Prof Dr M Ibrahim Abd Mutalib appointed as Fellow Akademi Sains Negara
(4 May 2016)
UTP would like to congratulate Prof Dr M Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic, on his recent appointment as Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) in the discipline of Engineering & Computer Sciences.
Prof Dr M Ibrahim obtained his first degree BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1987 and subsequently MSc and PhD from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom in 1995 in the field of Process Integration. Since April 2016, he has been appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic. He previously served as Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Director for Research Enterprise Office (now known as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation), Director for PETRONAS Ionic Liquid Centre and several important positions within UTP.
Externally, he has also been appointed to several leadership roles within PETRONAS and some government agencies including PETRONAS E&P Technology Council, National Steering Committee member of Solar, Fuel & Hydrogen for Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and National Level Committee for Malaysian Qualifications Agency Programme Standard.
At international level, he is the technical committee and reviewer for many international conferences including the PSE Asia 2013 and International Conference on Chemical & Process Engineering. He is also a peer reviewer for many international journals such as the International Journal for Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research, American Chemical Society Journal, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering and ASEAN Journal of Chemical Engineering. He is also a reviewer for research proposals bidding for the Qatar National Research Foundation.
On research involvement, Prof Dr M Ibrahim is leading a new area involving ionic liquids, which has been known to have significant potential for replacing conventional organic solvents due to their greener properties. Having developed the fundamental research in chemistry and properties of ionic liquids for the last 4 years or so.
He is now trying to bring the ionic liquids application to industry by venturing into the process design and integration based on ionic liquids processes which is still relatively new with much knowledge gaps to be explored.
In addition to Prof Dr M Ibrahim, there are currently 3 ASM fellows serving the university namely YBhg Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim (Engineering & Computer Sciences), Prof Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani (Engineering Sciences) and Prof Dr Norani Muti Mohamed (Mathematical and Physical Sciences).