student Chapter, IET Student Chapter and Hands of Hope, 9th June 2018
  6. Industry Panel for the Final Year Project Conference, ENGENIUS 2018 organized by University of Malaya, Malaysia, 14th May 2018
  7. External Examiner for 2nd MJIIT Chemical Engineering Design Seminar organized by Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), 19th April 2018
  8. Judge for the Present Around the World 2018 organized by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) On Campus, UCSI Malaysia, 6th April 2018
  9. Reviewer for article in Green Engineering for Campus Sustainability published by Springer, 2018
  10. Reviewer for article in Chemical Engineering Transactions Journal, 2018
  11. Reviewer for article in Process Biochemistry, 2018
  12. Associate Editor of Progress in Energy and Environment, 2017-2019
  13. IET Volunteer, 2017-2018
  14. Judge for the First® Lego® League Malaysia 2017 organized by Sasbadi, Malaysia, 14th – 16th July 2017
  15. Judge for The 13th Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day ChemEng URD 2017 organized by University of Malaya, Malaysia, 20th June 2017
  16. Reviewer for article in Waste Management, 2017
  17. Judge for the 7th EURECA Research Conference 2016 organized by Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Malaysia, 7th – 8th December 2016
  18. Judge for the 4th IEM Design Competition 2015/2016 organized by Institute of Engineers Malaysia, 28th May 2016
  19. Reviewer for article in ASEAN Engineering Journal, 2016-2017