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Dr Abdul Hanif Mahadi Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences

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Dr Abdul Hanif Mahadi

Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences hanif.mahadi@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

My research interest in green energy stemmed from the need for Brunei's energy and economic diversification from oil and gas industry and also to tackle the global energy and pollution issues. This realization came in a middle of my undergraduate degree in chemistry at Oxford. Coming from a chemistry background, I started my research work at Wolfson Catalysis Centre, University of Oxford where I carried on to pursue my DPhil studies. Whilst in Oxford, I had the chance to work with the experts in catalysis, access to state of the art equipment and also met with a number of Nobel Laureates. My research career started in Brunei when I was appointed as a lecturer at Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Outside of research, my interest includes various sporting activities such as badminton, football, cycling, hiking, swimming and golf; traveling, fine dining and photography.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Catalysis, Nanotechnology, Green Energy, Metal oxides, Advanced materials synthesis

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FUTURE PROJECTS

Functionalized Zeolites Catalyst for the Production of Valuable Chemical Feedstock from Natural Gas in Brunei

The aim of this project is to synthesize functionalized zeolites catalyst for methane activation reaction. The activation of methane enables the direct conversion of methane (a major component of natural gas) into higher monetary value chemicals such as alcohols, syngas, alkenes, alkynes and aromatics, a reaction regarded as the “holy grail” in the chemical industry. Zeolite comprises of a crystalline framework of aluminosilicates and because of its high porosity and reactive acidic sites, zeolites has shown to have exceptional performance as catalyst in various reactions in the chemical industry. The active sites can be chemically modified to enhance its catalytic performance, thus to functionalise the catalyst. The world market demand for zeolites catalyst is USD20 billion in and it is projected to grow to USD24 billion by 2018.

Application invited for: Masters PhD

Morphologies of Metal Oxides as PGM Nanoparticles Support for Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions

Heterogeneous catalysis technology is the key for green energy. It is involved in making petrochemical processes more efficient and also the development of renewable energy such as water splitting and solar photovoltaic cells. Metal oxides are usually used as materials for heterogeneous catalysis. Since most of the catalytic reactions occurs on the surface, surface chemistry and optimisation is utmost important. One method to optimise the surfaces of the metal oxide catalyst is by specifying its exposed facets, and this can be achieved by tuning the morphology of the metal oxides. However, this method of optimisation is not feasible for the chemical industry due to the complication and high cost of synthesising these morphology-controlled oxide catalysts. This project aims to develop facile and cost effective synthesis methods, so the catalysed chemical processes can be more efficient and economical.

Application invited for: Masters PhD


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Interstitial Modification of Palladium Nanoparticles with Boron Atoms As A Green Catalyst For Selective Hydrogenation
C. W. A. Chan, A. H. Mahadi, M. M. Li, E. C. Corbos, C. Tang, G. Jones, W. C. H. Kuo, J. Cookson, C. M. Brown, P. T. Bishop, S. C. E. Tsang. Nature Communications, 2014, Vol. 5, Page 9

Plasmonic effects arising from a grooved surface of a gold nanorod
Yuan-Fong Chou Chau, Chuanyo Lee, Hung Ji Huang, Chun-Ting Lin, Hai Pang Chiang, Abdul Hanif Mahadi, Nyuk Yoong Voo and Chee Ming Lim. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Volume 50, Number 12


TOP PUBLICATIONS

Interstitial Modification of Palladium Nanoparticles with Boron Atoms As A Green Catalyst For Selective Hydrogenation C. W. A. Chan, A. H. Mahadi, M. M. Li, E. C. Corbos, C. Tang, G. Jones, W. C. H. Kuo, J. Cookson, C. M. Brown, P. T. Bishop, S. C. E. Tsang Nature Communications, 2014, Vol. 5, Page 9


GRANT DETAILS

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Morphologies of Metal Oxides as PGM Nanoparticles Support for Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions
Dr. Abdul Hanif Mahadi
01/06/2016 - 31/05/2018


RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

Publication-

Interstitial Modification of Palladium Nanoparticles with Boron Atoms As A Green Catalyst For Selective Hydrogenation
C. W. A. Chan, A. H. Mahadi, M. M. Li, E. C. Corbos, C. Tang, G. Jones, W. C. H. Kuo, J. Cookson, C. M. Brown, P. T. Bishop, S. C. E. Tsang
Nature Communications, 2014, Vol. 5, Page 9


Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

University of Oxford, UK
Johnson Matthey, UK
Pixela, Brunei
Newcastle University, UK
University of Notre Dame, USA,
Centre of Science and Technology Research and Development, Ministry of Defence, Brunei
Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG)


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

These catalyst reactor technology and synthesis methods have substantial potential for IP and highly efficient catalyst can me made commercial for industrial use. It will also facilitate the research development and knowledge transfer to younger generations of Bruneian researchers with catalysis technology which essentially is the fundamental for green energy and downstream processes.