Dr Abdul Hanif Mahadi


Assistant Professor, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences


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.


DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford
MChem in Chemistry, University of Oxford


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


Catalysis for the Production of Valuable Chemical Feedstock from Natural Gas in Brunei

The aim of this project is to synthesize efficient 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. The project involves designing nanomaterials such as metal oxides, zeolites and metal nanoparticles to tailor for these reactions. It can be achieved through techniques like surface modification, metal support interaction and active site functionalisation.

Applications Invited
PhD and Masters

Catalysis for Green Energy: 1. Hydrogen production and storage 2. CO2 capture and conversion

The project aims develop and utilise catalysis technology for green energy application, especially for hydrogen production and storage; and CO2 capture and conversion. The projects involves designing new efficient catalyst materials, finding new mechanistic pathways and creating innovative solutions for hydrogen production and CO2 capture.

Applications Invited
PhD and Masters


Effect of Cr doping in CeO2 nanostructures on photocatalysis and H2O2 assisted methylene blue dye degradation
Habib, I.Y., Burhan, J., Jaladi, F., Lim, C.M., Usman, A., Kumara, N.T.R.N., Tsang, S.C.E., Mahadi, A.H.
(2020) Catalysis Today

Tuning the selectivity of photoreduction of CO2 to syngas over Pd/layered double hydroxide nanosheets under visible-light up to 600 nm
Wang, X., Wang, Z., Bai, Y., Tan, L., Xu, Y., Hao, X., Wang, J., Mahadi, A.H., Zhao, Y., Zheng, L., Song, Y.-F.
(2020) Journal of Energy Chemistry, 46, pp. 1-7.

Photocatalytic selective oxidation of benzene to phenol in water over layered double hydroxide: A thermodynamic and kinetic perspective
Li, J., Xu, Y., Ding, Z., Mahadi, A.H., Zhao, Y., Song, Y.-F.
(2020) Chemical Engineering Journal, 388, art. no. 124248.

Size tunable mesoporous carbon microspheres using Pluronic F127 and gelatin as co-template for removal of ibuprofen
Ulfa, M., Prasetyoko, D., Mahadi, A.H., Bahruji, H.
(2020) Science of the Total Environment, 711, art. no. 135066.

Enhanced Carbon monoxide-sensing properties of Chromium-doped ZnO nanostructures
Habib, I.Y., Tajuddin, A.A., Noor, H.A., Lim, C.M., Mahadi, A.H., Kumara, N.T.R.N.
(2019) Scientific Reports, 9 (1), art. no. 9207.


Beyond surface redox and oxygen mobility at pd-polar ceria (100) interface: Underlying principle for strong metal-support interactions in green catalysis
Mahadi, A.H., Ye, L., Fairclough, S.M., Qu, J., Wu, S., Chen, W., Papaioannou, E.I., Ray, B., Pennycook, T.J., Haigh, S.J., Young, N.P., Tedsree, K., Metcalfe, I.S., Tsang, S.C.E.
(2020) Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 270, art. no. 118843.

Ceria Nanocrystals Supporting Pd for Formic Acid Electrocatalytic Oxidation: Prominent Polar Surface Metal Support Interactions
Ye, L., Mahadi, A.H., Saengruengrit, C., Qu, J., Xu, F., Fairclough, S.M., Young, N., Ho, P.-L., Shan, J., Nguyen, L., Tao, F.F., Tedsree, K., Tsang, S.C.E.
(2019) ACS Catalysis, 9 (6), pp. 5171-5177.

Interstitial modification of palladium nanoparticles with boron atoms as a green catalyst for selective hydrogenation
Chan, C.W.A., Mahadi, A.H., Li, M.M.-J., Corbos, E.C., Tang, C., Jones, G., Kuo, W.C.H., Cookson, J., Brown, C.M., Bishop, P.T., Tsang, S.C.E.
(2014) Nature Communications, 5, art. no. 5787.

Solar- versus Thermal-Driven Catalysis for Energy Conversion
Zhao, Y., Gao, W., Li, S., Williams, G.R., Mahadi, A.H., Ma, D.
(2019) Joule, 3 (4), pp. 920-937.

Differentiating Surface Ce Species among CeO2 Facets by Solid-State NMR for Catalytic Correlation
Zicong Tan, Guangchao Li, Hung-Lung Chou, Yiyang Li, Xianfeng Yi, Abdul Hanif Mahadi, Anmin Zheng, Shik Chi Edman Tsang, and Yung-Kang Peng
(2020) ACS Catalysis, 10, 4003-4011


Catalysis Consortium - UBD/RSCH/URC/NIG/2.0/2019/001
Catalysis for Methane Activation - UBD/RSCH/1.9/FICBF(b)/2018/002
UBD-CAMES BLNG Joint Research on Functionalised Protective Coating - UBD/AVC-RI/1.21.3[a]/2016(001)BLNG


‘A Method of Making Modified Charcoal for Selective Absorption’ (Status: filed)
Application number: BN/N/2019/0033
Brunei Intellectual Property Office

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

University of Oxford, UK
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG), Brunei
Soartech Systems Sdn. Bhd., Brunei
CIC Environmental Services Sdn. Bhd., Brunei


These catalyst technology and synthesis methods have substantial potential for IP and highly efficient catalyst can be commercialised 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.