Dr Saeid Baroutian

PhD, MEng, BSc, PGCert AcadPrac

Biography

Saeid is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. He worked at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Senior Lecturer 2010-2011), the Crown Research Institute Scion (Research Fellow 2011-2013) and then at the University of Auckland (Research Fellow 2014-2016). 

Saeid's research interests lie in the area of Process Engineering and the research that has an applied focus and able to apply his skills to provide solutions to problems and improve or integrate processes.

Research | Current

Saeid research group (Waste & Biomass Processing Group) has focused on waste reduction and value recovery from biomass, municipal solid waste and industrial residues and by-products. His aim is to develop cleaner, safer and more energy-efficient processes for development of high-value products from biological raw materials and waste.

Current Research Projects:

Deconstruction Processes

  • Wet oxidation of wastewater treatment sludge
  • Thermal hydrolysis of wastewater treatment sludge
  • Catalytic wet oxidation 
  • Wet oxidation of biomass: Fundamental investigation of reactions
  • Hydrothermal treatment of putrescible food waste
  • Hydrothermal treatment of municipal solid waste

Conversion Processes

  • Hydrothermal carbonisation of woody biomass and food waste
  • Hydrothermal conversion of plastic waste
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction of plastic waste

Separation Processes

  • Extraction of bioactive antioxidant using subcritical water extraction
  • Supercritical fluid extraction
  • Capture and recovery of volatile anaesthetic gas

Biological Processes

  • Fungal pretreatment of biomass
  • Improving landfill methanogenesis efficiency

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 212 - Energy and Processing
  • CHEMMAT 772 - Advanced Food Process Engineering
  • CHEMMAT 757 - Engineering Biotechnology
  • FOODSCI 703 - Food Processing

Postgraduate supervision

PhD supervision:

  • Sinemobong Essien (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Teck Nam Ang (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Mazdak Rasapoor (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Navid Taghavi (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Terrell Thompson (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Subhasree Bhaskar (PhD), Main Supervisor

PhD co-supervision:

  • Ehsan Shirkavand (PhD), main supervisor: Prof. Brent Young
  • Najam Saqib (PhD), main supervisor :A/Professor Ajit Sarmah
  • Yilin Li (PhD), main supervisor: Prof. Bryony James
  • Soniya Mohammadi (PhD), main supervisor:Dr Ali Seyfoddine (AUT)

Masters:

  • Irene Hou
  • Nayan Kumath

Distinctions/Honours

  • Early Career Research Excellence Award - The University of Auckland, April 2018
  • Teaching Portfolio Development Award - Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, December 2015
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd), October 2013

Areas of expertise

  • Hydrothermal processing
  • Bioenergy
  • Separation and reaction systems
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solid waste treatment
  • Resource recovery

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Safety Committee, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering 
  • Research Committee, Faculty of Engineering
  • IChemE Auckland Branch Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ang, T. N., Baroutian, S., Young, B. R., Hyland, M. M., Taylor, M., & Burrell, R. (2019). Adsorptive separation of volatile anaesthetics: A review of current developments. Separation and Purification Technology, 211, 491-503. 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.10.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Hyland, Brent Young, Teck Nam Ang
  • Anthraper, D., McLaren, J., Baroutian, S., Munir, M. T., & Young, B. R. (2018). Hydrothermal deconstruction of municipal solid waste for solid reduction and value production. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 201, 812-819. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.116
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Munir, M. T., Mansouri, S. S., Udugama, I. A., Baroutian, S., Gernaey, K. V., & Young, B. R. (2018). Resource recovery from organic solid waste using hydrothermal processing: Opportunities and challenges. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, 96, 64-75. 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.039
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43913
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Saqib, N. U., Baroutian, S., & Sarmah, A. K. (2018). Physicochemical, structural and combustion characterization of food waste hydrochar obtained by hydrothermal carbonization. Bioresource technology, 266, 357-363. 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.06.112
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah
  • Baroutian, S., Syed, A. M., Munir, M. T., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2018). Effect of hydrodynamic mixing conditions on wet oxidation reactions in a stirred vessel reactor. Bioresource technology, 262, 333-337. 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.05.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Anyaoku, C. C., & Baroutian, S. (2018). Decentralized anaerobic digestion systems for increased utilization of biogas from municipal solid waste. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 982-991. 10.1016/j.rser.2018.03.009
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44789
  • Munir, M. T., Kheirkhah, H., Baroutian, S., Quek, S. Y., & Young, B. R. (2018). Subcritical water extraction of bioactive compounds from waste onion skin. Journal of Cleaner Production, 183, 487-494. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.166
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42286
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siew-Young Quek, Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Rasapoor, M., Adl, M., Baroutian, S., Iranshahi, Z., & Pazouki, M. (2018). Energy performance evaluation of ultrasonic pretreatment of organic solid waste in a pilot-scale digester. Ultrasonics sonochemistry10.1016/j.ultsonch.2018.04.021

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Primary office location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 114
2-6 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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