Ir. Dr. Lau Ee Von

Head of Common Engineering
School of Engineering
+603 5514 6248
Room 5-5-17

Personal statement

Ee Von is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator of the Mechanical Discipline in the School of Engineering. Her primary research is in soil remediation, in particular oil-contaminated soil, using the flotation technology. Her research works include both fundamental and application experimental studies that constitute to the application of flotation technology.

To date, she has received two external fundings from Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and have published a total of 24 ISI-indexed journals, of which 18 are in the top 25% of journals ranked by impact factor.

Her recognitions in teaching has been seen through the receipt of two PVC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Nottingham, 2011
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons), The University of Melbourne, 2005

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Malaysia Branch, Hon. Secretary

Research Interests

My primary research ambition is to remediate oil-contaminated soil using the flotation technology, and at the same time recover the oil for secondary purposes. This technology can be used not only for remedial purposes but also in the Enhanced Oil Recovery technology in the Oil and Gas industries. The flotation technology can also be applied in various other industries include wastewater treatment, mineral extraction and paper recycling/de-inking. Fundamental studies of solid-liquid separations followed by bubble-particle attachments overarch the successful implementation of the flotation technology.

Research Projects

Title: Novel Synthesis of Graphene Oxide-Coated Microbubbles for the Removal of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from Aqueous Solutions

This project aims to synthesise graphene oxide coated microbubbles to enhance the flotation technology which is used to remove Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) pollutants from aqueous solutions including wastewater. The successful synthesis of this will lead to possibilities of graphene-coated microbubbles for various future applications including targeted delivery in medicinal fields as well as heat transfer industries.


Units taught

ENG1001 - Engineering Design: Lighter, Faster, Stronger

ENG2405 - Thermodynamics


Sangapalaarachchi, D. M.Thilan; Lau, E. V. (2019) Crude oil-bubble attachment in aqueous solutions of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), Journal of Molecular Liquids, Volume: 293, Issue Number: 01677322, 10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111482

Vijayaraghavan, V.; Lau, E. V.; Goyal, Ankit; Niu, Xiaodong; Garg, A.; Gao, Liang (2019) Design of explicit models for predicting the efficiency of heavy oil-sand detachment process by floatation technology, Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, (122-129), Volume: 137, Issue Number: 02632241, 10.1016/j.measurement.2019.01.074

Yahya, M. S.; Sangapalaarachchi, D. M.Thilan; Lau, E. V. (2019) Effects of carbon chain length of imidazolium-based ionic liquid in the interactions between heavy crude oil and sand particles for enhanced oil recovery, Journal of Molecular Liquids, (285-292), Volume: 274, Issue Number: 01677322, 10.1016/j.molliq.2018.10.147

Lim, M. W.; Lau, E. V.; Poh, P. E. (2018) Micro-macrobubbles interactions and its application in flotation technology for the recovery of high density oil from contaminated sands, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, (29-37), Volume: 161, Issue Number: 09204105, 10.1016/j.petrol.2017.11.064

Oh, Kai Siang; Leong, Janet Yip Cheng; Poh, Phaik Eong; Chong, Meng Nan; Lau, Ee Von (2018) A review of greywater recycling related issues: Challenges and future prospects in Malaysia, Journal of Cleaner Production, (17-29), Volume: 171, Issue Number: 09596526, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.267

Lau, Ee Von; Gan, Suyin; Ng, Hoon Kiat (2018) Multiple stage cross-current extraction using vegetable oil in the remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons-contaminated soil, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, (63-70), Volume: 17, Issue Number: 15829596,

Chew, E. K.; Lee, K. Y.; Lau, E. V. (2017) The role of carbon chain length in the attachment between microbubbles and aqueous solutions of ionic liquid, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, (452-459), Volume: 506, Issue Number: 00219797, 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.078

Muhammad Shafiq, Yahya; Cheong, Wan Kong; Lau, Ee Von (2017) Graphene aerogel - Recovery of heavy crude oil from contaminated sand, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, (1711-1717), Volume: 5, 10.1016/j.jece.2017.03.009

Lee, Jun Rong; Lau, Ee Von (2017) Effects of relative humidity in the convective heat transfer over flat surface using ionic wind, Applied Thermal Engineering, (554-560), Volume: 114, Issue Number: 13594311, 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.12.030

Lim, M. W.; Lau, E. V.; Poh, P. E. (2017) Optimization studies for the flotation of bunker oil from contaminated sand using microbubbles, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, (2046-2063), Volume: 12, Issue Number: 18234690,

Lim, M. W.; Lau, E. V.; Poh, P. E. (2016) Analysis of attachment process of bubbles to high-density oil: Influence of bubble size and water chemistry, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, (192-200), Volume: 68, Issue Number: 18761070, 10.1016/j.jtice.2016.08.037

Oh, K. S.; Poh, P. E.; Chong, M. N.; Chan, E. S.; Lau, E. V.; Saint, C. P. (2016) Bathroom greywater recycling using polyelectrolyte-complex bilayer membrane: Advanced study of membrane structure and treatment efficiency, Carbohydrate Polymers, (161-170), Volume: 148, Issue Number: 01448617, 10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.04.039

Lim, Mee Wei; Lau, Ee Von; Poh, Phaik Eong (2016) A comprehensive guide of remediation technologies for oil contaminated soil — Present works and future directions, Marine Pollution Bulletin, (14-45), Volume: 109, Issue Number: 0025326X, 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.023

Lau, Ee Von; Poh, Phaik Eong (2015) Recovery of High-Viscosity Crude Oil from Contaminated Oil-Wet Sand Using a Combined Mechanical Agitation and Freeze-Thaw Process, Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States), Volume: 141, Issue Number: 07339372, 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000963

Lim, M. W.; Lau, E. V.; Poh, P. E.; Chong, W. T. (2015) Interaction studies between high-density oil and sand particles in oil flotation technology, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, (114-121), Volume: 131, Issue Number: 09204105, 10.1016/j.petrol.2015.04.016

Poh, P. E.; Ong, W. Y.J.; Lau, E. V.; Chong, M. N. (2014) Investigation on micro-bubble flotation and coagulation for the treatment of anaerobically treated palm oil mill effluent (POME), Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, (1174-1181), Volume: 2, 10.1016/j.jece.2014.04.018

Von Lau, Ee; Gan, Suyin; Ng, Hoon Kiat; Poh, Phaik Eong (2014) Extraction agents for the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from soil in soil washing technologies, Environmental Pollution, (640-649), Volume: 184, Issue Number: 02697491, 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.09.010

Lau, Ee Von; Gan, Suyin; Ng, Hoon Kiat (2012) Extraction of phenanthrene and fluoranthene from contaminated sand using palm kernel and soybean oils, Journal of Environmental Management, (124-130), Volume: 107, Issue Number: 03014797, 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.04.029

Lau, Ee Von; Gan, Suyin; Ng, Hoon Kiat (2012) Distribution and source apportionment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (pahs) in surface soils from five different locations in Klang Valley, Malaysia, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, (741-746), Volume: 88, Issue Number: 00074861, 10.1007/s00128-012-0527-9

Gan, S.; Lau, E. V.; Ng, H. K. (2009) Remediation of soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Journal of Hazardous Materials, (532-549), Volume: 172, Issue Number: 03043894, 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2009.07.118


Lee, J. R.; Lau, E. V. (2017) Enhancement of forced convection heat transfer on LED by ionic wind, 2017 4th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Applications, ICIEA 2017, (35-38), 10.1109/IEA.2017.7939174,

Local grants

  • Integration of Microbubble-Nanobubble Flotation in the Recovery of Oil from Soil, Lau, E. V., 2014, Monash University Malaysia, RM12,000
  • An Investigation of the Effects of Relative Humidity in Convective Heat transfer from a Flat Plate using Ionic Wind, Lau, E. V., 2013-2015, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), RM74,000
  • Interaction Studies between Oil-Sand and Oil-Bubble in Ionic Liquid and Ionic Liquid Based Solvents for Enhanced Oil Recovery via the Flotation System, Lau, E. V., 2015-2017, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), RM 105,000
  • Scavenger Hunt Activity to Enhance Students’ Learning in Engineering Fundamentals, Lau, E. V., Poh, P. E., Gopalai, A. A., 2018-2019, Education Excellence, Monash University Malaysia, RM20,000

Current supervision

Muhammad Shafiq Yahya

Novel Synthesis of Graphene Oxide-Coated Microbubbles in the Removal  of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) using the Flotation Technology

2016 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Ian Daryl Sta Maria

Graphene Supplemented Microbubble Flotation for Heavy Crude Oil Removal from Contaminated Sand

2016 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Completed supervision

Lim Mee Wei

Integrated Microbubble-Nanobubble Flotation Technology in the Remediation of Heavy Crude Oil-Contaminated Soil


Monash University Malaysia

Lim Kwok Yoong

Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement of a Flat Plate and LED using Ionic Wind


Monash University Malaysia

Lee Jun Rong

Performance of Ionic Wind under Various Conditions


Monash University Malaysia

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