New Publication in Cleaner Engineering and Technology

Alhamdulillah, I managed to successfully publish my latest manuscript titled Thermodynamic analysis of bio-oil model compounds to light Hydrocarbon in the Cleaner Engineering Technology Journal.

To download or read the paper, please click HERE.


2021 Day 112 Tasks – PSM Research Work Research Progress Checking

Honestly, I am very impressed with the performances of my PSM student for this semester. I have 5 PSM students who are Teo Mei Lian, Teo Zia Er, Shalini, Zakwan and Izz. All of them have shown be amazing progress even though it is just week 6 in our Semester Calendar. Some of them are eager to present in international conference such as ICLCA2021 and I have submitted their abstracts. Some wanted to submit to the ICLCA2021 as well, but I could not permit because I have to spent quite some money for 4 students already. Hence, I will redirect the students abstract and research paper to either another conference or Jurnal Teknologi or Sains Malaysiana or other suitable journals.

From this, I learned that it is important to plan early the research for students, provide them positive motivation of them to do the research, guide and help them, provide quick response and support for them. To be honest, I only have a meeting one time only on the 1st week, that’s all. After that, it was just a mere weekly email progress report sending to me every Sunday. From there, I monitor and advice to my student about their research work. So far so good, my formula seems working amazingly fine.

Day 265 Task – RCEE2020 Preparation Meeting

Since RCEE2020 is around the corner, we started to feel the tense and adrenaline. It is time to check up again all the checklist, the flow, the technical preparation etc. Today is also the due date for the submission of consortium grant, hence the Director was busy preparing for the mega grant. I was asked to chair the meeting and ensure everything will be smooth and fine. It was initially challenging because I am not the best person who knew the overall of the conference, but someone must handle that and I was assigned. Alhamdulillah the cooperation from all committees were brilliant and amazing.

Lets hope and pray that we’ll successfully run RCEE2020 superbly.

Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —> 

Day 263 Task – Preparing RCEE2020 Paper Presentation Video & CEE Video

The weekend break is supposed to be theoretically a rest day. But for many of the CEE fellow members, it is a day for “work marathon”. There are tonnes of work to be accomplished and we always have to deliver it. Imagine last week, on a beautiful Friday, I was also working. At the time this post was written, I have successfully completed preparing the video for paper presentation RCEE2020. but I am yet to complete other pending tasks, and the lists can be read below (i didn’t list down everything yet):

  • Read Chapter 7 of my phd student
  • Improve paper ICLCA2020 for CET publication
  • Prepare 2 minute CEE introductory video
  • Prepare End Report GUP grant
  • Submit the long pending review paper to a journal
  • Check the oil tank specifications
  • … and much more… I don’t want to release everything here… Some of it, let me keep it to myself.

Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —> 

Day 214 Task – Strategizing, Organizing and Preparing for My Next Book

Home sweet home! Alhamdulillah finally we reached home and I managed to perform Magrib prayer at Surau Al-Taqwa. I realized there are many things playing around in my head with regards to all my jobs, tasks and projects. I need to properly plan everything and this include my book writing project which is always lingering in my mind but not well planned yet for the time being. This project is related to this 366 Official Tasks that I am recording in this blog.

Unlike other years, this year we have 366 days and the phrase “366 days” will definitely be part of the title of the book. The intention or objective of the book is to share with my readers what are the typical tasks that a typical lecturers like me do on a daily basis. Many thought that a lecturer duty is similar like a teacher at school where their prime task is to teach their students. This is no longer the case as a lecturer has more than that to do. Briefly, I can say that a lecturer will have 7P’s, and the P’s are all described in Malay language as:

  1. Pengajaran (Teaching)
  2. Penyelidikan (Research)
  3. Penerbitan (Publication)
  4. Penulisan (Writing)
  5. Perundingan (Consultancy)
  6. Penyeliaan (Supervision)
  7. Perkhidmatan Masyarakat (Community Service)

However, throughout the recent years, I can say that we can add 2 more P’s and they are:

  1. Pengurusan (Management)
  2. Penjanaan Pendapatan (Income generation)

But the additional 2p’s depends on the position of the lecturer. This topic wil be continued soon. Stay tune.


There are without doubt numerous career for a chemical engineering graduate. One can be a chemical engineer, process engineer, environmental consultant, Safety officer, service engineer, researcher and also an academician. Each and every career has its own story, its own challenges, its own mystery, its own excitement and its own downfall. Nevertheless each career can be very rewarding if you have the right attitude to your job.

This book is a true share account of my 366 day to day career as an academician in the year 2020. The idea prompted instantaneously as the new year of 2020 appeared. I wanted to record what are the kind of tasks that a chemical engineering lecturer does. But in general, the sharing are almost the same for other lecturers from other disciplines. Since I am a chemical engineering lecturer, my sharing will and can be related to chemical engineering enthusiast. But, to be frank, other audiences such as those who are interested to know what a typical lecturer do can read this book.

Many perceive that a lecturer job is merely teaching and lecturing. The actual fact is indeed more than meet the eyes. A lecturer has more than that do serve the community and country in terms of developing the younger generation as well as contributing ideas, knowledge to the advancement of technology. Depending on the kind of university the lecturer works, we can describe how they work. More or less it is almost the same, but the slight difference may be due to the direction and status of the university.

Research University

In Malaysia, there are a total of 5 Research University status which are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia. These universities are given special task which is to rapidly perform in the research area. I am not sure about other universities, but for UTM, the key performance indicator (KPI) for research is 50% if the lecturer opted for research stream.

What does this 50% of research area means?

It means the lecturer need to lead research projects, be a member of research projects, spend for research purpose, supervise undergraduate, master and phd students, write and publish journal papers, write book chapter or/and book, present research in conferences or symposiums, and so on. Failure to perform in this or inability to score in any of the above mentioned areas will result to the KPI for research be zero and there vaporize your 50% marks.

The balance 50% which is left is shared between teaching loads, consultancy, community services and so on.




Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —> 

Day 39 Task – Reviewing Manuscript for BCREC Journal

I spent some time to review a manuscript assigned to me by editor from Bulletin of Chemical Reaction and Catalysis (BCREC). The review was my 15th review since I started reviewing manuscript under BCREC few years ago. It is a very interesting and amazing experience since I can read other researcher’s idea in research, especially in the same research niche as myself.

One day, perhaps somewhere this year, I intend to submit a paper in this journal myself. InsyaAllah. And one day, I hope I can be an editor for this journal.

Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —>

Day 27 Task – Updating my UTM RADIS System

There has been numerous activities in my UTM RADIS System. I have received new grants, applied for new activity as well as waiting for claim for activities. Today, I am checking out and trying to update my Radis. One grant will be ending this 31st January and I need to prepare a report for that grant. Then, managed the other grants as well. All the best to me 🙂 . One of my grant has been just activated.

Other tasks:

  • Updating CAR for my courses.
  • Checking and update for MPC project.

Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —>


How to Increase your Personal WP FCEE Website Page Index to get extra eLPPT Bonus

It is around the corner and most of us, academician are striving to get as much marks possible for our eLPPT. One of the elements that enable us to get more marks is by having extra 10% bonus marks for our eLPPT.

Here are some tips and hope it makes sense and could give you the marks you need.

  1. Be passionate. This is the most important thing. If you are passionate to share and publish it will be easier.
  2. Apply IFTTT which means you connect your social media post to your blog.
  3. Just record all your official task at work in your blog.

My Google Scholar Site

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America’s largest scholarly publishers,plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.

Presently, it is common for researchers to have their own Google Scholar page. It will show the list of publications as well as the number of citations. It is indeed easier for researcher like me to keep track on all my publications which include journals, books, book chapters and others as they are properly organized in Google Scholar Page. It is also easier for us to check or refer to other researchers Google Scholar Page.

Click here to view my Google Scholar site.

How about you?


My journal publications for 2014

Following are the list of journals that I published as main author and co-author for 2014. Maybe not much, but hey, it is OK. I will work harder for 2015.


Z.Y. Zakaria, N.A.S. Amin, J. Linnekoski, Optimization of catalytic glycerol steam reforming to light olefins using Cu/ZSM-5 catalyst, Energy Conversion and Management, 2014, Vol 86, Page 735-744. Impact Factor: 2.775 (PDF).

Z.Y. Zakaria, M. Jusoh, A. Johari, M.A.A. Zaini, F.H. Kasim, Thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen production from ethanol-glycerol mixture through dry reforming, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

M.A.A. Zaini, M. Zakaria, N.Alias, Z.Y. Zakaria, A. Johari, S.H.M. Setapar, M.J. Kamaruddin, M.A.C. Yunus, Removal of heavy metals onto KOH-activated ash-rich sludge adsorbent, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Juha Linekoski, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Thermodynamic Analysis of Glycerol Steam Reforming to Ethylene, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014, Vol 67, No 3 (PDF).

Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin,  Juha Linnekoski, Thermodynamic analysis of glycerol conversion to olefins, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

Mazura Jusoh*, Noor Naimah Mohamed Nor, Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Progressive Freeze Concentation of Coconut Water, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014 Vol. 67, No.2 (PDF)

Mazura Jusoh, Norshafika Yahya, Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Effect of Flowrate and Circulation Time on Fractionation of Refined Bleached and Deodorised Palm Oil using Progressive Freeze Concentration Method, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014, Vol 67, No 3 (PDF).

A. Johari*, R. Mat, H. Alias, H. Hashim, M.H. Hassim, Z.Y. Zakaria, M. Rozainee, Combustion Characteristics of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) in a Fluidized Bed Combustor, Sains Malaysiana 43 (1)(2014): 103–109. Impact Factor: 0.408 (PDF).



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