Prof. Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Catalysis, reaction, nanoporous materials, oleochemical, environmental engineering.
Professor Dr. Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah is currently an academic member of School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received his B. Tech (Hons), MSc and PhD in 1995, 2000 and 2004, respectively. Prior to his postgraduate studies, he used to serve several industries such as Molex (M) Sdn Bhd (Penang), Sun-Mix Concrete Sdn Bhd and UCP Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd (Terengganu). He used to assume the responsibility as a Program Chairman (2007-2010), Deputy Dean (2010-2018) and a university Senate member (2016-now) in his university. His research works mostly encompass the synthesis of novel functionalized nanoporous materials as ordered catalysts in oleochemical reactions, waste treatments and the production of renewable energy sources. He is among the pioneer researchers in the world to focus on the use of ultrasound to accelerate heterogeneous catalytic processes. He is the recipient of several innovation and publication awards based on his research works. His research expertise is often sought after by the Department of Environment Malaysia for the assessment of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports on proposed strategic commercial projects such as oil refinery, petrochemical complex, sanitary landfill, smelting plant, used acid lead battery, paper mill etc. Various industrial problems have also been successfully solved through his consultancy projects. He has been involved in the dissemination of science and technology through more than 200 refereed publications in journals and book chapters mainly as the main author, and also involves as a technical committee member to nearly 100 international scientific conferences held across the globe. Many invitations locally and internationally on various roles have also been received to share his research experience with government officers, research scientists, junior researchers and school children. The objectives of the events vary from the latest development in nanoporous materials research, critical research skills, understanding science, promotion of sustainability, community awareness, carrier development to the understanding of policy and regulatory aspects. He is often invited to share his research experiences in international conferences held in Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. He is an academic external assessor to UniMAP and UniKL-MICET for an undergraduate and a doctoral program, respectively. He is among panel of reviewers for the selection of Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. He also acts as an article reviewer to more than 150 different international journals in his area of expertise. In addition, he is an evaluator to research proposals received from the university, local ministries as well as several international scientific associations in the USA, Oman, Qatar and Chile. He is one of the recipients of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) award in 2014. His h-index (Scopus) currently stands at 49 with more than 7,500 citations.