Congratulations to NANOCAT PhD student, Mr Muhamad Syamim Akmal Che Mansor on winning Best Poster Award in National Symposium on Micro-Nano Technology (NaSMINT) 2019.


Congratulations to NANOCAT lecturers and students on winning Gold and Silver in International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2019 from 22-23 October 2019 in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Johor.

Dr Lee Hwei Voon and her team won Gold for project title Renewable biomass-derived cellulose nanomaterial: versatile bio-based emulsifier and A.P. Dr Juan Joon Ching and his team won Silver for project title Ultra-battery based dual-ion system with seaweed.


Congratulations to NANOCAT PhD students, Alex Choo Min Yee (Gold), Pauline Phoon (Gold), and Mohd Rashid Yusof Hamid (Silver) on their achievement in Olympiad Nanoteknologi Malaysia (ONM) and well done to Pauline Phoon and her teammates on winning the best team awards.


Congratulations to Prof Dr Mohd Rafie Johan, Ir Dr Lai Chin Wei, and Nur Azimah Abd Samad on winning Gold in Invention, Innovation, and Design Exposition 2019 (IIDEX2019) from 10-15 September 2019 at Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor (DATC), UiTM Shah Alam.


Congratulations to our collaborator from UTHM cum NANOCAT former PhD student, Dr Syazwan Hanani Meriam Suhaimy on winning silver medal at 2019 FTK Research & Innovative Technology Competition (RITEC2019) on her product innovation for herbicide-polluted water treatment.


Congratulations to Dr Nurhidayatullaili's team, Prof Mohd Rafie Johan, Mr Mohd Azam Mohd Adnan, Mr Muhammad Nur Iman Amir, and Mr Mohd Rashid Yusof Hamid won the Gold Award - Innovation & Best Award in Innovation Category at Melaka International Intellectual Exposition 2019 from 6-8 August 2019. The project diversifies the use of nanotechnology into Malaysia water treatment application.


Congratulation to NANOCAT team Dr Laili, Dr Wageeh, Ms Erfan and Mr Azman for being finalist as top 12 Best Project for the Tech Planter Program. The project is about producing green biodegradable nitrile glove using nanocellulose antioxidant as an additive.

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Congratulations to Science Fund group (special dedication to Miss Fadilah Abd Wahab and Miss Nurul Hazierah Kamaruddin) under Principal Investigator Prof. Dr Mohd Rafie Johan on winning best poster in 15th International Conference Frontier Polymer Advanced Materials on 17-21 June 2019 in Penang. Also, well done to Dr Marlinda Ab Rahman as an Invited Speaker of the conference.




Researchers from the NANOCAT Research Centre, University of Malaya (UM) led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching have succeeded in producing EcoB, a seaweed-based power bank. Congratulations!

Well done to Ir Dr Lai Chin Wei on becoming one of the recipients for Impact Oriented Interdisciplinary Research Grant Programme (IIRG).

Document Signing and Exchange Ceremony and NANOCAT-HARTALEGA Pilot Plant Soft Launching.



MoU Signing Ceremony between University of Malaya & Universiti Teknologi Mara & Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The attendees were
1.Yang Berbahagia Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hashim
Naib Canselor, Universiti Malaya (UM)

2. Yang Berbahagia Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said
Naib Canselor, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

3. Yang Berbahagia Ir. Prof. Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik
Presiden, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

4. Yang Berusaha Profesor Dr. Noorsaadah Abd Rahman
Timbalan Naib Canselor (Penyelidikan & Inovasi), Universiti Malaya (UM)

5. Yang Berusaha Profesor Dr. Mohd Nazip Suratman
Timbalan Naib Canselor (Penyelidikan & Inovasi), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

6. Yang Berusaha Prof. Dr. Hadariah Baharon
Penolong Naib Canselor (Penyelidikan & Inovasi), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

7. Yang Berusaha Prof. Dr. Mohd Rafie Johan
Pengarah, Pusat Penyelidikan Nanoteknologi dan Pemangkinan (NANOCAT)

8. Yang Berusaha Prof. Ir. Dr. Ong Kok Seng
Pengerusi, Centre for Environment and Green Technology, UTAR (Kampus Perak)

and Universities' officers


Do check "UM lecturer reaches for the sky" article by NST.

This article highlights Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching's story for his outstanding achievements in research, teaching, academic and administrative services.

Congratulations to Dr Nurul Asikin Mijan, former NANOCAT PhD student on the award received on 7th Dec 2018 from Institut Kimia Malaysia.She has been awarded the Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui Postgraduate Chemistry Award 2018. She was student under supervision of Dr. Lee Hwei Voon, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching, and Prof. Dr. Noor Saadah Abd Rahman.


Congratulations to NANOCAT student, Ms Jenny Chau Hui Foong and her team on being Champions in ASEAN Grand Challenge at the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference 2018 held at Sunway University, Malaysia on 3rd December 2018. She is PhD student under supervision of Ir. Dr. Lai Chin Wei and Dr. Leo Bey Fen.


Congratulations to NANOCAT Academic Staff, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching on the award received. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching has received Future Academician Award (Ahli Akademik Harapan) at the Education Ministry’s 12th National Academic Awards (Anugerah Akademik Negara ke-12) (AAN).


Congratulations to NANOCAT students, Mr. Md. Shalauddin (won 2nd prize) and Mr. Syed Tawab Syah (won 3rd prize) in Poster Competition during Research Carnival on 15-16 November 2018 at Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.


Congratulations to Ir. Dr. Lai Chin Wei on the award received, MASS Young Researcher Award 2018 by Malaysian Solid State Science & Technology Society (MASS).


Congratulations to Nadiah Ghazali, PhD student under supervision of Prof. Dr. Mohd Rafie Johan on the winning of First Prize for Olympiad Nanotechnology Malaysia (ONM) National Level 2018.


Congratulations to Dr. Nurhidayatullaili, Senior Lecturer of NANOCAT on the appointment as Fellow for the CEO@Faculty Programme 2.0 Cycle 2.


Congratulations to Pauline Phoon, student under supervision of Dr Juan Joon Ching on the winning 1st Prize in Pertandingan Projek Penyelidikan Inovasi Nanoteknologi (PIN '18), Master Category


Congratulations to Ir. Dr. Lai Chin Wei team on the winning of Silver award in International Research Innovation Invention & Solution Exposition (IRIISE2018) on 14-16 August 2018.


NANOCAT Staff Appreciation Ceremony (Majlis Penghargaan Staf NANOCAT)


Congratulations to Ir. Dr Lai Chin Wei on the successful promoted to Corporate Membership in The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia in Materials Engineering disipline on 2nd July 2018.


Congratulations to Dr. Adeeb Hayyan and his team on winning two gold medals in ITEX18 and BiiDE2018.

1- Gold Medal, Green Solvents for Advanced Up-Stream Treatment Technology of Fuel and Biofuel29th International Invention, Innovation &Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2018), held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 10-12 May 2018.
2- Gold Medal, Application of Malaysian and Arabic Frankincense for detection of Non-Halal food and for Reducing Uranium Content in Food. Dewan Titiwangsa, Universiti Teknology Mara, Pahang Branch, RAUB Campus, Pahang, Malaysia. Breakthrough Invention, Innovation & Design Exhibition (BiiDE 2018), 14 May, 2018.


Congratulations to Ir Dr Lai Chin wei, Prof Dr Mohd Rafie Johan and Nur Azimah Abd Samad on the winning of Gold Award at Innovative Research, Invention & Application Exhibition 2018, Universiti Utara Malaysia on 6-7 May 2018.


Well done and congratulations to our PhD students: Miss Erfan Suryani Abd Rashid and Mr Mohd Azam Mohd Adnan for wining 2 Gold Medal at Asian Innovation Show (AIS 2018) on 27 to 29 April 2018 for project title " Functionalized nanocellulose as reinforcement additive for green nitrile glove" and " New approach on green water treatment process by sunlight drive photocatalyst" .Miss Erfan Suryani Abd Rashid also has won the special award on "Human Capital Innovation and Social Engagement


Congratulations to Ir. Dr. Lai Chin Wei, a finalist for National Young Scientist Award 2018 and won 2nd place. The giving ceremony was held at National Science Centre on 3 April 2018.


Congratulations to our lecturer, Dr Lai on the award of Professional Engineer and bring the title of Ir. Dr. Lai Chin Wei.


Congratulations goes to Dr Lee Hwei Voon and her teams on winning Gold medal and Silver medal for 8th Exposition on Islamic Innovation (i-Inova '18) on 10th-11th March 2018 at Dewan Tuanku Canselor Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Negeri Sembilan.


Congratulations Dr Lee Hwei Voon and team on winning the Bronze Medal Malaysia Technology Exhibition (MTE 2018) award. The event was held in Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur from 22-24 February 2018 .


Pembukaan Rasmi R&D Oleon, dirasmikan oleh Dr. Dirk Packet, Oleon Innovation Director, dan disaksikan oleh Mr. James de Caluwe, Oleon Managing Director (Asia), dan Mr. Tan Kee How, Oleon Managing Director (Sales and Marekting Asia-Pacific)



Heartiest Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching Outstanding Resercher - UM Young Resercher & UM-OLEON Corporate Partner - Research on the receiving of University of Malaya Excellence Award 2017. From left: Managing Director of OLEON; Mr James De Caluwe, Application Engineer OLEON; Mr Lai Yew Chong, NANOCAT Academic Staff; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching, and Director of UMCIC; Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin binti Othman.


Congratulations to Raman spectroscopy laboratory team for successfully obtaining ISO17025 (Raman spectroscopy)


Congratulations to our students on the winning in Olympiad Nanoteknologi Malaysia (ONM 2017) and Pertandingan Projek Penyelidikan Inovasi Nanoteknologi peringkat Kebangsaan (PIN 2017) peringkat Sarjana


Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching and his team for the Bronze Award in PECIPTA 2017.


Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan Joon Ching for winning the Malaysia's Research Star Award.


Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Dr Juan Joon Ching and Dr Lai Chin Wei teams for their success in winning the silver medals in UMP TVET Exposition 2017 held in Universiti Malaysia Pahang on 19-20 September 2017. For the invention: 1) Eco-friendly Red Seaweed Pulp-based Battery & 2) TiO2-ZnO Nanorod - based Hydrogen Generator


14th International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2015) on the 4th – 6th December 2015. NANOCAT won two golds and one silver.

Young Researchers Award to Dr Lai Chin Wei 2015 from University of Malaya on 2  December 2015 at Sime Darby Convention Centre


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