My CV of failures

No one ever never fails. These are some of the failures that have never regretted in my life.


Failed to stay in mother’s womb longer than nine months. Born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, on May the 6th.

47 years ago


Failed to enter Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) as an undergraduate student, but fortunately entered Department of Chemistry ITB as the second choice of the entrance examination (Sistem Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru).

28 years ago


Failed to finish his study at Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD). Dropout in the second semester. Unable to study in two universities, UNPAD and ITB at the same time.

27 years ago


Failed to get a scholarship from Indonesian government (University Research for Graduate Education scholarship) although already accepted as a PhD student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

Failed to be sent by the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to pursue my PhD study at KU Leuven, Belgium. At that time, I was a candidate for the lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB.

21 years ago


My first paper submitted to Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical was rejected to be published in this journal. “Nothing new” said the reviewer.

19 years ago


Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS). Economic crisis is hitting Indonesia at that time. This is the main reason why I left ITB.

17 years ago

1999 – 2002

Failed to speak Japanese even though almost three years living in Sapporo, Japan.

16 years ago


Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS).

14 years ago


Failed to be promoted as an Associate Professor at Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

8 years ago


Failed to move to Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) as an Associate Professor.

7 years ago

Good intention in scientific research


Praise to God, it’s been almost 20 years I have been in scientific research. Many research results have been produced in the form of scientific publications. However, it should be asked, whether the result of research is useful or not? I need to do a self-introspection.

According to the teachings of Islam that I believe in, in order to the research gives the benefit, the research should begin with the good intention. Intention of doing research is the same as the search for knowledge. Seeking the truth. The best intention is to achieve a noble character and beneficial to humanity. We’re taught that do not intend to seek knowledge to the pursuit of wealth and popularity. Or just to show off, as we saw in the scientific world, such as the h-index, impact factor of publications and so on. This is not blessed by God.