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Dr. Chi Hoong Chan

Registered New Plant Variety and Grant of Breeder’s Right Agent

Dr. Chan or Tim as known to his family and friends was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.

Strong interest in science and technology at early age made him pursue a career in this path. He graduated with B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Science, Applied Physics from National University of Malaysia in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Subsequently, he received further Post-Doctoral training for 1 year in University of Porto, Portugal and worked for 2 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. His international outlook allowed a comprehensive and panoramic view in the global endeavor of intellectual property,

Before joining Adipven, his interest in research includes various topics; plastic / composite recycling, nanocellulose, chemical / polymer synthesis, biomass, wastewater treatment, nanomaterials synthesis, polymer degradation kinetics, etc. He has actively published his research findings in both international and local journals since 2012, indexed in both ISI Web of Science and Scopus as well as presenting regularly in international / local conferences and seminars. Some of his publications includes:


List of Book Chapter Publications:

  1. Emergence of New Nanomaterial: Nanocellulose and Its Nanocomposites. H. Chan, C. H. Chia, S. Zakaria. In Functional Polymeric Composites: Macro to Nanoscales. C.H. Chia (Ed.) 2016. Apple Academic Press.

List of Journal Publications:

  1. Surface Properties of Micro Whiskers from Superheated Steam Treated Bamboo and Antistatic Properties of Composites with Polypropylene. A. Nowaki, H. Ota, T. Ouchi, K. Matsumoto, H. Chan and H. Nishida. 2018. Kobunshi Ronbunshu . In Press Manuscript.
  2. Disintegration and Recycling of Multi-Layered Glass Fiber Polymer Composites via Superheated Steam. H. Chan, M. Wakisaka and H. Nishida. -Under Review-
  3. Characterization of nanocellulose recovery from Elaeis guineensis frond for sustainable development. M.S. Mohaiyiddin, H. L. Ong, W. T. Owi, H. Chan, C. H. Chia, S. Zakaria, and H. M. Akil. 2016. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 1 – 10. DOI: 10.1007/s10098-016-1191-2
  4. Bifunctional graphene oxide-cellulose nanofibril aerogel loaded with Fe(III) for removal of cationic dye via simultaneous adsorption and Fenton oxidation. S.l Sajab, C. H. Chia, C. H. Chan, S. Zakaria, H. Kaco, S. W. Chook, S. X. Chin, A. M. Noor. RSC Advances, (6) 19819 – 19025.
  5. Catalytic Conversion of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) Fiber into Lactic Acid by Lead (II) Ions. X. Chin, S. M. Tasirin, C. H. Chan, C. H. Chia, S. Zakaria, S. W. Chook, and M. S. Sajab. Bioresources, 11 (1) 2186 – 2201.
  6. Isolation and Fractionation of Cellulose Nanocrystals from Kenaf Core. S. Sulaiman, C. H. Chan, C. H. Chia, S. Zakaria and S. N. S. Jaafar.  Sains Malaysiana, 44 (11) 1635 – 1642.
  7. Mechanical and antibacterial properties of paper coated with chitosan. 2015. S. Zakaria, C. H. Chia, W. H. W. Ahmad, H. Kaco, S. W. Chook and H. Chan. Sains Malaysiana 44 (6) 905 – 911.
  8. A porous aerogel nanocomposite of silver nanoparticles-functionalized cellulose nanofibrils for SERS detection and catalytic degradation of Rhodamine B. W. Chook, C. H. Chia, C. H. Chan, S. X. Chin, S. Zakaria, M. S. Sajab and N. M. Huang. RSC Advances, 5 (108) 88915 – 88920.
  9. Cellulose nanofibrils: a rapid adsorbent for the removal of cationic dyes. 2014. H. Chan, C. H. Chia, S. Sajab, S. Zakaria, S. X. Chin. RSC Advances, 5(24), 18204 – 18212.
  10. Low Filler Cellulose Nanocrystals and Graphene Oxide Reinforced Polylactic Acid. 2014. H. Chan, C.H. Chia, S. Zakaria, I. Ahmad, A. Dufresne, and K.Y. Tshai. Polymer Research Journal, 9(1).
  11. Production and Characterisation of Cellulose and Nano-Crystalline Cellulose from Kenaf Core Wood. 2013. H. Chan, C.H. Chia, S. Zakaria, I. Ahmad, A. Dufresne. BioResources, 8(1) 785 – 794.
  12. Layer-by-layer deposition of CoFe2O4 nanocrystals onto unbleached pulp fibres for producing magnetic paper. C. H. Chia, S. Zakaria, S. C. Goh, H. Chan. International Journal of the Institute of Materials Malaysia, 1(1) 73 – 89.


Apart from research, he has been involved in teaching and student guidance for over 7 years. In his free time, he hikes, runs regularly, enjoys meeting new people and travelling around the globe.

He speaks fluent English, Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin and basic Japanese, Portuguese and French.