Deputy vice chancellor (research & innovation)

Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail

Professor Ahmad Fauzi Ismail is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Prof. Fauzi was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia from 2015 to 2020. He is the Founding Director of Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center (AMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).  Prof. Fauzi graduated with a B.Eng. (Petroleum Engineering) and M.Sc. in (Chemical Engineering) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He has awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, specializing in Membrane Manufacturing Technology. He has completed his PhD study in less than three years. He is the author of over 800 papers in refereed journals and over 50 book chapters. He has authored or co-authored 6 books and edited or co-edited 11 books, 9 Patents granted and 21 Patents pending. His current Scopus h-index 78 (Citation 26,899) & Web of Science h-index 73 (Citation 24,058). He has supervised 56 PhD and 51 MSc students to completion as well as having supervised 10 post-doctoral fellows.  He received more than 130 awards both at National and International level. Among the prestigious awards won are The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Engineering Sciences for 2019, Merdeka Award for the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Category on 4th September 2014, three times Malaysia’s Rising Star Award by Clarivate Analytics (2016, 2017, 2018). He has been awarded Malaysia Young Scientist Award in 2000; ASEAN Young Scientist Award in 2001. He also won National Academic Award (Innovation and Product Commercialization Category) in August 2013 and Malaysian Toray Science and Technology Foundation Award, on 28 November 2013. He has been named as one of Most Cited Researchers in the world by Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic in Chemical Engineering 2016. In 2004, The Cambridge Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England has listed him in the 2000 Outstanding Scientist of the 21th Century. In August 2006, he was awarded the British Chevening Royal Society Fellowship and was the only candidate being awarded by The British Council in that year. In August 1999, he was conferred a Gold Medal Discovery Award by UTM which had been presented by the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad.

Prof. Fauzi served as the Chief Editor (Water Treatment and Desalination), Emergent Materials journal; Engineering Editor for The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (AJSE) Journal; Advisory Board Qatar University Press 2019, Advisory Board Members for Desalination Journal, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology and Journal of Membrane Science and Research;  Editorial Board Members for Separation and Purification Technology journal, Journal of Membrane Water Treatment, Carbon Resources Conversion Journal, Jurnal Teknologi, Journal of  Membrane and Separation Technology; Biofuel Research Journal, Journal of Rubber Research and  Editor-in Chief for Journal of Applied Membrane Science & Technology. Prof. Fauzi’s research focuses on the development of polymeric, inorganic and mixed matrix membranes for water desalination, waste water treatment, gas separation processes, membrane for fuel cell applications, palm oil refining, haemodialysis membrane and smart optical fiber for tracking migration of oil flow. He also led a team of researchers and professional service teams who have secured research grant at national and international levels amounting about RM60 millions in total.


Prof. Fauzi has almost 30 years integrated combination experience in the academic and research environment. Throughout these years, he has played multiple roles as a lecturer, a researcher and an administrator. During his tenure as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (DVCRI) of UTM (from 2015 – present), he has made significant changes in the University’s financial management by ensuring all financial units under the office of DVCRI office have full compliance to the Financial regulation of the university. Some of the proactive actions taken include ensuring the closure and updates of trust funds in all Centers of Excellence. The implementation has been successfully made within 6 months without negative trust declaration. Going through various levels of academic services, his career aspiration is to promote transformation and translation of the innovations created in universities for the benefits of society, industries and wealth creation for our country in general. He genuinely believed that universities are transformative platform for the talents. Therefore, one of his lifetime privileges is to nurture the young generations through empowerment and inspiration. His aspires to help the young generation to envision potential and successes by building a shared vision, creating mental models and fostering team learning.


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Togetherness, trust, mutual respect and quality-conscious are the cultural pillars in a harmonious workplace

– Prof. datuk Ts. dr. ahmad fauzi ismail