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ChM. Dr. NG Eng Poh

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Dr. Ng Eng Poh received his BSc (First Class Honors) degree (2004) in Industrial Chemistry and MSc in Chemistry (2006) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia. He obtained his PhD degree in 2009 from University of Upper Alsace, France under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Svetlana Mintova. After post-doctoral work in the University of Caen, France, he was appointed as a senior lecturer in 2010 at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry. His main research interests are synthesis and application of nanoporous silica-based materials for adsorption, catalysis and new applications. Currently, he has published more than 150 indexed journals. His current H-index is 35.)


  • B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (UTM), Ph.D. (University of Upper Alsace, France)

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Kinetics & Mechanisms of Reactions


REsearch Interest

Catalysis, Porous Materials, Nanoparticles

REsearch ToPICS

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Materials

  2. Heterogeneous catalysis

  3. Nanocrystals and colloidal nanoparticles

  4. Surface chemistry

  5. Chemistry of nanostructured materials



  • Selected Publication

    1. Yik-Ken Ma, Stephen Chia, T Jean Daou, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Salah M El-Bahy, Zeinhom M El-Bahy, Tau Chuan Ling, Eng-Poh Ng, SAPO-34 crystallized using novel pyridinium template as highly active catalyst for synthesis of ethyl levulinate biofuel, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 333 (2022) 111754. Q1.

    2. Jimmy Nelson Appaturi, Thiruchelvi Pulingam, Jothi Ramalingam Rajabathar, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Tau Chuan Ling, Soon Huat Tan, Eng-Poh Ng, “Acid-base bifunctional SBA-15 as an active and selective catalyst for synthesis of ethyl α-cyanocinnamate via Knoevenagel condensation”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 320 (2021) 111091. Q1.

    3. Jimmy Nelson Appaturi, Rajabathar Jothi Ramalingam, Hamad A Al-Lohedan, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Tau Chuan Ling, Eng-Poh Ng, “Selective synthesis of dioxolane biofuel additive via acetalization of glycerol and furfural enhanced by MCM-41-alanine bifunctional catalyst”, Fuel 288 (2021) 119573. Q1.

    4. Yik-Ken Ma, Severinne Rigolet, Laure Michelin, Jean_louis Paillaud, Svetlana Mintova, Fitri Khoerunnisa, T. Jean Daou, Eng-Poh Ng, "Facile and fast determination of Si/Al ratio of zeolites using FTIR spectroscopy technique", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 311 (2021) 110683. Q1.

    5. Jimmy Nelson Appaturi, R Jothi Ramalingam, Manickam Selvaraj, Stephen Chia, Soon Huat Tan, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Tau Chuan Ling, Eng-Poh Ng, “Selective synthesis of triacetyl glyceride biofuel additive via acetylation of glycerol over NiO-supported TiO2 catalyst enhanced by non-microwave instant heating”, Appl. Surf. Sci, 545 (2021) 149017. Q1.

    6. I.A. Auwal, S. Mintova, T.C. Ling, F. Khoerunnisa, K.-L. Wong, E.-P. Ng, “Crystallization profile and morphological study of SAPO-5 templated by imidazolium cations of different functional groups”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 308 (2020) 110514. Q1.

    7. Eng-Poh Ng, Haruna Abdullahi, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Pedro Maireles-Torres, Hooi Ling Lee, Farook Adam, Tau Chuan Ling, Ka-Lun Wong, “Mineralizer effects on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of AlMCM-41 mesoporous materials”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 297 (2020) 110016. Q1.

    8. Tamara Mahmoud Ali Ghrear, Eng-Poh Ng, Cyril Vaulot, T. Jean Daou, Tau Chuan Ling, Soon Huat Tan, Boon Seng Ooi, Svetlana Mintova, "Recyclable synthesis of Cs-ABW zeolite nanocrystals from non-reacted mother liquors with excellent catalytic henry reaction performance", J. Environ. Chem. Eng., 8 (2020) 103579. Q1.

    9. E.-P. Ng, H. Abdullahi, K.-L. Wong, M.J. Ginés-Molina, P. Maireles-Torres, S. Rigolet, T.J. Daou, S. Chia, H.L. Lee, “Ultrasmall Cs-AlMCM-41 basic catalysts: Effects of aluminum addition on their physico-chemical and catalytic properties”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 288 (2019) 109599. Q1.

    10. Eng-Poh Ng, Hussein Awala, Sarah Komaty, Svetlana Mintova, “Microwave-green synthesis of AlPO-n and SAPO-n (n = 5 and 18) nanosized crystals and their assembly in layers”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 280 (2019) 256-263. Q1.
  • PhD Project Supervised

    1.  Synthesis Of Large Pore Zeolites For Catalyzing Furanic-Type Fuel Compounds, 2018.

    2. Silicoaluminophosphates Number 5 (SAPO-5) Zeolite Templated By Imidazolium Compounds As Catalyst For Friedel-Crafts Acylation Of 2-Methylfuran, 2021.

    3.  Synthesis, Formation And Characterization Of Nanoscale Zeolite Type W Base Catalyst, 2021.

    4. Microporous And Mesoporous Materials: Formation Study, Properties Investigation And Catalytic Behavior In Aldol Condensation Of Heptanal And Benzaldehyde, 2020.

    5. Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Studies of Nanocrystalline Cs-ABW Zeolite in Henry Reaction of Benzaldehyde and Nitroalkanes, 2020.

    6.  Synthesis Of Cs-Pollucite Nanozeolite And Catalytic Study In Base-Catalyzed Benzaldehyde Condensation Reactions, 2020.
  • MSc. Project Supervised

    1. Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Study of Microporous Silicoaluminophosphates in the Esterification of Levulinic Acid with Ethanol, 2020.

    2. Crystallization and Catalytic Behaviour of Organo-Template Free K-F Zeolite Nanocrystals in Aldol Condensation of Benzaldehyde and Heptanal, 2018.

    3. Bamboo Leaf Ash as a Green and Sustainable Source of Amorphous Silica for the Synthesis of Zeolite Catalyst Materials for Cyanoethylation of Alcohols, 2017.

    4. AFI Molecular Sieves Formation Templated by Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids Under Ionothermal and Hydrothermal Conditions, 2016.

    5. Synthesis And Characterisation Of Colloidal AlPO-5 Nanocrystals Templated By 1-Ethyl-2,3-Dimethylimidazolium Hydroxide, 2015.

    6. Antioxidation Behavior Of Zeolite Nanocrytals In Palm Oil: Effect Of Structural Properties And Optimization Studies, 2015.

    7. Synthesis And Characterisation Of Microporous AlPO-5 Molecular Sieves Templated By Novel Imidazolium-Based Structural Directing Agents, 2013.
  • Collaboration

    1. University of Caen, France
    2. University of Haute Alsace, France
    3. University of Strasbourg, France
    4. University of Malaga, Spain
    5. Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
    6.  Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
    7. University of Malaya
    8. University of Nottingham Malaysia
    9. Xiamen University Malaysia
    10. Universiti Malaysia Pahang
    11. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
    12. Stanford University, United States of America
    13. University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Awards

    1. World Class Professor, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, 2019.

    2. Gold Medal and Special Award, The World Invention Innovation Contest, South Korea, 2019. 3

    3. Visiting Young Scientist, 67th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Germany, 2017.

    4. IZA Synthesis Commission Member, International Zeolite Association, 2017–present.

    5. Gold Medal, The 7th Korea Cyber International Genius Inventor Fair, South Korea, 2016.

    6. Outstanding Scientist Award, The Venus International Research Awards (VIRA), 2016.

    7. Leading Scientist of the World, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, 2012.

    8. National Academic Award, Malaysia, 2012.

    9. Runner-Up, Breakthrough of the Year, 2011.

    10. Sanggar Sanjung Award 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (Journal Publication Category), USM.

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