Master of Science in Chemistry by Research

Chemistry plays an important role in developing the modern world, maintaining sustainability and improving the quality of human life. The research areas of the Chemistry Group are diverse and broad such as analytical and environmental chemistry, electrochemistry, organometallic, photochemistry, natural products and synthetic organic chemistry, catalysis and surface chemistry
Candidates will perform a research project under the supervision of staff from the Chemical Sciences Programme and frequently in collaboration with staff members from other disciplines.

Programme Details

Aims and Scope
The MSc Programme in Chemistry aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry in related aspects. Also, students wishing to continue their studies at a PhD level will be able to prepare for the conduction of PhD research on relevant topics. The scope of the Programme is to provide students the necessary specific scientific information, as well as to train them to develop their skills and analytical capabilities.

Students conduct an approved research project, with the supervision of one or more staff members. Upon completion of their research, they submit a Thesis, which normally does not exceed 60,000 words.

Assessment includes examination of the thesis by internal and external examiners. As stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations the examiners may subject a candidate to an oral examination or any other test they think necessary to assess the acceptability of the thesis. Periodic assessment of the progress of the candidate is carried out as stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations.

Areas of Research/ Specialisation

For more information


   Deputy Dean of Graduate and Research in FOS (Dr. Basilios Tsikouras)

Complete programme details can also be found here .

Faculty Member and Contact Details

Research Interests

AP Dr. Linda B. L. Lim


Organics Chemistry; Natural Products
• Medicinal and Aromatic plants research
• Proximate analyses of local fruits and vegetables
• Environmental conservation: Utilization of local fruit wastes and peat for the removal of toxic pollutants

AP Dr. Jose H. Santos

Deputy Dean (Graduate and Research)


Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
• Electro-analytical Chemistry
• Environmental Chemistry

Dr. Tan Ai Ling
Deputy Dean (Academic)


Inorganic Chemistry
• New Luminescent Materials: metal organic framework (MOF) and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)
• Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical studies of metal Schiff bases
• Preparation of synthetic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC)

Dr. Lim Lee Hoon
Programme Leader

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
•  Monitoring of environmental pollutants such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air and occupational environments
•  Acidity of rain water (contribution of weak organic acids)
•  Heavy metals/trace metals/contaminants in the environment, food matrices, marine organisms and animals.

Dr. Aminul Huq Mirza

Coordination Chemistry; Catalysis Chemistry
•   Design, synthesis and structural characterization of potentially new bioactive sulfur-nitrogen chelating agents and their metal chelates.
•   Dye-sensitized solar cells.
•   Schiff bases derived from 2,9-Diformyl-1,10-phenanthroline.

Dr. Anwar Usman

Physical Chemistry
•  Nonlinear Optical Crystals
•  X-Ray Crystal Structures
•  Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Ultrafast Phenomena
•  Electron and Energy Transfer Phenomena
• Optical Trapping Phenomena and Light-Matter Interactions

Dr. Chan Chin Mei

Organic Chemistry; Natural Products
•  Study of the optimization of biodiesel production.
•  Investigation of nutrient contents of local biomass and their potential as biosorbents of pollutants.

Dr.Fairuzeta binti Hj Md Ja'afar

Biophysical chemistry
• Combining ultrasound and microbubbles for medical imaging and targeted drug delivery
• Particle characterization techniques and instrumentation
• Microbubble/Nanoparticle cellular interaction: imaging by optical microscopy

Dr. Hartini Hj Mohd Yasin

Physical chemistry; Electrochemistry
•  Electrochemical deposition
•  Determination of antioxidant activities

Dr. Malai Haniti Sheikh Abd Hamid

Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry
• Synthetic Methodology
• Organic Synthesis
• Coordination Chemistry

Dr. Minhaz Uddin Ahmed

Bioanalytical Chemistry; Biotechnology
•  Bioanalytical Chemistry and Biosensors
•  Halal Foods
•  Applied and Nano-biotechnology

Dr. Mohammad Hilni bin Harun Sani

Inorganic Chemistry
• Synthesis and characterisation of mixed metal oxides

Dr. Mohammad Mansoob Khan

Inorganic Chemistry
• Band gap engineering of metal oxide nanostructures for catalysis, photocatalysis and water splitting
• Synthesis of nanomaterials for hydrogen production, energy related applications such as Microbial Fuel Cells and environmental remediation
• Synthesis of nanocomposites for sensors (Enzymatic and non-enzymatic), optoelectronic devices and photoelectrodes

Dr. Natasha Keasberry

Inorganic Chemistry
• Biomedical Imaging
• Nanomaterials

Dr. Fairuzeta binti Hj Md Ja'afar

Biophysical chemistry
Combining ultrasound and microbubbles for medical imaging and targeted drug delivery
Particle characterization techniques and instrumentation
Microbubble/Nanoparticle cellular interaction: imaging by optical microscopy