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School of  Life Sciences and Technology
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Expertise Group : Agrotechnology & Bioproduct Science and Technology
Email : manurung@itb.ac.id


Prof. Dr. Robert Manurung has primary interests in valorisation of renewable resources of Papua such as Reutealis trisperma, Pandanus conoideus, Pandanus julianetti for biofuels and likewise valorisation of microalgae, cassava, rice, and Jatropha curcas for alternative and sustainable sources of fuels. Over the years, Prof. Robert has published studies on the potentials of plant commodities for biofuels as well as providing expert aids and advices in various bioproduct companies in Indonesia. Several innovations and inventions related to bioproducts and utilisation of biological fuels has also been patented under his name throughout his career.

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. Major: Chemical Engineering.

Master’s Degree

  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. Major: Engineering.

Doctoral Degree

  • University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. Major: Chemical Engineering.

Post-Doctoral Degree

  • The MIT Energy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Bioengineering; Biological System Thermodynamics; Biological Product and System Process Designing; Biological System Operation Units; Biological System Instrumentation and Control; Biological System Mass and Energy Balances; ; Bioreacto Designing; Biological Production System Pre-designing Final Project
  • Author and co-author of more than 100 full-length publications in scientific journals, conference and seminars papers in the field of process development related to biobased products : bioenergy and biochemicals.
  • Abduh, M.Y., Ibarahim, I.N., Atika, U., Manurung, R., dan Suheryadi, D. 2020. Influence of water stress and plant age on the yield and chemical composition of essential oil from Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt. Biotropica. Vol 27(1)
  • Yustinadiar, N., Manurung, R., dan Suantika, G. 2020. Enhanced biomass productivity of microalgae Nannochloropsis sp. in an airlift photobioreactor using low-frequency flashing light with blue LED.  Bioresources and Bioprocessing. Vol. 7(1)
  • Zakaria, A., Rahman,E.N., Rahmani, U.N., Manurung, R., Puad, NIM., dan Abduh, M.Y. 2019. A production of carrageenan by different strains of Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivated in Serang, Indonesia. IUUM Engineering Journal. P-ISSn 1511-758X. E-ISSN 2289-7860. Vol.20(2): 1-10
  • Abduh, M.Y., Syaripudin, Putri, L.W., dan Manurung, R. 2019. Effect of storage time on moisture content of Reutealis trisperma seed Effect of storage time on moisture content of Reutealis trisperma seed and its effect on acid value of the isolated oil and produced biodiesel. Energy Reports. E-ISSN 2532-4847. Vol.5. Hal. 1375-1380
  • Fajar, A., Ammar, G.A., Hamzah, M., Manurung, R., dan Abduh, M.Y. 2019. Effect of tree age on the yield, productivity, and chemical composition of Effect of tree age on the yield, productivity, and chemical composition of essential oil from Cinnamomum burmannii. Vol.1(1): 17-22
  • Abduh, M.Y., Manurung, R., Ibrahim, I.N., Atika, U. 2017. Influence of Water Input and Plant Age on the Yield and Composition of Essential Oil from Cymbopogon Winterianus Jowitt. 1st International Conference of Essential Oils. Essential Oil Institute. Malang-Indonesia
  • Abduh, M.Y., Ono, J.M., Khairani, M., Manurung, R. 2017. The Influence of light intensity on the protein content of Azolla microphylla and pre-treatment with Saccharomyces cerevisae to increase protein recovery. 4th International Conference on Agriculture, Biotechnology, Biological and Biosystem Engineering. IPN Education Group. New Delhi-India
  • Abduh, M.Y., Jamilah, M., Istiandari, P., Nadia, M.H., Syaripudin, Manurung, R. 2017. Bioconversion of rubber seeds to produce protein and oil-rich biomass employing black soldier fly larvae assisted by microbes. 9th Asian Federation of Biotechnology Regional Symposium. Asia Federation of Biotechnology. Manila-Filipina
  • Ramadian, MA, Irwanto, RRP, & Manurung, R. 2017. Competitive relationship between weed and tree sapling species of Taman Buru Masigit Kareumbi restoration site. International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere. LIPI & Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere Kyoto University. Bogor-Indonesia
  • M. Y. Abduh, Manurung, R., H.J. Heeres. 2016. The influence of storage time on relevant product properties of rubber seed oil and rubber seed oil ethyl esters. Sus. Chem. Process.
  • Manurung, R., Ateng Supriatna, Rizkita R Esyanthi and Ramadhani E Putra. 2016. Bioconversion of Rice straw waste by black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens L.) : Optimal feed rate for biomass production. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies.
  • A. Supriyatna, Manurung, R., R.R. Esyanti and R. Eka Putra. 2016. Growth of black soldier larvae fed on cassava peel wastes, An agriculture waste. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies.
  • Abduh, M.Y., Martínez, A.F., Kloekhorst, A., Manurung, R., Heeres, H.J. 2016. Experimental and modelling studies on continuous synthesis and refining of biodiesel in a dedicated bench scale unit using centrifugal contactor separator technology. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology.
  • Abduh, M.Y., Rasrendra, C.B., Subroto, E., Manurung, R., Heeres, H.J. 2016. Experimental and modelling studies on the solvent assisted hydraulic pressing of dehulled rubber seeds. 16 Industrial Crops and Products.
  • Manurung, R., Widiana, A., Taufikurahman., Limin, S.H. 2015. Composition of Leaf Oil of Gelam (M. leucadendra (L.)L.) Growing in Various Peat Swamp Regions of Central Kalimantan Indonesia. Advances in Natural And Applied Sciences.
  • Manurung, R., Abduh, MY., Ariono, D. 2015. Solvent assisted hydraulic pressing of Sterculia Foetida. Eur. J. Sci. Res.
  • Widiana, A., Taufikurahman., Limin, S.H., Manurung, R. 2015. The Potential of Gelam Leaves as Non-timber Product of the Trees for reforestation of the Degraded Peatland in Central Kalimantan. 2015 Advances in Environmental Biology 9(2), 13-17. 2015. ISSN Print 1995-0756.Online ISSN: 1998-1066. SJR 0.213. SNIP 0.414.
  • Subroto, E., Manurung, R., Heeres, H.J., Broekhuis, A.A. 2015. Mechanical extraction of oil from Jatropha curcas L. kernel: Effect of processing parameters. Industrial Crops and Products.
  • Abduh, M.Y., Iqbal, M., Picchioni, F., Manurung, R., Heeres, H.J. 2015. Synthesis and properties of cross-linked polymers from epoxidized rubber seed oil and triethylenetetramine. Journal of Applied Polymer Science.
  • Manurung, R., Melinda, R., Abduh, M.Y., Widiana, A., Sugorc, I., Suheryadi, D. 2015. Potential use of lemongrass (cymbopogon winterianus) residue as dairy cow feed. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition.
  • Widiana, A., Taufikurahman, Limin, S.H., Hernaman, I., Manurung, R. 2014. Utilization of solid residue melaleuca cajuputi powell leaves as cattle feed. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition.
  • Manurung, R. 2009. Jatropha curcas Oil storage and Shelf life. The Jatropha World Asia 2009 Kuala Lumpur, February 16-17, 2009.
  • Manurung, R. 2008. Sintesis Bahan Pelumas dan Novel Fuels dari Minyak nabati. 3rd Fuels Lubes Conferenceand Exhibition 2008
  • Manurung, R. 2007. Potensials and Experiences in Utilization of Pure Jatropha Oil in diesel emgines. Tagungsband Proceeedings – First International Congress on Plant oil Fuels, Messe Erfurt, 6th- 7th September 2007
  • Manurung, R. 2006. Minyak Jarak Pagar Murni, Bahan Bakar Pengganti BBM. Seminar Nasional Pengembangan dan Pemanfaatan Jarak Pagar (Jatropha curcas Linn.) Sebagai Bio-Energi di Indonesia. Jakarta, February 25, 2006.
  • Biomass conversion using insect black soldier – Hermetia illucens (pilot plant).
  • Sustainable Agriculture – Bioindustry using Integrated Biorefinery concept (demonstration plant).
  • Combination of Mycorrhyza and Jatropha Press Cake as Biofertilizer (pilot plant).
  • Technology for Extracting, Purifying and Stabilizing Vegetable Oil ( pilot plant).
  • In situ Direct Hydrolysis of Palm Oil (Indonesian – Patent Filling).
  • Continuous bio-diesel production system (Indonesian – Patent).
  • Small – Medium Scale (5 – 10 tons/day) Glucose plant (commercially applied).
  • Charcoal and Activated Carbon Industries (Activated Car from grams to kilograms to tons), 1991-present, (commercially operated).
  • Rice husk gasification, 1980 – present, (commercially operated).
2005-2007 Director, Biotechnology Research Center, Institut Teknologi Bandung.
2001-2003 Director of University Library, Institut Teknologi Bandung.
1981-1993 Research Engineer of the Center for Research on Energy,
Institute for Research, Institut Teknologi Bandung.
1994-2004 Member of The Combustion Institute.
1994-2004 Member of American Chemical Society.
1984-2004 Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.