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Current Reseach Projects

(1) Development of heterogeneous catalysts for production of biodieselfrom palm oil


(2) Development of doped-TiO2 photocatalysts for degradation of textile dyes




(3) Development of surfactant-assisted anatase mesoporous TiO2 transparent films for degradation of textile dyes





(4) Preparation of activated carbon from agricultural waste by microwave induced chemical activation 



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(5) Development of mesoporous heterogeneous catalysts for photo-Fenton degradationof water pollutants under visible irradiation




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(6) Synthesis of hybrid SBA-15 functionalizedcatalyst for glycerol esterification to fuel additives 


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Group Leader:

Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed


Current and Completed Postdoctoral, Postgraduate Students and Research Assistant/Officers:

Current Postgraduate Students & Postdoctoral :


PhD students:


(1)  L. H. Chin


Thesis Title:   Catalytic Upgrading of Glycerol to Useful Chemicals


(2)  Soon Ai Ni

Thesis Title:   Development of Mesoporous Heterogeneous Catalysts for Wastewater Pollutants Abatement by Advanced Oxidation Process 

      (3) Hadis Amani

       Research title:         Development of mesostructured heterogeneous catalysts for synthesis 

                                   of biodiesel from non-edible oil of Jatropha by a continuous process

      (4) Azam Taufik Mohd Din

        Research title:         Nanocasting Of Ordered Mesoporous Carbon From Mesoporous Silica Template And Its Application For Pharmaceuticals

                                     Compounds Adsorption

    (5) Wan Zuraida Binti Wan Kamis

Thesis Title:   Transesterification of virgin and waste cooking palm oil using calcium oxide catalyst supported on activated carbon

      (6) Krishnaveni a/p Rudrusamy 

        Research title:         Development of mixed oxide Ce:La:Zr super acid catalysts for synthesis of methyl esters from palm fatty acid distillate

    (7) Norhaslinda Binti Nasuha

        Research title:         Synthesis, characterization of recycable nanosized heterogeneous catalysts for catalytic degradation of water pollutants

     (8) Yanna Syamsuddin

          Research title:         Development of reusable structure catalysts for the production of biodiesel free glycerol from waste cooking

                                    and non-edible oils

Masters students:


 (1) Nwokedi Amina Amaka

 Research title:      Development of reusable heterogeneous catalyst for the synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and dimethyl carbonate


(2) Yee Ling Tan

     Research title:     Fixed bed adsorption of carbon dioxide on modified coconut shell granular activated carbon   


Final Year Research Project (2013/2014):


(1) Syed Ahmad Bin Syed Yusoff

     Project title: Development of  Functionaslized Adsorbent for Carbon Dioxide Capture 


(2) Vjayan A/L Thrumakunasagran

       Project title: Catalytic pyrolysis of agricultural waste


Research Attachment:


Assia Benhouria

PhD in Chemical Engineering

 Period:            30/10/2013 till 30/10/2014.
 Research Title: Development of clay-based composite adsorbents for adsorption of dyes in batch and continous systems


G. Abdul-Raheem

Ph.D. Student

Department of Textile Science & Technology

Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria  

Period: 15/5/2010 till 15/8/2010

Research title: Photocatalytic degradation of DB71 using modified TiO2 catalyst


Nor Adilla Rashidi
MSc in Chemical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Period:          19/10/2011 till 30/11/2011

Research title: Preparation of activated carbon from biomass by one-stepCO2 activation for gaseous pollutant removal

G. Abdul-Raheem

Ph.D. Student

Department of Textile Science & Technology

Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria  

Period: 15/5/2010 till 15/8/2010

Research title: Photocatalytic degradation of DB71 using modified TiO2 catalyst


 Moses O. Ekeoma

  Ph.D. Student
  Department of Chemistry, Michael Okpara Univerisity of Agriculture, Nigeria
  Period:            13/8/2012, 30/3/2013.
  Research title: Development of Heterogeneous catalysts from waste resources for Biodiesel Production


Completed Postdoctoral Fellow:


(1) Dr. Benjamin Olufemi Aderemi  (Dec. 2008-Jun 2009)

(2) Dr. Victor Obinna Njoku (TWAS/USM Postdoctoral Fellowship) 16/8/2010 till 15/8/2011.

     Research project: Adsorption of pesticides onto activated carbons prepared from agricultural waste

     by microwave assisted chemical activation

(3) Dr. Suhas Patil (USM Postdoctoral Fellowship) 30/9/2010 till 29/9/2011.

      Research project:     Synthesis and Characterization of self-cleaning and photocatalytic coating for environmental application



Completed PhD:


1)  Dr. Ahmed M.A. Alsobaai

Thesis title:         Development of zeolite-based catalysts for the hydrocracking of gas oil: synthesis, characterization, activity and kinetic studies

     Year:                    2007


(2)  Dr. Ivy A.W.Tan

     Thesis title:         Preparation and Characterization and evaluation of Mesoporous Activated Carbons derived from agricultural by-products

                                    for adsorption of methylene blue and 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol

     Year:                   2008

  (3) Dr. J. M. Salman

Thesis title:       Adsorption of the pesticides Bentazon, Carbofuran and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic by mesoporous activated carbons prepared from agricultural waste

        Year:                  2010

(4) Dr. Abdulbari A. Ahmad

Thesis title:          Prpearation andf characterization of mesoporous activated carbons from rattan and bamboo waste for color and COD removal

       Year:                 2010

(5) Dr. Akpan U. George

Thesis title:          Synthesis, characterization and activity of titanium dioxide based (Ca, Ce, W)-TiO2 photocatalysts for degradation of dye and pesticide

Year:                 2011


(6)  Moses Aderemi Olutoye

       Thesis Title:   Synthesis, characterization and activity of mixed oxide (Mg, Zn, al) catalysts for transesterification of waste cooking palm oil, edible and non-

                                edible oils

       Year:               2012


(7)  Foo Keng Yuen

Thesis Title:       Preparation and characterization of agricultural waste activated carbons prepared by microwave-induced chemical activation for methylene blue adsorption


      Year:               2012


(8) Muataz Sh. Khayoon

Thesis Title:       Development of silica-based and activated carbon-based catalysts for glycerol acetylation, transesterification and acetalization processes for the production of oxygenated fuel additives


      Year:               2013


(9) Manase Auta

Thesis Title:      Preparation, characterization and adsorption studies of clay and chitosan-based composite adsorbents for acid, basic and reactive dyes

      Year:                 2013


Completed Masters:


(1)              Yanna syamsuddin

Thesis title:    Hydrocraking of Petroleum Residue Oil over Alumina and Alumina Borate supported nickel-molbdenum catalsysts

Year:            2003


(2)              Yasmin Binti Che Ani


Thesis title:    Adsorption Studies of Dyes Using Clay-Based and Activated Carbon Adsorbents

Year:            2004


(3)              Ahmed M.A. Alsobaai


Thesis title:    Hydrocraking and Hydrodesulfurization Activities of NiMo Catalyst Supported on Alumina and Activated Carbons for Petroleum Residual Oil

Year:            2004



(4)              Sumathi Sethupathi (Co-superviosr)


 Thesis title:    Removal of residue oil from palm oil mill effluent (POME) using chitosan  


 Year:          2004



(5)      Faridah Ghafar


Thesis title:    Adsorption and Kinetic Studies of Aromatic Compounds onto Activated Carbon

Year:            2005


(6)              Hawaiah I. Maarof


Thesis title:    Removal of phenolic compounds from aqueous solution by adsorption on modified montmorillonite

Year:            2005


(7)              Azam Taufik Mohd


Thesis title:    Preparation, Characterization and Adsorption Performance of Mesoporous Activated Carbon Prepared from Selected Biomass

Year:            2005


(8)              Mimi Rahayu Bt. Samsudin


Thesis title:    Hydrothermal Conversion of Malaysian Coral to Hydroxyapatite, a bone substitute: Synthesis, Characterization and in Vitro Studies

Year:            2005


(9)              Abdulbari A.A. Saeed


Thesis title:    Isotherms, kinetics and thermodynamic studies of dyes adsorption from aqueous solutions onto activated palm ash and bentonite

Year:            2006


(10)              Masitah Binti Hasan


Thesis title:    Adsorption of azo reactive dyes on Chitosan/oil-palm ash composite adsorbent: Batch and column studies

Year:            2007




(11)    Jaya Paul A/P Arumai Dhas (Co-superviosr)

            Thesis title:    Removal of COD from textile wastewater using limestone and activated carbon

            Year:             2008 



(12)         D. Mahmoud 

Thesis title:    Agricultural by-products as low-cost adsorbents: Batch adsorption of methylene blue

Year:            2009


(13)         L. H. Chin


Thesis title:    Oil palm ash as solid catalyst for palm oil-based transesterification to biodiesel: Optimization by response surface methodology

Year:            2009



(14)      Farra Wahida Binti Shaarani

Thesis title:    Adsorption of methylene blue and 2-4-Dichlorophenol onto modified activated carbons prepared from agricultural waste

Year:            2010


(15)      K. A/P Rudrusamy

Thesis title:    Agricultural-base adsorbents for methylene blue adsorption: Equilibrium, Kinetic and thermodynamics studies

Year:            2010


(16)     Nor Khonisah Binti Daud

Thesis title:    Fenton-like oxidation of acidic and reactive dyes using natural-materials supported catalysts

Year:            2010


(17)    Wan Zuraida Binti Wan Kamis

Thesis Title:   Transesterification of virgin and waste cooking palm oil using calcium oxide catalyst supported on activated carbon

Year:            2011


(18)    Hamizura Binti Hassan

Thesis Title:   Decolorization  of dye pollutants by Fenton-oxidation process using zeolite and natural based catalysts

Year:            2011


(19)    Norhaslinda Binti Nasuha

Thesis Title:  Adsorption of methylene blue onto modified factory tea waste: Batch and Fixed bed column

Year:              2011


(20)    Noor Khalilah Binti Abdul Rashid   (Co-superviosr)

           Thesis title:    Synthesis, characterization and optimization of supported carbon molecular sieve membrane from polyetherimide    

           Year:             2011


(21)    Kirushantini Balakrishnan

Thesis Title:  Transesterification of waste cooking oil and crude Jatropha oil using Ba/CaO catalyst

Year:              2011



(22)  Ayodele Olumide Bolarinwa


           Thesis title:       Modified clay supported Ferrioxalate catalysts for the degradation of phenol, 4-nitrophenol and amoxicillin using

                                       Photo-Fenton process  

Year:              2012


(23)  Nur Hidayah Binti Mohammad Azmi

     Thesis title:     Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton decolorization of acid green 25 using local natural clays and dolomite based catalysts 


(24) Nur Ashikin Binti AB Rahman

     Thesis title:     Transesterification of edible, non-edible and waste cooking palm oils to fatty acid methyl esters using Mg-Ca-Co mixed 

                                    oxide catalyst


     Year:              2012

(25)Yoseef Algoufi

Thesis title:     Transesterification of glycerol with dimethyl carbonate to glycerol carbonate over ash-, clay-based and stronium aluminum oxide catalysts

     Year:              2013

(26) Kong Li Peng  (co-supervision)

Thesis title:     Design and synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles augmented microcapsule for dye removal

     Year:              2013



Research Officers/Assistants:


Nurfani Ekawati Binti Musthafa


Previous research officers/assistants (2008-2009):

Chan Kok Kwang                (Mar. 2009-April 2009)

Goh Chun Sheng                (April 2009-Jun 2009)

Tan Bin Bin                        (May 2009-Jun 2009)

 Oh Chun Keat                   (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Yeap Swee Pin                   (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Liew Chai Chien                  (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Meow Tzyy Ling                 (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Siow Shing Yuen                 (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Tai Man Chin                      (May 2009-Jun 2009)

Tan Siew Lean                   (Jan 2008-March 2008)

Lee Wei How                     (Jan 2008-March 2008)

Tan Siew Lean                   (Nov. 2008-Dec. 2008)

Tan Siew Lean                   (Jan 2008-Mar. 2008)

Seah Choon Ming                (April 2008-Jun 2008)

Noor Shida Bt. A. Rahman   (April 2008-Jun 2008)

Siti Suzi Hazira Bt. Bahrin     (May 2008-Jun 2008)

S. M. F. Bt. Sahaimi            (April 2008-Jun 2008)

Nur Hidayah bt. M. Azmi      (May 2008-Jun 2008)

Nur Ashikin Bt. Ab Rahman (May 2008-July 2008)

Foo Keng Yuen                   (April 2008-Oct. 2008)

Lily Elissa Bt Zakaria           (Jan. 2008-April 2008)

Undergraduate Student Supervision

More than 50 undergraduate students completed their final year research project is under the direct supervision of Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed in his research laboratory. Seven of the students published their work in refereed journals. Eight students have gone to postgraduate program at USM and other Universities. Other students obtained responsible positions in industry.




Last Updated, Nov. 2013.

Top Hottest Articles!

According to a recent   Science Direct report of J. Hazard. Mater.; Desalination; Colloids Surf A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects; Chem. Eng. J. and Fuel Process. Technol., more than 15 of our papers were among Top 25 Hottest Articles accessed in 2007-2012. More..

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Top 10 Cited articles

According to Desalination (Extracted from Scopus on Sat Jan 1 22:08:55 GMT 2011), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Extracted from Scopus (on Sun Jan 2 20:51:48 GMT2011), Chemical Engineering Journal (Extracted from Scopus (on Wed Dec 2921:53:31 GMT 2010) and Dyes and Pigments (Extracted from Scopus on Thu Jan 6 22:47:17 GMT 2011), our following three articles were cited as one of Top 10 Cited articles published in the last five years:

Tan, I.A.W., Ahmad, A.L., Hameed, B.H., Adsorption of basic dye using activated carbon preparedfrom oil palm shell: batch and fixed bed studies, Desalination 225 (2008) 13-28.

Hameed, B.H., Din, A.T.M., Ahmad, A.L., Adsorption of methylene blue onto bamboo-basedactivated carbon: Kinetics and equilibrium studies, Journal of Hazardous Materials 141 (2007) 819-825.

Tan, I.A.W. , Hameed, B.H., Ahmad, A.L., Equilibrium and kinetic studies on basic dye adsorptionby oil palm fibre activated carbon, Chemical Engineering Journal127 ( 2007) 111-119.

Hameed, B.H., Ahmad, A.L., Latiff, K.N.A.,Adsorption of basic dye (methylene blue) onto activated carbon preparedfrom rattan sawdust, Dyes and Pigments, 75 (2007) 143-149.


Most Downloaded Articles

According to Chemical Engineering Journal (Extracted from Wed Dec 29 21:53:28 GMT 2010) and Applied Catalysis A: General (Extracted from Sat Jan 1 22:06:07 GMT 2011), our following articles have been cited as Most Downloaded articles:  

K.Y. Foo and B.H. Hameed, Insights into the modeling of adsorption isotherm systems, Chemical Engineering Journal 156 (2010) 2-10.

U. G. Akpan and B.H. Hameed, The advancements in solgel method of doped-TiO2 photocatalysts, Applied Catalysis A: General 375 (2010) 1-11.


News and Events

Professorial lecture

It is the delight of the READ Group to highlight the successful Professorial lecture of Prof. Bassim H. Hameed. The lecture took place on 15th June 2011 at Engineering Campus of USM, Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia.

The title of the lecture was “Agro-Activated Carbons: low-cost, renewable and sustainable for clean environment”. Prof. Bassim, in his Lecture dwelt much on the conversion of waste to useful material. The slogan of the lecture is anchored on “Don’t Waste Waste”. Any waste can be transformed into a potentially useful material. In this delight, Prof. Bassim did justice to his lecture by taking his audience through the process by which various waste can be converted to activated carbon, a material which is very effective in the removal of pollutants from wastewater and air. A clip showing how our river waters are polluted was shown which a motivating factor to finding materials, such as activated carbon and other adsorbent which can be used in the treatment of water. Read more...


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Guest Professor at Yunan Minzu University, China

Prof. Dr. Bassim H. Hameed been appointed as a Guest Professor at Yunan Minzu University, China for the period of 2014—2017.


USM is the top 20

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is the 19th best varsity for Chemical Engineering in Asia, according to the inaugural QS World University Ranking for technical subjects.

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Moses Aderemi Olutoye won the best thesis of PhD award (Engineering) 2012

Moses Aderemi Olutoye won the best thesis of PhD award (Engineering) University of Science Malaysia 2012. The thesis titled “synthesis, characterization and activity of mixed oxide (Mg, Zn, al) catalysts for transesterification of waste cooking palm oil, edible and non-edible oils”, supervised by Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed. The thesis was successful completed in 36 months and his work has already led to seven articles published in ISI-indexed journals, including Applied Catalysis A: General(Impact Factor 2011: 3.903), Fuel Processing Technology (Impact Factor 2011: 2.945) and Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor 2011: 4.980). Congratulations Moses on your achievements.