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Dr. Sabeeha N.B.A. Khadaroo

Head of Department – Chemical Engineering, Lecturer
MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
PhD in Chemical Engineering (Monash University, Malaysia)
B.Eng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering (Curtin University, Australia)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 808
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E326, Building E, FECS
Email: skhadaroo@swinburne.edu.my
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Dr. Sabeeha completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) with Honours at Curtin University Australia. She was conferred a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Monash University Malaysia. Her thesis consisted of the integration of dewatering and thermal pretreatment in the palm oil mill effluent treatment process to enhanced the treated effluent quality and to boost the biogas production. The teachnology developed in her Ph.D was patented. She practiced as a senior chemical engineer in the R&D department in the industry. Soon after, Sabeeha joined the Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Science at Swinburne University as a lecturer. Her research interest lies in developing economically, technically, and environmentally feasible engineering solutions that align with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Research Interests

  • Rheological Properties and compressive behaviour of organic substrates
  • Enhancing bioprocesses such as Anaerobic digestion, fermentation, and biophotolysis
  • Harness renewable energy and reuse of industrial, municipal, and community waste
  • Produce bio-fuel and bio-chemical from alternative carbon neutral and sustainable resources

Professional Memberships

  • Engineers Australia – Chartered Professional Engineer (MIEAust)
  • APEC Engineer and IntPE (Aus)
  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) – Graduate Member


  • International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition ITEX 2019, Silver Medal in Environment & Energy Category, Malaysia
  • Women Leadership Conference: Engineering & IT Leadership Award 2018, Monash University Malaysia
  • Best Poster Presentation Award in Advanced Engineering Colloquium 2017, Monash University Malaysia
  • Australian Water Association Undergraduate Water Prize Finalist Award 2014, Western Australia


  • Journal paper Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A, Grassia Paul, Gouwanda Darwin, Jing He, Poh, P.E.*, 2021 Enhancing the biogas production and the treated effluent quality via an alternative Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) treatment process: Integration of thermal pretreatment and dewatering. Biomass and Bioenergy 151:106167. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2021.106167
  • Journal paper Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A, Grassia Paul, Gouwanda Darwin, Poh, P.E.*, 2020. The impact of thermal pretreatment on various solid-liquid ratios of palm oil mill effluent (POME) for enhanced thermophilic anaerobic digestion performance. J. Clean. Prod. 261, 121159. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121159
  • Journal paper Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A, Grassia Paul, Gouwanda Darwin, Poh, P.E.*, 2020. The influence of different solid-liquid ratios on the thermophilic anaerobic digestion performance of palm oil mill effluent (POME). J. Environ. Manage. 257, 109996. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109996
  • Journal Paper Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A, Poh.P.E*, Darwin Gouwanda, and Paul Grassia. 2019. “Applicability of Various Pretreatment Techniques to Enhance the Anaerobic Digestion of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME): A Review.” Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 7 (5): 103310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2019.103310.
  • Journal Paper Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A, Paul Grassia, Darwin Gouwanda, and Poh.P.E*. 2019. “Is the Dewatering of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) Feasible? Effect of Temperature on POME’s Rheological Properties and Compressive Behavior.” Chemical Engineering Science 202: 519–528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2019.03.051.
  • Journal Paper Poh, P.E*, Khadaroo, Sabeeha N B A., Tan, H.M, Darwin Gouwanda. (2020). Advancing On Palm Oil Mill Effluent (Pome) Treatment – What Is In Store For You? Journal of Oil Palm, Environment and Health, 11, 6–12. https://doi.org/10.5366/jopeh.2020.02
  • Book Chapter Fernando, W. Ashane M., Sabeeha N B A Khadaroo, and Phaik Eong Poh. “Artificial Intelligence in Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Era of Industry 4.0: A Holistic Review.” Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Sustainability (2022): 45-85. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1434-8_3
  • Patent
  • Patent Filed Title: A process to regulate anaerobic digesters for consistent performance for removal of contaminants and biogas generation from wastewater – Patent Application Number: PI 2019002291