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ChM. Dr. Nur Farhana Binti Jaafar

Senior Lecturer

Assalamualaikum and Hello,
My name is Nur Farhana Jaafar and 7 November 2016 was the date when I'm officially joined USM. I truly believe that if I want to enjoy my life, I must do the things I love because life is too precious to be doing something to regret later. It is very important to spend my time and energy on things that give me happiness because it will help you to be someone who are positive and appreciate the value of life.


  • B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D. (UTM)

Areas of Expertise

  • Mesoporous Material, Nanomaterials, Catalyst, Photocatalyst, Environmental Science


REsearch Interest

My research interest focus on synthesis and characterization of advanced material, mesoporous material, nanoparticle and electrogenerated metal as photocatalyst for degradation of pollutants. Mesoporous materials have attracted much attention due to their surface area and tunable pore diameter. Their numerous morphologies and compositions, including nanoparticles, powders, thin films, fibers, and monoliths, make them favorable for various applications. Photocatalytic degradation using catalyst is the process to degrade the pollutant in the presence of light, catalyst and oxidation agent. Currently, my future interest are focusing on synthesis and characterize these materials using biomass waste as starting materials as one of the alternative to save the environment and aim for green synthesis method. Besides that, I also focusing in design the visible light driven photocatalyst as an aim for wide application of catalyst.

REsearch ToPICS

Photocatalytic degradation, environmental chemistry, catalysis, zeolite, mesoporous nanoparticles, advanced materials and electrochemistry



  • Selected Publication

    1. A.A.A. Mutalib, N.F. Jaafar, “Potential of Deep Eutectic Solvent in Photocatalyst Fabrication Methods for Water Pollutant Degradation: A Review” Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 10 (3), (2022) 107422 (Impact Factor: 5.876)

    2. Nadhra Hidayah Mohd Halim, Rohana Adnan, Azizul Hakim Lahuri, Nur Farhana Jaafar, Norazzizi Nordin, “Exploring the Potential of Highly Efficient Graphite/Chitosan‐PVC Composite Electrodes in the Electrochemical Degradation of Reactive Red 4” Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 97(1), (2022) 147-159 (Impact Factor: 2.587)

    3. P.L. Koo, N.F. Jaafar, P.S. Yap, W.D. Oh, “A review on the application of perovskite as peroxymonosulfate activator for organic pollutant removal” Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 10 (1), (2022) 107093 (Impact Factor: 5.876)

    4. A. Marfur, N.F. Jaafar, “Insight into the influence of defect sites in mixed-phase of mesoporous titania nanoparticles toward photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol: Effect of light source”. Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society, 1-10 (2021) (Impact Factor:1.967)

    5. N.F. Jaafar, N. Nordin, “Role of pH on photocatalytic degradation of phenol derivatives using metal supported on mesoporous materials”. Materials Today: Proceeding (2021)(Scopus)

    6. N.F. Jaafar, A.M.M. Najman, A. Marfur, N.W.C.Jusoh, “Strategies for the formation of oxygen vacancies in zinc oxide nanoparticles used for photocatalytic degradation of phenol under visible light irradiation”. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 388: 112202 (2020) (Impact Factor: 3.261)

    7. Nur Amira Marfur, Nur Farhana Jaafar, Melati Khairuddean, Norazzizi Nordin. ”A Review on Recent Progression of Modifications on Titania Morphology and its photocatalytic performance " Acta Chimica Slovenica, 67, (2020) 361-374 (Impact Factor : 1.104)

    8. N.W.C. Jusoh, , A Masudi, R. Jusoh, N.F. Jaafar, A. A. Jalil, A. Firdausi, D. Hartanto. “Equidistant Crystal Distortion Arrangement of Copper Doped Magnetite for Paracetamol Degradation and Optimization with Response Surface Methodology (RSM)”. Material Chemistry and Physics, 122995 (2020) (Impact factor: 2.781)

    9. N.A. Marfur, N.F. Jaafar, N.H.H.M. Habibullah. “Effect of iron loading onto mesoporous titania nanoparticles and its photoactivity”. MS&E, 736(4), (2020) 042034. (Scopus)

    10.  N.A. Marfur, N.F. Jaafar, F.H.H. Gani. “Effect of microwave power intensity on synthesis of mesoporous titania nanoparticles for degradation of 2, 4-dichlorophenol: Photoactivity performance and kinetic studies”. MS&E, 736(3), (2020) 032016. (Scopus)
  • PhD Project Supervised

    1. Auni Afifah Abdul Mutalib
  • MSc. Project Supervised

    1.  Nor Amira Marfur
    2.  Shamira Shafie
  • Collaboration

    1. Dr Nurfatehah Wahyuny Che Jusoh (MJIIT-UTM)
    2.  Assoc. Prof. Dr Rohayu Jusoh (UMP)
    3. Dr Mochamad Lutfi Firmansyah (Universitas Airlangga)
    4. Dr Dyah Purwaningsih (Universitas Negeri Yogjakarta-UNY)
  • Awards

    1. Hadiah Sanjungan Penerbitan Jurnal “Strategies for the formation of oxygen vacancies in zinc oxide nanoparticles used for photocatalytic degradation of phenol under visible light irradiation”

    2. Hadiah Sanjungan Penerbitan Jurnal “Equidistant crystal distortion arrangement of copper doped magnetite for paracetamol degradation and optimization with response surface methodology (RSM)”

    3. "AtomicfrenzyAR-Fun with chemical elements”.National Innovation And Invention Competition Through Exhibition 2019 (iCompEx’19), 19th-21st March 2019 (The Best Innovation in Category and Gold Medal)

    4.  “AtomicfrenzyAR-Fun with chemical elements”. International University Carnival on Elearning 2019 (IUCEL19), 21st-22nd August 2019 (Silver Medal)

    5. “ MyChemKit”. International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning 2019 (Pecipta’19), 22nd-23rd September 2019 (Gold Medal)

    6. “Atomicfrenzy-Fun with chemical elements”. Anugerah Khas YB Menteri Pendidikan Malaysia: Reka bentuk Kurikulum Dan Penyampaian Inovatif Tahun 2018 (AKRI2018) 13th-14th December 2018 (Finalist)

    7. “Atomicfrenzy-Fun with chemical elements”. Innovations in Teaching and Learning Competition (ITLC), 16th October 2018 (Gold Medal)

    8. Sanggar Sanjung (Co-author) “New direct consecutive formation of spinel phase in (Fe, Co, Ni) Al2O4 composites for enhanced Pd (II) ions removal”

    9. “Microwave-Assisted Method For Self-Modification of Mesoporous Titania Nanoparticle on Formation of Surface Defects for Photocatalytic Degradation of 2-Chlorophenol Under Visible Light”. 1st International Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand Symposium on Innovation and Creativity (iMIT SiC2017), 26-27 July 2017 (Bronze Medal)

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