Universiti Malaya researchers among country’s top highly cited

PETALING JAYA: Six researchers from Universiti Malaya (UM) are on Malaysia’s Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate.

They are Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, Prof Md. Abul Kalam, Prof Kazi Md. Salim Newaz and Prof Wan Mohd Ashri Wan Daud of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof Abdullah Gani from the Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology and Prof Nasrudin Abd Rahim of the UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre.

The announcement was made on the annual Highly Cited Researchers ceremony which was held virtually on April 29 by Clarivate and the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE), said UM in a press release on Thursday (May 6).

It added that the researchers have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly-cited papers during the last decade.

Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of ScienceTM citation index.

Prof Dr Abdul Aziz, who is also the varsity’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), said it was a great honour to be named on the list, as this signifies another significant milestone for UM.

“I joined academia 20 years ago and built up advanced wastewater treatment as my main research area together with various areas that I am working on.

“My research focuses on developing advanced wastewater treatments that are cheaper and lower carbon footprint, all this development can contribute significantly to the industries.

“I have been developing wastewater treatment systems for small and medium industries so that it can be an affordable technology for small and medium industries and we can increase compliances and reduce pollution from wastewaters, ” he added.

Prof Nasrudin said that research is a long and challenging journey, but the abilities to survive in science and technology can be learnt.

“My research journey started when I did my PhD under Prof Barry Williams’s supervision, working in Power Electronics for energy conversion.

“I was fascinated by how electrical energy can be shaped and controlled to improve the overall performance of energy systems.

“Energy has always been the fuel for development in human civilization.

“The technologies that I am developing are dedicated to improving and maximizing the generated energy and efficiencies to be deployed. We are concerned with energy poverty issues such as unfortunate communities that do not have convenient electricity access.

“Through collaborations with Kyoto University in Japan, we are interested in providing practical rural electrification in South East Asia.

“I hope all these efforts will benefit our nation and beyond, ” he added.

Prof Md. Abul said that as a mechanical engineer, he has chosen this research field because it is related to the department’s core subjects such

as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, materials characteristics.

“The study on alternative fuels has a significant impact on society, especially on biofuel production and utilization in internal combustion engines.

“Biodiesel is an alternative fuel, which is a domestic and renewable resource. And this biodiesel production and utilization are related to all kinds of

academic knowledge, farmer knowledge, land cultivation, and industrially related.

“It creates a lot of jobs and reduces the demand on foreign petroleum energy, ” he said.