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Mohd Rafatullah

 Dr Rafat Dr. Mohd Rafatullah
Email : mrafatullah@usm.my
Ext : 2111
Expertise :
Analytical and environmental chemistry
   

Profile

I am presently working as a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Technology in the School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. I joined this School in the year 2008 as a Post Doctoral Fellow. I have completed my education; Ph. D. in Environmental Chemistry (2007), Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry (2003) and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (2001) from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India.

My research interest is in the areas of environmental pollutants and their safe removal, preparation of various nano-materials to prevent the environment, water and wastewater treatment, adsorption and ion-exchange, adsorption potential of oil palm products and by-products, instrumental methods of analysis, thermodynamic and kinetic studies, and activated carbons and its electrochemical properties. I have published several reviews articles and regular research papers in the journals of international repute and presented my research work in various national and international conferences. I have also attended many workshops and seminars of environmental chemistry.

Teaching

  1. Introduction to Environmental Science (IEG 101)
  2. Introduction to Environmental Technology (IEG 102)
  3. Thermodynamics (IEK 107)
  4. Chemistry for Technologist (IUK 107)
  5. Air Pollution Control Technology (IEK 205)
  6. Unit Operations Laboratory (IEA 201)
  7. Environmental Technology Laboratory (IEA 300)
  8. Final Year Research Project (IUA 313)

Research

RESEARCH INTEREST | RESEARCH PROJECT | SUPERVISION

RESEARCH INTEREST

Environmental pollutants and their safe removal

Preparation of various materials to prevent the environment

Water and wastewater treatment

Adsorption and ion-exchange

Adsorption potential of oil palm products and by-products

Instrumental methods of analysis

Thermodynamic and kinetic studies

Activated carbons and its electrochemical properties

RESEARCH PROJECT | BACK TO TOP

As Main Investigator

Engineering data for optimization and preparation of novel material from oil palm industry

USM Incentive Grant, Aug 2011-Aug 2012

Adsorption-Desorption Studies of Pesticides through Oil Palm Biomass

USM Short Term Grant, 304/PTEKIND/6312008, Jan 2012-Jul 2014

Removal of MTBE from aqueous solutions using mesoporous silica materials

USM Short Term Grant, 304/PTEKIND/6312118, March 2014-March 2016

As Co-investigator

Adsorption behavior of water pollutants onto surfactant modified oil palm biomass

USM Short Term Grant, 304/PTEKIND/639062, Sep 2009-Sep 2011

A novel low-cost adsorbent for the removal of nickel(II) ions from aqueous solutions

USM RU-PRGS,1001/PTEKIND/835017, Nov 2012-July 2014

Exploring the ability of palm oil trunk and selected crop waste to control the toxin-producing cyanobacteria

Exploratory Research Grant Scheme, 203/PTEKIND/6730135, June 2013-May 2016

An exploratory study on the presence and expressions of cyanobacterial toxin encoding genes in penang recreational and drinking water reservoirs

Research University Individual, 1001/PTEKIND/811253, Dec 2013-Nov 2016

A study on assesing carbofuran and its transformation products pathways in water-soil column of tropical paddy field ecosystem

Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, 203/PTEKIND/6711466, Dec 2014-Nov 2016

Air-Sea Interaction Over A Semi-Enclosed Tropical Ocean: A Study On Carbon, Water And Energy Budget

Research University Individual, 1001/PTEKIND/811316, March 2015-Feb 2017 

 

SUPERVISION  | BACK TO TOP

As Main Supervisor

 SYED ZAGHUM ABBAS, Ph. D. [On going]

Topic: Sediment microbial fuel cells

MOHAMMADTAGHI VAKILI, Ph.D. [Graduated]

Topic: Preparation, characterization and adsorption performance of hexadecylamine and 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane modified chitosan beads for reactive dye wastewater treatment

SYED ZAGHUM ABBAS, Master (Research) [Graduated]

Topic: Isolation And Characterization Of Cadmium Resistant Bacteria From Industrial Wastewater

WANG JIAO, Master (Research) [On going]

Topic: Treatment of wastewater laden with heavy metals by liquid membrane process

FAZIRA FAZIL, Undergraduate FYP [Completed]

Topic: Adsorption of copper (II) ions from aqueous solutions by tea waste

IVAN YONG CHUNG EEUndergraduate FYP [Completed]

Topic: Indoor air quality in naturally and mechanically ventilated laboratories in tropical climate of Malaysia

OOI MAY CHEN, Undergraduate FYP [Completed]  

Topic: Removal of water pollutants through agricultural waste

NASUHA BINTI ABIDIN, Undergraduate FYP [Completed]

Topic: Determination of concentration of particulate matter in the food laboratory and their risk exposure to human health

WOO YIN SAN, Undergraduate FYP [Completed]

Topic: Removal of disperse dye by Fenton oxidation

As Co-Supervisor

WONG YEE SHIAN, Ph. D. [Graduated]

Topic: Production Of Biogas And Fatty Acids Phase Behaviour From Palm Oil Mill Effluent Via Thermophilic And Mesophilic Anaerobic Suspended Growth Degradation Process

LI ZHIMIN, Master (Research) [Graduated]

Topic: Treatment Of Nickel In Wastewater Through Adsorption Using Raw And Modified Imperata Cylindrica

LAU YEN YIE, Master (Research) [Graduated]

Topic: Utilization Of Bi-Functionalized Laterite Soil As Natural Coagulant-Flocculant In Treating Dye Wastewater

CLAIRE SU XIN-HUI, Master (Research) [Graduated]

Topic: Wastewater treatment using combined technology of inorganic-organic hybrid polymer coagulation-flocculation and thermolysis

SIM YI JINGMaster (Research) [Graduated]

Topic: Exploring the Ability of Palm Oil Trunk and Selected Crop Waste to Control the Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria

ROHASLINDA BINTI MOHAMADMaster (Research) [On going]

Topic: Evaluating the potential risk of cyanobacterial toxin in Putrajaya Lake and Wetlands using molecular DNA techniques

TENGKU NADIAH BINTI T MOHD YUSOFMaster (Research) [On going]

Topic: Detection of Cyanobacteria in Penang drinking water and recreational water using molecular typing method

 

 

Publication

JOURNALS & BOOKS | PROCEEDING | ORAL & POSTERS | PRESENTATIONS

JOURNAL & BOOKS | BACK TO TOP

Review articles

1.  A review on composting of oil palm biomass (2015), M. Vakili, M. Rafatullah, M. H. Ibrahim, B. Salamatinia, Z. Gholami, H. M. Zwain, Environemnt, Development and Sustainability, (Accepted).

2. Recent advances in new generation dye removal technologies: novel search for approaches to reprocess wastewater (2015), A. Ahmad, S. H. Mohd-Setapar, C. S. Chuong, A. Khatoon, Waseem A. Wani, R. Kumard and M.Rafatullah, RSC Advances, 5, 30801-30818.

3. Titanium-based nanocomposite materials: A review of recent advances and perspectives (2015), M. Shahadat, T.T. Teng, M. Rafatullah, and M. Arshad,  Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 126, 121-137.

4. Application of chitosan and its derivatives as adsorbents for dye removal from water and wastewater: A review (2014), M. Vakili, M. Rafatullah, B. Salamatinia, A. Z. Abdullah, M. H. Ibrahim, K. B. Tan, Z. Gholami, P. Amouzger, Carbohydrate Polymers, 113, 115-130.

 5. Oil palm biomass as an adsorbent for heavy metals-A review (2014), M. Vakili, M. Rafatullah, M. H. Ibrahim, A. Z. Abdullah, B. Salamatinia, Z. Gholami, Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 232, 61-88.

6.     Oil palm biomass as a precursors of activated carbons-A review (2013), M. Rafatullah, T. Ahmad, A. Ghazali, O. Sulaiman, M. Danish and R. Hashim, Critical Review in Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (11), 1117-1161

7.     The use of date palm as a potential adsorbent for wastewater treatment: A Review (2012), T. Ahmad, M. Danish, M. Rafatullah, A. Ghazali, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and M.N.M. Ibrahim, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 19 (5), 1464-1484

8.     Oil palm biomass based adsorbents for the removal of water pollutants-A review (2011), T. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, A. Ghazali, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part C: Environmental Carcinogenesis and Ecotoxicology Reviews, 29 (3), 177-222

9.     Adsorption of methylene blue onto low cost adsorbents: A review (2010), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Hazardous Material, 177 (1-3), 70-80 

10.     Removal of pesticides from water and wastewater by different adsorbents: A review (2010), T. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, A. Ghazali, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part C: Environmental Carcinogenesis and Ecotoxicology Reviews, 28 (4), 231-271

Research articles

  11.     Equilibrium and kinetic studies of methyl orange adsorption onto chemically treated oil palm trunk powder, (2015), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, M. Vakili and S-H. Mohd-Setapar, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, (Accepted)

12.     Chemically oxidized pineapple fruit peel for the biosorption of heavy metals from aqueous solution (2015), A. Ahmad, A. Khatoon,  S-H. Mohd-Setapar,  R. Kumar, M. Rafatullah, Desalination and Water Treatment, (Accepted)

13.     Potentiality of Palm Oil Biomass with Cow Dung for Compost Production (2015), M. Vakili, H. M. Zwain, M. Rafatullah, Z. Gholami, R., Mohammadpour, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, (In press)

14.     Analysis of particulate matters in air of palm oil mills-a statistical assessment (2015), N. A. Nik Norulaini, N. Chard, A.F.M. Alkarkhi, M. Rafatullah and A.K.Mohd Omar, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, (Accepted)

15.     Preperation of Polyaniline based Nanocomposite material and their Environmental Applications (2015), R. Bushra, M. Shahadat, M. A. Khan, R. Adnan, M. Arshad M. Rafatullah and Mu. Naushad, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, (Accepted)

16.     Isolation and characterization of cadmium resistant bacteria from industrial wastewater (2015), S. Z. Abbas, M. Rafatullah, N. Ismail, J. Lalung, Desalination and Water Treatment, (Accepted)

17.     Degradation of Cationic and Anionic Dyes in Coagulation-Flocculation Process using Bi-Functionalized Silica Hybrid with Aluminum-Ferric as Auxiliary Agents (2015),Yen-Yie Lau, Yee-Shian Wong, Tjoon-Tow Teng, Norhashimah Morad, M. Rafatullah and Soon-An Ong, RSC Advances, 5, 34206-34215.    

18.     Characterization and sorption behavior of natural adsorbent for exclusion of chromium ions from industrial effluents (2015), M. Shahadat, M. Rafatullah, and T.T. Teng, Desalination and Water Treatment, 53 (5), 1395-1403.

19.     Polyaniline supported nanocomposite cation exchanger: Synthesis, characterization and application for the efficient removal of Pb2+ ion from aqueous medium (2015) R. Bushra, Mu. Naushad, R. Adnan, Z. A. Alothman and M. Rafatullah, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 21, 1112-1118.

20.  Isolation and Characterization of Arsenic Resistant Bacteria from Wastewater (2014), S. Z. Abbas, M. Riaz, N. Ramzan, M. T. Zahid, M. Faheem, F. R. Shakoori, A. Rehman, M. Rafatullah, Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 45 (4), 1309-1315.

21.  Optimization of Polyaniline Supported Ti(IV) Arsenophosphate Composite Cation Exchanger Based Ion-selective Membrane Electrode for the Determination of Lead (2014), R. Bushra, M. Shahadat, M. A. Khan, Inamuddin, R. Adnan and M. Rafatullah, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, 19387-19391.

22.  Suspended Growth Kinetic Analysis on Biogas Generation from Newly Isolated Anaerobic Bacterial Communities for Palm Oil Mill Wastewater at Mesophilic Temperature (2014), Wong, Yee-Shian; Tjoon Tow, Teng; Ong, S; M, Norhashimah; M, Rafatullah, RSC Advances, 4, 64659-64667.

23.  Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Cadmium-Resistant Pseudomonas sp. M3 from Industrial Wastewater (2014), S. Z. Abbas, M. Rafatullah, N. Ismail, J. Lalung, Journal of Waste Management, Article ID, 160398, pp 6.

24.  Isolation, identification, characterization and evaluation of cadmium removal capacity of Enterobacter species (2014), S. Z. Abbas, M. Rafatullah, N. Ismail, J. Lalung, Journal of Basic Microbiology, 54, 1279-1287.

25. Removal of Terasil Red R dye by using Fenton oxidation: A statistical analysis (2014), W. Y. Saan, M. Rafatullah, A.F.M. Alkarkhi and T.T. Teng, Desalination and Water Treatment, 52, 22-24, 4583-4591.

 26. Statistical optimization of simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of food waste for production of glucose and lactic acid using response surface methodology (2014), C.J. Ogugbue, A.H. Jawad, O.I. Hussain, A.F.M. Alkarkhi and M. Rafatullah, Journal of Applied Statistical Research, 2 (1), 01-12.

27. Uptake of reactive black 5 by pumice and walnut activated carbon: chemistry and adsorption mechanisms, (2014) Behzad Heibati, Susana Rodriguez-Couto, Abdeltif Amrane, Mohd. Rafatullah, Alaa Al Hawari, Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 20 (5), 2939-2947.

28. A comparative study for the characterization of polyaniline based nanocomposites and membrane properties, (2014), M. Shahadat, R. Bushra, M. Rafatullah, T. T. Tow, RSC Advances, 4(40), 20686-20692.

29. Start-up operation and hudraulic retention time selectivity for palm oil mill wastewater at mesophilic temperature in anaerobic suspended growth closed bioreactor, (2014) Y. S. Wong, T. T. Teng, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah, Advanced Materials Research, 955, 1330-1334.

30. Methane gas production from palm oil wastewater-An anaerobic methanogenic degradation process in continuous stirrer suspended closed anaerobic reactor, (2014) Y. S. Wong, T. T. Teng, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah and J. Y. Leong, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 45, 896-900.

31. Coagulation-Flocculation of Azo Dye Acid Orange 7 with Green Refined Laterite Soil, (2014),Yen-Yie Lau, Yee-Shian Wong, Tjoon-Tow Teng, Norhashimah Morad, M. Rafatullah and Soon-An Ong, Chemical Engineering Journal, 246, 383-390.

32. Anaerobic acidogenesis biodegradation of palm oil mill effluent using Suspended Closed Anaerobic Bioreactor (SCABR) at mesophilic temperature (2013), Y. S. Wong, T. T. Teng, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah and H. C. Lee, Procedia Environmental Sciences, 18, 433-441.

33.  Start-up operation of anaerobic degradation process for palm oil mill effluent in anaerobic bench scale reactor (ABSR) (2013), T. T. Teng, Y. S. Wong, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah, Procedia Environmental Sciences 18, 442-450.   

34.  Adsorption Studies of Methylene Blue and Malachite Green from Aqueous Solutions by Pretreated Lignocellulosic Materials (2013), L.W. Low, T.T. Teng, M. Rafatullah, B. Azahari, N. Morad, Separation Science and Technology, 48 (11), 1688-1698.  

35.  Inactivation of pathogenic micro-organism in hospital waste using microwave (2013), A. A. S. Banana, N. A. Nik Norulaini, J. Baharom, M. Y. L. Zuraida, M. Rafatullah and A.K.Mohd Omar,  Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 15 (3), 393-403.

36.  Chemically Modification of Imperata cylindrica Leaf Powder for Heavy Metal Ions Adsorption (2013), L. Zhimin, T.T. Teng, A.F.M. Alkarkhi, M. Rafatullah, L.W. Low, Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 224 (4), A1505

37.  Surface characterization and comparative adsorption studies of Cr(VI) on pyrolysed adsorbents of Acacia mangium wood and Phoenix dactylifera L. stone carbon (2012), M. Danish, R. Hashim, M.N.M. Ibrahim, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 97, 19-28

38.  Removal of cadmium (II) from aqueous solutions by adsorption
using meranti wood (2012), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Wood Science and Technology 46 (1), 221-241

39.  Adsorption of copper (II) ions onto surfactant modified-oil palm leaf powder (2011), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and M. H. M. Amini, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 32 (11), 1641-1648

40.  Thermodynamic parameters for adsorption equilibrium of methylene blue from aqueous solutions with low-cost adsorbents (2011), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Industrial Research and Technology 1 (2), 92-96

41.  Removal of zinc (II) ions from aqueous solution using surfactant modified bamboo sawdust (2011), O. Sulaiman, N. S. Ghani, M. Rafatullah and R. Hashim, Separation Science and Technology 46 (14), 2275-2282

42.  Adsorption studies of copper(II) and nickel(II) ions from aqueous solutions onto activated date stone (2011), M. Danish, R. Hashim, M.N.M. Ibrahim, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, T. Ahmad, M. Shamsuzzoha, and A. Ahmad, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 56, 3607-3619

43.  Characterization of Acacia mangium wood based activated carbons prepared in the presence of basic activating agents (2011), M. Danish, R. Hashim, M. N. M. Ibrahim, M. Rafatullah, T. Ahmad and O. Sulaiman, BioResources 6 (3), 3019-3033

44.  Role of sawdust in adsorption of Zn2+ and Cd2+ ions from aqueous system (2011), Qasimullah, A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, Journal of Industrial Research and Technology 1 (1), 06-11

45.  Adsorption of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solution by date bead carbon activated with ZnCl2 (2011), M. Danish, R. Hashim, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, A. Ahmad and Govind, CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water 39 (4), 392-399

46.  Biosorption of zinc (II) ions from aqueous solution with bamboo sawdust (2011), O. Sulaiman, N. S. Ghani, M. Rafatullah, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 32 (4), 583-590

47.  Kinetics of the oxidation of diclofenac sodium by potassium permanganate (2011), S. Tabassum, S. Sabir, O. Sulaiman, M. Rafatullah, I. Khan and R. Hashim, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 32 (2), 217-223

48.  A novel agricultural waste adsorbent for the removal of lead (II) ions from aqueous solutions (2010), M. N. M. Ibrahim, W. S. W. Ngah, M. S. Norliyana, W. R. W. Daud, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, Journal of Hazardous Material 182 (1-3), 377-385

49.  Adsorption Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Studies of Copper (II) Ions from Aqueous Solutions by Oil Palm Leaves (2010), O. Sulaiman, M. H. M. Amini, M. Rafatullah, R. Hashim, A. Ahmad, International journal of chemical reactor and engineering 8, A108

50.  Physico-chemical Properties of Blends of Palm Olein with other Vegetable Oils (2010), A. Ahmad, B. M. Siddique, M. H. Ibrahim, , S. Hena, M. Rafatullah and M. O. A. Kadir, Grasas y aceites 61 (4), 423-429

51.  Adsorption of copper (II) onto different adsorbents (2010), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 31 (7), 918-930

52.  Kinetics for the Removal of Paraquat dichloride from Aqueous Solution by activated date (Phoenix dactylifera) stone carbon (2010), M. Danish, O. Sulaiman, M. Rafatullah, R. Hashim, A. Ahmad, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 31 (2), 248-259

53.  Solvent polarity as a function of retardation factor in thin-layer chromatography of selected nitro functions-two mixed solvents (2009), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah and Qasimullah, The IUP Journal of Chemistry 2(4), 55-66

54.  Removal of Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions by adsorption on sawdust of meranti wood (2009), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, M. H. Ibrahim, Y. Y. Chii and B. M. Siddique, Desalination 247, 636-646

55.  Adsorption of copper (II), chromium (III), nickel (II) and lead (II) ions from aqueous solutions by meranti sawdust (2009), M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, Journal of Hazardous Material 170 (2-3), 969-977

56.  Scavenging behaviour of meranti sawdust in the removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution (2009), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah, M. H. Ibrahim, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, Journal of Hazardous Material, 170, 357-365

57.  Removal of Zn(II) and Cd(II) ions from aqueous solutions using treated sawdust of sissoo wood as an adsorbent (2007), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah and M. Danish, Holz als Roh- und Werkstoff, 65, 429-436

58.  Thermodynamics of ion-exchange of alkali metal ions on crystalline niobium (V) phosphate (2006), A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah and M. Danish, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, 79(1), 88-94

Chapters in Book

59. Book Title: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

        Chapter Title: Oil palm biomass as an adsorbent for heavy metals

     Authors: M. Vakili, M. Rafatullah, M. H. Ibrahim, A. Z. Abdullah, B. Salamatinia, Z. Gholami

     Publisher: Springer International Publishing

60. Book Title: The Relevance of Science to Local Knowledge

Chapter Title: Comparison of surface functional groups of chemical activated carbons of Acacia mangium wood

Authors: M. Danish, R. Hashim, M.N.M. Ibrahim, M. Rafatullah and O. Sulaiman

Publisher: USM Press, Malaysia

61.  Book Title: Advances in Chemistry Research, Volume 11

Chapter Title: Activated Carbon: Preparations and Characterizations

Authors: M. Danish, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and T. Ahmad

Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., USA

Book

62.  Book Title: Adsorption phenomenon and thermodynamic parameters

 Authors: M. Rafatullah

Publisher:LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany

PROCEEDING |/ORAL & POSTERS |/PRESENTATIONS 

1.   Identification of Anaerobic Microbial communities for the Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent Wastewater, Yee-Shian Wong, Tjoon Tow Teng, Soon-An Ong, M. Norhashimah & M. Rafatullah,2014 International Conference on Environmental Science and Biological Engineering (ESBE2014), August 19-20, 2014 Beijing, China

2. Volatile Fatty Acid and Biogas Profile in the Anaerobic Degradation Process of Palm Oil Mill Wastewater, Tjoon Tow Teng, Yee-Shian Wong, Soon-An Ong, M. Norhashimah & M. Rafatullah, 2014 International Conference on Environmental Science and Biological Engineering (ESBE2014), August 19-20, 2014 Beijing, China

3. Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Cadmium-Resistant Pantoea sp.            RL 32.2 from Industrial Wastewater, Syed Zaghum Abbas, M. Rafatullah, Norli Ismail, Japareng Lalung, International Conference on Beneficial        Microbes, 27-29 May, 2014, Penang, Malaysia.

 4.  Anaerobic acidogenesis biodegradation of palm oil mill effluent using Suspended Closed Anaerobic Bioreactor (SCABR) at mesophilic temperature, Y. S. Wong, T. T. Teng, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah and H. C. Lee, 2013 International Symposium on Environmental Science and Technology (2013 ISEST), 4-7 June, 2013, Dalian, Liaoning, China.

5.   Start-up operation of anaerobic degradation process for palm oil mill effluent in anaerobic bench scale reactor (ABSR), T. T. Teng, Y. S. Wong, S. A. Ong, M. Norhashimah, M. Rafatullah, 2013 International Symposium on Environmental Science and Technology (2013 ISEST), 4-7 June, 2013, Dalian, Liaoning, China.

6.     Fabrication, Characterization and Analytical Applications of novel ion exchange adsorbent, R. Bushra, M. Shahadat, A. Ahmad, S.A. Nabi, M. Rafatullah, International Conference in Chemistry- Frontiers & Challenges 2013, 2-3 March, 2013, Aligarh, India.

7.     Removal of pesticides from water and wastewater through adsorption, M. Rafatullah, T.T. Teng, N. Morad, O. Sulaiman, A. Ahmad, R. Bushra, International Conference in Chemistry- Frontiers & Challenges 2013, 2-3 March, 2013, Aligarh, India.

8.     Determination of concentration of particulate matters in the laboratories and their potential health risks to the laboratory users, N. Abidin, M. Rafatullah, M. I. Ahmad, The International Environment and Health Conference 2012 (IEHC 2012), 6-7 June 2012, Penang, Malaysia.

9.      Effect of pH on adsorption of nickel(II) ions in the synthetic wastewater by modified Imperata cylindrical leaf powder, Z. Li, T. T. Teng, A. F. M. Al-Karkhi and M. Rafatullah, The 3rd International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology (ICERT 2012), 30 May-1 June, 2012, Penang, Malaysia.

10.     Comparison of physically and chemically activated carbons obtained from Acacia mangium wood, M. Danish, R. Hashim, O. Sulaiman, M. Rafatullah, M.N.M. Ibrahim, 2nd symposium of USM fellowship 2011: 23-24 Nov. 2011, Penang Malaysia.

11.     Comparison of surface functional groups of CaO and phosphoric acid activated carbons of Acacia mangium wood, M. Danish, R. Hashim, M.N.M. Ibrahim, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, Regional Conference on Local Knowledge 2011: 10-11 October 2011, Kampong Tong Senik Resort, Langkawi Malaysia.

12.     Adsorption behaviour of methyl orange from aqueous solutions using oil palm leaf powder, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, International Conference on Chemistry: Frontier and Challenges, March 05-06, 2011, Aligarh, India.

13.  Characterization of activated carbon fibres from Acacia mangium wood prepared in the presence of acid and base activating agents, M. Danish, R. Hashim, M. Rafatullah and O. Sulaiman, 4th USM-JIRCAS Joint International Symposium 2011: Jan 18-20, 2011, Penang, Malaysia.

14.  Biosorption of heavy metal from aqueous solutions by bamboo sawdust, O. Sulaiman N. S. Ghani, M. Rafatullah, R. Hashim, and A. Ahmad, the 4th International Conference on Postgraduate Education (ICPE-4), 26-28 November, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

15.  Sorption behaviour of chromium (III) from aqueous solutions using oil palm frond powder, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim, A. Ahmad and M. Danish, International Conference on Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Environment, October 29-30, 2010, Aligarh, India.

16.  Preparation of activated carbon fibres from Acacia mangium wood: A comparative study of activating agents, M. Danish, R. Hashim, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and A. Ahmad, 16th Malaysian Chemical Congress (16MCC) 2010, October 12–14, 2010 Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

17.  Adsorption of Zinc (II) ions from aqueous solutions by bamboo sawdust, N. S. Ghani, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, A. Ahmad, The 2nd International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology, 2nd-4th June, 2010, Penang, Malaysia.

18.  Biosorption of copper (II) ions from aqueous solution by oil palm leaves, M. H. M. Amini, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman, R. Hashim, and A. Ahmad, The 2nd International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology, 2nd-4th June, 2010, Penang, Malaysia.

19.  Sorption behaviour of methyl orange from aqueous solutions using oil palm trunk fiber, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, A. Ahmad, National Symposium on Recent Trends in Chemical Sciences [NSRTCS-2010], 24th-25th Feb, 2010, Aligarh,  India.

20.  Kinetic modeling to remove methyl orange from aqueous solutions using oil palm trunk fiber, O. Sulaiman, M. Rafatullah, R. Hashim and A. Ahmad, National Symposium on Recent Trends in Chemical Sciences [NSRTCS-2010], 24th-25th Feb, 2010, Aligarh, India.

21.  Adsorption behaviour of meranti sawdust in the removal of cadmium (II) from aqueous solutions, M. Rafatullah, O. Sulaiman and R. Hashim, The 2nd Thammasat University International Conference on Chemical, Environmental and Energy Engineering, 3-4 March, (2009), Bangkok, Thailand.

22.  Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solution using date (Phoenix dactylifera) stone and sawdust derived adsorbents, M. Danish, A. Ahmad, M. Shamsuzzoha and M. Rafatullah, 2nd Bihar Science Conference 2009, 30 Jan -01 Feb, (2009), Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India.

23.  Comparative Studies on the Removal of copper (II) from aqueous solution using different adsorbents, A. Ahmad, M. Rafatullah and Qasimullah, International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology, 28 May–30 May (2008), Park Royal, Penang, Malaysia ISBN 180N-978-983-3986-29-3.

24. Removal of Arsenic (III) from aqueous solutions through adsorption on activated carbon, A. Ahmad and M. Rafatullah, All India Seminar on Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, 15-16 Feb, (2008), Aligarh, India.

Recognitions

 Citations and publications:

Researcher ID:C-8191-2009

Author ID (Scopus):15050908200

Google Scholar ID:qVVFi9IAAAAJ

ORCID:0000-0002-4590-3153

Guest Editor of special issues,

  Water: Analysis, Treatment, and Reuse (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jchem/si/806018/cfp/)

Journal of Chemistry

Environmental Engineering (http://austinpublishinggroup.com/chemical-engineering/special-Issue.php)

Austin Journal of Chemical Engineering

Editorial board members

ü  Physical science International Journal (http://www.sciencedomain.org/editorial-board-members.php?id=33)

ü  Advances in Environmental Chemistry (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aec/editors/)

ü  Journal of Industrial Research and Technology (http://www.hgpub.com/index_files/editors.html)

ü  Annals of Chemical Sciences (http://hgpub.com/ojs2/index.php/acs/about/editorialTeam)

ü  American Research Journal of Biosciences (http://www.arjonline.org/biosciences/american-research-journal-of-biosciences/)

  Austin Journal of Chemical Engineering (http://austinpublishinggroup.com/chemical-engineering/editorialBoard.php)

ü  Jacobs Journal of Hydrology (http://www.jacobspublishers.com/index.php/journal-of-hydrology-editorial-board)

ü  Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung and Anugerah Hadiah Sanjungan in publication category (certificate and cash prize) for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011

ü  Fellowship of University Grant Commission (India)

ü  Life Membership of Indian Society for Surface Science and Technology (ISSST)

ü  Member of European Desalination Society (EDS)

ü  Research article reviewers of various scientific journals (More than 100 research articles reviewed)

ü  Scientific committee member of International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology (ICERT 2012, ICERT 2015)

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