Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

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 PhD Programme in Chemistry aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry in related aspects. 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, original 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 100,000 words.


  • Compulsory modules SR-5101. These are modules that all postgraduate students must read and pass to satisfy their graduation requirement.
  • 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
  • Chemically modified electrodes.
  • Electro-analysis.
  • Aquatic environmental chemistry.
  • Chemical modification of ligno-cellulosic materials for environmental applications.
  • Monitoring of environmental pollutants.
  • VOCs in air and occupational environments.
  • Acidity of rainwater (contribution of weak organic acids).
  • Heavy metals/trace metals in marine organisms and animals.
  • Extraction and characterization of fats and oils.
  • Analysis of food additives, vitamins and minerals.
  • Soil chemistry; pollution and solid waste.
  • Natural Products.
  • Environmental conservation: Use of local food waste as potential biosorbents for the removal of environmental pollutants.
  • Study of medicinal and aromatic plants in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Analysis of nutrient compositions of fruits and vegetables in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Investigation of the structural and functional attributes of parasitic plants (Mistletoes and Dodders) in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Study of the optimization of biodiesel production.
  • Investigation of nutrient contents of local biomass and their potential as biosorbents of pollutants.
  • Green chemistry using clay catalysis.
  • Catalysis Chemistry.
  • Chemistry of Schiff bases.
  • Green technology; Organometallic emitters from natural products.
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells.
  • Design, synthesis and structural characterization of potentially new bioactive sulfur-nitrogen chelating agents and their metal chelates.
  • Utilization of sago waste for water purification systems.
  • Catalytic transfer hydrogenation.
  • New catch-release catalysts for fine chemical synthesis.
  • Electrochemistry.
  • Fabrication of small centres using nanostructured materials.
  • Spectroscopy.
  • Photo-catalysis.
  • Biotechnology
  • New generation nucleic acids and protein biosensors.
  • Novel chemical biology and biomaterials approaches.
  • Point-of-care (POC) micro-devices.
  • Agro/food-based applied biotechnology.
  • DNA/protein bioinformatics and bioengineering.
  • Synthesis and characterisation of mixed metal Oxides.
  • Hydrothermal synthesis.
  • Solid state materials chemistry particularly perovskites and doped titanium dioxides.

For more information

Contact:   Deputy Dean of Graduate and Research in FOS (nb.ude.dbu@sgninnej.semaj :liame- sgninneJ treboR semaJ .rD)

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Faculty Member and Contact Details

Research Interests

AP Dr. Linda B. L. Lim

Organic 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

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Electro-analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

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. Hartini Hj Mohd Yasin

Physical chemistry; Electrochemistry
Electrochemical deposition
Determination of antioxidant activities

Dr. Lim Lee Hoon

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. Minhaz Uddin Ahmed

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

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. Malai Haniti Sheikh Abd Hamid

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

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. Tan Ai Ling

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 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 Mohammad Hilni bin Harun Sani

Inorganic Chemistry
Synthesis and characterisation of mixed metal oxides

Dr Natasha Keasberry

Inorganic Chemistry
Biomedical Imaging,

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. Siti Nurul Azian binti Zakaria

In-situ characterization of nanomaterials using spectroelectrochemistry.
Electrochemistry for agricultural soils management.