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Dr. Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim

Associate Professor

Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim obtained his B.Sc. (1994), M.Sc. (1997) and PhD (1999) from Missouri S&T (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla, USA). He is currently served as an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He had published more than 120 journal articles, 17 book chapters and 5 academic books throughout his twenty-year career in USM including “Graphene: A Versatile Advanced Material”. Currently his Scopus h-index is 35 with 4026 citations and he had been granted with ten patents for his R&D products/processes where five of them are at an international level. More than thirty research grants (1 international grant and 5 industry grants) were secured and utilized to support his team’s research activities. He had received fourteen international awards for his research outputs and currently serve as a Guest Editor for Frontiers in Chemistry. He had supervised more than 20 graduate students. His main research areas are Lignin and Lignocellulosic Materials, Nanoparticles, Graphene & Biomaterials and Petroleum Engineering. Recently, he is busy working in the microbial fuel cells topic especially in developing a novel electrode and had published several papers in well reputed journals such as Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Cleaner Production etc. At the moment he is the pioneer on MFCs research topic in the School of Chemical Sciences, USM. He enjoys sharing his industrial experience, where he spent two and half years worked as a R&D Manager at NSE Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd., in his classes.


  • B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. ( Missouri S&T (Formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla, USA))

Areas of Expertise

  • Lignin, Biomass, Material Chemistry, Polymer


REsearch Interest

Material Chemistry

REsearch ToPICS

Lignin and Lignocellulosic Materials, Biomaterials, Nanoparticles, Microbial Fuel Cell, Petroleum Engineering



  • Selected Publication

    1. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Tabassum Parveen, Khalid Umar and Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim: 2020, “Role of Nanomaterials in the treatment of Wastewater: A Review”, Water, 12: 495; DOI: 10.3390/w12020495. (Q2, IF = 3.103)

    2. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, Mohd Rafatullah, Yong Shen Chua, Akil Ahmad and Khalid Umar, 2020: "Recent Advances in Anodes for Microbial Fuel Cells: An Overview", Materials, 13: 2078; DOI: 10.3390/ma13092078. (Q1, IF = 3.623).

    3. Siti Hajar Sekeri, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, Khalid Umar, Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nurul Azmi Mohamad Taib, M. Hazwan Hussin, Muhammad Bisyrul Hafi Othman, Muhammad Fadhirul Izwan Abdul Malik: 2020, “Preparation and Characterization of Nanosized Lignin from Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) Biomass as A Novel Emulsifying Agent”, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 164: 3114–3124. (Q1, IF = 6.953).

    4. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim and Susana Rodríguez-Couto: 2020, “Development and Modification of Cost-Effective Anode Materials for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs): An Overview”, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 164: 107779. (Q2, IF = 3.978)..

    5. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, Amira Suriaty Yaakop, Khalid Umar and Akil Ahmad: 2021, “Modified Graphene Oxide Anode: A Bioinspired Waste Material for Bioremediation of Pb2+ with Energy Generation through Microbial Fuel Cells”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 417 (2021) 128052. (Q1, IF = 13.273)

    6. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, and Claudia Guerrero-Barajas, 2021: “Modern trend of anodes in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): An overview”, Environmental Technology & Innovation, (23), 101579. (Q1, IF = 5.263).

    7. Najwa Najihah Mohamad Daud, Akil Ahmad, Asim Ali Yaqoob and Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim: 2021, “Application of rotten rice as a substrate for bacterial species to generate energy and the removal of toxic metals from wastewater through microbial fuel cells", Environmental Science and Pollution Research,, (Q2, IF= 4.223).

    8. Asim Ali Yaqoob, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim and Amira Suriaty Yaakop: 2021, “Application of oil palm lignocellulosic derived material as an efficient anode to boost the toxic metal remediation trend and energy generation through microbial fuel cells”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 314 (2021) 128062. (Q1, IF = 9.297).

    9. Muhammad Taqi-uddeen Safian, Khalid Umar and Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim: 2021, "Synthesis and scalability of Graphene and its derivatives: A journey towards sustainable and commercial material ", Journal of Cleaner Production, 318 (2021) 128603. (Q1, IF = 9.297).

    10. Muhammad Taqi-uddeen Safian, Siti Hajar Sekeri, Asim Ali Yaqoob, Albert Serr`a, Mohd Dzahir Jamudin and Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim: 2022, “Utilization of lignocellulosic biomass: A practical journey towards the development of emulsifying agent”, Talanta, 239 (2022) 123109, (Q1, IF = 6.057).




  • PhD Project Supervised

    1. Synthesis of Graphene from Lignin and its Application as Water-Based Drilling Fluid




  • MSc. Project Supervised

    1. Preparation Of A Stabilized Nano-Lignin Emulsifier From Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch
    2. Synthesis and Characterization of Waste Derived Go/Ag Nanocomposite Anode Electrode for the High Performance of Microbial Fuel Cells

  • Collaboration

    1. Satbayev University Kazakhstan

    2. University Malaysia Sarawak

    3. Universiti Teknologi Petronas

    4. Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia

    5. Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    6. Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

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