Associate Professor Dr. Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir

Muhammad Ali Yuzir, PhD  Ali Yuzir
Associate Professor

Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Water Security

Block C07, Level 2

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

81310 Johor Bahru, Johor



 Dr Muhamad Ali Yuzir obtained his PhD from Newcastle University in 2007. He completed his post-doctoral research at Newcastle University under Dr Paul J. Sallis in 2011. He started his career at UTM in 2002 and is currently an Associate Professor at Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Dr Muhamad Ali Yuzir has worked in different areas of Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Treatment. He has strong research interest in the field of water and wastewater treatment particularly in anaerobic treatment of various types of industrial wastewater. He is actively involved in various research projects namely The UTM-Pagoh Education Hub project, JSPS-ACS River Rehabilitation Program and several community engagement programs including the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) in Mersing, development of rainwater harvesting system in Mersing via collaborative work with UTM-UCTC and community involvement in Laos.

Besides being actively involved in academic and community activities, Dr Muhamad Ali Yuzir is also a member of the Malaysian Water Association (MWA) and International Water Association (IWA).


My teaching philosophy revolves around the following issues that I believe every lecturer should be able to address to ensure contributions to knowledge. Students are always encouraged to present their own ideas and be able to express high gratitude towards gaining new insights in every aspects of subjects taught at university. The issues are:

 Quality of Knowledge
Quality is of utmost importance and a priority in conducting my teaching. The knowledge that I deliver should always be equivalent to the time I spend on selecting only the best materials to be presented to students for classes and assessments. Not to mention, having had known materials that are of interest to students helped a great deal in my preparations to ensure that my presentation would justify the quality of knowledge delivered.
Good communication, ideas sharing, expertise validation and cooperation all leads to a good teamwork which will encourage an effective learning process. These are among the important values that I always try to instill among my students to support the processes in an interactive social development.
Leading Student
With advanced information on related courses taken by students in each term, students should be able to determine the right study path with guidance from lecturers. I focus on students’ achievement in class as a measurement for my teaching practicality for each course. Lecturers should be able to guide and lead their students to maximise abilities and resources to maintain good performance besides developing good rapport between lecturers and students.
Learning Transformation
Students are encouraged to understand the importance of application of learned ideas and processes in new processes. By using given or ready-made information, students should be able to apply their new insights to current knowledge and able to adapt to learning environment.

Journal Papers


  1. i)              Chelliapan, S., Wilby, T, Sallis, P. J. and Yuzir, A. (2011).Tolerance of the antibiotic Tylosin on treatment performance of an Up-flow Anaerobic Stage Reactor (UASR). Water Science and Technology, Volume 63, Issue 8, pp. 1599-1606. (Impact Factor: 1.056).
  2. ii)             Chelliapan, S., Wilby, T, Sallis, Yuzir, A. and Sallis, P. J. (2011). Influence of organic loading on the performance and microbial community structure of an anaerobic stage reactor treating pharmaceutical wastewater. Desalination, Volume 271, Issue 1-3, pp. 257-264. (Impact Factor: 1.851).

iii)            Yuzir, A., Chelliapan, S. and Sallis, P. J. (2011). Influence of step increases in hydraulic retention time on (RS)-MCPP degradation using an anaerobic membrane bioreactor. Bioresource Technology, Volume 102, Issue 20 pp. 9456-9461. (Impact Factor: 4.980).

  1. iv)            Chelliapan,S., Yuzir, A., Din, M.F.Md. and Sallis, P.J. (2011). Anaerobic pre-treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using packed bed reactor. International Journal of Chemical Engineering & Applications Volume 2, No 1, February 2011. (Index Journal).
  2. v)             Alkarimiah, R., Mahat, S.B., Yuzir, A., Din, M.F.M. and Chelliapan, S. (2011). Performance of an innovative multi-stage anaerobic reactor during start-up period. African Journal of Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 54, pp 11294-11302. (Scopus Indexed).
  3. vi)            Alkarimiah, R., Mahat, S.B., Yuzir, A., Din, M.F.M. and Chelliapan, S. (2011). Operational Start-Up Performance of an Innovative Anaerobic Stage Reactor (ASR) using Synthetic Wastewater. International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Volume 12. (Index Journal).

vii)           Mohammed Saidu, Mohd Razman Salim and Muhamad Ali Mohamed Yuzir (2011). Cultivation of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) on palm oil mesocarp fibre. African Journal of Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 71, pp 15973-15976. (Scopus Indexed).

viii)          Yuzir, A., Chelliapan, S. and Sallis, P.J. (2012). Impact of the herbicide (RS)-MCPP on an anaerobic membrane bioreactor performance under different COD/nitrate ratios. Bioresource Technology, Volume 109, April 2012, pp. 31-37. (Impact Factor: 4.980).

  1. ix)            Mohammed Saidu, Mohd Razman Salim and Muhamad Ali Mohamed Yuzir (2012). Biodegradation of palm oil mesocarp fibre by white rot fungi. Archives Des Sciences, Volume 65, No 4, pp. 102-110. (Scopus Indexed).
  2. x)             Briers, H., Sallis, P.J., Yuzir, A., Abdullah, N. and Chelliapan, S. (2012). Chemical Oxidation Process for the Treatment Of Antibiotic Wastewater. International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, Volume 2, Issue 6. (Index Journal).
  3. xi)            Chelliapan, S, Mahat, S.B., Md. Din, M. F., Yuzir, A. and Othman, N (2012). Anaerobic Digestion of Paper Mill Wastewater. Iranica Journal of Energy & Environment 3 (2): 104-108. (Index Journal).

xii)           Abdullah, N., Yuzir, A., Curtis, T.P., Yahya, A. and Ujang, Z (2013). Characterization of aerobic granular sludge treating high strength agro-based wastewater at different volumetric loading. Bioresource Technology (Volume 127, 2013, pp. 181-187). (Impact Factor: 4.980)

xiii)          Yuzir, A., Abdullah, N, Chelliapan, S. and Sallis, P.J. (2013) Effect of Mecoprop (RS)-MCPP on the biological treatment of synthetic wastewater in an Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor. Bioresource Technology Accepted (with Correction). (Impact Factor: 4.980).

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