Mohd Talib Latif




I am a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, and Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) at Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. I completed my BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Environmental Chemistry (Air Pollution) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and my PhD at the School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. I was a head of Environmental Science Programme from 2010-2013 and Head Centre for Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM), Institute for Climate Change from July 2013 to August 2014, and Deputy Director at Institute for Environment and Development (Lestari) from May 2015 to December 2017. My main research work include the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including sea surface microlayer (SML). I also work on the composition of gases particularly surface ozone in the atmosphere. Most recently, I have extended my research on the composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from urban and natural sources.

Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric surfactants and humic-like substances
  • Composition of atmospheric aerosols
  • Composition of indoor dust
  • Source apportionment of atmospheric pollutants
  • Surface ozone and volatile organic carbons (VOCs)


  • Academy of Science Malaysia Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) Award 2018
  • Publication Award for Q1 and Q2 Journal Articles, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM 2016
  • Publication Award for Articles with the Highest Comulative Impact Factor, 2017, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM 2017
  • Best Poster Award, JSPS-ACP Conference 2016, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Excellent Service Award, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia , 2009, 2013
  • Gold Medal in International Engineering Invention & Innovation Exhibition (i-ENVEX) and Malaysian International Young Inventors Alympiad (MIYIO) 2012 (Supervisor)


Selected Publication

Latif, M. T. & Brimblecombe, P. Surfactants in atmospheric aerosols. Environmental Science & Techology. 2004, 38, 6501-6506. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 4.363, Q1).doi:10.1021/es049109n.

Juneng, L., Latif, M. T. and Tangang, F. 2011. Factors influencing the variations of PM10 aerosol dust in Klang Valley, Malaysia during the summer. Atmospheric Environment. 45( 26), 4370-4378 . (SCOPUS, ISI, IF: 3.139, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.05.045

Roslan, R. N., Hanif, N. M. Othman, M. R., Azmi, W. F. W., Yan, X. X., Ali, M. M., Mohamed, C. A. R., Latif, M. T. 2010. Surfactants in the sea-surface microlayer and their contribution to atmospheric aerosols around coastal areas of the Malaysian peninsula. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 60(9): 1584-1590. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF = 2.63, Q1).doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.04.004.

Dominick, D., Juahir, H., Latif, M.T., Zain, S.M., Aris, A.Z., 2012. Spatial assessment of air quality patterns in Malaysia using multivariate analysis. Atmospheric Environment 60, 172-181.(SCOPUS, ISI,IF=3.465, Q1)doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.06.021

Latif, M.T., Lim Shun Hey, Liew Juneng, 2012. Variations of surface ozone concentration across the Klang Valley, Malaysia. Atmospheric Environment, 61. 434-445 (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=3.465, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.07.062

Wahid, N. B. A., Latif, M. T. and Suratman, S. 2013. Composition and source apportionment of surfactants in atmospheric aerosols of urban and semi-urban areas in Malaysia. Chemosphere. 91(11): 1508-1516. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 3.206, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.029

Ahamad, F., Latif, M. T., Tang, R., Juneng, L., Dominick, D., and Juahir, H. (2014). Variation of surface ozone exceedance around Klang Valley, Malaysia. Atmospheric Research139, 116-127. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 2.200, Q2) doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.01.003

Mustaffa, N. I. H., Latif, M. T., Ali, M. M., and Khan, M. F. (2014). Source apportionment of surfactants in marine aerosols at different locations along the Malacca Straits. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(10):6590-6602. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF =2.618, Q2).doi:10.1007/s11356-014-2562-z

Latif, M. T., Dominick, D., Ahmad, F. Khan, M. F., Juneng, L., Hamzah, F. M., Nadzir, M. S. M. 2014. Long term assessment of air quality from background station on Malaysian Peninsula.Science of The Total Environment. 482-483: 336-348. (Scopus, ISI, IF = 3.258, Q1).doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.02.132

Sahani, M., Zainon, N. A., Wan Mahiyuddin, W. R., Latif, M. T., Hod, R., Khan, M. F., Tahir, N. M., and Chan, C.-C. (2014). A case-crossover analysis of forest fire haze events and mortality in Malaysia. Atmospheric Environment 96, 257-265.(SCOPUS, ISI, IF =3.062, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.07.043

Jaafar, S. A., Latif, M. T., Chong, W. C., Wong, S. H., Wahid, N. B. A., Razak, I. S., Khan, M. F., Mohd Tahir, N. (2014) Surfactants in the sea surface microlayer and atmospheric aerosol around the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 84: 35-43. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF: 2.531, Q1) doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.05.047

Dominick, D., Latif, M. T., Juneng, L., Khan, M. F., Amil, N., Mead, M. I., Nadzir, M. S. M., Moi, P. S., Samah, A. A., Ashfold, M. J., Sturges, W. T., Harris, N. R. P., Robinson, A. D., and Pyle, J. A. Characterisation of Particle Mass and Number Concentration on the East Coast of the Malaysian Peninsula during the Northeast Monsoon. Atmospheric Environment. 117: 187-199. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF =3.2815, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.07.018

Fujii, Y., Tohno, S., Amil, N., Latif, M. T., Oda, M., Matsumoto, J., and Mizohata, A. (2015b). Annual variations of carbonaceous PM2.5 in Malaysia: influence by Indonesian peatland fires. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15, 13319-13329.(SCOPUS, ISI, IF =5.053, Q1). Full Text.

Mohamad, N., Latif, M. T., and Khan, M. F. (2016). Source apportionment and health risk assessment of PM10 in a naturally ventilated school in a tropical environment. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.124,  351–362 (IF=2.762, Q2).doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.11.002

Khan, M. F., Latif, M. T., Saw, W. H., Amil, N., Nadzir, M. S. M., Sahani, M., Tahir, N. M., and Chung, J. X. (2016). Fine particulate matter in the tropical environment: monsoonal effects, source apportionment, and health risk assessment, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 597-617,.(IF=5.053, Q1) doi:10.5194/acp-16-597-2016, 2016.

Amil, N., Latif, M. T., Khan, M. F., and Mohamad, M. (2016). Seasonal variability of PM2.5 composition and sources in the Klang Valley urban-industrial environment. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 5357-5381.(IF=5.053, Q1).doi:10.5194/acp-16-5357-2016

Kanniah, K. D., Kaskaoutis, D. G., San, L. H., Latif, M. T., Zaman, N. A. F. K., and Juneng, L. (2016). Overview of atmospheric aerosol studies in Malaysia: Known and unknown. Atmospheric Research. (ISI/SCOPUS, IF = 3.377, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.08.002

Othman, M., Latif, M.T., Mohamed, A.F., 2016. The PM10 compositions, sources and health risks assessment in mechanically ventilated office buildings in an urban environment. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health 9, 597-612. (ISI/SCOPUS, IF:2.324, Q2). doi:10.1007/s11869-015-0368-x

Jaafar, S.A., Latif, M.T., Razak, I.S., Shaharudin, M.Z., Khan, M.F., Wahid, N.B.A., et al., 2016. Monsoonal variations in atmospheric surfactants at different coastal areas of the Malaysian Peninsula. Marine Pollution Bulletin 109, 480-489. (ISI, SCOPUS, IF=3.099, Q1) doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.05.017

Overall Publication