University of Nottingham Malaysia
Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Ching Lik Hii

Professor and Co-Director of Future Food,



Ir Dr. Hii is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of UG Studies in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Academic staff since Aug 2010). In campus research, he is Co-Director of the Future Food Malaysia Research Centre. Professionally, he has more than 25 years of working experience both in the food industry and academia. His expertise areas include food & bioproduct processing, industrial drying, cocoa & chocolate processing and heat & mass transfer operations. Ir Dr Hii is a Professional Engineer (PEng) registered with Board of Engineers Malaysia, ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE), Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM), Chartered Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE), Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council UK (CEng) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA). Externally, he also serves as Chair of the IChemE Food & Drink Special Interest Group (Malaysia Chapter), Committee Member of the Food & Drink Special Interest Group (UK), Committee Member of the IEM Agricultural and Food Engineering Technical Division, Member of the International Advisory Board for Asia-Pacific Drying Conference (ADC) and International Symposium on Processing of Foods, Vegetables and Fruits (ISPFVF). Ir Dr Hii is Co-Editor of two books published by CRC Press: "Drying and Roasting of Cocoa and Coffee" and "Drying of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants".

Expertise Summary

Professional registrations: PEng, CEng, ACPE, MIEM, MICHEME, FHEA

Academic qualifications: BEng (Hons) Degree (First Class) in Chemical Engineering (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1996), MSc Degree in Food Processing and Engineering (Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2004), PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering (University of Nottingham Malaysia, 2010) and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Nottingham, 2014)

Teaching Summary

Present: Food Processing Technology; Transport Phenomena; Mathematical Methods

Past: Heat & Mass Transfer; Particle Mechanics; Industrial Dehydration; Chemical Products Design; Computer System; Introductory Chemistry; Waste Management; Fluid Mechanics

Research Summary

Ir Dr Hii current research interests are in the areas of drying & dehydration technologies, preservation of food antioxidants/nutrients, bio-products processing and computer simulation on heat… read more

Selected Publications


Vice Chancellor's Medal (2017, 2022)

UNM Staff Reward & Recognition Award 2022

IChemE EdSIG Award 2021 (Second runner up)

Lord Dearing Award (2020)

University of Nottingham Malaysia Alumnus of the Year (2018)

Faculty Teaching Award (2020)

Faculty Outreach Award (2019, 2020, 2021)

Faculty Research Award (2017, 2021)

Drying Technology Top 30 Journal Referees (2017, 2020)

Outstanding Contribution to Editorial Processing of Ebooks in S.E.T (2014)

PIID 2021 (Bronze), TLIF 2019 (Bronze)

IIDEX 2015 (Silver & Bronze), PERINTIS 2014 (Silver)

MTE 2009 (Bronze)

Malaysian Cocoa Board Excellence Service Award (2000 & 2004)

Professional Appointments

IChemE Malaysia Food and Drink SIG (Chair, since 2020)

IChemE UK Food and Drink SIG (Committee Member, since 2018)

IEM Agricultural and Food Engineering Technical Division (Committee Member 2021/22, 22/23)

Journal of Applied Food Technology (Editor)

American Journal of Food Science and Technology (Editor)

Processes (Guest-editor)

Current Research

Ir Dr Hii current research interests are in the areas of drying & dehydration technologies, preservation of food antioxidants/nutrients, bio-products processing and computer simulation on heat & mass transfer during drying/diffusion (Google Scholar). In the past and including to date, he has carried out research for several types of agriculture/food products such as cocoa beans, chocolates, star fruits, herbs, kedondong, chicken meat, papaya leaf and also investigated/developed several processing technologies such as heat pump drying, adsorption drying, stepwise drying, hybrid drying and solar drying. Particularly, he is interested to investigate the effect of processing on the quality and antioxidants/nutritional properties of underutilized agriculture materials in his current research. His current research collaborations are with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB), Diponegoro University (Indonesia) and MARDI.

Currently, Ir Dr Hii is also looking into aspects of engineering education and have carried out studies in classroom design attributes and web interactive technology in teaching.

Research Field: Drying & Dehydration; Food & Bioproducts Processing; Mathematical Modelling; Cocoa and Chocolate; Food Quality; Heat and Mass Transfer

The following are some on-going projects currently carried out under his supervision.

On going:

FRGS Project: Elucidation of the in vitro release kinetics of carpaine nano-emulsion under unsteady state diffusion condition (FRGS) - Miss Goh Chin Yee (Phd candidate)

Past Research

Production of high polyphenols cocoa (e-Science, completed) - Dr Ahbay S. Menon

Drying of Spondias dulcis and product quality (CFF-DTP, completed) - Dr May Ee Cheak Theng

Elucidating the degradation kinetics of carpaine to enhance the retention in papaya leaves extract for dengue treatment (FRGS, completed) - Dr Sharon Yap Jing Ying

Future Research

Food and bioproduct processing

Future food

Digital learning technology

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