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Associate Professor Farouq Twaiq

Associate Professor
BTech, PhD, CEng, MIChemE

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 866
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E308, Building E, FECS
Email: ftwaiq@swinburne.edu.my


Farouq Twaiq received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Technologies, Chemical Engineering from Amman University Collage for Applied Engineering, Amman, Jordan in 1994. He received his Master (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Dr. Twaiq joined Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus (SUTS) in July 2013. Prior joining SUTS, he was assistant professor and assistant dean for research at University of Nizwa, Oman (2009 – 2013) and senior lecturer and head of department of chemical engineering at Curtin University of Technology Sarawak, Miri, Sarawak (2003 – 2009).

His research interests are in the area of Biofuel and Reaction Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Biofuel Processing ;
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering;
  • Process Development and Sustainability;

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Institute of Chemical Engineering (MIChemE, UK)
  • Charted Engineer and Member, Engineering Council (UK)
  • Member at Jordanian Engineering Association (Jordan)

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:

  1. Modelling and Simulation in Reaction Engineering Applications

Please contact A/Prof. Farouq Twaiq for more information on the above topic.

Current RHD Supervision

NameDegreeArea of ResearchStart yearRole
Luke WeiWei NguMEngSimulation of Dry Reforming in Packed Bed Reactor2016Coordinating Supervisor
Kimberly Ping Rong FuPhDMicrokinetic Modelling and Simulation of Dry Reforming of Methane in Transport Reactors2016Coordinating Supervisor
  • Publications


  • Book and book chapter LN Ngu, FAA Twaiq, 2013. Investigation into Alternative for Bleaching Earth in Palm Oil Processing. Developments in Sustainable Chemical and Bioprocess Technology, 303-310
  • Journal paper Yang, K.Z. & Twaiq, F. Modelling of the dry reforming of methane in different reactors: a comparative study. Reac Kinet Mech Cat (2017) 122: 853. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11144-017-1277-9
  • Journal paper F Twaiq, MS Nasser, SA Onaizi. 2015. Effect of the degree of template removal from mesoporous silicate materials on their adsorption of heavy oil from aqueous solution. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering 8 (4), 488-497.
  • Journal paper Bridgid Lai Fui Chin, Alexander Gorin, Han Bing Chua, Farouq Twaiq. 2015. Experimental investigation on tar produced from palm shells derived syngas using zeolite HZSM-5 catalyst. Journal of the Energy Institute. doi:10.1016/j.joei.2015.04.005.
  • Journal paper F Twaiq, MS Nasser, SA Onaizi, 2014. Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic study for palm oil catalytic cracking over Al-MCM-41. Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis, 1-12
  • Journal paper SA Onaizi, MS Nasser, F Twaiq, 2014. Lysozyme binding to tethered bilayer lipid membranes prepared by rapid solvent exchange and vesicle fusion methods. European Biophysics Journal 43 (4-5), 191-198
  • Journal paper SA Onaizi, MS Nasser, F Twaiq, 2014, Adsorption and thermodynamics of biosurfactant, surfactin, monolayers at the air-buffered liquid interface. Colloid and Polymer Science, 1-8
  • Journal paper MS Nasser, FA Twaiq, SA Onaizi, 2013. Effect of polyelectrolytes on the degree of flocculation of papermaking suspensions. Separation and Purification Technology 103, 43-52
  • Journal paper SA Onaizi, MS Nasser, FA Twaiq, 2012. Micellization and interfacial behavior of a synthetic surfactant–biosurfactant mixture. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 415, 388-393
  • Journal paper MS Nasser, FA Twaiq, SA Onaizi, 2012. An experimental study of the relationship between eroded flocs and cohesive beds in flocculated suspensions Minerals Engineering 30, 67-74
  • Journal paper MS Nasser, FA Twaiq, 2011. An experimental study of the relationship between settling flocs and eroded flocs of kaolinite in aqueous media. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 89 (6), 768-776
  • Conference paper J Y Lai et al 2017 IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 206. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012044
  • Conference paper F Twaiq et al 2017 IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 206. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/206/1/012066
  • Conference paper Twaiq, F., Al-Anbari, I., & Nasser, M., 2013. “Kinetics of Palm Oil Cracking in Batch Reactor”. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. Vol. 73. pp. 771—775
  • Conference paper Twaiq, F.A., Nasser, M.S., Al-Ryiami, S. & Al-Ryiami, H. 2012, “Performance of mesoporous organosilicates on the adsorption of heavy oil from produced water”, AIP Conference Proceedings, pp. 579.