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Prof. Ir. Dr. Suzana Yusup
Senior Fellow Researcher
Professor Ir Dr. Suzana Yusop is a chemical engineer with expertise in the conversion of biomass into biofuels and biochemicals, materials development, and sustainable processes. She played a pivotal role in establishing biomass research areas within Petronas and currently focuses her research on green technology, emphasizing the transformation of biomass and waste into value-added products and biofuels.
Her dedication to promoting green technologies and a sustainable environment is evident in her granted patents, which feature novel, cost-effective, and energy-efficient methods for converting biomass into value-added fuels like green hydrogen and methyl esters. Additionally, she successfully developed adsorbents from waste materials to reduce CO2 emissions in post-combustion processes. Under her leadership, her team has authored over 200 articles in high-impact international journals and secured five patents, with 19 more patents in the pipeline. In carrying out her research, she has collaborated with over 30 national and international institutions. Her impressive H-index is 44 according to Scopus, with a total of 5,960 citations.
Professor Ir Dr. Suzana previously held the position of Director for Mission Oriented Research Green Technology and served as the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at UTP. She now leads the Centre for Biofuel and Biochemical Research at UTP. She has spearheaded industrial research projects for Petronas and currently leads a fundamental research grant scheme under MOHE. Her collaborative efforts extend to partnering with an energy company to explore the utilization of non-edible feedstock for fuel conversion. Furthermore, she has led collaborations with international researchers from Japan, France, and Abu Dhabi to exchange scientific knowledge in the field of biofuel production. Beyond her academic pursuits, Professor Ir Dr. Suzana has demonstrated the practical application of science to address community issues. For instance, she developed safer biopesticide-based compounds from plants to assist rice farmers in dealing with pest-related challenges and the health hazards associated with chemical pesticides. Her remarkable contributions have garnered recognition, including being featured as one of the top five science stars in East Asia by Nature, the International Journal of Science, which described her as a ‘power player’ in the field of chemical engineering, particularly in the arena of waste-to-fuel technology.