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ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Asia-Pac. J. Chem. Eng. 2007; 2: 499–500
Published online in Wiley InterScience
(www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI:10.1002/apj.104
Guest Editorial
Special issue on process systems engineering
Dr Mohamed Azlan Hussain joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya, in 1987
as a lecturer, and is currently holding the post of Associate Professor in the department. He obtained his PhD
in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 1996. His main research interests are in modeling,
process controls, nonlinear control systems analysis, and applications of artificial intelligence techniques in
chemical engineering systems. More than 250 papers in journals and conferences have been published by him,
within these areas of research, as of date.
Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 from the University
of Nancy I, France. He also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Master’s in Material Sciences and
Engineering. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya, in 1993 as a lecturer,
and was promoted as Associate Professor in 2002, and as a Professor in 2007. His main research interests
are in fundamental and applied separation processes such as CO2 separation using alkanolamine technology,
membrane processes, adsorption, and electrochemical processes using activated carbon and modified activated
carbon produced from palm shell, development of superadsorbent materials produced from palm shell, and
ionic liquids as new solvents for CO2 capture. He is very active in postgraduate supervision. Under his
tutelage, his students secured five PhD and eight Master’s degrees, while presently, eight PhD and six Master’s
students are under his supervision. He has published more than 35 papers in refereed journals, and more than
70 publications in local, regional, and international conferences. Recently, he applied for a Malaysian patent,
and an IP licensing and cooperation agreement was signed with a local company.
Process Systems Engineering is broadly defined as an
academic and technological field related to methodologies for chemical engineering systems. These methodologies include steps of planning, design, operation,
and control of various operations in chemical process
systems. However, the context of Process Systems Engineering has been expanded from the design of unit
operations to the design of chemical processes and large
process systems. It has also evolved from design problems to include operational problems, and from singleobjective optimization to multi-objective optimization.
These advances have been made possible in a short
period of time due to the rapid development of computer technology today. The papers of this special edition have been compiled to demonstrate the changes
and advances that have been made in the field of Process Systems Engineering in various aspects involving
Chemical Engineering and its related processes. It also
reflects some of the important issues facing process
engineers within this Asia-Pacific region at large.
This issue has been mainly taken from papers presented in the Process Systems Engineering section of
the Asian Pacific Chemical Engineering Conference
 2007 Curtin University of Technology and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
(APCChE) held in Kuala Lumpur in August 2006,
wherein we were the Technical Editors for many of
the sessions. From the papers presented in the Process
Systems Engineering section, 12 papers were invited for
possible publication in this special edition, and finally,
from these papers, six were finalized for this edition.
We also invited three other papers from experts in this
field from this region to engender greater regional participation in this edition. The papers cover a wide range
of topics including Fault Detection using Recursive
PVA (by Jyh-Cheng Jeng, et al .), Delay Compensated
Controllers for Multivariable Processes (by A Seshagiri
Rao, et al .), Disturbance Observer Design for Systems
with Delay (by R.W. Jones and M.T. Tham), Nonlinear
Controllers for Chemical Process Systems (by A.Khairi;
A.Wahab, et al . and P.Kittisupakorn, et al .), Optimization of Mass and Heat Exchanger Networks (by Z.A.
Manan and S.R. Wan Alwi; Adeniyi Isafiade and Duncan Fraser; and R.R Tan, et al .) and finally, a paper on
the Design of a Heat Exchanger Network in a real Industrial Plant (by Adel S. Ashaibani and I.M. Mujtaba).
We are grateful to all the authors of this special issue
for their contributions, and also the many reviewers for
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GUEST EDITORIAL
their hard work and valuable time. Our special thanks to
Professor Martyn Ray and his assistant, Hong Mei Yao,
for their efforts in editing and improving the quality of
the papers, as well as to Professor Moses O.Tadé for
his support in bringing out this special issue. It was
our pleasure and privilege to serve as Guest Editors for
this special issue, and we hope to compile several other
special issues for this journal in the future.
 2007 Curtin University of Technology and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering
Mohamed Azlan Hussain* and
Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur, 50603 Malaysia
E-mail: mohd azlan@um.edu.my
Asia-Pac. J. Chem. Eng. 2007; 2: 499–500
DOI: 10.1002/apj
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