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Dr Mohammad Anwar Mohamed Iqbal

Senior Lecturer

Hello there,

I am passionate about converting agricultural waste to value-added products such as quantum dots and nanomaterials for  catalysis.

The quantum dots and nanomaterials are synthesized according to the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry


  • B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. (USM) .

Areas of Expertise

  • Catalysis, Quantum Dots, Environmental Science, Nanomaterials


REsearch Interest

I am interested in synthesising and characterising quantum dots and nanomaterials synthesised from agricultural waste. The applicability of the synthesized quantum dots and nanomaterials are investigated in catalysis.

REsearch ToPICS

  1. Quantum dots in Catalysis.

  2. Nanomaterials in Catalysis



  • Selected Publication

    1. Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Nur Hidayah Mohd Azli, Hakimah Ismail, Mohammad Anwar Mohamed Iqbal, Bijarimi Mat Piah, Erna Normaya, Inhibitory effects of Manihot esculenta extracts on Food-Borne pathogens and their antioxidant properties: Supercritical fluid extraction, statistical analysis, and molecular docking study. Journal of Food Processing Engineering, J Food Process Eng. 2020;e13452.

    2. Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Muhammad Shahrain Shuhaimen, Erna Normaya, Muhammad Nor Omar, Anwar Iqbal, Ku Halim Ku Bulat, The applicability of using a protease extracted from cashew fruits (Anacardium occidentale), as possible meat tenderizer:An experimental design approach, J Texture Stud. 2020;1–20.

    3. Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Nazatul Umira Karim, Erna Normaya,Bijarimi Mat Piah, Anwar Iqbal, Ku Halim Ku Bulat, Artocarpus altilis extracts as a food-borne pathogen and oxidation inhibitors: RSM, COSMO RS, and molecular docking approaches, Sci Rep 10, 9566 (2020)

    4. Shittu Fatimah Bukola, Mohammad Anwar Mohamed Iqbal, Farook Adam, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, Nur Ruzaina Abdul Rahman, Srimala Sreekantan, Noor Hana Hanif Abu Bakar, Mohd Hazwan Hussin, Hariy Pauzi, Synthesis and characterization of oxygen-doped mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride using nanodisc silica from rice husk ash as hard template, Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences, Vol 24 No 3 (2020): 320 - 329

    5. Anwar Iqbal, N. H. Ibrahim, Nur Ruzaina Abdul Rahman, K. A. Saharudin, Farook Adam, Srimala Sreekantan , Rahimi M. Yusop, N. F. Jaafar and Lee D. Wilson, ZnO Surface Doping to Enhance the Photocatalytic Activity of Lithium Titanate/TiO2 for Methylene Blue Photodegradation under Visible Light Irradiation, Surfaces 2020, 3, 301–318

    6. Kok-Hou Tan, Anwar Iqbal, Farook Adam, N.H.H. Abu Bakar, Rahimi M. Yusop, Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Synthesis and characterization of bubble wrap-like hollow barium silicate–carbonate nanospheres for the epoxidation of styrene, J Mater Res Technol. 2020;9(5):11087–11098

    7. Anwar Iqbal, Kok-Hou Tan, Farook Adam, Noor Hana Hanif Abu Bakar, Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad and Muhammad Rahimi Yusop, Liquid Phase Styrene Epoxidation Catalyzed by Rice Husk Ash Silica Derived Mesoporous Calcium Silicate and Calcite-type Calcium Carbonate Catalyst, Chiang Mai J. Sci. 2021; 48(2) : 611-630

    8. Anwar Iqbal, Usman Said, Farook Adam, Srimala Sreekantan, Noorfatimah Yahaya, Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Rajabathar Jothi Ramalingam and Lee D. Wilson, Floating ZnO QDs-Modified TiO2/LLDPE Hybrid Polymer Film for the Effective Photodegradation of Tetracycline under Fluorescent Light Irradiation: Synthesis and Characterisation, Molecules 2021, 26, 2509

    9. Wan Hazman Danial, Noriliya Aina Norhisham, Ahmad Fakhrurrazi Ahmad Noorden, Zaiton Abdul Majid, Kazunari Matsumura & Anwar Iqbal, A short review on electrochemical exfoliation of graphene and graphene quantum dots, Carbon Lett. 31, 371–388 (2021)

    10. Anwar Iqbal, Usman Saidu, Farook Adam, Srimala Sreekantan, Normawati Jasni, Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, The Effects of ZnO QDs Embedment on the Physicochemical Properties and Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Nanoparticles, Journal of Physical Science-Accepted
  • PhD Project Supervised

    1. LINGESWARRAN A/L MUNIANDY, Adsorption and photodegradation of organic pollutants using heterogeneous catalysis-Co-supervisor, completed.

    2. SYED MUHAMMAD AL-AMSYAR, Development of highly efficient catalyst for organic synthesis- Co-supervisor completed.

    3. TAN KOK HOU, Confinement of bimetallic component within the walls of rice husk ash (RHA) derived mesoporous catalyst for glycerol oxidant-Main supervisor, completed.

    4. SHITTU FATIMAH BUKOLA, Desulfurization and denitrogenation of fuels using coordinated polymers with MOFs - Main supervisor, Completed.

    5. USMAN SAIDU, Mesoporous TiO2 decorated with metal oxide for the photooxidation of antibiotics, Completed

    6. ALAAREFI IHAB MOHAMMED ALI JABER- Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Polymer-Attapulgite Clay-Fe3O4 Nanocomposites for Using In Different Applications. Main supervisor, ongoing




  • MSc. Project Supervised

    1. NUR RUZAINA BINTI ABDUL RAHMAN, The optimized hydrothermal synthesis of alkaline metal titanate nanowires, nanoribbons and nanobiscuits- Co-supervisor, completed.
    2. NURAZFA BT MUHAMMAD SHUIB, Anchoring Mechanism And Release Kinetic Of Natural Compounds From The Siliceous Mesostructured Cellular Foam (MCF) Drug Carrier- Co-supervisor, completed.
    3. FATIMATUL AKMAL BT SULAIMAN, Isolation of Secondary Metabolites from Quercus infectoria Galls and Their Antimicrobial Activity- Co-supervisor, completed.
    4. KADIR HALIRU AIVADA, application of organo-modified halloysite nanotubes incorporated with silver nanoparticles for the degradation of organic contaminants, Co-supervisor, completed.
    5. NURHANISAH BINTI IBRAHIM SYED ALI, TiO2 quantum dots immobilized onto a chitosan-organosilane thin film for the mitigation of harmful algal blooms, Main Supervisor, Ongoing.
    6. NORMAWATI JASNI, An insight into the morphogenesis of ZnO/TiO2 and its influence on the phototransformation mechanisms and kinetic of fluoroquinolones under visible light irradiation, Main Supervisor, ongoing.

  • Collaboration


    1. Prof. Dr. Lee D. Wilson, Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan, 110 Science Place, Room 165 Thorvaldson Building, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9, Canada
    2. Prof. Dr. Junichi Ida, Department of Science and Engineering for Sustainable Innovation, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Soka University, 1-236 Tangimachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577, Japan.
    3. Dr. Abdul Hanif, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong, BE1410, Brunei Darussalam
    4. Dr Dede Heri Yuli Yanto, 4Research Center for Biomaterials, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN)



    1. Roziawati M.R. Fisheries Research Institute Batu Maung, Department of Fisheries Malaysia, 11960 Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia
    2. Assoc Prof Dr, Normawaty Mohammad-Noor, 2Department of Marine Science, Kulliyyah of Science, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
    3. Prof Dr Ir Srimala Sreekantan, School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Nibong Tebal, Penang 14300, Malaysia
    4. Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Norazmi Ahmad, Experimental and Theoretical Research Lab, Department of Chemistry, Kulliyyah of Science, Kuantan, Pahang 25200, Malaysia
  • Awards

    1. Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung, USM, Malaysia , 2021 (National
    2. Hadiah Latihan Sub Kepakaran / Post Doktoral, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (PENDIDIKAN TINGGI), Malaysia , 2019 (National)
    3. Anugerah Perkhidmatan cemerlang, School of Chemical Sciences, Malaysia , 2018 (School)
    4. 1st International Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand Symposium on Innovation and Creativity (iMIT SIC2017), Universiti Teknologi MARA, 1st International Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand Symposium on Innovation and Creativity (iMIT SIC2017), 2017 (International)

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