INATEX 2023 – Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal – A Colourful Combination

Alhamdulillah! I am so grateful to Allah for this success. It all belongs to the hard work and dedication of the team and students.

Here are some news/pictures from INATEX:


PM Dr. Mazura Jusoh’s post

RMC INATEX 2022 Official Video 

2022 Day 63 Task – Checked Our JCLPRO’s Paper Drafts

It’s Friday today and 2 of my children are still positive. Ikhwan seems to be ending his positive streak today (this morning). Still we have to take care and manage everything in the house strategically. In the morning I had a meeting with Pouline at 9am to discuss about the thermo paper, and again we discussed about the software and results 12 hours after that. I also checked Tan’s review paper which is quite long. I hope the paper can be improved and get stronger in terms of the discussion related to starch-derived catalyst.

Other tasks of the day:

  • Drafted review paper for me and Thushara’s project
  • Partially filled up JCLPRO registration form
  • Help Dyna Dyalan (ex-MKKE student) to sign and register his REEM application – he came to my house
  • Checked about EREKA research competition where I was invited as jury. Managed to view 2 out of 7 videos.

2021 Day 227 Task – Reviewing Two MATPR Manuscripts

I received two manuscript from MATPR Editor to be reviewed. The topic was fine and within my expertise and knowledge. Luckily the manuscript were not that long. Alhamdulillah I managed to squeezed in my time and execute the reviewing process.

2021 Day 189 Task – Checked Energy Conversion & Management Paper Draft

My main task today was purely to check my student’s ECM paper draft which has been pending for 2 weeks. I found it tough to check the paper before this because I need to revamp the Introduction part a lot and that alone has pretty much delayed me. However, the end of today I am very pleased that I managed to stay focused and check the paper up to 90% of the content. I will complete the remaining 10% tomorrow and return the draft back to my student.

Important point: I am very impressed with my student’s work. After all she managed to prepare this 50 page manuscript in 3 months as a PSM student. Remarkable!

2021 Day 83 Tasks – Master Viva for Wesam

Wesam was one of my previous Master Chemical Engineering in the course of Safety and Health in Chemical Plants. Today, I became one of his examiner for his dissertation research presentation. He did very well in his research which is about photocatalysis to produce hydrogen by using titania MOF catalyst.

Day 241 Task – Check, Edit and Submit Manuscript to ICCME2020, Undip, Indonesia

Alhamdulillah I managed to submit a thermodynamic analysis paper prepared by my hardworking and diligent Undergraduate Research Student, Fatin Farihah. She managed to prepare the manuscript swiftly and she could potentially prepare 3 manuscripts throughout her PSM journey with me.

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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.




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Day 188 Task – Half Day PSM1 Presentation

The first half of today is really an intense one since we’ll be evaluating 11-12 students on their Undergraduate Research Project Proposal. The session starts at 8.30am till 12.30pm straight. All of these presentations were conducted online using Webex. Apparently I am the host and together with me, the panels were Prof Dr Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, Dr. Hashim Hassan and Dr. Muhammad Arif. Alhamdulillah the session was smooth and we managed to complete everything on time.

All students managed to present smoothly during the online webex session. Bravo. Congrats all!


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Day 141 Task – Completing Peer-reviewing process of technical and scientific projects Online Form

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Day 138 Task – Managing CEE’s AJEE Journal

ajee utmI admit that it is not easy task to be a journal editor. I have to keep on managing, keeping track of the manuscript coming, reviewed, revised, camera ready and many more. But I appreciate this new experience and I am going to be there to grasp the challenge to make AJEE a Scopus Indexed journal. It is no easy task but so far, I can assure that we are on track to make that happen soon. InsyaAllah.

Today, I revisited the manuscripts and followed up several reviewers and authors. Hopefully everything will be a smooth journey.

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