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Name of RG : Carbon Nanostructure Research Group
RG Leader : Prof.  Dr. Madzlan Aziz
List of team members : 1)      Dr. Mukhlis A. Rahman
2)      Dr. Norhaniza Yusof
3)      Dr. Goh Pei Sean
4)      Dr. Mohd Zamri Yusop


Focus Area : Synthesis and production of nanostructured based materials for membrane technology applications
Recent projects (2016-2017)


  1. J090301.7846.4J178 Novel Anti-fouling Ceramic Membrane for the Purification of Oily Wastewater
  2. J090301.7846.4J177 Simultaneous synthesis and impregnation of photo-catalysts on anti-fouling ceramic membrane
  3. J090301.7846.4J176 Preparation of active surface ceramic membrane for heavy metal removal



  1. J090301.7846.4J180 Development of ultrafiltration mixed matrix membrane of polyethersulfone/ HNT-HFO for oily waste water treatment
  2. J090301.7846.4J179 Development Of Thin Film Forward Osmosis (Fo) Membrane For Lead (Ii) Removal Using Composite Polyetehrsulfone (Pes/ Metal Organic Frameworks (Mofs)As Substrate



  1. J090301.7846.4J183 Nanocomposite Membrane Grafted With Aminated Carbon Nanotubes For Inorganic Anions Detection Based On Planar Electromagnetic Sensor
  2. J090301.7846.4J182 Double Skinned Thin Film Nanocomposite Membrane for Oily Wastewater Treatment using Osmotically Driven Membrane Process


  1. R.J090301.7824.4J202 Tunable Nanoporous Size Graphene-basedMembrane by Hydrogen Etching Process
Recent publications (2016-2017)
  1. Abdullah, N., Gohari, R.J., Yusof, N., (…), Lau, W.J., Matsuura, T., Polysulfone/hydrous ferric oxide ultrafiltration mixed matrix membrane: Preparation, characterization and its adsorptive removal of lead (II) from aqueous solution, Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 280, April 01, 2016, Pages 28-37
  2. Jusin, J.W., Aziz, M., Sean, G.P., Jaafar, J., Preparation and characterization of graphene-based magnetic hybrid nanocomposite [Penyediaan dan pencirian nano komposit hibrid magnetik berasaskan grafin], Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences , Volume 20, 16 November 2015, Pages 149-156
  3. Wong, K.C., Goh, P.S., Ismail, A.F., Highly Permeable And Selective Graphene Oxide-Enabled Thin Film Nanocomposite For Carbon Dioxide Separation, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 64, September 2017, Pages 257-266
  4. Subramaniam, M.N., Goh, P.S., Abdullah, N., (…), Ng, B.C., Ismail, A.F., Adsorption And Photocatalytic Degradation Of Methylene Blue Using High Surface Area Titanate Nanotubes (Tnt) Synthesized Via Hydrothermal Method, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Volume 19, Issue 6, 1 June 2017, Article number 220
  5. N. Subramaniam, P.S. Goh, W.J. Lau, Y.H. Tan, B. C. Ng, A.F. Ismail Hydrophilic Hollow Fiber Pvdf Ultrafiltration Membrane Incorporated With Titanate Nanotubes For Decolourization Of Aerobically-Treated Palm Oil Mill Effluent, Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 316, 15 May 2017, Pages 101-110
  6. Othman, F.E.C., Yusof, N., Hasbullah, H., (…), Ismail, A.F., Nasri, N.S., Physicochemical Properties And Methane Adsorption Performance Of Activated Carbon Nanofibers With Different Types Of Metal Oxides, Carbon Letters, Volume 24, Issue 1, October 2017, Pages 82-89
  7. Azelee, I.W., Goh, P.S., Lau, W.J.,  Ismail, A.F.,  Arzhandi, M.R.D.,  Wong, K.C.,  Subramaniam, M.N., The Effect Of Novel Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube-Titania Nanotube Hybrid In Polyamide Active Layer Towards Water Permeability And High Sodium Chloride Rejection Performance Of Nanofiltration Membrane Desalination, Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences, Volume 21, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages 402-408
  8. Muhammad Nidzhom Zainol Abidin, Pei Sean Goh, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, Hasrinah Hasbullah, NoresahSaid, Siti Hamimah Sheikh Abdul Kadir, Fatmawati Kamal, Mohd Sohaimi Abdullah, Be Cheer Ng, Development Of Biocompatible And Safe Polyethersulfone Hemodialysis Membrane Incorporated With Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 77, 1 August 2017, Pages 572-582
  9. Siti Nurfatin Nadhirah Mohd Makhtar, Mukhlis A. Rahman, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, Juhana Jaafar, Preparation And Characterization of Glass Hollow Fiber Membrane For Water Purification Applications, Volume 24, Pages 15918-15928
  10. Heri Setiawan, Raisa Khairani, Mukhlis A. Rahman, Rifki Septawendar, Rino Rakhmata Mukti, Hermawan K. Dipojono, Bambang Sunendar Purwasasmita, Synthesis Of Zeolite And -Alumina Nanoparticles As Ceramic Membranes For Desalination Applications, Springer Link, Volume 53, Pages 531-538
  11. Ikhsan, S.N.W., Abdullah, ,  Yusof, N., Aziz, F.,  Misdan, N.,  Salleh, W.N.W.,  Ismail, A.F., Preparation And Characterisation Of Polyethersulfone/ Hydrous Ferric Oxide Mixed Matrix Membranes With Improved Hydrophilicity For Treatment Of Oily Waste Water, Chemical Engineering Transactions, Volume 56, Pages 175-180, 2017.
  12. Faten Ermala Che Othman, Norhaniza Yusof, Hasrinah Hasbullah, Juhana Jaafar, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Norfadhilatul adha Abdullah, Nik Abdul Hadi Md Nordin, Farhana Aziz, Wan Norharyati Wan Salleh, Polyacrylonitrile/Magnesium Oxide-Based Activated Carbon Nanofibers With Well-Developed Microporous Structure And Their Adsorption Performance For Methane, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Volume 51, 25 July, Pages 281-287, 2017
  13. Chun, W.K., Sean, G.P.,F., Effect Of Pmma-Mwnts Loading On Co2 Separation Performance Of Thin Film Nanocomposite Membrane, Jurnal Teknologi, Volume 78, Pages 39-45
  14. Norfazliana Abdullah, Mukhlis A Rahman, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, A. F. Ismail & Juhana Jaafar, Preparation And Characterization Of Dual Layer Thin Layer Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite /Alumina Hollow Fiber Membrane Using Dip-Coating And Brush-Coating Techniques, Sains Malaysiana, Volume 45(11)(2016), Pages 1715-1721
  15. M N Subramaniam, P S Goh, A F Ismail, W J Lau, Effect Of Titania Nanotubes On The Flux And Separation Performance Of Polyethersulfone Membranes, Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 36, IOP Conference Series, 2016
  16. K Zahri, P S Goh, A F Ismail, The Incorporation Of Graphene Oxide Into Polysulfone Mixed Matrix Membrane For CO2/CH4 Separation, Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 36, IOP Conference Series, 2016
  17. J. Chiong, P.S. Goh, A.F. Ismail, Novel hydrophobic PVDF/APTES-GO nanocomposite for natural gas pipelines coating, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 42, June 2017, Pages 190–202.
  18. H. Tan,P.S. GohA.F. IsmailB.C. NgG.S. Lai, Decolourization of aerobically treated palm oil mill effluent (AT-POME) using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membrane incorporated with coupled zinc-iron oxide nanoparticles, Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 308, 15 January 2017, Pages 359–369.
Intellectual Properties (IP)
  1. IP/PT/2016/1340 Novelty/Patent Search ; Adsorptive Polysulfone/Hydrous Ferric Oxide Ultrafiltration Mixed Matrix Membranes For Lead Removal From Water
  2. IP/PT/2016/2028 Patent Drafting; Polyacrylonitrile/Magnesium Oxide Based-Activated Carbon Nanofibers For Methane Adsorption


  1. Gentian Karbon Teraktif untuk Penstoran Gas Asli, Norhaniza Yusof and A. F. Ismail, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), 2016.
  2. Teknologi Reaktor Termaju Berasaskan Seramik, Mukhlis A. Rahman dan A. F. Ismail, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), 2016.