Public varsity researchers highly cited


TIME and again, Malaysian researchers have shown their strengths in research.

In the recent Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list, Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) were listed as funders of highly cited papers.

Some 21% of the papers came from UM, followed by 12% from UKM and 7% from UTM, according to Clarivate.

The researchers, it said, have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

“Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.

“According to Clarivate statistics, HCRs in Malaysia have published more than 3,422 papers from 2009 to 2019.

“A large part of the research done by these HCRs are closely linked to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages; ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; and ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” it said during a ceremony held virtually on April 29 by Clarivate and the Higher Education Ministry.

During the event, it was also announced that six researchers from UM are on Malaysia’s Clarivate HCR list.

They are Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, Prof Md. Abul Kalam, Prof Kazi Md.Salim Newaz and Prof Wan

Mohd Ashri Wan Daud of the varsity’s Faculty of Engineering; Prof Abdullah Gani from the Faculty of

Computer Science and Information Technology; and Prof Nasrudin Abd Rahim from the UM Power Energy

Dedicated Advanced Centre, UM said in a press release.

Prof Dr Abdul Aziz, who is also the varsity’s deputy vice-chancellor (development), said his research

focuses on developing advanced wastewater treatment that is not only cheaper but generates lower carbon

footprints.

Prof Nasrudin is developing technologies that are dedicated to improving and maximising the generated energy and efficiencies to be deployed.

Through collaborations with Kyoto University in Japan, he is working to provide practical rural electrification in South-East Asia.

Prof Md. Abul, a mechanical engineer, said his research field is related to thermodynamics, fluid

mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, and materials characteristics.

“The study on alternative fuels has a significant impact on society.

“It creates a lot of jobs and reduces foreign petroleum energy,” he said.
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