Professor Dr. Wan Jeffrey Basirun

Professor Dr. Wan Jeffrey Basirun graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Malaya in 1991. He then furthered his studies at the University of Southampton and was conferred a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry in 1997. He started his career as a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry University of Malaya in the same year and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2011. He currently supervises more than 10 Ph.D. students and has supervised/co-supervised 12 Ph.D. students to completion. His research areas are Electrochemistry, Material Science, and Nanotechnology. Has published more than 130 research papers. He has managed to establish research collaboration with several groups in South Korea, Australia, and Iran.


Associate Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Lai Chin Wei

Dr. Lai is an associate professor at Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre, University of Malaya. Lai’s main research interests are in the areas of chemically modified metal oxide photocatalysts, functionalized nanomaterials/nanocomposite, and carbon graphene materials, especially applied in environmental pollution management and solar energy technology. Lai’s works have been published in more than 200 refereed top-tier international journals with a Scopus h-index of 32, 60 book chapters, and 100 international proceedings in materials science, physics, chemistry, and renewable energy research. Through his work nanomaterials and catalysis field, Lai was awarded as 2021 JCI TOYM - Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians (Academic Leadership and Accomplishment), National Young Scientist Award 2019 by The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), won Mass Young Researcher Award 2018 by Malaysian Solid State Science & Technology Society (MASS), a finalist of National Young Scientist Award 2018 by Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Malaysia (MOSTI) and University of Malaya Excellence Awards 2015 in the category of an outstanding researcher - UM Young Researcher (Sciences Discipline). Meanwhile, Lai has been listed among the top two percent scientists in a global list compiled by the prestigious Stanford University in the United States (US) and awarded as Top Peer Reviewer in Cross-Field & Materials Science powered by Publons (Top 1% of Reviewers). On professional qualifications, Lai successfully registered as a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Material Engineering discipline with the Board of Engineers (BEM) and registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council, UK, as well as registered as a Professional Technologist (PTech) in Nanotechnology discipline with the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT). Meanwhile, Lai is an active member of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM, MAL), Energy Institute (EI, UK), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE, UK), and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK).                                                                                 

Associate Professor Dr. Ong Boon Hoong

Associate Professor Dr. Ong Boon Hoong is a materials scientist who graduated from the National University of Malaysia. He is the Head of the Advanced Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory at NANOCAT, UM. Currently, he and his team are working on the design and synthesis of advanced functional nanomaterials and exploring its potential applications in energy, sensor, biomedical, electronics, and the environment. He also serves as the Honorary Secretary for the Malaysian Institute of Physics and the Honorary Member of the Young Scientist Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM).

Associate Professor Dr. Juan Joon Ching

Dr. Joon Ching Juan is an Associate Professor of Catalysis at Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), University of Malaysia, Malaysia, and has also been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) at Monash University, Sunway Campus. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology (2003) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2007) degrees from the National University of Malaysia, Malaysia. He has been actively involved in various research activities, especially in the area of catalysis and nanomaterial. Most of his research activities are focused on understanding the nano-structure to be applied to the environment and energy. Up to date, he has managed to publish more than 100 publications with an h-index of 29 (3092 citations). With his expertise and experience, he has received a total amount of RM 4,000,000 (USD 1,000,000) grants from national and international organizations such as The World Academy of Science Grant (TWAS, UNESCO), E-science fund (MOSTI), and industry grants. As a strong believer in research-driven innovation, he has filed six patents to be used in industries. He is also the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Future Academician Award, MOE (2018), Malaysia Research Star Award, MOE (2017), National Young Scientist Award, MOSTI (2016), outstanding reviewers’ award, Elsevier (2015-2018), Pro-Vice-Chancellor Award in Teaching, Monash (2012), and just a few to mention. Besides being engaged in teaching and research, he also serves as a council member of the Malaysia Institute of Chemistry, Honorary Secretary of IKM, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, UK), and Chartered Chemist (CSci, UK), Chartered Scientist (CSci, UK).


Associate Professor Dr. Suresh Sagadevan

Dr. Suresh Sagadevan is working as an Associate Professor at the Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre, University of Malaya. He was selected as one among the top 2 % of scientists by Stanford University worldwide consequently in the years 2020 and 2021. He was a Guest editor and Editorial board member of many reputed ISI journals.  He is a member of many professional bodies at the national/international level. He was a recognized reviewer for many reputed journals. Indeed, he is working in various fields such as Nanofabrication, functional Materials, crystal growth, graphene, polymeric nanocomposite, glass materials, thin films, bio-inspired materials, drug delivery, and tissue engineering, supercapacitor, optoelectronics, photocatalytic, green chemistry, and biosensor applications.  


Associate Professor Dr. Nurhidayatullaili Muhad Julkapli

Associate Professor Dr. Nurhidayatullaili Muhd Julkapli is one energetic, highly determined, proactive, and young researcher at the Universiti Malaya (UM). Holding the title of Assoc Prof and principal investigator of Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center (NANOCAT), UM, the nominee has demonstrated her continuous effort and contributions to developing a green photocatalyst water treatment system. Her background in Bachelor of Technology (Bioresources), Master in Material Engineering, and Ph.D. in Biopolymer has opened her mind to the benefits and significance of science and technology for human survival and population. The field of nanocatalysis has had explosive growth during the past decade. Nanoparticles have a large surface-to-volume ratio compared to bulk materials. Thus, her research works in nanotechnology and nanoscience is expected to have a great impact on the development of new catalysts. As an enthusiastic researcher in nanotechnology in catalysis, environmental and smart materials, she published 82 ISI papers, with 72 % of them as corresponding and/or first author, 25 % (Q1 and Q2), and 75 % (Q3 and Q4). Furthermore, she composed an academic book entitled "Nanocatalysts in Environmental Applications (2018)" published by Springer, with eight chapters of books and 20 conference proceedings. Thus, it leads to her latest h-index of 25, the ih-index of 53, with the citation of 2752.


Ts. Dr. Muhamad Fareez Ismail

Ts. Dr. Fareez Ismail received a B.Sc. in biotechnology from MONASH University and Ph. D in Pharmacology from UiTM. His Ph. D research is mainly on the efficacy of a novel formulation for probiotic microencapsulation with enhanced survivability, targeted delivery in the gastrointestinal tract, and its chemo-preventive effect. Owing to his top-quality work, he was sent for a research stint at Hollande Laboratory, University of Melbourne, Australia, to be trained on orthotropic colon cancer cell transplantation in 2015. In 2016, he was one of the associate schoolers of the prestigious IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience. Before joining MAHSA University in 2018, he had a post-doctoral research attachment with Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM). His dedication and sense of responsibility towards his research work has yielded publishable research outcomes. Ts. Dr. Fareez Ismail is a young scientist with an excellent number of publications in ISI-indexed journals and book chapters under his belt. He has also won many national and international awards while being instrumental in high-ranking posts in the faculty. His current focus in research is now shifting towards nanomaterials and biomedicine as he is now establishing an advanced drug delivery system using additive manufacturing for personalised treatment. Being the HRDF certified trainer, he is actively giving talks and sharing his knowledge and expertise in research. He is one of the MBOT professional technologists in the field of biotechnology.


Dr. Nor Aliya Hamizi

Dr. Nor Aliya Hamizi is a Senior Lecturer and a Head of the Training Unit at Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), Universiti Malaya.  She obtained her Ph.D., Master of Engineering Science (Nanotechnology), and her BEng  (Materials Engineering) from the Universiti Malaya. Her current areas of expertise include nanotechnology, quantum dots, chemical synthesis, and optical characterization.


Dr. Chee Chin Fei

Dr. Chee is a Senior Lecturer at the Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre, Universiti Malaya. Prior to joining academia, he was a senior scientist at Aurigene Discovery Technologies and a research associate at Cancer Research Malaysia. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the University of New South Wales. His main areas of research are drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, small molecule synthesis, and nanomedicine. 


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Dr. Marlinda Ab Rahman

Dr. Marlinda bt Ab Rahman has been a senior lecturer at Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre ( NANOCAT), University of Malaya, Malaysia, since June 2018. She obtained her MS.c and Ph.D. from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, in experimental physics in 2013 and 2017, respectively. She obtained her B.Sc. in physics from the same university. Her research interests are in the area of graphene, nanomaterials, electrochemical, and biosensors. Her current research project is on the synthesis and fabrication of graphene/natural rubber latex and rubber band composite for sensor applications.


Dr. M.A. Motalib Hossain

Dr. M. A. Motalib Hossain is a Visiting Scholar at the Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), University of Malaya, Malaysia (UM). He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biology from the NANOCAT, UM. His research focuses on synthesizing nanomaterials, developing DNA biosensors, DNA Biomarkers, conventional and real-time multiplex PCR systems, and food authentication. For the first time, he developed double genes targeted multiplex PCR assay; this new concept has enhanced security in molecular diagnosis.  He has contributed 43 papers to ISI's top-ranking journals with 7 international Conference Proceedings. His work produced two patents and one international science news (ACS News PressPac: Aug 10, 2016). 


Dr. Yasmin Abdul Wahab

Yasmin AW, Ph.D., is the senior lecturer at Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), Universiti Malaya. She is the Head of the Business Development Unit (BDU) and oversees NANOCAT’s technical services responsible for testing and development of technology for multiple sciences and engineering domains. Prior to joining NANOCAT, she spent 13 years at Monash University and Silterra Malaysia where she was involved in back-end process operation project teams. She led research/ troubleshooting on various cost and cycle time reduction, and productivity improvement projects in the back-end operation line (BEOL) in a semiconductor foundry. Her research interests include semiconductor (materials, processes, and device fabrication technology), flexible electronics (life sciences), nanobiosensors, and reliability physics of devices. 


Dr. Zaira Zaman Chowdhury

Dr. Zaira Zaman Chowdhury is working as a Senior Lecturer in  Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), a potential National HICOE and UM COE. Earlier, she was appointed as Senior Research Fellow under the same institution. She has completed her Post Doctoral Research Fellowship from 1/10/2013-31/03/2015 at Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), University Malaya. Previously, she was appointed as Research Officer in Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), University Malaya from 1/04/2013 to 30/09/2013.  She started her career at the University of Malaya in November 2008 Research Assistant in the Department of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sharifuddin Mohd. Zain. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from the University of Malaya in 2013, whilst her MSc. In Polymer Engineering and Technology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2003, and BSc. in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Technology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2001, and Bachelor in Education (BEd.) in 2007 from Royale University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has completed her training in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from TAFE, Sydney, Australia. She received Cambridge International Diploma for Teacher & Trainers (CIDTT) from Cambridge University, the UK with a “Distinction” in 2006-2007. She has experience in the development of fiber polymer composites, wastewater treatment, and adsorbent preparation for batch and fixed-bed adsorption systems. She has worked on the synthesis of micro and nano-structured carbon and biomass processing using catalysts. She has conducted some research to illustrate the catalytic application of carbon as well as the extraction of nano and micro-dimensional cellulose. She has contributed more than 117 papers in ISI & Scopus top-ranking journal with 95 international Conference Proceedings. 


Dr. Nam Hiu Yin

Dr. Nam Hui Yin has been appointed as Lecturer in NANOCAT since 2022. She had experience as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2017 in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, after completing her Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering at UM under UM Fellowship Scholarship. Dr. Nam’s current researches focus on regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, mechanobiology, stem cell biology, and nanomedicine. Her research interest involves the innovative area of tissue engineering and manipulation of tissue/cell mechanobiology combined with nanotechnology as potential biological therapeutics in tissue repair. She has published peer-reviewed articles in impact factor journals and presented her works extensively in numerous scientific meetings. She currently plays a role of Head of Industrial Unit in NANOCAT, and co-ordinator for establishing the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) accreditation laboratory in NOCERAL, UM. She is also a committee member for a few scientific boards and has served as Guest Editor for Stem Cells International. Her passion for teaching and research has helped her to receive some awards and grants.


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