Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Goals and objectives

Pharmaceutical Chemistry is an area of chemistry focused on the development, production, and delivery of drugs. The world is at the dawn of the era of molecular medicine. A rational approach to disease therapy entails the understanding of normal and patho - biological process at the level of molecules involved e.g. proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, DNA and RNA. With this knowledge we can select a molecule as the disease target and figure out how to make that molecule pharmacologically effective that will stop the patho-biological process with minimal side effects on health.

The need to demonstrate safety, bioavailability and efficacy of all drugs, places unique quality control requirements on all aspects of drug manufacturing and distribution processes. To meet these requirements, for conventional/ new drugs, it is needed to develop new analytical techniques for monitoring the levels of drugs in the body and to ascertain the safety and potency of the drugs at the pharmacy shelf.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is to impart in-depth knowledge about all the chemical aspects of drugs and natural products, such as the structure, synthesis, isolation and structural activity relationship with the pharmacological activity. The Department is comprised of all major branches of pharmaceutical chemistry starting from basic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, radiopharmaceuticals, analytical and phytochemistry. These areas are sufficiently covered during the four years of the Pharmacy curriculum alongwith the latest, advanced, computerized and sophisticated instrumental methods for the quality control of drugs at different stages of development and bioavailability levels.

The Department also offers research programmes leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The facilities are available at the Department to carry out research in the following areas;

  1. Synthesis, isolation, structure determination and development of drugs.
  2. Chemical and instrumental analysis of pharmaceuticals/drugs.
  3. Radiopharmaceuticals.
  4. Herbal medicines and phytopharmaceuticals.


The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is to offer quality Pharmacy education and basic research of International standards through excellent courses conducted within a creative environment. The Department consists of professionals who are fully committed to guide the students in the acquisition of knowledge and research.

Learning expectation

  1. Describe the knowledge of organic chemistry for natural and synthetic medicinal products based upon their chemical structure.
  2. Apply the knowledge in purification and testing of pure and adultrated pharmaceutical / chemical and medicinal products.
  3. Explain the knowledge in analyzing the pharmacological and toxic activity of a medicinal product in relation to the chemical change brought in the basic structure of compounds.
  4. Describe the chemical structure, formation of degradation, epimerized, oxidized and reduced products, affecting the properties of a medicinal product
  5. Apply the knowledge in computerized developments by modulation of a chemical structure of a synthesized medicinal compound.
  6. Describe the principles of radioactivity and the methods of radionuclide production, safe handling, processing, quality control and factors affecting biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals.
  7. Describe the concept and principles of herbal medicinal plants based upon the pharmacological effects of their active compounds, clinical efficacy, safety, toxicity and potential drug interactions.
  8. Demonstrate the knowledge of various quality control parameters of different analytical techniques using modern and sophisticated instruments as well as their calibration techniques.
  9. Describe the guidelines of pharmaceuticals / chemicals storage and their waste disposal.
  10. Demonstrate the knowledge, new techniques and processes for research and development in the different research areas.


Asst. Prof. ChM. Dr Awis Sukarni Mohmad Sabere
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
Level 4, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy,
International Islamic University Malaysia
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
Bandar Indera Mahkota,
25200 Kuantan, Pahang
Email: awissabere@iium.edu.my
Tel: +609-570-4931


Personal Assistant (PTA)

Sr. Ilyana Shuhada Zainal Bidin
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  
Email: kop_pchem@iium.edu.my
Tel: +609-570-4922

Senior Science Officer
Sr. Noorzihan Abd. Karim
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  
Email: nzihan@iium.edu.my Tel: +609-570-4923

Senior Assistant Science Officer
Sr. Fatimah Harun
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  
Email: fati_emah@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-3050

Senior Assistant Science Officer
Sr. Azura Yunos
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Email: azurayunos@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-3050

Assistant Science Officer
Br. Mohd Razif Aziz
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  
Email: razifffff@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-3073

Assistant Science Officer
Br. Mohd Najib Omar@Umar
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
Email: brnajib@iium.edu.my
Tel: +609-570-3073

Professor Dr. Qamar Uddin Ahmed
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry   
Email: quahmed@iium.edu.my  
Tel: +609-570-4932 
Research Interest: Organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, natural products, drug discovery

Associate Professor Dr. Siti Zaiton Mat So'ad
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  Email: dszaiton@iium.edu.my  
Tel: +609-570-4939 
Research Interest: Natural product chemistry, phytochemistry, organic chemistry

Associate Professor Dr. Abul Bashar Mohammed Helaluddin
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  Email: abmhelal@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-4933 
Research Interest: N/A

Associate Professor Dr. Alfi Khatib
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
Email: alfikhatib@iium.edu.my  
Tel: +609-570-4940 
Research Interest: Phytochemistry, analytical chemistry

Associate Professor Dr. Norazian Mohd. Hassan
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Email: norazianmh@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-4937 
Research Interest: Phytochemistry

Assistant Professor Dr. Bisha Fathamah Uzir Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry  Email: bishafu@iium.edu.my   Tel: +609-570-3051  Research Interest: Drug discovery, natural product, molecular biology of cancer

Assistant Professor Dr. Mohamed Sufian Mohd. Nawi
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
Email: msufian@iium.edu.my  
Tel: +609-570-4921 
Research Interest: Medicinal chemistry, emulsion, cream formulation

Assistant Professor Dr. Mohammad Jamshed Ahmad Siddiqui
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Email: jamshed_siddiqui@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-4936 
Research Interest: Herbal drug standardisation, process development, new chemical entities

Assistant Professor Dr. Awis Sukarni Mohmad Sabere
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Email: awissabere@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-4931 
Research Interest: Drug delivery, thermal analysis

Assistant Professor Dr. Irna Elina Ridzwan
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Email: elina@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-3052 
Research Interest: Medicinal chemistry (Semi-synthesis of opioids), pharmacology (opioid receptors), drug addiction (animal behaviour study)

Assistant Professor Dr. Zalikha Ibrahim
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
Email: zalikha@iium.edu.my  
Tel: +609-570-3055/4805 
Research Interest: Computer-aided drug discovery and design

Assistant Professor Dr. Kamal Rullah
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Email: kamalrullah@iium.edu.my 
Tel: +609-570-4934 
Research Interest: Medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, drug design

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