Faculty of Science and Technology, Kebangsaan Malaysia Malaysia




I am currently a professor at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In terms of qualifications, I completed my BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Environmental Chemistry (Air Pollution) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and my PhD at the Laboratory of Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (LGMAC), School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, the United Kingdom.As well as being a professor, I have been the head of the Centre for Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM) since July 2013.


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E-mail: talib@ukm.my  or talib_latif@yahoo.com


School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
Faculty of Science and Technology
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 Bangi, Selangor.

Room No: 2109, Biology Building, FST

Phone No : +603 89213822
Fax No : +603 89213357

Skype: talib.latif


  • Associate Member Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (AMIC)
  • Aerosol Society United Kingdom
  • Malaysian Analytical Sciences Association (ANALIS)
  • Partnership Member Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia)
  • Associate Fellow Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
  • International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Community
  • European Geoscience Society (EGU)


Editorial Work

Member of editorial board for Journal Sains Malaysiana (ISI/SCOPUS), Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences (SCOPUS), Malaysian Applied Biology (SCOPUS) and Malaysian Journal of Chemistry.

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)

Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution Research Group

Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-9560-2010

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Significant Publications


Mazlin, M., Latif, M. T. & Lee, Y. H. 2003. Kimia Air (Water Chemistry). Utusan Publication & Distributor Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur (in Malay)

Journal articles

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., Tangang, F.T. and Mansor, H. 2009. Spatio-Temporal Characteristic of PM10 Concentration Across Malaysia. Atmospheric Environment. 43(30) 4584-4594. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=2.89, Q1) doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.06.018

Latif, M. T., Rozali, M. O., Kim, C. L., Murayadi, S. A. and Sahaimi, K. N. A. 2009. Composition of household dust in semi urban areas in Malaysia. Indoor and Built Environment. 18: 155-161.  (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=0.5, Q4). doi: 10.1177/1420326X09103014

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.

Latif, M. T., Baharudin, N.,Velayutham, P., Awang, N., Hamdan, H., Mohamad, R. and Mokhtar, M. B. 2010. Composition of heavy metals and airborne fibers in the indoor environment of a building during renovation. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 181(1): 479-489. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF = 1.356, Q3). doi:10.1007/s10661-010-1843-3

Azmi, Z. A., Latif, M. T., Ismail, A. S., Juneng, L., Jemain, A. A. 2010. Trend and Status of Air Quality at Three Different Monitoring Stations in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. Air quality, Atmosphere and Health. 3:53–64.(SCOPUS, ISI). Abstract

Latif, M. T., Azmi, S. Z., Noor, A. D. M., Ismail, A. S., Johny, Z., Idrus, S., Mohamed, A. F., Mokhtar, M. B. 2011. The impact of urban growth on regional air quality surrounding the Langat River Basin, Malaysia. The Environmentalist. 31(3), 315-324. (SCOPUS). doi:10.1007/s10669-011-9340-y

Latif, M. T., Baharudin, N. H., Nor, Z. M. and Mokhtar, M. B. 2011. Lead in PM10 and in indoor dust around schools and preschools in Selangor, Malaysia. Indoor and Built Environment. 20(3):346-353. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF:2.00 Q1).doi:10.1177/1420326X11402433

Latif, M. T., Anuwar, N. Y., Srithawirat, T., Razak, I. S and Ramli, N. A. 2011. Composition of leveglucosan and surfactants in atmospheric aerosols from biomass burning. Aerosols and Air Quality Research. 11( 7): 837-845  (SCOPUS, ISI,IF=2.827, Q1). doi:10.4209/aaqr.2010.12.0103.

Latif, M. T., Wanfi, L., Hanif, N., Roslan, R. N., Ali, M. M. & Mushrifah, I. 2012. Composition and distribution of surfactants around Lake Chini, Malaysia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 184 (3), 1325-1334 (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=1.356, Q3). doi:10.1007/s10661-011-2043-5

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

Wan Mahiyudin, W. R., Sahani, M., Aripin, R., Latif, M. T., Thach, T. Q., Wong, C. M., 2013. Short-term effects of daily air pollution on mortality.Atmospheric Environment, 65: 69-79. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=3.465, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.10.019

Razak, I.S., Tan, Z.Z., Nor, Z.M., Wahid, N.B.A., Mushrifah, I., Latif, M.T., 2013. Correlation Between Surfactants and Heavy Metals in a Natural Lake. Environmental Forensics 14, 59-68. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 0.768, Q4) doi: 10.1080/15275922.2012.729004

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

Jamhari, A. A., Sahani, M., Latif, M. T., Chan, K. M., Tan, H. S., Khan, M. F., and Mohd Tahir, N. (2014). Concentration and source identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PM10 of urban, industrial and semi-urban areas in Malaysia. Atmospheric Environment 86, 16-27. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=3.110, Q1).doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.12.019

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 Research 139, 116-127. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 2.200, Q2) doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.01.003

Azmi, W. N. F. W., Latif, M. T., Wahid, N. B. A., Razak, I. S., and Suratman, S. (2014). Surfactants in Runoff Water at Different Locations in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 92(3):306-310. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF = 1.105, Q3). doi:10.1007/s00128-013-1194-1

Wahid, N. B. A., Latif, M. T., Suan, L. S., Dominick, D., Sahani, M., Jaafar, S. A., and Mohd Tahir, N. (2014). Source Identification of Particulate Matter in a Semi-urban Area of Malaysia Using Multivariate Techniques. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 92(3):317-322. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF =1.105, Q3). doi:10.1007/s00128-014-1201-1

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, 1-13. Article in Press (SCOPUS, ISI, IF =2.618, Q1). doi:10.1007/s11356-014-2562-z

Latif, M. T., Yong, S. M., Saad, A., Mohamad, N., Baharudin, N. H., Mokhtar, M. B., and Tahir, N. M. (2013). Composition of heavy metals in indoor dust and their possible exposure: a case study of preschool children in Malaysia. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 1-13. Article in press. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=1.979, Q2). doi:10.1007/s11869-013-0224-9

Alsalahi, M. A., Latif, M. T., Ali, M. M., Magam, S. M., Wahid, N. B. A., Khan, M. F., and Suratman, S. (2013). Distribution of surfactants along the estuarine area of Selangor River, Malaysia. Marine Pollution Bulletin.80(1-2):344-350. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF=2.531, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.12.019

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

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Semester 1

  • Atmospheric Chemistry (STAE 2413)
  • Environmental Health and Safety(STAE 2022)
  • Environmental Pollution (STAL 3033)
  • Sea Atmosphere Interaction (STAL 3423)

Semester 2

  • Water Chemistry (STAE 2422)
  • Analysis of Water and Air Quality (STAE 2423)


  • Assessment and Monitoring of Water, Air and Noise Pollution (STAE 6323)
  • Wetland Management and Conservation (STAE 6013)
Research Grants

Compositions, characteristics and flux of surfactants and humic-like substances in marine aerosols (E-Science Fund 04-01-02-SF0752)

Characterization and Source Apportionment of Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in the Klang Valley, Malaysia (FRGS/1/2013/STWN01/UKM/02/2)






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