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Dr Jo-Han Ng 

Assistant Professor

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Dr Jo-Han Ng is Assistant Professor at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.

My dreams as a kid was to teach, to be a scientist and to be an engineer at the same time. As such, the chance to build a long-lasting career as a researching lecturer in the field of engineering in University of Southampton Malaysia Campus proves to be a dream come true. Adding on to it, I'm also relishing to work with a very dynamic pioneering team in USMC. This is made sweeter as a born-bred Johorean, I feel proud to be playing my part in contributing to the rapidly growing Iskandar region.

Dr Ng Jo-Han is a trained mechanical engineer who is lecturing in the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus in Nusajaya, Malaysia. He obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) with First-Class classification in 2007 from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and was offered a fully-paid research scholarship to conduct his PhD research in the same university. The nature of his PhD led him to conduct research work in the trans-disciplinary field of mechanical/automotive and chemical (kinetics) engineering. Recognition was given when he was also awarded scholarships by the Swiss-based ‘World Federation of Scientists’ to conduct research on the planetary emergencies of “Energy” (Renewable Energy) for 2009-2011.

Research interests

His main research interests cover the area of renewable energy, particularly biodiesel fuels, from an experimental, theoretical and computational fluid dynamics point-of-view.

He hopes that his research efforts will be able to help to reverse the deteriorating environmental conditions and also to alleviate the fossil fuel depletion issue.

Research Opportunities

Research-based PhD and Master's positions are available for work to be done in the field of renewable energy, particularly to tackle the problems related to biodiesel production. The scope and focus of the project offered will be defined based on the applicant's academic background and research interest. Scholarships may be available to outstanding applicants.

Interest applicants should have a background in any of the following disciplines:
- Engineering (any discipline)
- Chemistry (applied chemistry and pure chemistry)
- Computer science

For more information, please kindly write to Dr Ng Jo-Han.

Proposed Start Date:
May-July 2013

Research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

Reaction Kinetics Mechanism of a Novel Enhanced-Mixing Transesterification for Biodiesel Production

The crises of fossil fuel uncertainty and environmental issues, has led to biodiesel being in prime position as an alternative to fossil diesel. This is because of its uniqueness in being compatible with present-day diesel infrastructures, renewable and scientifically verified to be more environmentally-friendly. Despite governmental fiscal incentives and abundance availability of biodiesel feedstock, its usage is still uncommon. Conventional batch reaction transesterification for biodiesel production is inefficient, increasing cost of production. This can be attributed to the lack of detailed understanding of underlying reaction mechanism and its associated mass transfer and chemical kinetics rates. Little is understood on how the operating and reactor parameters limit biodiesel transesterification from a reaction mechanism point-of-view.

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Journal Papers - Academic Journals

  • Ng, H.K, Gan, S., Ng, J.-H. and Pang, K.M. “Development and validation of a Reduced Combined Biodiesel-Diesel Reaction Mechanism.” Fuel 104 620-634, 2013.
  • Ng, H.K, Gan, S., Ng, J.-H. and Pang, K.M. “Simulation of Biodiesel Combustion in a Light-Duty Diesel Engine using Integrated Compact Biodiesel-Diesel Reaction Mechanism.” Applied Energy 102 1275-1287, 2013
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. “Development of Emissions Predictor Equations for a Light-Duty Diesel Engine using Biodiesel Fuel Properties.” Fuel 95 544-552, 2012.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Characterisation of Engine-Out Responses from a Light-Duty Diesel Engine Fuelled with Palm Methyl Ester (PME)." Applied Energy 90(1) 58-67, 2012.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Engine-Out Characterisation using Speed-Load Mapping and Reduced Test Cycle for a Light-Duty Diesel Engine Fuelled with Biodiesel Blends." Fuel 90(8) 2700-2709, 2011.
  • Ng, H.K., Ng, J.-H. and Gan, S. "Development of a Novel Single-Mode, Steady-State Test Cycle for Light Duty Diesel Engines." JSAE 20101600, 2010.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Advances in Biodiesel Fuel for Application in Compression Ignition Engine." Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 12(5) 459-493, 2009.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Recent Trends in Policies, Socioeconomy and Future Directions of the Biodiesel Industry." Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 12(3) 213-238, 2009.

Conference Contributions

  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Characterisation of Engine-Out Emissions from a Light-Duty Diesel Engine when Fuelled with Biodiesel Fuel." In: International Conference on Sustainable Mobility 2010, 1-3 December 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Development of a Novel Single-Mode, Steady-State Test Cycle for Light-Duty Diesel Engines." Proceeding of FISITA 2010 World Automotive Congress, 30 May-4 June 2010, Budapest, Hungary, Paper F2010A110.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K. and Gan, S. "Characterisation of Engine Responses from a Light-Duty Diesel Engine Fuelled with Palm Methyl Ester (PME)." In: International Conference on Applied Energy 2010, 21-23 April 2010, Singapore, Singapore.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K., Jourabchi, S.A. and You, C.M. "A Novel Steady-State Test Cycle for Emissions Characterisation of a Light-Duty Diesel Engine Fuelled with Biodiesel." In: 2009 International Conference on Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 9-11 October 2009, Singapore, Singapore.
  • Ng, J.-H., Ng, H.K., Chai, M.L., Ooi, T.P. and Teoh, P.S. "Computational Study of Multiple Injection Strategy in a Light-Duty Direct Injection Diesel Engine." In: Regional Conference on Vehicle Engineering and Technology 2008, 15-17 July 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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FEEG1003 Thermofluids (USMC Module Coordinator) : 2012/13 - Present
MATH1054 Engineering Part I Mathematics (Tutoring) : 2012/13 - Present
SESG1005 Fluid Mechanics (Tutoring) : 2011/2012

Dr Jo-Han Ng
No. 3, Persiaran Canselor 1,
Kota Ilmu EduCity,
79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor,
Malaysia

Room Number: 193 USMC/4025

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