Associate Professor Saeid Baroutian

PhD, MEng, BEng, PGCert AcadPrac


Saeid is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. Saeid leads the Waste & Resource Recovery Research Group (WaRe3) at the University of Auckland. His research interests lie in the area of Process Engineering and his expertise centres on the development and design of novel intensified processes for resource recovery and waste minimisation with the use of separation and reaction engineering concepts. He has published more than 80 articles in internationally notable and very influential journals his research has been adopted by a number of companies.

Research | Current

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solid waste/hazardous waste treatment
  • Waste valorisation and resource recovery
  • Recovery of high-value products from biomass, plant material, and marine resources
  • Supercritical and subcritical fluid extraction
  • Catalytic and non-catalytic hydrothermal processing
  • Pyrolysis
  • Adsorption and gas purification
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biogas and bioenergy

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 763 - Waste Reduction and Recycling Technologies (Course Director)
  • CHEMMAT 758 - Resource Recovery Technologies (Course Director)
  • CHEMMAT 751 A & B - Research Project (Course Director)

Postgraduate supervision

Current Postdoctoral mentorship:

  • Dr Xing Xin

Current PhD supervision:

  • Mazdak Rasapoor, Main supervisor
  • Navid Taghavi, Main supervisor
  • Terrell Thompson, Main supervisor
  • Subhasree Bhaskar, Main Supervisor
  • Phuong Linh Ngo, Main Supervisor
  • Tian Kun, Main Supervisor
  • Indhuja Devadass, Main Supervisor
  • Yvonne Nleya, Main Supervisor
  • Dilieka Weerakoon, Main Supervisor
  • Soniya Mohammadi, Co-supervisor (main supervisor: A/Prof Ali Seyfoddine)
  • Beli Ebrahimi, Co-supervisor (main supervisor: Prof Jun Lu) 

Current master supervision:

  • Faisal Javid
  • Andrew Gan
  • Oliver Doube
  • Nerischka Thathiah
  • Susanne Matthews
  • Wendy Zhao
  • Margaret Goodfellow

Previous supervision:

  • Dr Teck Nam Ang, Main supervisor
  • Dr Sinemobong Essien, Main supervisor
  • Dr Najam Saqib, Co-supervisor
  • Dr Ehsan Shirkavand, Co-supervisor
  • Irene Hou, Main supervisor
  • Nayan Kumath, Main supervisor
  • Mithila Madhev, Main supervisor
  • Emil Kandathi, Main supervisor
  • Chukwunonso Anyako, Main supervisor


  • 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


  • Deputy Head Research
  • Director - Master of Engineering Studies (MEngSt) in Sustainable Resource Recovery
  • Director - Final Year Research Project 

Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Research Committee, Faculty of Engineering
  • Health & Safety Committee, Faculty of Engineering
  • Postgraduate Committee, Faculty of Engineering
  • Safety Committee, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering 
  • Research Committee, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering 
  • Teaching Committee, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering 
  • Industry Engagement Committee, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering 
  • IChemE Auckland Branch Committee
  • IChemE Australia/New Zealand Working Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Rasapoor, M., Young, B., Brar, R., & Baroutian, S. (2021). Enhancement of landfill gas generation from aged waste by a combination of moisture adjustment and application of biochar and neutral red additives: A field-scale study. Fuel, 283.10.1016/j.fuel.2020.118932
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Ang, T. N., Young, B. R., Taylor, M., Burrell, R., Aroua, M. K., Chen, W.-H., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Enrichment of surface oxygen functionalities on activated carbon for adsorptive removal of sevoflurane. Chemosphere, 26010.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127496
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Ang, T. N., Young, B. R., Taylor, M., Burrell, R., Aroua, M. K., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Tailoring of activated carbon with ammonia for enhanced anaesthetic sevoflurane adsorption. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY, 25110.1016/j.seppur.2020.117404
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Thompson, T. M., Young, B. R., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Efficiency of hydrothermal pretreatment on the anaerobic digestion of pelagic Sargassum for biogas and fertiliser recovery. FUEL, 27910.1016/j.fuel.2020.118527
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Taghavi, N., Singhal, N., Zhuang, W.-Q., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Degradation of plastic waste using stimulated and naturally occurring microbial strains. Chemosphere, 26310.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127975
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naresh Singhal
  • Thayagaraja, R., Cheng, S. Y., Jones, M. I., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Catalytic wet oxidation of glucose as model compound of wastewater over copper/rare earth oxides catalysts. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 3610.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101251
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Jones
  • Rasapoor, M., Young, B., Brar, R., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Improving biogas generation from aged landfill waste using moisture adjustment and neutral red additive – Case study: Hampton Downs’s landfill site. Energy Conversion and Management, 216.10.1016/j.enconman.2020.112947
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Chen, W.-H., Lin, Y.-Y., Liu, H.-C., & Baroutian, S. (2020). Optimization of food waste hydrothermal liquefaction by a two-step process in association with a double analysis. ENERGY, 19910.1016/

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1067
New Zealand

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