Dr. Poovarasi Balan

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering

+603 5514 6213
Room 5-5-22

Personal statement

Poovarasi Balan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University Malaysia. She is undertaking research on environmental friendly anti-corrosive coatings for mild steel, biodegradable coatings for biomedical implants and education research. She is currently developing biodegradable coatings for orthopedic applications that can eliminate the secondary surgery to remove the implant. This brings economic benefits and improvement in well-being of patients with temporary orthopedic injuries.

The current problem is complex in nature as it involves multidisciplinary exchange if knowledge from material scientists, biomedical researchers and orthopedic surgeons. In order to achieve the benefits of using Mg alloys in biomedical implants, various aspects of problems such as from corrosion, mechanical strength and anti-bacterial properties need to be added. Surface pretreatment of Mg alloys need to be investigated in order to improve the adhesion of the coatings.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, Monash University Malaysia, 2016
  • Master in Materials Science & Engineering, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, 2006
  • Degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2004

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Institute of Engineers Malaysia, Member

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • IChemE, Associate Member

Research Interests

  • Environmental friendly coating using nanomaterials
  • Anti-corrosive coatings for biomedical implants
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Sustainable Engineering research
  • Education research – Innovation in teaching practice

Research Projects

Title: Development of Anti-Corrosive Coatings on Magnesium Alloys for Orthopedic Applications

This project aims to develop biodegradable coatings for Mg alloys with appropriate corrosion resistance and mechanical properties that is close to bone density. A novel layer-by-layer method is being developed in order to coat the Mg metals with multiple functionalities.


Units taught

CHE3162 - Process Control

ENE3608 - Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Systems


Tan, Jesslyn K.E.; Balan, P.; Birbilis, N.; , 2020, Advances in LDH coatings on Mg alloys for biomedical applications: A corrosion perspective, Applied Clay Science, Issue Number: 01691317, 10.1016/j.clay.2020.105948

Leong, Janet Yip Cheng; Balan, Poovarasi; Chong, Meng Nan; Poh, Phaik Eong (2019) Life-cycle assessment and life-cycle cost analysis of decentralised rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and hybrid rainwater-greywater systems, Journal of Cleaner Production, (1211-1224), Volume: 229, Issue Number: 09596526, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.05.046

Sander, G.; Tan, J.; Balan, P.; Gharbi, O.; Feenstra, D. R.; Singer, L.; Thomas, S.; Kelly, R. G.; Scully, J. R.; Birbilis, N. (2018) Corrosion of additively manufactured alloys: A review, Corrosion, (1318-1350), Volume: 74, Issue Number: 00109312, 10.5006/2926

Balan, Poovarasi; Raman, R. K.Singh; Chan, Eng Seng; Harun, M. K.; Swamy, Varghese (2016) Effectiveness of lanthanum triflate activated silica nanoparticles as fillers in silane films for corrosion protection of low carbon steel, Progress in Organic Coatings, (222-234), Volume: 90, Issue Number: 03009440, 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2015.10.010

Leong, Yik T.; Tan, Raymond R.; Balan, Poovarasi; Chew, Irene M.L. (2015) Synthesis of mixed strategy games in eco-industrial park using integrated analytic hierarchy process, Chemical Engineering Transactions, (1651-1656), Volume: 45, 10.3303/CET1545276

Balan, P.; Chan, E. S.; Harun, M. K.; Swamy, V.; Singh Raman, R. K. (2015) Effect of lanthanide activated nano-SiO<inf>2</inf> on the corrosion behavior of silane-based hybrid coatings on low carbon steel, Materials and Corrosion, (1223-1231), Volume: 66, Issue Number: 09475117, 10.1002/maco.201508307


Balan, Poovarasi; Aaron, N. G.; Siang, Chee Beng; Singh Raman, R. K.; Eng Seng, Chan (2013) Effect of nanoparticle addition in hybrid sol-gel silane coating on corrosion resistance of low carbon steel, Advanced Materials Research, (244-249), Volume: 686, Issue Number: 10226680, 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.686.244


Balan, Poovarasi; Manickam, Gobinathan (2013) Promoting holistic education through design of meaningful and effective assignments in sustainable engineering, Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2013, (382-385), 10.1109/TALE.2013.6654466

Balan, Poovarasi; Kalavally, Vineetha (2012) Enhancing student motivation in process control via interactive learning tools, Proceedings - 2012 IEEE 4th International Conference on Technology for Education, T4E 2012, (176-179), 10.1109/T4E.2012.38

Local grants

  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Poovarasi Balan (PI), Nick Birbilis, Geetha Manivasagam, Amudha Kadirvelu, Saman Ilankoon, 2018-2021, Ministry of Education Malaysia

Current supervision

Jesslyn Tan

Development of anti-corrosive coatings on Mg alloys for biomedical applications

April 2018 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Completed supervision

Lim Sze Hui

Hybrid Biopolymer Coating on Stainless-Steel Substrate for Surface Lubrication

2015 - 2017

Monash University Malaysia

Local Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • PVC Awards: Education category - Monash University Malaysia, 2012
  • PVC Award: Education category - Monash University Malaysia, 2011