Dr Saeid Baroutian

PhD, MEng, BSc, PGCert AcadPrac


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 Lab) 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:

  • Hooman Javaheri (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Sinemobong Essien (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Teck Nam Ang (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Mazdak Rasapoor (PhD), Main supervisor
  • Navid Taghavi (PhD), Main supervisor

PhD co-supervision:

  • Ehsan Shirkavand (PhD), main supervisor Prof. Brent Young
  • Hamid Kheirkhah (PhD), main supervisor A/Professor Siew-Young Quek
  • Najam Saqib (PhD), main supervisor A/Professor Ajit Sarmah
  • Yilin Li (PhD), main supervisor Prof. Bryony James
  • Gohar Gholamibozanjani (PhD), main supervisor Prof. Mohammed Farid


  • Mithila Sawant


For prospective students

If you'd like to pursue a postgraduate research programme and might be interested in working with me, please send me an email. I particularly like supervising hardworking, focused individuals. In this sense, I am selective about who works with me. Please include a CV, a short description of your research interests and why you would like to pursue your PhD or master with me. You are also advised to consult the University of Auckland’s guidelines on formal entry requirements.


  • 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
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd), September 2011
  • University of Malaya Best Academic Performance - University of Malaya, 2011
  • Gold Medal - 20th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX'09), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2009
  • Silver Medal - Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE 2009), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2009

Areas of expertise

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Baroutian, S., Munir, M. T., Sun, J., Eshtiaghi, N., & Young, B. R. (2018). Rheological characterisation of biologically treated and non-treated putrescible food waste. Waste management (New York, N.Y.), 71, 494-501. 10.1016/j.wasman.2017.10.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Tajammal Munir
  • Yousefifar, A., Baroutian, S., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Fundamental mechanisms and reactions in non-catalytic subcritical hydrothermal processes: A review. Water research, 123, 607-622. 10.1016/j.watres.2017.06.069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid, Brent Young
  • Munir, M. T., Li, B., Boiarkina, I. A., Baroutian, S., Yu, W., & Young, B. R. (2017). Phosphate recovery from hydrothermally treated sewage sludge using struvite precipitation. Bioresource Technology, 239, 171-179. 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.04.129
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34692
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irina Boiarkina, Tajammal Munir, Wei Yu, Brent Young, Bing Li
  • Todd, R., & Baroutian, S. (2017). A techno-economic comparison of subcritical water, supercritical CO 2 and organic solvent extraction of bioactives from grape marc. Journal of Cleaner Production, 158, 349-358. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.05.043
  • Shirkavand, E., Baroutian, S., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Pretreatment of radiata pine using two white rot fungal strains Stereum hirsutum and Trametes versicolor. Energy Conversion and Management, 142, 13-19. 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.03.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young, Ehsan Shirkavand
  • Hii, K., Parthasarathy, R., Baroutian, S., Gapes, D. J., & Eshtiaghi, N. (2017). Rheological measurements as a tool for monitoring the performance of high pressure and high temperature treatment of sewage sludge. Water research, 114, 254-263. 10.1016/j.watres.2017.02.031
  • Yousefifar, A., Baroutian, S., Farid, M. M., Gapes, D. J., & Young, B. R. (2017). Hydrothermal processing of cellulose: A comparison between oxidative and non-oxidative processes. Bioresource technology, 226, 229-237. 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.12.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid, Brent Young
  • Baroutian, S., Kensington-Miller, B., Wicaksana, F., & Young, B. R. (2016). Bridging theory with real world research experience: Co-teaching Engineering Biotechnology with R&D professionals. Education for Chemical Engineers, 16, 9-16. 10.1016/j.ece.2016.05.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Filicia Wicaksana, Brent Young, Barbara Kensington-Miller

Contact details

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2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 114
New Zealand

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