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Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry research at Env Tech consists of the following:

  1. Environmental Forensics
  2. Stable Isotope Fingerprinting

Research in Environmental Forensics involves applying defensible scientific methods to address questions related to release histories and sources of contamination in the environment.

Research in this Stable Isotope Fingerprinting field involves isotopic signature, which is a ratio of non-radiogenic “stable isotopes”, stable radiogenic isotopes, or unstable radioactive isotopes of particular elements in an investigated material. It is proven as a handy tool in elucidating many environmental problems. The ratios of isotopes in sample material are measured by isotope-ratio mass spectrometry against an isotopic reference material.

The academic staff also apply what they learned from their research courses at the undergrad and postgrad levels. Courses that include the environmental chemistry field in its syllabus are:

Bachelor of Technology (Environmental)

Master of Science (Environment)

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Environmental Forensics Researchers

Dr. Abd Karim Alias
PROFESSORS
Dr. Abd Karim Alias
Degree: B.App.Sc (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.Sc (University of Reading, UK), Ph.D (University of Reading, UK) Expertise: Physicochemical properties of foods; Food biopolymers interactions; Food processing and preservation
Dato' Dr. Azhar Mat Esa
PROFESSORS
Dato' Dr. Azhar Mat Esa
Degree: B.App.Sc (University of Nottingham, UK), Ph.D (University of Nottingham, UK). Expertise: Protein-Nutrient interactions; Functional foods; “Almost-illegal” foods    
Dr. Syahariza Zainul Abidin
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Syahariza Zainul Abidin
Degree: B.Sc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), M.Sc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), Ph.D (University of Queensland, Australia) Expertise: Food chemistry and analysis; Texture-modified food; Starch structure-digestibility study; Halal food authentication  
Dr. Tan Thuan Chew
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Tan Thuan Chew
Degree: BTech (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.Sc (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Ph.D (Universiti Sains Malaysia) Expertise: Food analysis and quality control; Kinetic study; Beverage processing and technology; Alternative protein
Dr. Nor Shariffa bt. Yussof
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Nor Shariffa bt. Yussof
Degree: B.Tech. (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.Sc. (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Ph.D. (Universiti Putra Malaysia) Expertise: Food bioploymers and colloids; Food nanotechnology; Lipid technology

Stable Isotope Fingerprinting Researchers

Dr. Syahidah Akmal Muhammad
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Syahidah Akmal Muhammad
Degree: BSc (USM), MSc (USM), PhD (Otago, NZ) Expertise: Stable isotope fingerprinting; chemical fingerprinting in environmental forensics; environmental monitoring of organic contaminant
Dr. Widad Fadhullah
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Widad Fadhullah
Degree: B.Sc (KUSTEM), M.Sc (UKM), Ph.D. (East Anglia, UK) Expertise: Isotope ecology and ecological risk assessments  
Dr. Muhammad Izzuddin Syakir Ishak
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS
Dr. Muhammad Izzuddin Syakir Ishak
Degree: B.Sc (UKM), M.Eng (UTM), Ph.D. (Ottawa) Expertise: Environmental isotopes; green material technology for watershed management

School of Industrial Technology, Building G07, Persiaran Sains, Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604 653 2219 | Fax: +604-653 6375 | Email: dean_ind@usm.my

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