Dr. Foo Ji Jinn

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering

+603 5514 6255
Room 5-5-19

Personal statement

Dr. Ji Jinn Foo received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan) in 1998 and 2000, respectively; and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2004). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetic (MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany) from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, he returned to Malaysia and joined SEGi University to start his academic career. In 2012, he became an Associate Professor and the Director of Research & Innovation Management Centre of the same university. He then left SEGi University to join Monash University Malaysia as a Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering since 2013. His research mainly focuses on the attempts to work on a novel heat transfer method, i.e. to experimentally and numerically employ insert(s)-induced fluid flow fluctuation as a mean of thermal dissipation via forced convective or natural convective heat transfer.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, 2004
  • Master in Science, Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, 2000
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, 1998

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • The Institution of Engineers (IEM), Incorporated Member

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Biophysical Society, Member
  • Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of the Republic of China, Selected Honor Member

Research Interests

One of the unique features of turbulence is diffusivity, which plays a significant role in the enhanced mixing and increased rate of mass, momentum and energy transport in a flow. Less than a decade ago, a new idea was proposed by introducing planar fractal geometry to generate turbulence due to its ability in producing higher turbulence intensities. Various distinct and desired turbulent fluctuations can then be attained using fractal planar geometry due to its ability to rescale upstream flow into an array of frequencies that spanning across various characteristic length scales. Our research group mainly focuses on the attempts to work on a novel heat transfer method, i.e. to employ grid inserts as a mean of thermal dissipation via forced convective heat transfer. These projects are funded by MOHE’s FRGS research grants; the research is in collaboration with DAIKIN R&D. We hope that our investigations are able to give rise to the future sustainable heat transfer for humankind.

Area-averaged turbulence intensities and the corresponding 2D contour leeward from each space-filling grid.

Calculated cross-sectional turbulence kinetic energy distributions.

Research projects

  • Insert-induced turbulence on heat sink thermal dissipation
  • Lattice boltzmann modeling on insert-induced turbulence generation
  • Flow dynamic instrumentation: sptv turbulence detection
  • Two phase flow and the corresponding flow dynamic control within hvac heat exchanger


Units taught

MEC3458 - Experimental Project

MEC4417 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

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Local grants

  • A new nature of fractal induced turbulence in heat transfer enhancement with perforated pin fins: A sustainable development, Dr. Foo Ji Jinn, Dr. Chew Mei Leng, A. Prof. Hung Yew Mun, 2014 - 2016, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FGRS), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)

Current supervision

Teh An Liang

Thermal dissipation enhancement of 90° bend plate-fin heat sink


Monash University Malaysia

Hoi Su Min

Flow Dynamic Instrumentation: SPTV Turbulence Detection


Monash University Malaysia

Michael Goh Joon Seng

Turbulence Strength Tomography: Turbulence Detection


Monash University Malaysia

Yeoh Chin Vern
Lattice boltzmann modeling on Insert-induced Turbulence Generation


Monash University Malaysia

Completed supervision

Dr. Yip Yao Hong

Lattice Boltzmann Method for Investigation of Thermal Induced Phase Change of Crude Oil Wax


Monash University Malaysia

Dr. Wong Jin Cheng

A New Nature of Fractal Generated Turbulence on Pin Fin Forced Convection


Monash University Malaysia

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