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Academic Staff : Norhayati

Dr. Norhayati Abdullah
BEng Civil (Environmental Engineering) UTM,
MSc (Environmental Engineering), Newcastle University UK,
PhD (Biosciences) UTM & Newcastle University UK
Senior Lecturer
Email    : norhayati@utm.my
Tel    : 013-7036730
Research Interests
  • Industrial wastewater treatment
  • Environmental engineering
  • Aerobic granulation
  • Palm oil mill effluent
Previous Positions
  • Research Manager, UTM Palm Oil Research Center 2014-2015
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering 2008-APRIL 2016
Activities 2017

  • Chair, Scientific Committee 7th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition September 2017, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


  • Keynote Speaker IWA/AWA Young Water Professionals Conference
    18-19 February 2016, UNSW Sydney
  • IWA Board of Directors Meeting 26 February – 3 March 2016, Madrid Spain
  • Chair, Fourth IWA-UTM International Publication Workshop
    7-11 March 2016, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) UTM Kuala Lumpur
  • Facilitator, 5-day Training Workshop on Water, Climate and Cities
    25-29 July 2016, MJIIT UTM Kuala Lumpur
  • Chair, YWP Forum IWA World Water Congress October 2016, Brisbane Australia


  • Program Coordinator, Third IWA-UTM International Publication Workshop
    12-14 March 2015, UTM Johor Bahru
  • Co-Chair, The 2nd IWA Malaysia Young Water Professionals Conference
    17-20 March 2015, Vivatel Kuala Lumpur
  • IWA Board of Directors Meeting
    6-9 October 2015, Brussels Belgium
  • IWA Board of Directors Meeting
    29-30 June 2015, Qingdao China IWA Board of Directors Meeting27-29 January 2015, Vienna Austria
  • Platform presenter 6th IWA ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition
    20-24 September 2015, Beijing China
  • Chair, YWP Forum IWA Development Congress & Exhibition17-21 October 2015, Dead Sea Jordan


  • YWP Forum IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition
    21-26 September 2014, Lisbon Portugal
  • Collaborator & speaker
    Writing skills workshop
    20-23 January 2014, University of Johannessburg South Africa
  • YWP Forum presenter & speaker
    7th IWA Young Water Professionals Conference
    October 2014, Taipei Taiwan
  • Moderator
    Young Water Leaders Summit 2014
    Singapore International Water Week
    1st June 2014, Singapore


  • YWP Forum
    3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition
    14-17 October 2013, Nairobi Kenya
  • Program Coordinator, Second IWA-UTM International Publication Workshop


  • IWA Young Water Professional Award
    Busan Korea
  • Program Coordinator, First IWA-UTM International Publication Workshop
    18-24 March 2012, UTM Johor Bahru


  • Best Presenter Award, The 1st IWA Malaysia Young Water Professionals Conference
    2 – 3 March 2010, Kuala Lumpur
  • Platform Presentation (represented Malaysia as Best Presenter Award winner)
    5th IWA Young Water Professionals Conference
    5 – 7 July 2010, Sydney Australia


  • Best Presenter Award, The 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition
    18 – 22 October 2009, Taipei


  • Student Committee IWA Malaysia Conference & Workshop
    27-29 October 2001, Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur
  • Fulbright U.S-ASEAN Initiative Program 2016
  • Anugerah Citra Karisma 2014
  • Best Postgraduate Student Award, UTM 49th Convocation Ceremony, 2012
  • International Water Association (IWA) Young Water Professional Award 2012
  • Bronze Award in Industrial Art and Technology Exhibition (INATEX) 2013, Product: Culturable Aerobic Granular Sludge using Palm Oil Mill Effluent.
  • Best Platform Presentation Award, 1st National IWAYWP Conference & Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2009
  • Best Student Presentation Award, IWA-ASPIRE International Conference & Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan, October 2009
  • Anugerah Naib Canselor (Deputy Vice Chancellor Award), UTM Convocation Ceremony, in academic session 2002/2003, 15th March 2003, for excellence in academic and curricular activities
Selected Publications
  • Abdullah, N., Fulazzaky, M.A., Yong, E.L., Yuzir, A., Sallis, P. (2016). Assessing the treatment of acetaminophen-contaminated brewery wastewater by an anaerobic packed-bed reactor. Journal of Environmental Management. Volume 168, Pages 273-279. (Impact Factor: 2.522)
  • Tijani, H., Abdullah, N., Yuzir, A. (2015). Integration of microalgae biomass in biomethanation systems. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Volume 52, 1 December 2015, Pages 1610-1622. (5 year Impact Factor: 7.445)
  • Tijani, H.I., Abdullah, N., Yuzir, A., Ujang, Z. (2015). Rheological and fractal hydrodynamics of aerobic granules. Bioresource Technology. Volume 186, June 01, 2015, Pages 276-285. (5 year Impact Factor: 5.330)
  • Dahalan, F.A., Abdullah, N., Yuzir, A., Olsson, G., Salmiati, Hamdzah, M., Din, M.F.M., Ahmad, S.A., Khalil, K.A., Anuar, A.N., Noor, Z.Z. and Ujang, Z. (2015). A proposed aerobic granules size development scheme for aerobic granulation process. Bioresource Technology. Volume 181, April 01, 2015, Pages 291-296. (5 year Impact Factor: 5.330)
  • Saidu, M., Yuzir, A., Salim, M.R., Salmiati, Azman, S. and Abdullah, N. (2014). Biological pre-treated oil palm mesocarp fibre with cattle manure for biogas production by anaerobic digestion during acclimatization phase. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. Volume 95, Issue PA, November 01, 2014, Pages 189-194. (5 year Impact Factor: 2.377)
  • Abdullah, S.A., Majdi, N.M., Shikh Md Saud, S.F.R., Abdullah, N. and Yuzir, A. (2014). Sequencing batch reactor for treatment of palm oil mill effluent. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. 5(5) pp. 1242-1249 (Scopus Indexed)
  • Abdullah, N., Ashtari, N. and Yuzir, A. (2014). Reactivation of preserved aerobic granular sludge using palm oil mill effluent. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. 5(4) pp. 519-527. (Scopus Indexed)
  • M Saidu, A Yuzir, M R Salim, Salmiati, S Azman, N Abdullah (2013). Influence of palm oil mill effluent as inoculum on anaerobic digestion of cattle manure for biogas production. Accepted in Bioresource Technology
  • N Abdullah, A Yuzir, T P Curtis, A Yahya, Z Ujang (2013). Characterization of aerobic granular sludge treating high strength agro-based wastewater at different volumetric loadings. Bioresource Technology. Volume 127, pp. 181-187
  • Yuzir, A., Abdullah, N, Chelliapan, S. and Sallis, P.J. (2013) Effect of Mecoprop (RS)-MCPP on the biological treatment of synthetic wastewater in an Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor. Bioresource Technology. Volume 133, 2013, pp. 158-165. (5 year Impact Factor: 5.330)
  • H Briers, P Sallis, A Yuzir, N Abdullah, S Chelliapan (2012). Chemical Oxidation Process For The Treatment Of Antibiotic Wastewater. International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA). Volume 2, pp. 80-86
  • N. Abdullah, T.P. Curtis, A. Yahya, Z, Ujang (2012). Aerobic granular sludge: Fractal dimension and microbial characterization. In IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. 16-21 September 2012. Busan Exhibition & Convention Centre (BEXCO), Korea. (IWA Young Water Professional Award 2012).
  • N. Abdullah, A. Yahya, A. Yuzir (2012). Fractal Dimension of Aerobic Granular Sludge. In The International Conference on Environment 2012 (ICENV 2012). 11-13 December 2012. Penang, Malaysia
  • N. Abdullah, Z. Ujang, A. Yahya, T.P. Curtis (2012). Aerobic Granular Sludge Developed Using POME: Fractal Dimension and Microbial Characterization. 9-11 June 2012. The 3rdInternational Biotechnology and Biodiversity Conference & Exhibition (BIOJOHOR 2012). Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • N Abdullah, Z Ujang, A Yahya (2011). Aerobic Granular Sludge Formation for High-strength Agro-Based Wastewater Treatment. Bioresource Technology. Volume 102, pp. 6778-6781.
  • N. Abdullah, T.P. Curtis, Z. Ujang, A. Yahya (2011). Novel Aerobic Granular Sludge for High-Strength Agro-Based Wastewater Treatment. In SET for Britain Engineering Competition 2011. 14 March 2011. House of Commons, London.