Mohd Talib Latif




I am a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and a Deputy Director at Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI, UKM). 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. My main research work include the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including indoor environment. I also work on the composition of gases particularly surface ozone in the atmosphere. Most recently, I have extended my research on aerosols from sea surface microlayer (SML) and the composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from urban and natural sources. I have published more than 100 publications including refereed journals, book, chapter in book and proceedings.

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)
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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, LLatif, 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., 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

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

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 Research139, 116-127. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF= 2.200, Q2) doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.01.003

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, 21(10):6590-6602. (SCOPUS, ISI, IF =2.618, Q2).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

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

M. S. Mohd Nadzir, S. M. Phang, M. R. Abas, N. Abdul Rahman, A. Abu Samah, W. T. Sturges, D. E. Oram, G. P. Mills, E. C. Leedham, J. A. Pyle, N. R. P. Harris, A. D. Robinson, M. J. Ashfold, M. I. Mead, M. T. Latif, M. Mohd Hanafiah, M. F. Khan, and A. M. Amiruddin.. 2014. Bromocarbons in the tropical coastal and open ocean atmosphere during the Prime Expedition Scientific Cruise 2009 (PESC 09). Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics. 14: 8137-8148. (SCOPUS< ISI, IF:5.298).doi:10.5194/acp-14-8137-201

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

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