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Ricca Rahman Binti Nasaruddin

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering ( Bionanotechnology ) - Doctor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

Ricca Rahman Binti Nasaruddin (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Research Experiences:
  • Syntheses, characterisations and catalytic application of ligand-protected gold and gold-silver nanoclusters (Ph.D)
  • Extraction of high value chitin from shrimp shell waste
  • Development of metal nanocluster catalysts for gas remediation¬†
  • Production of biodiesel from sludge palm oil by enzymatic transesterification (MSc.)
  • Optimization of citric acid production from oil palm empty fruit bunches by artificial neural network (FYP)
Research Interests:
  • Development of functional nanomaterials for catalysis and environmental application
  • Fundamental understanding and molecular dynamic of metal nanocluster and metalloenzyme
  • Functionalization of nanomaterials with biogenic ligands/stabilizers/supports for biomedical application
  • Toxicology of nanomaterials for safety and health regulatory¬†
  • Waste to wealth - Conversion of agricultural/domestic wastes into value added products.
  • Process optimization - Artificial Neural Network (ANN)¬†

Area of Specialisation

  • Engineering Tech ~ Applied Sciences And Technologies ~ Nanotechnology ~ Nano Structured Materials - Noble metal nanoclusters and nanoparticles
  • Engineering Tech ~ Applied Sciences And Technologies ~ Energy Technology ~ Biomass Energy Technology (Including Biogas and Biofuel) - Production of biodiesel from sludge palm oil
  • Biotechnology ~ Biotechnology ~ Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology ~ Biocatalyst - Enzymatic transesterification of sludge palm oil by lipase for biodiesel production
  • Engineering Tech ~ Engineering And Technology ~ Food Engineering ~ Waste Handling and Processing - Fractionation of shrimp shell waste for high value chitin
  • Engineering Tech ~ Engineering And Technology ~ Chemical Engineering ~ Catalyst and Reactions - Catalytic application of metal nanocluster

Professional Membership

  • 2011: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Graduate Engineer), Board of Engineers Malaysia
  • 2017 - 2019: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Regular Member), American Chemical Society

Teaching Responsibilities

BIOTECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING LAB II 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019
ENGINEERING DRAWING 2020/2021 2018/2019
Integrated Design Project 2018/2019
PROJECT I 2018/2019
REACTION ENGINEERING 2022/2023 2021/2022
SEMINAR 2018/2019
TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020
THERMODYNAMICS 2019/2020 2018/2019
USRAH IN ACTION 1 2021/2022
USRAH IN ACTION 2 2022/2023

Research Projects

2020 - 2022 Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset among Malaysian Leaders and Educators
2021 - Present COVID-19 nanoRTK Development and Commercialisation
2019 - Present Investigating the immobilization of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) catalyst on activated carbon (AC) derived from durian's skin.
2018 - Present Engineering ultrasmall gold-silver alloy nanoparticles for antimicrobial application.



2022 Enhancing catalytic properties of ligand-protected gold-based 25-metal atom nanoclusters by silver doping. Molecular Catalysis, 518 () pp. 1-10
2021 Extraction of Phenolic Compound using Natural Deep Eutectic Solvent from Biomass Waste. IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 1192 (012001) pp.
2021 Toward greener synthesis of gold nanomaterials: from biological to biomimetic synthesis. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 426 () pp. 1-24
2020 Alginate and alginate composites for biomedical applications. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 16 (3) pp. 280-306
2019 Electrospray Ionization mass spectrometry: a powerful platform for noble-metal nanocluster analysis. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 131 (German Edition ) / Vol. 58 (English edition) (35) pp. 12093-12103
2019 Toward the shell biorefinery: processing crustacean shell waste using hot water and carbonic acid. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7 () pp. 5532-5542
2018 Hydride-induced ligand dynamic and structural transformation of gold nanoclusters during a catalytic reaction. Nanoscale, 10 (48) pp. 23113-23121
2018 Ligands modulate reaction pathway in the hydrogenation of 4-Nitrophenol catalyzed by gold nanoclusters. ChemCatChem, 10 (2) pp. 395-402
2018 Rational design of high-performance continuous-flow microreactors based on gold nanoclusters and graphene for catalysis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (11) pp. 15425-15433
2018 Roles of thiolate ligands in the synthesis, properties and catalytic application of gold nanoclusters. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 368 () pp. 60-79
2017 Golden carbon nanotube membrane for continuous flow catalysis. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (11) pp. 2999-3007
2017 Heating or cooling: temperature effects on the synthesis of atomically precise gold nanoclusters. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121 (20) pp. 10743-10751
2016 Statistical optimization of ethanol-based biodiesel production from sludge palm oil using locally produced candida cylindracea lipase. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 7 (1) pp. 87-95
2016 Tuning the accessibility and activity of Au25(SR)18 nanocluster catalysts through ligand engineering. Chemistry A European Journal, 22 () pp. 14816-14820
2014 Evaluation of solvent system for the enzymatic synthesis of ethanol-based biodiesel from sludge palm oil (SPO). Bioresource Technology, 154 () pp. 155-161
2013 Enzymatic biodiesel production from sludge palm oil (SPO) using locally produced Candida cylindracea lipase . African Journal of Biotechnology, 12 (31) pp. 4966-4974
2012 The importance of a standardized Islamic manufacturing practice (IMP) for food and pharmaceutical productions. The Importance of a Standardized Islamic Manufacturing Practice (IMP) for Food and Pharmaceutical Productions, 6 (5 Special 4) pp. 588-595
2012 The potential of artificial neural network (ANN) in optimizing media constituents of citric acid production by solid state bioconversion. International Food Research Journal, 19 (2) pp. 491-497
Conference or Workshop Item

2022 Effect of stabilizers in the synthesis of silver nanoparticles and Methylene blue oxidation. In: 6th International Conference on Biotechnology Engineering (ICBioE 2021),
2022 Evaluating the potential of chitin extracted from shrimp shell wastes as support material of gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) for catalysis. In: 6th International Conference on Biotechnology Engineering (ICBioE 2021),
2020 Engineering gold-silver nanoclusters (Au-Ag NCs) for antimicrobial application. In: Nanotechnology Symposium 2020,
2019 Structural transformation and ligand dynamic of gold nanocluster during a catalytic reaction. In: Southeast Asia Catalysis Conference,