Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Research Interest

In our everyday lives we are surrounded by petroleum products, from petrol fuel to polyesters for producing of the materials for cloth and polymer products. Catalysts are developed to reduce the activation energy required for chemical reactions and speed up the reactions, while at the same time opening up a variety of new routes. Thus, catalysts play a vital role in the production of products from petroleum. Functional catalysts can also help to reduce the environmental impact of production processes. Our aim is to develop new and more powerful catalysts for promoting material conversion processes for the purpose of efficient energy production and environmental harm minimization.

At the moment our research is also focused on creating solid acid-base catalysts for converting biomass resources. For instance, environmentally friendly hydrocarbon resources (cellulose) such as rice straw and wood scrap are readily available and easily recycled, and could play a major role in the production of renewable chemicals and alternative fuels as oil reserves become exhausted. To this end, we are continually designing, preparing, testing and analyzing new catalysts in a bid to find the optimum solution for each process. And in the future, we will see further advances in technology for conversion of non-petroleum base materials used to make liquid fuels and chemicals, which could pave the way for the so-called hydrogen-based society. If we can develop processes for making hydrogen from a variety of renewable resources, this would make a very significant contribution to solving the problem of global warming. Thus, one of our key challenges is the development of viable hydrogen production technology.

In addition to the research in catalysis, we also focus on the development of material for capturing heavy metal from wastewater and drinking water. Wastewater or drinking water containing heavy metal ions is considered as the serious environmental problem in human society. Adsorption as the widely used method plays an important role in water treatment, which is based on the physical interaction between metal ions and sorbents. With the development of porous nanomaterials are used as the sorbents in water treatment; we have proved that porous nanomaterials are one of the effective sorbents for the capturing heavy metal ions from wastewater or drinking water due to their unique structure properties. Besides, the adsorption isotherm model and adsorption kinetics are studied to understand the adsorption procedure. 


  • Design of solid catalysts for converting resources
  • Elucidating the reaction mechanisms over solid catalysts
  • Developing catalysts for making hydrogen and synthesis gases from natural gas and biomass
  • Developing catalysts for converting carbon dioxide into useful chemical products
  • Developing adsorbent for capturing of heavy metals
  • Developing catalytic reaction processes for producing biomass-derived chemicals
  • Developing catalytic reaction processes for producing high RON petrol fuel
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  • M.A.A. Aziz; K. Puad; S. Triwahyono; A.A. Jalil; M.S. Khayoon; A.E. Atabani; Z. Ramli; Z.A. Majid; D. Prasetyoko; D. Hartanto, Transesterification of croton megalocarpus oil to biodiesel over WO3 supported on silica mesoporous-macroparticles catalyst, Chemical Engineering Journal (Q1, IF5.310)
  • M.Y.S. Hamid; M.L. Firmansyah; S. Triwahyono; A.A. Jalil; R.R. Mukti; E. Febriyanti; V. Suendo; H.D. Setiabudi; M. Mohamed; W. Nabgan, Oxygen Vacancy-Rich Mesoporous silica KCC-1 for CO2 Methanation, Applied Catalysis A: General 532 (2017) 86-94. (Q1, IF4.012)
  • N.A.A. Fatah, S. Triwahyono*, A.A. Jalil, N. Salamun, C.R. Mamat, Z.A. Majid, n-Heptane isomerization over molybdenum supported on bicontinuous concentric lamellar silica KCC-1: Influence of phosphorus and optimization using response surface methodology (RSM), Chemical Engineering Journal (Q1, IF5.310)
  • A.F.A. Rahman, A.A. Jalil*, S. Triwahyono, A. Ripin, F.F.A. Aziz, N.A.A. Fatah, N.F. Jaafar, C.N.C. Hitam, N.F.M. Salleh, N.S. Hassan, Strategies for introducing titania onto mesostructured silica nanoparticles targeting enhanced photocatalytic activity of visible-light-responsive Ti-MSN catalysts, Journal of Cleaner Production (Q1, IF4.959)
  • Walid Nabgan, Tuan Amran Tuan Abdullah*, Ramli Mat, Bahador Nabgan, Aishah Abdul Jalil, Lutfi Firmansyah, Sugeng Triwahyono, Production of hydrogen via steam reforming of acetic acid over Ni and Co supported on La2O3 catalyst, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Q2, IF3.205)
  • R. Jusoh, A.A. Jalil, S Triwahyono, A. Idris, N.M. Yusuf, Erratum to “Photodegradation of 2–chlorophenol over colloidal α–FeOOH supported mesostructured silica nanoparticles: Influence of a pore expander and reaction optimization [Sep. Purif. Technol. 149 (2015) 55–64] (Q1, IF3.299)
  • N.F. Jaafar, A.A. Jalil*, S. Triwahyono, Visible-light photoactivity of plasmonic silver supported on Mesoporous TiO2 Nanoparticles (Ag-MTN) for enhanced degradation of 2-chlorophenol: Limitation of Ag-Ti interaction, Applied Surface Science 392 (2017) 1068-1077 (Q1, IF3.150)
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2016 Highly Cited Results

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Congrat Peng !
Congrat Peng for a new paper in APCATA !
"Fibrous silica mesoporous ZSM-5 for carbon monoxide methanation"
Congrat Farah !
Congrat Farah for a new paper entitled  Interaction between copper and carbon nanotubes triggers their mutual role in the enhanced photodegradation of p-chloroaniline, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (Q1, IF4.493)
Congrat Dayah !
Congrat Dayah for a new paper in RSC Adv. !
"Surface modification of banana stem fibers via radiation induced grafting of poly(methacrylic acid) as effective cation exchanger for Hg(II)"
Congrat Lutfi!
Congrat Lutfi for a new article in Catalysis Scince & Technology!
"Synthesis and Characterization of Fibrous Silica ZSM-5 for Cumene Hydrocracking"
Congrat Mun!
Congrat to Munirah for a new paper in CEJ! S.M. Sidik, S. Triwahyono, A.A. Jalil, Z.A. Majid, N. Salamun, N.B. Talib , T.A.T. Abdullah, CO2 reforming of CH4 over Ni-Co/MSN for syngas production: Role of Co as a binder and optimization using RSM, CEJ (Q1, IF4.321).
Congrat Farhana!
Congratulation to Farhana for her successful PhD Oral Viva on 8/3/2016 !
Congrat Dayah !
Congratulation to Dayah for her successful PhD Oral Viva on 6/3/2016 !
Congrat Aiza !
Congratulation Aiza for a new paper in Applied Catalysis A (Q1, IF=3.9).
n-Heptane isomerization over mesostructured silica nanoparticles (MSN): Dissociative-adsorption of molecular hydrogen on Pt and Mo sites ".
New PD fellow & Students
Welcome aboard!
New Postdoctoral Fellow and students .
  • Hillal Ahmad (PD)
  • Moh Yusuf Sahul Hamid (PhD)
  • Siti Fatimah Jamian (MSc)
New Students from Nigeria !
Welcome aboard!  
New students from Nigeria.
Welcome aboard!
New PhD/Master Students !
  • Maryam (PhD)
  • Sazwani (MSc)
  • Afifah (MSc)
  • Fatin (MSc)
Congrat Reza !
Congrat Reza for new paper on New Journal of Chemistry with the title of "High Activity of Aluminated Bifunctional Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Cumene Hydrocracking and Measurement of Molar Coefficient Absorbance".
Congrat Peng !
Congrat Peng for a new paper in RSC Advances with the title of "Nickel-promoted mesoporous ZSM5 for carbon monoxide methanation"
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