Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail

Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)


Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Ph.D, D.P.S.M., FASc., CEng, FIChemE, P.Eng, P.Tech,  is the seventh Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation.

His research interest is in the development of polymeric, inorganic and novel mixed matrix membranes for water desalination, wastewater treatment, gas separation processes, membrane for palm oil refining, photocatalytic membrane for removal of emerging contaminants, development of haemodialysis membranes and polymer electrolyte membrane for fuel cell applications.

As one of the early pioneers of membrane technology in Malaysia, he is the Founding Director of Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC) that has initiated various community projects for more than a decade.  He has developed 15 patents, with 20 more pending for approval.

As a prolific author, his compendium of publications ranges from over 1000 papers in refereed journals, over 80 book chapters and 11 books.  His current Scopus h-index is 103 (49,554 citations) and Web of Science h-index stands at 92 (35,548 citations). He has supervised more than 70 PhD and 50 MSc students to completion as well as having supervised 10 post-doctoral fellows.

He is a Member of the Malaysia Science Council, Member of Higher Education Advisory Committee, Ministry of Higher Education, Chairman of Malaysia Membrane Society (MyMembrane), Chairman for Selection Committee of the 14th and 15th National Academic Award and Chairman of Malaysia Research University Network (MRUN).  He serves as a Chief Editor and Editorial Board Members for several reputable international journals.

For his continuous contribution in the area of engineering and technology, he was honoured with more than 130 awards at both national and international levels. Among the prestigious awards won are The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Award in Engineering Sciences for 2019, Merdeka Award for the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Category on 4th September 2014, Malaysia’s Rising Star Award (2016) and Highly Cited Researcher (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022) by Clarivate Analytics.

Ahmad Fauzi Ismail graduated with a B.Eng. (Petroleum Engineering) and M.Sc. in (Chemical Engineering) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He was awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, specializing in Membrane Technology, where he managed to successfully complete his study in less than three years.