Associate Professor Ir Abdul Aziz Omar

Assoc Prof Ir Aziz

Associate Professor Ir Abdul Aziz Omar

  • Associate Professor
  • Programme Leader for Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours
Department of Engineering
SDGs Focus


Associate Professor Ir Abdul Aziz Omar is a registered Professional Engineer with Practice Certification in Chemical Engineering with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. With over 40 years of work experience, he spent three years as an Accreditation Director of the Board of Engineers Malaysia, six years as a Process/Project Engineer with PETRONAS, and four years as a Regional Manager for a healthcare facilities management company. He has worked on many projects related to the environment, such as safety studies and process engineering design in research and collaborative work with industries. Among his many experiences, a significant one would be the setting up of the School of Chemical Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia, where he was appointed the founding Dean. He joined Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia where he was Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering from March 2001 to 2016.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • MSc in Environmental Studies, Ohio University, USA (1982)
  • BSc Chemical Engineering, Ohio University, USA (1979)
  • BSc (Chemistry), Ohio University, USA (1979)
  • Reg. Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate (PEPC), BEM
  • Chartered Engineer, ECUK
  • Fellow, IChemE, UK

Research Interests

  • Wastewater treatment technologies
  • Process plant engineering
  • Engineering Education

Notable Publications

  1. Safdar, R., Omar, A. A., Arunagiri, A., Regupathi, I., & Thanabalan, M. (2019). Potential of Chitosan and its derivatives for controlled drug release applications—A review. Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology,49, 642–659. doi: 10.1016/j.jddst.2018.10.020
  2. Safdar, R., Omar, A. A., Arunagiri, A., & Thanabalan, M. (2018). Synthesis and characterization of imidazolium ILs based chitosan–tripolyphosphate microparticles. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 458, 012080. doi: 10.1088/1757-899X/458/1/012080
  3. Safdar, R., Omar, A. A., & Lal, B. (2018). Performance of aqueous tetrabutylammonium hydroxide, piperazine and their blends for carbon dioxide capture. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 266, 522–528. doi: 10.1016/j.molliq.2018.06.095
  4. Zulfiqar, M., Chowdhury, S., & Omar, A. A. (2018). Hydrothermal synthesis of multiwalled TiO2 nanotubes and its photocatalytic activities for Orange II removal. Separation Science and Technology, 53(9), 1412–1422. doi: 10.1080/01496395.2018.1444050
  5. Zulfiqar, M., Chowdhury, S., Sufian, S., & Omar, A. A. (2018). Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Orange II in aqueous solution using solvent-based TiO2 nanotubes: Kinetic, equilibrium and thermodynamic studies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 203, 848–859. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.324