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Dr. Mohd. Hazwan Hussin

Associate Professor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Hazwan Hussin received his B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry and M.Sc degrees from Universiti Sains Malaysia, respectively. He was awarded double-PhD degree program with USM and Universite de Lorraine, France. His research area involves lignocellulosic materials, lignin, cellulose and corrosion protections (inhibition and coatings). He was listed as Top 2% Scientist in the world (under the category of 2019 and 2020 citation) by Stanford University. He is also a Research Fellow for CEGEOTECH, UNIMAP and has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the Universite de Lorraine, France. Dr. Mohd Hazwan is currently served as the Deputy Director for Research Creativity and Management Office (RCMO) USM, Coordinator for USM-UL Centre and Point of Contact for Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC)


  • B.Sc. (Hons)(USM), M.Sc. (USM), Ph.D. (USM and Universite de Lorraine, France)

Areas of Expertise

  • Corrosion, Biomass and Bio-resources Process, Physical Electrochemistry, Materials Technology.


REsearch Interest

Current research interests are extended in a number of areas. The focus is on both applied and fundamental investigations.

  1. Biomass (particularly lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose) and bio-resources process
  2. Physical Electrochemistry (polarization, impedance, electrochemical noise)
  3. Corrosion Protection (inhibitors and coatings)
  4. Materials Technology (polymer electrolytes, adsorbent, adhesives and composites)

REsearch ToPICS

  1. Valorisation of lignocellulosic materials for industrial applications (adhesives, adsorbent, filler, antioxidant, composites).
  2. Extraction or synthesis of organic compounds as corrosion inhibitors/rust converters.
  3. Corrosion mitigation of metals via modified sol-gel/epoxy/PU coatings.
  4. Electrochemical studies (EIS, EN, PDP, OCP, CV) of advanced materials.



  • Selected Publication


    Top 10 publications (based on highest citation):


    1. D Trache, MH Hussin, MKM Haafiz, VK Thakur. Recent progress in cellulose nanocrystals: sources and production. (2017). Nanoscale 9 (5), 1763-1786 (

    2. D Trache, MH Hussin, CTH Chuin, S Sabar, MRN Fazita, OFA Taiwo, ...(2016). Microcrystalline cellulose: Isolation, characterization and bio-composites application—A review. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 93, 789-804 (

    3. MH Hussin, MJ Kassim. (2011). The corrosion inhibition and adsorption behavior of Uncaria gambir extract on mild steel in 1 M HCl. Materials Chemistry and Physics 125 (3), 461-468 (

    4. D Trache, AF Tarchoun, M Derradji, TS Hamidon, N Masruchin, N Brosse, MH Hussin... (2020). Nanocellulose: from fundamentals to advanced applications. Frontiers in Chemistry 8, 392 (

    5. MH Hussin, AA Rahim, MNM Ibrahim, N Brosse. (2016). The capability of ultrafiltrated alkaline and organosolv oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fronds lignin as green corrosion inhibitor for mild steel in 0.5 M HCl solution. Measurement 78, 90-103 (

    6. MR Nurul Fazita, K Jayaraman, D Bhattacharyya, MK Mohamad Haafiz, MH Hussin...(2016). Green composites made of bamboo fabric and poly (lactic) acid for packaging applications—A review. Materials 9 (6), 435 (

    7. JJ Liao, NH Abd Latif, D Trache, N Brosse, MH Hussin. (2020). Current advancement on the isolation, characterization and application of lignin. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 162, 985-1024 (

    8. MH Hussin, NA Pohan, ZN Garba, MJ Kassim, AA Rahim, N Brosse, ...(2016). Physicochemical of microcrystalline cellulose from oil palm fronds as potential methylene blue adsorbents. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 92, 11-19 (

    9. MH Hussin, AA Rahim, MNM Ibrahim, N Brosse. (2013). Physicochemical characterization of alkaline and ethanol organosolv lignins from oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fronds as phenol substitutes for green material applications. Industrial Crops and Products 49, 23-32 (

    10. MH Hussin, MJ Kassim, NN Razali, NH Dahon, D Nasshorudin. (2016). The effect of Tinospora crispa extracts as a natural mild steel corrosion inhibitor in 1 M HCl solution. Arabian Journal of Chemistry 9, S616-S624 (

  • PhD Project Supervised

    Active Ph.D

    Main Supervisor

    1. Nur Fatin Silmi Binti Mohd Azani, 2021, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Effect of Various Pretreatment Methods on Bioethanol Production from Oil Palm Frond Leaves, Main Supervisor (AKTIF)

    2. Tuan Sherwyn Hamidon, 2018, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Functional Nanocellulose Beads Prepared from Oil Palm Fronds as Potential Adsorbents for the Removal of Chlorophenols in Aqueous Solutions, Main Supervisor (AKTIF)

    3. Nur Hanis Binti Abd Latif, 2018, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Preparation and Characterization of Modified Coconut Husk Lignin-Phenol-Glyoxal (LPG) as Green Wood Adhesives, Main Supervisor (AKTIF)


    Graduated Ph.D

    Main Supervisor

    1. Yakubu Saraya Akuben, 2021, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Camphor Tree (Dryobalanops aromatica) Bark Extract As Corrosion Inhibitor For Mild Steel In Acidic Medium, Main Supervisor

    2. Maizatul Najwa Binti Jajuli, 2020, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Electrochemically Modulated Liquid-liquid Extraction and Micro-Solid Phase Extraction Methods for Determination of Selected Pharmaceutical Compounds, Main Supervisor

    3. Abdullahi Abdulmajid, 2020, Doctor of Philosophy, Research - Full Time, Evaluation Of Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica L) Shell Tannin Extracts As A Corrosion Inhibitor Of Mild Steel In Acidic Medium, Main Supervisor



  • MSc. Project Supervised


    Active Master Degree

    Main Supervisor

    1. Liyana Syafawati Binti Osman, 2021, Master, Research - Full Time, Rust Conversion Studies of Archeological Cannonball from Fort Cornwallis Using Modified Oil Palm Fronds Lignin., Main Supervisor (AKTIF)

    2. Siti Shafiqah Binti Azahar, 2021, Master, Research - Full Time, Elucidation of Flavonoids from Butterfly Pea (Clitoria Ternatea) Flower and Their Inhibitive Effect for Corrosion Under CO2 in Low-Carbon Steel., Main Supervisor (AKTIF)

    3. Mohamad Alif Aiman Bin Che Mohamad Noor , 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Study of Swietenia Macrophylla Seed Extract Doped Based Sol-Gel Coating for the Corrosion Mitigation of Mild Steel., Main Supervisor (MENANGGUH PENGAJIAN)

    4. Nor Najhan Binti Idris, 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Characterization, Kinetics And Equilibrium Studies Of Paracetamol Adsorption On The Oil Palm Fronds (OPF) Cellulose Nanocrystals, Main Supervisor (AKTIF)

    5. Farah Athena Binti Zakaria, 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Winged Beans Extract-Doped-Hybrid (TEOS/PDMS) Composite Sol-Gel for Corrosion Resistance Coating of Reinforced Steel, Main Supervisor (AKTIF)


    Graduated Master Degree

    Main Supervisor

    1. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Rushan Lakshitha Bonuwan Diyanilla, 2022, Master, Research - Full Time, Comparative Analysis of The Bioethanol Yield and Components of Sugar Extracted from Oil Palm Frond Under Different Prehydrolysis Treatments, Main Supervisor

    2. Nur Fatin Silmi Mohd Azani , 2021, Master, Research - Full Time, Anticorrosion Properties Of Epoxy Zinc Oil Palm Frond Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Coating For Mild Steel Corrosion Protection, Main Supervisor

    3. Caryn Tan Hui Chuin, 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Physicochemical and Adsorption Studies of Immobilized Microcrystalline Cellulose from Oil Palm Fronds as an Adsorbent for Methylene Blue, Main Supervisor

    4. Nabilah Atiqah Binti Zul, 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Utilization of Modified Waste Staghorn Coral as a Base Catalyst in Biodiesel Production, Main Supervisor

    5. Nurul Adilla Binti Rozuli, 2019, Master, Research - Full Time, Evaluation of Piper Sarmentosum (PS) Leaves Extracts as Green Inhibitor for Corrosion of Mild Steel in 0.5 M HCl Solution, Main Supervisor  



  • Collaboration


    1. Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur le MAteriau Bois (LERMAB), Universite de Lorraine, France (Pr. Nicolas Brosse, Dr. Dominique Perrin, Dr. Gregoire Herzog, Pr. Marc Herbant).
    2. Institut de Sciences Moleculaire de Marseille, Aix-Marseille Universite, France (Dr. Mehdi Yemloul).
    3. Ecole Militarie Polytechnique, Algiers, Algeria (Pr. Dr. Djalal Trache).
    4. Badan Riset dan Inovasi Indonesia (BRIN), Bogor, Indonesia (Dr. Nanang Masuchin, Dr. Lisman Suryanegara, Dr. Widya Fatriasari, Dr. Firda Aulya Syamani, Dr. Adly Lubis)
    5. Osaka University, Japan (Prof. Hiroshi Uyama)



    1. Universiti Malaya (UM)
    2.  Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
    3.  Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
    4. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMaP)
    5. National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM)
    6. TNB Research Sdn. Bhd.
    7. Industrial Center of Innovation, SIRIM Kulim
    8. Jabatan Warisan Negara


  • Awards


    1. Sanggar Sanjung Award (Publication Category): 2015-2020

    2. Excellent Service Award: 2017

    3. Gold medal PECIPTA: 2017, 2019

    4. Gold medal ITEX: 2018, 2020

    5. Gold medal Si2TE: 2018, 2019

    6. Silver medal MTE: 2019

    7. Best Postgraduate Research Award (PhD, Natural Sciences), MPK 2014

    8. Scholarship from Ministry of Higher Education (MyPhD): 2011-2014

    9. Scholarship from Bourse du Gouvernement Francais (CampusFrance): 2012-2013

    10. Scholarship from Ministry of Higher Education (Mini Budget Scheme): 2009-2010

    11. Graduate Assistance Scheme, USM: 2009-2010


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