A brief history of me

“Recording and storing memories of the past are for the future. If we want to know where we’re going, we need to know where we came from.”

My curriculum vitae

My name is Hadi Nur. I was born on the 6th of May, 1969. My specialty is in advanced materials and heterogeneous catalysis. My main field in undergraduate and graduate studies was in chemistry and materials engineering at the Institut Teknologi Bandung. I obtained my B.S. and M.Eng. (cum laude) degrees in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Shortly after that, I continued my postgraduate studies in zeolite chemistry at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as I received my Ph.D. degree in 1998. My postdoctoral studies started with a year as a UTM Postdoctoral Fellow and with two years as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Catalysis Research Center (CRC), Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. I continued there as a Center of Excellence (COE) Visiting Researcher at CRC for half a year. In May 2002, I joined the Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. I was a visiting scientist at the Institute for Heterogeneous Materials Systems, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany from July to September 2015. Currently, I am a full professor at UTM and an adjunct professor at Universitas Negeri Malang (UM). I have supervised postgraduate students studying for Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in heterogeneous catalysis and advanced materials. Currently, my family and I enjoy living in the Johor Bahru area and are glad that we made a move.

My alma mater and current affiliation, directly or indirectly, have a positive impact on my life.

CURRENT DESIGNATION

  • Professor and Senior Director
    Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia [website][inaugural lecture]
  • Editorial Board
    • Editor-in-Chief for Malaysian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences [website]
    • Associate Editor for Catalysis and Photocatalysis, Frontiers in Chemistry [website]
    • Associate Editor for Catalytic Engineering, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering [website]
    • Regional Managing Editor for Asia-Pacific, Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis [website]
    • Editor for Jurnal Teknologi [website]

CHRONOLOGICAL TIMELINE 

  • BUKITTINGGI (1969 – 1974)

    [1969] Born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, on May 6th. Father was Dean of Faculty of Literature and Arts Teaching, Institute of Teacher Training and Education (IKIP – Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) in Bukittinggi (now State University of Padang), Indonesia, 1969 – 1971.

  • PADANG (1974 – 1987)

    [1974] Parents move to Institute of Teacher Training and Education in Padang.

    [1974 – 1976] Kindergarten, PPSP (Proyek Perintis Sekolah Pembangunan) IKIP (Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) Padang.

    [1976 – 1981] 1st – 5th grade, Sekolah Dasar PPSP (Proyek Perintis Sekolah Pembangunan) IKIP (Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) Padang.

    [1981 – 1984] 1st – 3rd grade, SMP Adabiah Padang, West Sumatera (secondary school).

    [1984 – 1987] 1st – 3rd grade, SMA 3 Padang, West Sumatera (senior high school).

  • BANDUNG (1987 – 1995)

    [1984 – 1987] An undergraduate student of the Department of Chemistry, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Failed to enter the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) as an undergraduate student, but fortunately entered the Department of Chemistry ITB as the second choice of the entrance examination (Sistem Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru).

    [1988] Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University, 1988 – 1989. Failed to finish his study at the Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD). Dropout in the second semester. Unable to study in two universities, UNPAD and ITB at the same time.

    [1993] Married to Terry Terikoh, on April the 26th.

    [1993 – 1995] Master of Engineering student of Materials Science and Engineering Program, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Graduated with Cum Laude. Finish in 1.5 years.

    [1995] Failed to get a scholarship from the Indonesian government (University Research for Graduate Education scholarship) although already accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). This year, I also failed to be sent by the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to pursue my Ph.D. study at KU Leuven, Belgium. At that time, I was a candidate for the lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering Program, ITB.

    [1995] Farid Rahman Hadi was born on April the 2nd at Borromeous Hospital, Bandung.

  • JOHOR BAHRU (1995 – 1999)

    [1995 – 1998] Ph.D. student of Chemistry at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Finish Ph.D. in 2.5 years in the field of zeolite chemistry and catalysis (December 1995 – May 1998).

    [1997] My first paper submitted to the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical was rejected to be published in this journal. “Nothing new,” said the reviewer.

    [1998 – 1999] Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM): September 1st, 1998 – Oktober 31st, 1999. The first postdoc at UTM.

    [1999] Firda Hariri was born on July the 22nd at Kulai Hospital, Johor Bahru.

  • BANDUNG (1998)

    [1998] Failed to be a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering Program, ITB although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS). The economic crisis was hitting Indonesia at that time. This is the main reason why I left ITB.

  • SAPPORO (1999 – 2002)

    [1999 – 2001] JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Fellow (November 2nd, 1999 – November 1st, 2001), Laboratory of Catalytic Reaction Chemistry, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University.

    [2001 – 2002] COE (Center of Excellent) Visiting Researcher (November 1st, 2001 – March 31st, 2002), Laboratory of Catalytic Reaction Chemistry, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University.

  • PADANG (2001)

    [2001] Failed to be a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS).

  • JOHOR BAHRU (2002 – PRESENT)

    [2002 – 2003] Research Officer (May 1st, 2002 – May 31st, 2003), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2003 – 2007] Lecturer (June 2nd, 2003 – October 5th, 2007), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2006] Fahima Zikra was born on September the 12th, at Kulai Hospital, Johor Bahru.

    [2007 – 2008] Senior Lecturer (October 6th, 2007 – September 3th, 2008), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2008 – 2010] Associate Professor (September 4th, 2008 – November 28th, 2010), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2008 – 2014] Manager of International Affairs for Indonesia (December 1st, 2008 – March 31st, 2014), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2009 – 2014] Head of Catalytic Science and Technology (CST) Research Group (June 24th, 2009 – June 23rd, 2014), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2010 – ] Professor (November 29th, 2010 – present), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    [2013] My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, enrolled in the Centre for Foundation Studies, International Islamic University of Malaysia (June 15th, 2013).

    [2015 – 2019] Director of Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (February 15th, 2015 – September 30th, 2019).

    [2018 – ] Senior Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (October 1st, 2018 – present).

  • BERLIN (2015)

    [2015] Visiting scientist at the Institute for Heterogeneous Materials Systems, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany (July 20th – 4th September 2015).

  • SAUDI ARABIA (2016)

    [2016] Performing Hajj (2 – 21 September 2016).

  • MALANG (2017)

    [2017] Appointed as an adjunct professor at Universitas Negeri Malang (February 1st, 2017).

  • MALAYSIA (2017 – 2020)

    [2017] My daughter, Firda Hariri, enrolled in Tamhidi (Foundation), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) (May 24th, 2017).

    [2017] My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, received the Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies) degree from the Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (November 13rd, 2017).

    [2018] My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, enrolled master’s program, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (August 25th, 2018).

    [2018] My daughter, Firda Hariri, enrolled undergraduate program, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (August 28th, 2018).

    [2020] My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, finished the Master of Architecture degree from the Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) (The convocation ceremony expected in March 2021).

“And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?” (QS 6:32)

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