Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1


Prof Dr Sarani Zakaria
Materials Science Programme, Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia



PhD in Pulp and paper Technology, UMIST, UK. 1994
MSc in Pulp and Paper Technology, UMIST, UK. 1991
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Bishop’s Univ, Quebec, Canada. 1987
Diploma (Grade 13) Niagara Education Board, Ontario, Canada. 1983

Prof Zakaria is an expert in utilising bio-resources lignocellulosic materials (plant based) and focusing on the area of pulp and paper technology, wood plastic composites, bioresin, cellulose derivatives and regenerated cellulose with the combination of nano functional materials for value added products. She has received various research grants, awards and fellowship from Local and International bodies such as Venus International Women Award (Distinguish Women in Science), Tianjin Government Expert Fellowship, Apec Women Fellowships, Flinders International Research Fellowships, Brain Gain Fellowship Academy Science of Malaysia, Canadian Industrial Development Agency (CIDA), Association of Commonwealth University (ACU), TEKES-Finland and Japan Promotion for Science (JSPS). She has published in more than 180 research articles in high impact Journal and has filed 13 patents, 3 books (2 submission), 12 Chapters in Books and 21 Malaysian Standard.

Keynote Title: Physico-mechanical properties of wet-spinned regenerated cellulose fiber embedded with graphene oxide



Keynote Speaker 2


Professor Ts. Dr Muhd Zu Azhan Yahya
National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia
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Muhd Zu Azhan YAHYA is currently a Professor of Physics (Material Science) in the Department of Defence Science, Faculty of Defence Science & Technology, National Defence University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He received his PhD in Advanced Materials from University of Malaya, in 2002. He has been appointed as a Fellow of the Malaysian Solid State Association (MASS) since 2010. He has published more than 150 articles (h-index of 17) in SCOPUS. His research interests are related to Materials for Batteries, Energy Storage and Computational Materials Science.

Area of Expertise
  • Materials for Batteries
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Energy Storage
Keynote Title: Ab-Initio Studies of Cathode Material Properties for Sodium Ion Batteries


Scopus Author Details
Citations 1304
h-index 17