Mohd Talib Latif

 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia




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I am a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; and a fellow Malaysian Academy of Science (FASc). 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. Currently, I am the president of the Malaysian Association for Aerosol and Air Quality Research (MAAQR). I was a Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) at the Faculty of Science and Technology (2018-2020), Deputy Director at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI, UKM) (2015-2018), Head of the Centre for the Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM), Institute for Climate Change (2013-2014) and Head of Environmental Science Programme (2010-2013). My main research work includes the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including sea surface microlayer (SML). I also work on the composition of gases, particularly surface ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere. My research group has been working closely with government agencies in Malaysia such as the Malaysian Department of Environment (DOE) and the Malaysian Meteorological Department (Met Malaysia). At the international level, I am actively involved with the research community within the Asian continent through the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry- Monsoon Asia (IGAC-Mango) project. In 2018 I have been appointed to one of the scientific steering committees for the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS). In 2018 I received the Top Research Scientist Malaysian Award from the Academy of Science Malaysia for my research and publication.

Research Interests:
  • Composition of atmospheric aerosols
  • Atmospheric surfactants
  • Source apportionment of atmospheric pollutants
  • Surface ozone and volatile organic carbons (VOCs)
  • Aerosols and VOCs from sea-surface microlayer
  • UKM Bitara Award 2019
  • 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 Cumulative 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 Olympiad (MIYIO) 2012 (Supervisor)

Latest Publication

Othman, M., Latif, M.T., Hamid, H.H.A. et al. Spatial–temporal variability and health impact of particulate matter during a 2019–2020 biomass burning event in Southeast Asia. Sci Rep 12, 7630 (2022).
Wang, X., Fu, T.-M., Zhang, L., Lu, X., Liu, X., Amnuaylojaroen, T., et al. (2022). Rapidly changing emissions drove substantial surface and tropospheric ozone increases over Southeast Asia. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL100223.
Dahari, N., Muda, K., Latif, M.T. et al. Seasonal variations of particle number concentration and its relationship with PM2.5 mass concentration in industrial-residential airshed. Environ Geochem Health 44, 3377–3393 (2022).
Phung VLH, Uttajug A, Ueda K, Yulianti N, Latif MT, Naito D (2022) A scoping review on the health effects of smoke haze from vegetation and peatland fires in Southeast Asia: Issues with study approaches and interpretation. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0274433.
Ahmad Mohtar, A.As., Latif, M.T., Dominick, D., Chel Gee Ooi, M., Azhari, A., Baharudin, N.H., Hanif, N.M., Chung, J.X., Juneng, L. (2022). Spatiotemporal Variations of Particulate Matter and their Association with Criteria Pollutants and Meteorology in Malaysia. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 22, 220124.
Tamsi, N.S.F., Latif, M.T., Othman, M. et al. Antibiotic resistance of airborne bacterial populations in a hospital environment. Environ Monit Assess 194, 629 (2022).
Zulkifli, M. F. H., Hawari, N. S. S. L., Latif, M. T., Hamid, H. H. A., Mohtar, A. a. A., Idris, W. M. R. W., Mustaffa, N. I. H. & Juneng, L. 2022. Volatile Organic Compounds and Their Contribution to Ground-Level Ozone Formation in a Tropical Urban Environment. Chemosphere 302(134852.
Uning, R., Latif, M.T., Hamid, H.H.A. et al. A floating chamber system for VOC sea-to-air flux measurement near the sea surface. Environ Monit Assess 194, 531 (2022).
Mohd Napi, N.N.L., Chel Gee Ooi, M., Talib, M.L., Juneng, L., Mohd Nadzir, M.S., Chan, A., Li, L., Abdullah, S. (2022). Contribution of Aerosol Species to the 2019 Smoke Episodes over the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 22, 210393.
Abdullah, N. A., Latif, M. T., Juneng, L., Uning, R., Hassan, H., Azhari, A., Tuch, T. & Wiedensohler, A. 2022. Aerosol Particle Properties at a Remote Tropical Rainforest in Borneo. Atmospheric Pollution Research 13(4): 101383.
Othman, M., Latif, M. T., Mohd Naim, N. N., Mohamed Zain, S. M. S., Khan, M. F., Sahani, M., A Wahab, M. I., Md Sofwan, N., Abd Hamid, H. H. & Mohamed, A. F. 2022. Children’s Exposure to PM2.5 and Its Chemical Constituents in Indoor and Outdoor Schools Urban Environment. Atmospheric Environment 273(118963.
Dahari, N., Muda, K., Khan, M.F. et al. Chemical Characterization and Source Apportionment of PM2.5 near Semi-Urban Residential-Industrial Areas. Expo Health 14, 149–170 (2022).
Hisamuddin, N.H.; Jalaludin, J.; Abu Bakar, S.; Latif, M.T. The Influence of Environmental Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Exposure on DNA Damage among School Children in Urban Traffic Area, Malaysia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202219, 2193.
Otuyo MK, Mohd Nadzir MS, Latif MT, Saw LH. In-train particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) concentrations: Level, source, composition, mitigation measures and health risk effect – A systematic literature review. Indoor and Built Environment. 2022;0(0). doi:10.1177/1420326X221131947
Jamhari, A. A., Latif, M. T., Wahab, M. I. A., Hassan, H., Othman, M., Abd Hamid, H. H., Tekasakul, P., Phairuang, W., Hata, M., Furuchi, M. & Rajab, N. F. 2022. Seasonal Variation and Size Distribution of Inorganic and Carbonaceous Components, Source Identification of Size-Fractioned Urban Air Particles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chemosphere 287(132309.

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