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Ir. Professor Jaka Sunarso

ST ME (Queensland, Australia) PhD (Queensland, Australia)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 709
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E307
Email: jsunarso@swinburne.edu.my
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Jaka Sunarso is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science and the Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus in Malaysia. Jaka is registered as a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Energy Engineer of the Energy Institute, United Kingdom. He received his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia in 2004 and then his M.E. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to do postdoctoral training at Deakin University in Australia between 2011 and 2013. He then secured a Banting Fellowship for his 2nd postdoctoral training at the University of Waterloo in Canada between 2013 and 2015. His main research interests are batteries, fuel cells, membranes, and biomass conversion to fuels and value-added products. Jaka has published more than 190 journal articles in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science field with total citations of 9220 and an h-index of 46. He has actively supervised 11 Ph.D. and 7 Master students.

Research Interests

  • Electromaterials development for sustainable energy delivery.
  • Membranes for gas and liquid separation.
  • Biomass conversion to fuels and value added products – Biorefinery.
  • Process Modelling and Control.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Chemical Engineering Education.

Professional Membership

  • UK Section of the International Register of Professional Engineers, Engineering Council
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council
  • Chartered Energy Engineer and Member, Energy Institute
  • Professional Engineer and Member, the Institution of Engineers Indonesia

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the areas listed above. Please e-mail jsunarso@swinburne.edu.my for more information.

Research Grants

  • Industry Research Collaboration Grant, 2021-2023, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Research Collaboration on the Characterisation and Development of Solid Activator for Binding of Balingian Fly Ash into Potential Construction Materials, MYR247,784
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2021/TK0/SWIN/02/4), 2021-2024, Ministry of Higher Education, Federal Government of Malaysia, Mechanistic Model of Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) Deposit Formation and Accumulation in Grease Traps, MYR179,940
  • Industry Research Collaboration Grant (Techno-Eco (SEDC)), 2021, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Energy Sendirian Berhad, Techno-Economic Feasibility Study for the Development of Hydrogen Production Plant in Kuching, MYR20,000


  • Top 2% Scientists (Enabling and Strategic Technologies – Chemical Engineering – Energy – Ioannidis et al., PLoS Biol. 18 (2020) e3000918), 2020
  • 2019 Research Excellence Award: Highly commended, 2019
  • Sentinels of Science: Chemistry, 2016