Ts Dr Nishata Royan A/P Rajendran Royan

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Nisha is a highly motivated and passionate lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Wollongong, Malaysia. She is a registered Graduate Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), and she is in the final stages of obtaining her Professional Engineering and Certified Sustainability Practitioner certification. As a research-driven academician, Dr. Nisha continuously challenges herself and explores new sustainable and green materials.

Her dedication to research has resulted in numerous publications in indexed journals and conference proceedings reflects her positive trajectory as an early-career researcher. Notably, her recent publications are focused on high-quality journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science (WOS)/ISI. Securing various grants, including government grants, collaborative external grants, industry grants, international grants, and internal grants, is remarkable, with a total grant amount exceeding RM300,000. Notable grants include the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme Malaysia (FRGS), Geran Putra, UOW Malaysia Internal Grants, and an industrial grant from Paramount Corporation Berhad.

In addition, she serves as the Malaysian representative at the Women’s Research Engineers Network (WREN). Through her involvement in WREN, she advocates for diversity and inclusivity, paving the way for future generations of aspiring engineers. Her commitment to both academic excellence and the advancement of women in engineering underscores her significant contributions to the field.

PhD Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2014-2018
Research Title: Processing of Solid and Foamed Composite From Recycled High Density Polyethylene (RHDPe) Reinforced Rice Husk

Master of Science Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2010-2012
Research Title: Effect of Acid Treated ANO UV/O3 Treated Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube (MWCNTs) On the Electrical Properties of Epoxy Nanocomposite

Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2005-2009

Year Title
2024 Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Tan Jie Ren, Leong Jie Sheng, Chan Wai Nam; Mechanical behavior of 3D-printed rice husk reinforced recycled high density polyethylene composite. AIP Conf. Proc. 11 March 2024; 2998 (1): 060003. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0188308 (Conf. Proc, Scopus)

Nabilah Afiqah Mohd, Foudzi, Farhana Mohd, Sulong, Abu Bakar, Al-Furjan, M. S. H. and Royan, Nishata Royan Rajendran. “Quick insight into the dynamic dimensions of 4D printing in polymeric composite mechanics” REVIEWS ON ADVANCED MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol. 63, no. 1, 2024, pp. 20240011. https://doi.org/10.1515/rams-2024-0011 (Q2, WOS, Scopus)

2023 Journal Publication

Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani*, Ismayadi Ismail, Rosnah Nawang, Siti Zulaika Razali, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Wan Nazri Wan Busu, Ruey Shan Chen. 2023. Polylactide based Nanoclay-composites: A Short Review. International Journal of Chemical and Biochemical Sciences, 24 (7) (2023): 10-15. https://www.iscientific.org/volume-24-2023/ (Q4, Scopus)

Mohd Radzuan, N.A., Khalid, N.N., Foudzi, F.M., Rajendran Royan, N.R. and Sulong, A.B., 2023. Mechanical Analysis of 3D Printed Polyamide Composites under Different Filler Loadings. Polymers15(8), p.1846 (Q1, WOS, Scopus)

Jason, A. & Chua Mason, Huang Shen & Rajendran, N. & Bashir, D. & Goh, E. & Ashraf, F.. (2023). Application of central composite design for optimization of bio‐oil production using peat moss: Anwendung des zentralen Verbundwerkstoffdesigns zur Optimierung der Bioölproduktion unter Verwendung von Torfmoos. Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik. 54. 1097-1106. 10.1002/mawe.202200308 (Q4, WOS, Scopus)

Book Chapters

Holim, R., Nagentrau, M., Rajendran Royan, N.R. Interface Damage and Delamination Behaviour Prediction of HAp Coating in Artificial Femoral Stem Component of Total Hip Replacement. 2023. Advances in Material Science and Engineering. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-3307-3_32 (Q4, Scopus)

2022 Journal Publication

Putro, S., Nagentrau, M., Rajendra Royan, N. R., & Jamian, S. (2022). Review of Oil Palm Mesocarp Fiber (OPMF) Mechanical and Chemical Properties Improvement to Develop Environment Friendly Material. In Materials Science Forum (Vol. 1051, pp. 102–108). Trans Tech Publications, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/msf.1051.102 (Q4, Scopus)

Teoh Jiehan, Tee Chee Yee, Hamna Zadhy, Aminatta Mohamed Diallo, Merwin Vickraman and Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan. 2022. Integrating IR4.0 Technology in Engineering Education: Robotic Arm Remote Lab. Journal of Engineering Education Transformations, 36(1). (Scopus)

2021 Journal Publications

Rajendran Royan, Nishata R., Jie S. Leong, Wai N. Chan, Jie R. Tan, and Zainon S.B. Shamsuddin 2021. “Current State and Challenges of Natural Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites as Feeder in FDM-Based 3D Printing” Polymers 13, no. 14: 2289. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13142289

Gautheman Kurup, Zainon Sharmila Binti Shamsuddin & Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan. 2021. Fabrication of Reinforced Oil Palm Trunk Fibers with Rubber and Plastic Resin using Industrial Manufacturing Techniques for Prosthetic Applications. IJESI Vol 10:4 http://www.ijesi.org/papers/Vol(10)i4/Ser-1/F1004013443.pdf

2020 Journal Publications

Azam, Farah & Royan, Nishata & Yuhana, Nor Yuliana & Mohd Radzuan, Nabilah & Ahmad, Sahrim & Bakar, Abu. (2020). Fabrication of Porous Recycled HDPE Biocomposites Foam: Effect of Rice Husk Filler Contents and Surface Treatments on the Mechanical Properties. Polymers. 12. 475. 10.3390/polym12020475

2018 Journal Publications

Rajendran Royan NR, Sulong AB, Yuhana NY, Chen RS, Ab Ghani MH, Ahmad S. 2018. UV/O3 treatment as a surface modification of rice husk towards preparation of novel biocomposites. PLoSONE 13(5): e0197345. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197345

2017 Journal Publications

Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nor Yuliana Yuhana, Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani & Sahrim Ahmad. 2017. Pengoptimumam Pemprosesan Komposit rHDPE Berpenguat Sekam Padi Dengan Kaedah Tindak Balas Permukaan (RSM). Sains Malaysiana Vol 46:10 pp 1749–1756

Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nor Yuliana Yuhana, & Sahrim Ahmad. 2017. Effect of Surface Modified Rice Husk (RH) on the Flexural Properties of Recycled HDPE/RH Composite. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies pp 1-8

Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nor Yuliana Yuhana, & Sahrim Ahmad. 2017. Effect UV/O3 Modified Rice Husk on the Mechanical Properties of Recycle HDPE Rice Husk Composite. Journal of Mechanical Engineering Vol SI 3 (2), 13-22

Refereed Proceedings

Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nor Yuliana Yuhana, & Sahrim Ahmad. 2017. Effect of Surface Modified Rice Husk (RH) on the Flexural Properties of Recycled HDPE/RH Composite. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies Conference (AMPT 2016) 08-11th November 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nor Yuliana Yuhana, Mohd Hafizuddin Abdul Ghani & Sahrim Ahmad. 2017. Effect of UV/O3 modified RH on the Tensile Properties of rHDPE/RH Composite. Advanced Processes & Systems in Manufacturing (APSIM2016) 28th – 30th August 2016 at Everly Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia

2016 Journal Publications

Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani, Mohd Nazry Salleh, Chen Ruey Shan, Sahrim; Ahmad, Hanafi Ismail, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan & Mohd Nazri. Idris. 2016. Kajian Sifat Mekanik Nanokomposit Epoksi Berpenguat Gentian Hibrid Nanotiub Karbon Dan Nanozarah Tanah Liat. Sains Malaysiana 45:8 pp 1259-63

2015 Journal Publications

Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Sem Wee Kang, Abu Bakar Sulong and Sahrim Ahmad. 2015. Effect of Alkaline Treated Rice Husk on the Mechanical and Morphological Properties of Recycled HDPE/RH Composite. Journal of Applied Science and Agriculture, Vol 10:5 Special pp 138-144

2014 Journal Publications

Jia Ying Tong, Rajendran Royan Nishata Royan, Yong Chuen Ng, Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani and Sahrim Ahmad. ‘Study of the Mechanical and Morphology Properties of Recycled HDPE Composite using Rice Husk Fillers’, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 2014, Article ID 938961, 6 pages

2011 Journal Publications

R. Nishata Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Jaafar Sahari. Effect of Loading Concentration on the Electrical and Hardness Properties of MWCNT/Epoxy Nanocomposites. Key Engineering Materials Vols. 471-472 (2011) pp 157-161

R. Nishata Royan, Abu Bakar Sulong, Hendra Suherman, Jaafar Sahari. Effect of wet oxidation on the dispersion and electrical properties of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes /Epoxy Nanocomposites. Key Engineering Materials Vols. 471-472 (2011) pp 162-166

2010 Journal Publications

Hendra Suherman, Jaafar Sahari, Abu Bakar Sulong, Nishata Royan. Electrical Conductivity and Flexural Strength of Graphite/Carbon Nanotubes/Epoxy Nanocomposites Key Engineering Materials Vols. 447-448 (2010) pp 643-647



Duration: 1 March 2023-28 February 2025
Title: Innovative Approaches for Advancing Sustainable Construction Waste Management
Sponsors/Grant: Paramount Corporation Berhad (RM10000); Principal Investigator



Duration: 2023-2025
Title: Optimizing Drone Design with Topology and Sustainable Materials for Parcel Delivery Applications
Sponsors/Grant: UOWMKDU Internal Grant (UOWMKDURG/2023/1/008) (RM36000); Principal Investigator

Duration: 2023-2025
Title: Investigating the impact of polymer stability and ceramic concentration on viscosity behavior of PLA/WA-based 3D printing filament
Sponsors/Grant: UOWMKDU Internal Grant (UOWMKDURG/2023/1/006) (RM30000); Co-Researcher



Duration: 1 Sept 2022-30 Aug 2024
Title: A novel UV/Ozonolysis surface modification to understand the effects of incompatibility and flexibility issues of the hybrid PLA/tapioca biocomposite for low-cost biodegradable food packaging applications
Sponsors/Grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme FRGS/1/2022/TK10/KDU/03/1. (RM126207); Principal Investigator

Duration: July 2022-June 2024
Title: Effect of polylactide-nanoclay (PLA/MMT) surface modification on non-isothermal crystallization green nanocompoites
Sponsors/Grant: Geran Putra UPM; GP-IPM/2022/9716100; RM30000 (Co-researcher

Duration: April 2022-June 2023
Title: Women’s Research Engineers Network: Expanding frontiers for Australia and ASEAN
Sponsors/Grant: Australian-ASEAN Council Grant; $49500



Duration: March 2021-August 2023
Title: Development of Natural Fibre Composite as a Feeder for Additive Manufacturing Applications
Sponsors/Grant:  UOWMKDU Internal Grant (UOWMKDURG/2020/1/005); RM38500

Journal Reviewer
Reviewer of Jurnal Kejuruteraan, UKM

7th Powder Metallurgy (PM7) and Advanced Processing System in Manufacturing (APSIM2023)

Appointment as Committee Member, Malaysian representative
Women Research Engineers Network (WREN), April 2022

Appointment as Research Fellow
Thermasite (M) Sdn Bhd / Cahya Mata Alam Sdn Bhd, 1st November 2021

PhD Dissertation: Development of Innovative Solutions for 3D printing Novel Natural Fibre Reinforced Biocomposites Filament (2024-2027) Nur Hasalli Binti Ibrahim (co-supervised with Dr Aziz Ahmad & Prof Faisal Hai from UOW Australia)

Master’s Dissertation: Optimization of Fiber Surface Modification Techniques for Enhanced Biocomposite Performance in Additive Manufacturing Applications. (2024-2026) Muhammad Fadzlee Firas                                               

Master’s Dissertation: Processing of PLA/Tapioca Green Matrix Composite for Short Term Food Packaging Applications. (2023-2025)
Gautheman Kurup A/l Ravi

Master’s Dissertation: Bio-oil Production, Conversion and Characterization from Lab-Scale Fixed Fluidized Bed Reactor from algae by Fast Pyrolysis (2021-2023)
Jason Ooi (co-supervised with Mr Mason Chuah)

Special Award (by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Technical And Vocational Training Corporation, Saudi Arabia) and SILVER MEDAL for the Innovation PLA-Tapioca Eco-Friendly Solutions (PLATES) innovation during Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE 2024), 22-24th February 2024

Bronze Medal for Innovation titled EcoCopter: The Parcel Delivery Drone during Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE 2024), 22-24th February 2024

First Prize Winner Integrated Design Project Short Video Competition 2023
Category: Mechanical, Engineering Education Technical Division of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM); Thong Shu Hui Joyce , Ts. Dr. Nishata Royan A/P Rajendran Royan (Supervisor), Mr. Chua Huang Shen(Co-supervisor)

GOLD MEDAL, Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani, Rosnah Nawang, Ismayadi Ismail, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Siti Hajar Othman, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Ruey Shan Chen (2023). Biodegradable Food Packaging Reinforced Nanoclay Green Composites. The innovation competition at The International Materials Technology Challenge (iMTC) 8.0 & Innocreative.

GOLD MEDAL, Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani, Ismayadi Ismail, Rosnah Nawang, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Wan Nazri Wan Busu, Ruey Shan Chen and Mohd Nazry Salleh (2023). Polylactide Based Green Nanocomposites in Food Packaging Applications. Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in Malaysia 2023. 18th February 2023, Serdang, Malaysia.

(BEST POSTER-3RD PLACE) Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani, Rosnah Nawang, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Ismayadi Ismail, Siti Hajar Othman, Mohd Ali Mat Nong, Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan, Ruey Shan Chen (2023). Food Packaging Nanocomposites Material Characterization. The 8th National Seminar on Material and Structural Integrity, 17 – 18 October 2023, Johor Bharu, Malaysia.

2022 UOW Malaysia Staff Awards – Passion Award (Winner)

2022 UOW Malaysia Staff Awards – Research Excellence Award (Highly Commended)

Best SOE Researcher 2022 , School of Engineering, UOW Malaysia

Visiting Researcher to UOW Australia through Women Research Engineers Network (WREN), May 2023