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LECTURER School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics

Current Teaching Module

  • SF1113 Heat and Mass Transfer and Thermodynamics
  • SF1118 Applied Physics
  • SF2225 Process Engineering Principles
  • SF2207 Process Design and Operations
  • SF3207 Industrial Systems, Bioseparation and Purification Processes
  • SF5108 Frontier of Food Processing Engineering

Specialized Area

  • Fats and Oils Processing

Current Research and/or Postgraduate Projects

  • Insect-based Functional Ingredients
  • Biodegradable Packaging Materials
  • Food Waste Valorisation

Research Interest

His research interests mainly focus on the structural modification of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids via enzymatic and chemical methods in order to alter and improve their physicochemical and nutritional properties.


  • PhD in Bioprocessing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • BSc in Food Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Career or Professional Bodies/Awards

Dr Phuah has received several national and international awards including the best poster presenter in ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference in 2018 and two bronze medals in both 19th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) and Malaysian Technology Expo Exhibition (MTE), respectively in 2008. Besides, he and his team had won the 1st runner up in the “Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition” organised by the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) in 2014. He is also the co-opted members for Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT).


Paper published last five years

  • Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K., Chan, E.S., Phuah, E.T., Lai, O.M., Tan, C.P., Wang, Y., Karim, N.A.A., Dian, N.H.M. & Tan, J.S. (2021). Medium chain triglyceride and medium-and long chain triglyceride: metabolism, production and its applications-a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1 – 17. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2021.1873729.
  • Soo, P.P., Ali, Y., Lai, O.M., Kuan, C.H., Tang, T.K., Lee, Y.Y & Phuah, E.T. (2020). Enzymatic and mechanical extraction of virgin coconut oil. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, e1900220.
  • Kuan, C.H., Son, R., Mahyudin, N.A., Tang, J.Y.H., Yeo, S.K., Kuan, C.S., Chang, L.S., Phuah, E.T., Thung T.Y., Tan, C.W., New, C.Y. & Nishibuchi, M. (2020). Efficacy of household washing pre-treatments and cooking methods for reduction of Listeria monocytogenes in artificially contaminated chicken offal. Food Research, 4(1), 166 – 174.
  • Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K., Phuah, E.T., Tan, C.P., Wang, Y., Li, Y., Cheong, L.Z. & Lai, O.M. (2019). Production, safety, health effects and applications of diacylglycerol functional oil in food systems: a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2019.1650001.
  • Ong, C.R.E., Tang, T.K., Lee, Y.Y., Choong, T.S.Y., Lai, O.M., Kuan, C.H. & Phuah, E.T. (2019). Melting and Crystallization Behaviour of Soybean Oil in Blend with Palm Oil-Based Diacylglycerol. International Food Research Journal, 26(3), 781 – 91.
  • Choong, T.S.Y., Yeoh, C.M., Phuah, E.T., Siew, W.L., Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K. and Abdullah, L.C. (2018). Kinetic study of lipase-catalyzed glycerolysis of palm olein using Lipozyme TLIM in solvent-free system. PlosOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192375.
  •   Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K., Phuah, E.T., Karim N.A.A., Alitheen, N.B.M., Tan, C.P. Razak, I.S.A & Lai, O.M. (2018).  Structural difference of palm based Medium- and Long-Chain Triacylglycerol (MLCT) ·      further reduces body fat accumulation in DIO C57BL/6J mice when consumed in low fat diet for a mid-term period. Food Research International, 103, 200 – 207.
  • Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K., Phuah, E.T., Alitheen, N.B.M., Tan, C.P. & Lai, O.M. (2017). New Functionalities of Maillard Reaction Products as Emulsifier and Encapsulating Agent and its Processing Parameters: A Brief review. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97(5), 1379 – 1385.
  • Phuah, E.T., Lee, Y.Y., Tang, T.K., Lai, O.M., Choong, T.S.Y., Tan, C.P., Ng, W.N. & Lo, S.K. (2016). Modeling and Optimization of Lipase-Catalyzed Partial Hydrolysis for Diacylglycerol Production in Packed Bed Reactor. International Journal of Food Engineering, 7(12), 681 – 689.


Book Chapters

  • Phuah, E.T., Yap, J.W.L., Lau, C.W., Lee Y.Y. and Tang, T.K. Vegetable Oils and Animal Fats: Sources, Properties and Recovery. Recent Advances in Edible Fats and Oils Technology: Processing, Health Implications, Economic and Environmental Impact (2021)
  • Phuah, E.T., Chong, L.C., Kuan C.H. and Ali Y. Exotic Oil: Sources, Properties and Recovery. Recent Advances in Edible Fats and Oils Technology: Processing, Health Implications, Economic and Environmental Impact (2021)
  • Lai, O.M., Phuah, E.T., Lee, Y.Y. and Basiron, Y., Palm Oil. Bailey’s Industrial Oil and Fat Products, 7th edition (2020)
  • Lai, O.M., Lee, Y.Y., Phuah, E.T. and Akoh, C.C. Lipase/Esterase: Properties and Industrial Application, Reference Module in Food Science. (2018)