Dr Norazanita Shamsuddin


Lecturer, Faculty of Integrated Technologies


Dr Norazanita is currently a lecturer at Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT) teaching both Systems and Chemical and Process Engineering modules. She graduated with PhD at Loughborough University, United Kingdom in 2015. She studied both her Degree and Masters at the same University from 2006-2010. Took a year break to gain experience in working life at Energy Department at Prime Minister's Office as Project Officer. She decided to pursue her study at PhD degree under Ministry of Education's Scholarship in 2011.

Dr Norazanita's PhD research was focused on developing a portable membrane-based water purification system for natural disasters (especially floods) in developing countries. She emphasized on the latest technology at purifying contaminated water i.e. using membrane separation technology. As more than 90% disasters happen naturally, 95% of the fatalities happened in the developing countries specifically Asia, the most vulnerable regions affected by disasters. In the wake of disasters, the standard treatment for clean water production may not be accessible or fully functional. Over the last decade membrane technology has been considered to be one of the most effective techniques to treat contaminated water in emergency situations with high productivity due to several reasons. These techniques offer simple operation conditions in comparison to conventional techniques such as slow sand filtration, filtration/disinfection, and flocculation/chlorination. Moreover these techniques are cost effective, safe and feasible to operate. The idea of operating such device without electrical power supply and chemicals would be advantageous in the events of disasters, while waiting for aid to arrive.

Her current research interests include performance improvement of circular cross flow membrane filtration for purification of drinking water through process modelling of the hydrodynamic conditions. Also to further explore the design of membrane based point of use water treatment system (PoUWTS) which could be used at home and for leisure activities. Her research expands to water pollution and management such as non-point pollution and its impacts on water quality in Brunei Darussalam. It has been reported that Brunei Darussalam has not yet been able to control its non-point source of pollution especially from residential area along Brunei River. As Brunei moves towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 and with increasing importance of Internet of Things (IoT), her research interest has expanded to IoT for monitoring water quality which will offer constant real-time online monitoring as feedback to users.


Dec 2011-October 2015 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (PhD in Chemical Engineering)

2009-2010 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering with IT &Management)

2006-2009 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (B. Eng (Hons) Chemical Engineering)


Membrane Separation Technology, Water Purification Techniques, Environmental pollution and Emerging Contaminants


Non-point pollution and its impacts on water quality of Brunei River.

Abstract: Problems with water quality normally link with increased pollutants as a result of human activities. River has constant interaction with its physical environment as well as the climate and human factors. There are two categories of water pollution sources: point and non-point sources. Point source pollution is due to direct discharge from waste water treatment and industrial plants, whereas non-point sources that come from other sources and locations (e.g. residential area). Brunei has 4 major rivers with Brunei Muara district being the most populated district. Hence Brunei river in Brunei Muara district could well be affected with pollutants. Hence it is the focus of this research project to focus on non-point pollution along the residential area of Brunei river and its impact on water quality.

Applications Invited

IoT for monitoring water quality of Sungai Brunei

Abstract: In 2010, it was reported that BND3.9 million had been allocated to clean up Sungai Brunei. As of 2015, Brunei has not yet been able to control its non-point source of pollution, which carries around 30 to 40 per cent of total pollutant load. The main objectives of the project are to develop IoT systems to monitor the water quality of Sungai Brunei and its tributaries, and to propose mitigation measures to minimize the impact of non-point source of pollution in Sungai Brunei. In order to address these issues, four main tributaries which eventually leads to Sungai Brunei are investigated: Sungai Kedayan, Sungai Menglait, Sungai Tungkadeh, and Sungai Rimba. These areas are heavily associated with steady increase in population growth and economic development which indirectly affecting the overall water quality along these rivers. Each river will have its own proposed sites where IoT systems will be placed and monitored directly. The multi-disiplinary research project will require: measurement of water quality parameters such as pH, temperature, turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and fecal coliform, development of IoT systems such as sensors, and offer constant real-time online monitoring as feedback to users. This research project will be a subsidiary to our initial project proposal (FIC Research Grant applied) on “non-point pollution and its impact on water quality of Sungai Brunei”. With results gathered from IoT systems and manual data gathering and analyses (from initial project proposal: non-point pollution and its impact on water quality of Sungai Brunei), it is hoped that Sungai Brunei and its tributaries will have its reliable water quality monitoring systems and can assist goverment agencies such as Jastre in proposing preventive measures to preserve the water quality of our Sungai Brunei for the present and future generations. This work will hence add value to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work at Sungai Brunei.

Applications Invited

Emerging contaminants removal by adsorption /membrane-based filtration technologies

Abstract: In recent years, water quality has been challenged by conventional pollutant and emerging contaminants (ECs). With advances in detection techniques, emerging contaminants are found in water globally with concentrations of mg/L to ng/L or lower. ECs are often present in the environment but they are not monitored properly. Some examples of major human/ environmental health concerns of emerging contaminants are hormone activity, skin, brain and nervous system disruption; cancer; wildlife and environmental toxicity, persistency and accumulation.

Applications Invited

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Scopus Publications


1. Development of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Membrane via Assembly of Tannic Acid and Polyvinylpyrrolidone for Filtration of Oil/Water Emulsion. Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Syasya Ong Amat, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Nik Abdul Hadi Md Nordin, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Saiful Prayogi, Thanitporn Narkkun, Kajornsak Faungnawakij. Polymers 13(6), 976, 2021.

2. Polyvinylidene Fluoride Membrane Via Vapour Induced Phase Separation for Oil/Water Emulsion Filtration. Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Nur Rifqah Sait, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Juhana Jaafar, Nik Abdul Hadi Nordin, Thanitporn Narkkun, Kajornsak Faungnawakij, Dzeti Farhah Mohshim. Polymers 13(3), 427, 2021.

3. Halloysite Nanotube-Ferrihydrite Incorporated Polyethersulfone Mixed Matrix Membrane: Effect of Nanocomposite Loading on the Antifouling Performance. Syarifah Nazirah Wan Ikhsan, Norhaniza Yusof, Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Farhana Aziz, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail. Polymers 13(3), 441, 2021.

4. Water Quality Monitoring with Arduino Based Sensors. Wong Jun Hong, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Emeroylariffion Abas, Rosyzie Anna Apong, Zarifi Masri, Hazwani Suhaimi, Stefan Herwig Gödeke, Muhammad Nafi Aqmal Noh. Environments 8(1), 6, 2021.

5. Estimating glucose diffusion coefficient of membranes for tissue engineering applications using Fick’s First Law. DNHP Sulaiman, H Suhaimi, N Shamsuddin. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 991 (1), 012103, 2020.


1. Filtration of natural organic matter using ultrafiltration membranes for drinking water purposes: circular cross-flow compared with stirred dead end. N Shamsuddin, DB Das, VM Starov. Chemical Engineering Journal 276, 331-339.

2. Membrane-based point-of-use water treatment (PoUWT) system in emergency situations. N Shamsuddin, DB Das, VM Starov. Separation & Purification Reviews 45 (1), 50-67.

3. Development of hydrophilic PVDF membrane using vapour induced phase separation method for produced water treatment. Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Ho Min Chean, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Thanitporn Narkkun, Kajornsak Faungnawakij, Asim Laeeq Khan. Membranes 10 (6), 121.

4. Patterned membrane in an energy-efficient tilted panel filtration system for fouling control in activated sludge filtration. Aisyah Osman, Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Shafirah Samsuri, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Asim Laeeq Khan, Juhana Jaafar, Nik Abdul Hadi Nordin. Polymers 12 (2), 432.

5. Low-pressure submerged membrane filtration for potential reuse of detergent and water from laundry wastewater. Muhammad Roil Bilad, Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Divvya Dharshini Subramaniam, Norazanita Shamsuddin, Asim Laeeq Khan, Juhana Jaafar, Asep Bayu Dani Nandiyanto. Journal of Water Process Engineering 36, 101264.


Non-point pollution and its impact on water quality of Sungai Brunei, BND24.1k, 2019-2021 (on-going). As Principal Investigator
Internet of Things (IoT) for monitoring water quality of Sungai Brunei, BND19k, 2019-2021 (on-going). As Principal Investigator
FIC Allied Grant for Publication Cost, BND10k, 2020 (on-going). As Principal Investigator


Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-Stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries (PODIWM) . 2019 - 2020.


In 2011, she was seconded to Brunei Methanol Company (BMC) as a Chemical Engineer for almost a year to learn about the downstream processing i.e. production of methanol from natural gas.