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Research Interest

Porous carbon, biomass/waste conversion, carbon capture and storage, liquid and gas phase adsorption.

Dr. Nor Adilla
Research Fellow

Cluster : REER


Over the years, Dr. Adilla's research interests centre around the process development of bio-sorbents and applications in carbon dioxide capture; primarily within the Environmental Impact and Management research field. Indeed, the research finding demonstrates the potential of developed bio-sorbent in gas phase applications; significantly better than commercial material. She also has an interest in the field of agricultural and industrial waste valorization (agricultural/industrial) to value-added material. Due to novelty and significance of my research area, the overall work has been cited for >900 (SCOPUS) with a corresponding h-index of 13. The seminal contribution of my research work has also been acknowledged by the scientific community; by being the Finalist in the YSN-ASM Rising Star Award 2019, Finalist in the IChemE Malaysia Young Researcher award (2017), and Sustainable Technology award (2013), and Recipient of the Silver medal in the ITEX 2013.

Education Timeline

  • 2015-2019 Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • 2011-2014 Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • 2007-2010 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • 2020 - Present Lecturer

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • Jul 2020 - Mar 2021 Research Scientist

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • Jul 2013 - Feb 2020 Research Officer

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • Jan 2011 - Jun 2013 Graduate Assistant

    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

  • Jun 2009 - Jan 2010 Trainee, BP Chemicals (M)

    (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Currently known as RP Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.), Kuantan, Pahang.


1. Greener activated carbon synthesis for carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorption
a) Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
b) Source of financial assistance: Short-Term Internal Research Funding (STIRF) UTP
c) Amount of financial assistance: RM 25,000
d) Date of commencement: 22nd November 2021
e) Date of completion: 21st November 2022
f) Status: On-going

2. One-step conversion of biomass feedstock to Dimethylfuran (DMF) as a fuel additive in gasoline/diesel
a) Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
b) Source of financial assistance: Yayasan Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
c) Amount of financial assistance: RM128,390.00
d) Date of commencement: 14th February 2022
e) Date of completion.

3. Sustainability Assessment of Bioenergy Production in ASEAN (ACCEPT)

4. Biogas Proposal for ASEAN German Energy Program (AGEP).


Rashidi, N. A., Chai, Y. H., Ismail, I. S., Othman, M. F. H., and Yusup, S. Biomass as activated carbon precursor and potential in supercapacitor applications. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 1-15. (2022).

Rashidi, N. A., Chai, Y. H., and Yusup, S. Biomass Energy in Malaysia: Current Scenario, Policies, and Implementation Challenges. BioEnergy Research, 1-16. (2022).

Ismail, I.S., Rashidi, N.A. and Yusup, S., Production and characterization of bamboo-based activated carbon through single-step H3PO4 activation for CO2 capture. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2022).

Rashidi, N.A. and Yusup, S. Co-valorization of delayed petroleum coke–palm kernel shell for activated carbon production. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Volume 403 (2021).

Rashidi, N.A. and Yusup, S. Recent methodological trends in nitrogen–functionalized activated carbon production towards the gravimetric capacitance: A mini review. Journal of Energy Storage, Volume 32 (2020).

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