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Dr. Farhatun Najat Maluin

Lecturer

My teaching philosophy as an academic is to pique students' interest in chemistry by stimulating their curiosity. I also want students to understand the significance of chemistry in their daily lives. I want to foster a learning environment in which students are eager to learn about chemistry in order to gain a better understanding of their surroundings, and eventually develop young scientists capable of great invention and innovation in new technologies capable of solving global problems.

Education

  • B.Sc. (Hons) (UM), M.Sc. (UM), Ph.D (UPM)

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanochemistry, nanomaterials, controlled release formulations, drug delivery, nanotoxicology

Research

Research Interest

My research interests are focused on designing, synthesising, characterising, and testing a controlled nanodelivery system as a means of developing an environmentally friendly and safe nano-product that will ensure tomorrow's sustainability. A novel controlled nanodelivery system should have a long circulation time, be able to target pathogenic cells without affecting healthy cells, and eventually be able to efficiently deliver and release active molecules into the target site. The ultimate goal of a controlled drug delivery system is for the active molecule to reach a desired optimal concentration at targeting sites (pathogenic cells) while remaining at safe levels in other cells and tissues. Finding an appropriate delivery carrier system is one of the major challenges in achieving this effect. Thus, the host-guest type nanocomposites have been investigated by combining nanomaterials with active molecules via a chemical reaction. Another issue that arises in nano-products is their safety and toxicity. As a result, natural biopolymer has been chosen as a nanocarrier in the development of novel controlled nanodelivery systems that are safer by design. The research aligns with Malaysia's commitment to more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive development, as well as the related Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3). The findings of this study have the potential to contribute to the SDG3 target goals.



REsearch ToPICS

Safe nanomaterials; controlled release formulations; sustainable nanotechnology; nanodelivery system; antimicrobial; nanotoxicology

Spotlights

  • Selected Publication

     

    Top 10 publications (based on highest citation):

     

    1. Farhatun Najat Maluin and Haliza Katas, Chitosan functionalization of metal-and carbon-based nanomaterials as an approach toward sustainability tomorrow. Nanotoxicology, 2022, 1-25.

    2. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nik Nor Liyana Nik Ibrahim, Aimrun Wayayok, and Norhayati Hashim, Some emerging Opportunities of Nanotechnology Development for Soilless- and Microgreen-Farming. Agronomy, 2021, 11(6), 1213.

    3. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Abu Seman Idris, Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Murni Nazira Sarian, Nor Fadilah Rajab, Siew Ee Ling, Noramiwati Rashid, and Sharida Fakurazi, Cytoprotection, Genoprotection, and Dermal Exposure Assessment of Chitosan-Based Agronanofungicides. Pharmaceutics, 2020, 12(6), 497

    4. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Chitosan-based agronanofungicides as a sustainable alternative in the basal stem rot disease management. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2020, 68(150), 4305-4314

    5. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Phytotoxicity of chitosan-based agronanofungicides in the vegetative growth of oil palm seedling. PloS One, 2020, 15(4), e0231315.

    6. Farhatun Najat Maluin, and Mohd Zobir Hussein, Chitosan-based agronanochemicals as a sustainable alternative in crop protection. Molecules, 2020, 25(7), 1611.

    7. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Residual analysis of chitosan-based agronanofungicides as a sustainable alternative in oil palm disease management. Scientific Reports, 2020, 10(1), 1-10

    8. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein and Abu Seman Idris, An overview of the oil palm industry: Challenges and some emerging opportunities for nanotechnology development. Agronomy, 2020, 10(3), 356.

    9. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Preparation of chitosan–hexaconazole nanoparticles as fungicide nanodelivery system for combating Ganoderma disease in oil palm. Molecules, 2019, 24(13), 2498

    10. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, A potent antifungal agent for basal stem rot disease treatment in oil palms based on chitosan-dazomet nanoparticles. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2019, 20(9), 2247.8

    11. Farhatun Najat Maluin, Mohd Zobir Hussein, Nor Azah Yusof, Sharida Fakurazi, Abu Seman Idris, Nur Hailini Zainol Hilmi, and Leona Daniela Jeffery Daim, Enhanced fungicidal efficacy on Ganoderma boninense by simultaneous co-delivery of hexaconazole and dazomet from their chitosan nanoparticles. RSC Advances, 2019, 9(46), 27083-27095.
  • Awards

     

    1. Doctor of Philosophy Gold Medal (2022), Sponsored by Malaysian Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals at the Universiti Putra Malaya, 44th convocation ceremony (class of 2020 graduands)

    2. Gold Medal Award, i-IDEATM (2021), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the 5th International Innovation, design and Articulation (i-IDEATM), 8 – 24 March 2021.

    3. 2nd Grand Prize Innovative Video, AIINEX (2020), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the Asia International Innovation Exhibition (AIINEX), 18 – 20 September 2020.

    4. Canadian Special Award & Gold Medal Award, iCAN, Canada (2020), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN) 2020, Toronto, Canada 29th August 2020.

    5. Special Award & Gold Medal Award, CIC, Korea (2020), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the Korea Creative Invention Contest (CIC) 2020, Seoul, Korea 26th July 2020.

    6. Gold Medal Award, PECIPTA (2019), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2019, UTHM, 22 – 23 September 2019.

    7. Silver Medal Award, ITEX (2019), NANODERMA: A potent antifungal nanodelivery system for Ganoderma disease treatment for oil palm at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2019, KLCC, 2 – 4 May 2019.

    8. AJAX Chemical Book Prize (2013) at the University of Malaya, 52nd convocation ceremony (class of 2013 graduands)

     

  • Patent

     

    1. Mohd Zobir Hussein, Idris Abu Seman, Farhatun Najat Maluin, and Sharida Fakurazi. Process for producing fungicide/fumigant nanodelivery system for controlling Ganoderma disease and composition thereof.

      • PI 2018703220 (Malaysia); Date of patent filing – 12 September 2018.

      • P00201908020 (Indonesia); Date of patent filing – 12 September 2019.

      • 20191403669 (India); Date of patent filing – 12 September 2019

     

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