Viknesh Andiappan Murugappan

Dr, CEng MIChemE

  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Viknesh Andiappan is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia Campus. His area of specialisation centres on the development of systematic design approaches for energy systems and supply chains. His research aims to integrate process design and operational considerations simultaneously. His research interests also include process synthesis and analysis of process and energy systems, synthesis of integrated biorefineries, industrial symbiosis planning as well as energy planning for greenhouse gas emission reduction. Most recently he has embarked on developing decision-making models for sustainable agriculture planning. He spends his time working on mathematical programming, multi-objective optimisation, input-output modelling, game theory models, process simulation and Process Integration tools such as pinch analysis. Dr Andiappan is well-published and well-cited for a young researcher (over 50 publications with an h-index of 13) and presented several papers in various conferences. In 2020, Dr Andiappan was awarded IBAE Young Researcher of the year Award. He was also shortlisted as a finalist for the IChemE Young Researcher Malaysia Award in 2018 and 2019. Dr Andiappan is also an editorial board member for internationally peer-reviewed journals such as Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (PIOS) and Frontiers in Sustainability (Sustainable Chemical Process Design). He is a member of the reviewer board for Processes Journal. In addition, he serves as a technical committee member for several conferences. Dr Andiappan also collaborates closely with well-known international researchers from Malaysia, Philippines, India, Japan, Taiwan and United Kingdom. He led and completed a COVID-19 research grant, which worked on developing an economic analysis model to formulate post-pandemic recovery strategies for the agro-industry in both Malaysia and the Philippines. Most recently, he was awarded the IBAE Young Researcher of the Year Award in 2020 for his contributions and achievements in research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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