Collaborator News

March 31, 2018

Dr. Parag Prakash Sutar, Department of Food Process Engineering National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

  • Parag Prakash Sutar is working on the heating and drying of agricultural, food and marine products. He has developed advanced food processing techniques, equipment for industry and published papers in the peer-reviewed international/national journals. Click here to download CV and information about ongoing research projects

March 18, 2018

Dr. Ching Lik Hii, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

  • Dengue is a life-threatening disease caused by the Aedes mosquito and no specific cure is available to date. The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in the last few decades due to factors such as changing weather patterns and rapid urbanization. In some countries, papaya leaf juice is a traditional remedy used to treat dengue. It contains a bioactive ingredient called carpaine which can help to increase platelet production in patients upon consumption of the juice. My current work aims to find the best way to preserve carpaine in the dried leaf and also to investigate how storage over prolonged periods affects the potency and stability of carpaine. The work is sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme).

March 18, 2018

Ms. Rachna Sehrawat, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship & Management.

  • My research topics are the preservation of fruits and vegetables using different drying techniques and drying effects on bioactive compounds, physical properties, microstructural properties, and flavor retention. My current project is on the drying of a fruit bar. Other areas include extraction of color from plant source and micro-organism as a source of natural bio pigments. With the great assistance from Prof. Mujumdar sir with team members (Dr. Hong-Wei Xiao, China Agricultural University, China; Dr. Sachin V. Jangam, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar, McGill University, Canada) working on e-book entitled “Food Security- key issues and solutions”


  • Rachna Sehrawat, Prabhat K. Nema* and Barjinder Pal Kaur (2018). Quality evaluation and drying characteristics of mango cubes dried using low pressure superheated steam vacuum drying and hot air-drying methods, LWT Journal of Food Science and Technology (Accepted)
  • Rachna Sehrawat*, Prabhat K Nema and Pitam Chandra (2017). Quality evaluation of onion slices using low-pressure superheated steam and vacuum drying, Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 54 (3),32-39.
  • Rachna Sehrawat, Paramjit S Panesar, Tanya L Swer, Anit Kumar (2017). Response Surface Methodology (RSM) mediated interaction of media concentration and process parameters for the pigment production by Monascus purpureus MTCC 369 under solid-state fermentation, Pigment & Resin Technology, 46(1), 14–20
  • Rachna Sehrawat, PS Panesar, Reeba, Panesar and Anit Kumar (2017). Biopigment produced by Monascus Purpureus MTCC 369 in submerged and solid-state fermentation: A comparative study, Pigment and Resin Technology, 46(6), 425-432


  • Awarded Seligman APV Travel Grant award of £1000 by Society of Chemical Industry UK, for attending 9th Asia- Pacific Drying conference at Wuxi, China

March 03, 2018

Dr. Ching Lik Hii, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

  • My research areas are in the preservation of food antioxidants/nutrients, bio-products processing and computer simulation on heat & mass transfer during drying and dehydration processes. Particularly, I am investigating the processing aspects of underutilized crops and plant materials such as kedondong fruit (Spondias Dulcis) and papaya leaf in my current studies. I am currently the director of the Food and Pharmaceutical Engineering Research Group, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.


  • C.L. HII, A.S. MENON, C.L. CHIANG, and S. SUZANNAH, 2017. Kinetics of hot air roasting of cocoa nibs and product quality Journal of Food Process Engineering. 40(3), e12467
  • T.C. THAM, M.X. NG, S.H. GAN, L.S. CHUA, R. AZIZ, L.A. CHUAH, C.L. HII, S.P. ONG, N.L. CHIN and C.L. LAW, 2017. Effect of Ambient Conditions on Drying of Herbs in Solar Greenhouse Dryer with Integrated Heat Pump Drying Technology. 35(14), 1721-1732
  • A.S. MENON, C.L. HII, C.L. LAW, S. SHARIF, and M. DJAENI, 2017. Effects of Drying on the Production of Polyphenol-Rich Cocoa Beans Drying Technology. 35(15), 1799-1806
  • NURUL ASIAH, MOHAMAD DJAENI, and HII CHING LIK, 2017. Moisture Transport Mechanism and Drying Kinetic of Fresh Harvested Red Onion Bulbs under Dehumidified Air International Journal of Food Engineering. 13(9)
  • LAW CHUNG LIM, HII CHING LIK, SACHIN V. JANGAM, and ARUN S. MUJUMDAR, eds., 2017. Processing and Drying of Tropical Fruits TPR Group (


  • Vice Chancellor’s Medal, University of Nottingham (2017)
  • Drying Technology Top 30 Journal Referees (2017)

December 26, 2017

Dr. Hong-Wei Xiao (CAU)

  • With the great help and encouragement of Prof. Mujumdar, Dr. Xiao Hong-Wei (China Agricultural University, Beijing, China) received a lucky and productive year.

Click here to read the highlights of 2017 and the list of publications

April 14, 2017

Prof. Jitendra B. Naik, India

  • J. B. Naik, Professor, and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering at North Maharashtra University, received his Ph.D. in 1999 from North Maharashtra University Jalgaon, India. During the period January 1998 to July 2008, he was a faculty member of the University Department of Chemical Technology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.
  • Naik is working on the development of controlled/sustained released micro/nanoparticles for anti-diabetic, antihypertensive and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, taste masking of bitter drugs, development of biocompatible polymers and polyelectrolyte (anti-scaling agents), synthesis of polymer composites for different gas sensing applications. He has published more than ninety research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as filled eight Indian patents so far. With the valuable guidance and encouragement of Prof. Arun Mujumdar, Dr. Naik is started collaborative research work from this year.
  • Naik is the reviewer of various international journals such as; Drug Delivery, Journal of Microencapsulation, Powder Technology, Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation, Journal of Materials Science & Engineering, Advanced Powder Technology, Advance Polymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Development, and Technology.
  • Naik has completed many government projects based on nanoparticulate drug delivery system sponsored by University Grants Commission, Department of Science and Technology (Nano-mission) and Defence Research and Development Organization, New Delhi as well as the development of different polyelectrolyte sanctioned by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India. Additionally, he is a coordinator of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP-II) sponsored by Word Bank and MHRD, New Delhi and Special Assistance Program sponsored by UGC, New Delhi

December 25, 2016 

Hong-Wei Xiao, China

  • Please click here to read recent news from Dr. Hong-Wei Xiao,(Ph.D., Associate Prof.), College of Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P.R. China

May 5, 2016 

Hong-Wei Xiao, China

  • Please click here to read recent news from Dr. Hong-Wei Xiao,(Ph.D., Associate Prof.), College of Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P.R. China

November 25, 2015

Tolga Tuncal, Turkey

  • We are currently investigating photonic sludge treatment based on thin-film technology. This method allows us to carry out simultaneous sludge drying and stabilization (organic reduction). Another goal of the study is reducing the priority of organic pollutant content of sludge, creating an alternative to incineration plants for industrial plants. Our study was nominated by Eni Award Secretariat for 2016. The Eni Award was created to develop better use of renewable energy, promote environmental research and encourage new generations of researchers. The Award, which is annual, highlights the critical importance increasingly given by Eni in recent years to scientific research and issues of sustainability.

Our recent research results are published in the following selected publications:

  1. TUNÇAL., T, Sachin J.V, Mujumdar A.S. (2014), Physicochemical Aspects of Sludge Drying (Handbook of Industrial Drying, Fourth Edition, Edited by Arun Mujumdar), CRC Press, Pages 883–893, Print ISBN: 978-1-4665-9665-8, eBook ISBN: 978-1-4665-9666-5 DOI: 10.1201/b17208-48
  2. TUNÇAL, T., & Uslu, O. (2014). A Review of Dehydration of Various Industrial Sludge. Drying Technology, 32(14),1642-1654.
  3. TUNÇAL, T., & USLU, O. (2015). Industrial sludge remediation with photonic treatment using Ti–Ag nanocomposite thin films: Persistent organic pollutant removal from the sludge matrix. Journal of Environmental Management, 149, 37-45
  4. Tunçal, T., ÇIFÇI, D. I., & Orhan, U. S. L. U. (2015). Tetrachlorobiphenyl removal from sludge matrix using mixed crystal Ti 0.97 Fe 0.02 Ni 0.01 O 2 thin film. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 179, 171-177

November 18, 2015

Dr. Xu Peng, Jiliang University, Hangzhou, China

  1. Dr. Peng XU has been working at McGill University as a visiting professor from June 25, 2015, to December 24, 2015. He has conducted research on several projects including impinging jets,tree-like networks, and hydro-cyclone with Dr. Agus P. Sasmito and Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar.
  2. Dr. Peng XU and Dr. Agus P. Sasmito visited Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar in Toronto on November 7-8, 2015, and discussed several ongoing projects and planned future collaboration.
  3. Dr. Peng XU is preparing two review papers on tree-like network and gas impinging jet with Dr. Agus P. Sasmito and Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar.
  4. Dr. Peng XU and Dr. Agus P. Sasmito have edited a special issue of the Journal of Chemistry.  Please refer to
  5. The research topics of Dr. Peng XU include unsteady impinging jets, pore-scale modeling of porous media and fractal theory.

November 10, 2014

From Dr. Peng Xu (Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.), College of Science, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, P.R.China

  1. Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar visited Hangzhou and China Jiliang University from September 23 to September 24. Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar visited the campus of China Jiliang University and presented an excellent academic report about “Industry-Academia Interaction and Mentoring Young Faculty Members”. Please find a detailed report at: Some introduction about China Jiliang University:
  2. Dr. Peng Xu will visit McGill University from July 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015, and collaborate with Dr. Agus and Prof. Mujumdar on mine heat transfer and industrial transport processes

August 04, 2014

From Dr. Peng Xu (Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.), College of Science, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, P.R.China

  1. Dr. Peng Xu has worked in China Jiliang University for 5 years; his main research topics include “Heat and mass transfer in porous media” and “Transport phenomena in unsteady impinging jets”. Dr. Peng Xu has published extensively; please refer to
  2. Dr, Peng Xu and Dr. Boming Yu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology) have published a book entitled “Transport Physics in Fractal Porous Media”. Please refer to the website
  3. Dr. Peng Xu edited a special issue (Transport Phenomena in Porous Media and Fractal Geometry) for the Journal of Chemistry.

Please refer to

July 24, 2014

From Dr. Agus P. Sasmito, McGill University, Montreal Canada

  1. After 1.5 years as Research Fellow with M3TC and another 1.5 years as a post-doctoral researcher at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, Agus has joined the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University as Assistant Professor since January 2014. He is now establishing Mine Ventilation, Energy and Environment (MVE2) lab, and research group.
  2. Agus is working together with Prof. Ferri Hassani of McGill and Prof. Mujumdar on a joint project in Energy extraction from underground mines. Prof Arun Mujumdar is now Adjunct Professor in Mining Engineering as well as Bioresource Engineering at McGill and Chemical Engineering at Western University, London, Ontario.
  3. Agus together with Dr. Peng Xu, Dr. Booming Yu, Dr. J. Chai, and Dr. Sachin is editing a special issue on “Transport Phenomena in Porous Media and Fractal Geometry” in Journal of Chemistry. Potential authors may visit for details.
  4. Agus together with Dr. Jundika Kurnia and Prof. Mujumdar have been very productive this year: 8 journal papers were published and several more are under review.
  5. As encouraged by Prof. Mujumdar, international collaboration with other TPR group members is warmly welcome. Please visit Google Scholar and my website for details.

June 12, 2014

From Dr. Sachin Jangam, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  1. After 3.5 years as Research Fellow with M3TC, Sachin has joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of NUS as Lecturer.
  2. An extended abstract on “Research project-based learning (RPBL) in higher education” has been submitted to the forthcoming International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE2014) organized by CDTL, National University of Singapore. For more details about this conference Click Here.
  3. Sachin Jangam will deliver a keynote lecture on “Advances in Food Drying – Quality aspects and energy considerations” during forthcoming ISPFVF 2014 organized by The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. For more details about this symposium Click Here.
  4. Sachin is working with Prof. Benu Adhikari and Prof. Arun Mujumdar on a chapter entitled “Drying – Physical and Structural Changes” for the Encyclopaedia of Food and Health.
  5. Sachin is also working with Prof Arun Mujumdar on a chapter entitled “New developments in food dehydration” for a book entitled “Dehydration of Food Products”, being undertaken by NIFTEM as an outcome of 1st Workshop on Dehydration of Food and Agricultural Products (Principles, Practices, and prospects) held at NIFTEM during 25-26 March 2014.
  6. The Organizing Committee of the 5th Sriwijaya International Seminar on Energy-Environmental Science and Technology (SISEEST 2014), Indonesia has invited Sachin as a keynote speaker.

September 1, 2010

From Dr. XU Peng, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, China

  1. The 1st volume of ebook “Mathematical modeling of industrial transport processes ” (ISBN: 978-981-08-6269-5) can be download free of charge on the TPR group website.

The 2nd volume is in preparation. Potential authors are invited to send proposals by writing the title and a short summary of the proposed chapter.

  1. For the pulsed impinging jet, the 2D case with a single jet has been completed and 2 journal papers have been published. 3D and multi-jet cases are being simulated using CFD.
  2. For the transport properties of the tree-like network, the optimation according to the transport properties has been focused on, and a review paper about this topic is being prepared.

From Meng Wai Woo, Monash, Australia

  1.  Volume one of the e-book on spray drying, co-edited by Meng Wai Woo, Prof. Wan Ramli, and Prof. Mujumdar, is now completed.  This volume contains 8 chapters that were contributed by diverse groups of researchers active in this area.  The download link for this free e-book (ISBN: 978-981-08-6270-1) will be available soon on the TPR website.
  2. In the spray drying area, Meng Wai is currently investigating the concept of a low-velocity spray tower using the CFD technique.
  3. He is also developing a numerical scheme in FLUENT to model the transient growth behavior of fouling layers in processes.

February 10, 2010
For the list with short bio-data of Ph.D. students working at Jiangnan University under the joint supervision of Prof. Min Zhang (JU) and Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar (NUS) please click here.

  • These students are conducting research at the Jiangnan-Pepsi Institute in the Food Engineering Department of JU.

January 28, 2010
– TPR is delighted to note that Prof.Min Zhang of Jiangnan University and a long term collaborator of our Group has received the following two major awards in this month (January 2010).

  • First prize for the outstanding university-industry collaborative work by his drying research group from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce from among 123 candidate projects. Prof.Mujumdar has been associated with this group and now the Pepsico-JU Institute since 2003 and 2006, respectively.
  • They also received the major Jiangsu Province Prize for our outstanding work in scientific and technological R&D.
  • TPR Group congratulates Prof.Zhang and his Research Team at JU!

September 20, 2009
From Meng Wai Woo, UKM, KL, Malaysia

  1. Meng Wai had just submitted his Ph.D. thesis in July. His Ph.D. thesis was on spray drying which involved both experimental and CFD work, looking at the deposition and stability phenomenon in the process. He is now awaiting the final thesis defense which is expected to be in November 2009.
  2. Meng Wai is currently on a short research visit at the University of Sydney with Dr. Tim Langrish’s group. During his visit, he is undertaking some experiments related to the scaling up of in-process crystallization in spray dryers. He will also be doing some CFD modeling work on spray dryers.
  3. Work is already in progress to produce an e-book on spray drying. This e-book will be co-editored by Meng Wai Woo, Prof. Wan Ramli, and Prof.Mujumdar. Some of the chapters currently confirmed, which will be contributed by re-known workers in the field, includes: Manipulations of physical properties in spray drying, in-process crystallization control, stickiness and deposition, recent development in spray drying, CFD modeling of spray dryers, spray drying of milk, modeling of liquid atomization, characterization of milk powders.

May 4, 2009
From Prof. Min Zhang, Jiangnan University, China

  1. Prof. Min Zhang and his colleagues of Jiangnan University, Food Science Department, Wuxi, China, have been active research collaborators of the TPR Group led by Prof. Mujumdar of NUS Mechanical Engineering Department. The focus has been on the drying of various foods ranging from marine products to vegetables to fruits. Various drying technologies have been explored successfully mainly via extensive experimentation. A large number of co-advised Ph.D. students have completed their theses at Jiangnan under joint-supervision. A large number of archival journal papers have also been published.
  2. Prof. Mujumdar visited Jiangnan University in Wuxi on April 27-30, 2009. He presented a 2-hour seminar on recent developments in food drying. Postgraduate students at Jiangnan presented in detail their recent research results on freeze and MW freeze-drying of vegetables and fruits. Following is a list of the outcome of the successful and productive collaboration which has been going on continuously over the past seven years. Pepsico R&D, USA, is providing support for some of the research activities now in progress. A Jianganan-Pepsico Institute has been formed which we expect will lead to contributions to both basic and applied R&D in drying using MW at cryogenic conditions.

Click here for more.

November 26, 2008
From Dr. Chung Lim Law, University of Nottingham, Malaysia

  1. A keynote lecture on “Recent Developments in Drying of Foods” was presented by Dr. Law C.M. of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus, at the 2008 International Symposium on Innovations in Food Processing on 20 Nov 2008 at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan.
    Reference: A.S. Mujumdar, C.L. Law, Recent Developments in Drying of Foods, 2008,  Proc. of   International Symposium on Innovations in Food Processing, pp. 89-95.
  2. Earlier, another keynote lecture on “Energy Aspect s in Industrial Drying” was presented by Dr. Law at the Sriwijaya International Seminar on Energy Science and Technology, SISEST 2008 on 5-6 November 2008 at Sriwijaya University, Palembang, Indonesia. This seminar was organized by Rusnas PEBT, Sriwijaya University. Dr. Law presented the paper at the seminar that attracted over 100 participants. The paper reference number is KS-06 in the abstract proceedings.


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