Mohd Talib Latif

 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia




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. 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 as 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

Abas, A., Mazlan, S. M., Latif, M. T., Aiyub, K., Muhammad, N., and Nadzir, M. S. M. (2021). Lichens reveal the quality of indoor air in Selangor, Malaysia. Ecological Processes 10.3.  (IF: 1.642, Q3). doi: 10.1186/s13717-020-00274-1

Aslam, A., Ibrahim, M., Mahmood, A., Mubashir, M., Sipra, H. F. K., Shahid, I., Ramzan, S., Latif, M. T., Tahir, M. Y., and Show, P. L. (2021). Mitigation of particulate matters and integrated approach for carbon monoxide remediation in an urban environment. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 9.105546. (IF:  4.300, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.jece.2021.105546

Azhari, A., Abdul Halim, N. D., Othman, M., Latif, M. T., Juneng, L., Sofwan, N. M., Stocker, J., and Johnson, K. (2021a). Highly spatially resolved emission inventory of selected air pollutants in Kuala Lumpur’s urban environment. Atmospheric Pollution Research 12, 12-22. (IF: 3.527, Q2). doi:  10.1016/j.apr.2020.10.004

Azhari, A., Halim, N. D. A., Mohtar, A. A. A., Aiyub, K., Latif, M. T., and Ketzel, M. (2021b). Evaluation and prediction of PM10 and PM2.5 from road source emissions in Kuala Lumpur city centre. Sustainability (Switzerland) 13.5402. (IF:3.251, Q2). doi: 10.3390/su13105402

Bandala, E. R., Rodrigo-Comino, J., and Latif, M. T. (2021). 2021: The New Normal and the Air, Soil and Water Research Perspective. Air, Soil and Water Research 14. doi: 10.1177/1178622120988318

Banerjee, T., Shitole, A. S., Mhawish, A., Anand, A., Ranjan, R., Khan, M. F., Srithawirat, T., Latif, M. T., and Mall, R. K. (2021). Aerosol Climatology Over South and Southeast Asia: Aerosol Types, Vertical Profile, and Source Fields. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126.e2020JD033554. (IF: 3.821, Q2). doi:10.1029/2020JD033554

Dahari, N., Muda, K., Latif, M. T., and Hussein, N. (2021). Studies of Atmospheric PM2.5 and its Inorganic Water Soluble Ions and Trace Elements around Southeast Asia: a Review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 57, 361-385. (IF: 1.833, Q3). doi: 10.1007/s13143-019-00132-x

James, G. L., Latif, M. T., Isa, M. N. M., Bakar, M. F. A., Yusuf, N. Y. M., Broughton, W., Murad, A. M., and Abu Bakar, F. D. (2021). Metagenomic datasets of air samples collected during episodes of severe smoke-haze in Malaysia. Data in Brief 36.107124. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2021.107124

Jeba, F., Karim, T. T., Khan, M. F., Latif, M. T., Quddus, K. F., and Salam, A. (2021). Receptor modelling and risk factors of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmospheric particulate matter at an IGP outflow location (island of the bay of Bengal—Bhola, Bangladesh). Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. (IF: 2.870, Q2). doi: 10.1007/s11869-021-01031-9

Latif, M. T., Dominick, D., Hawari, N. S. S. L., Mohtar, A. A. A., and Othman, M. (2021). The concentration of major air pollutants during the movement control order due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. Sustainable Cities and Society 66.102660. (IF:  5.268, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102660

Marvin, M. R., Palmer, P. I., Latter, B. G., Siddans, R., Kerridge, B. J., Talib Latif, M., and Firoz Khan, M. (2021). Photochemical environment over Southeast Asia primed for hazardous ozone levels with influx of nitrogen oxides from seasonal biomass burning. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21, 1917-1935.21.  (IF: 5.414, Q1). doi; 10.5194/acp-21-1917-2021. Open Access

Mohd Hanif, N., Limi Hawari, N. S. S., Othman, M., Abd Hamid, H. H., Ahamad, F., Uning, R., Ooi, M. C. G., Wahab, M. I. A., Sahani, M., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Ambient volatile organic compounds in tropical environments: Potential sources, composition and impacts – A review. Chemosphere 285.131355. (IF: 5.778, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131355

Mustaffa, N. I. H., Latif, M. T., and Wurl, O. (2021). The role of extracellular carbonic anhydrase in biogeochemical cycling: Recent advances and climate change responses. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22.7413. (IF: 4.556, Q1). doi: 10.3390/ijms22147413. Open Access.

Nor, N. S. M., Yip, C. W., Ibrahim, N., Jaafar, M. H., Rashid, Z. Z., Mustafa, N., Hamid, H. H. A., Chandru, K., Latif, M. T., Saw, P. E., Lin, C. Y., Alhasa, K. M., Hashim, J. H., and Nadzir, M. S. M. (2021). Particulate matter (PM2.5) as a potential SARS-CoV-2 carrier. Scientific Reports 11.2508. (IF:  3.998, Q1). doi:10.1038/s41598-021-81935-9. Open Access.

Othman, M., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Air pollution impacts from COVID-19 pandemic control strategies in Malaysia. Journal of Cleaner Production 291.125992. (IF:7.246, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.125992

Othman, M., Latif, M. T., Jamhari, A. A., Abd Hamid, H. H., Uning, R., Khan, M. F., Mohd Nadzir, M. S., Sahani, M., Abdul Wahab, M. I., and Chan, K. M. (2021). Spatial distribution of fine and coarse particulate matter during a southwest monsoon in Peninsular Malaysia. Chemosphere 262.127767. (IF: 5.778, Q1). doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127767

Prasasti, C. I., Haryanto, B., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Association of VOCs, PM2.5 and household environmental exposure with children’s respiratory allergies. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health.14, 1279–1287. (IF: 2.870, Q2). doi: 10.1007/s11869-021-01018-6

Saw, L. H., Leo, B. F., Nor, N. S. M., Yip, C. W., Ibrahim, N., Hamid, H. H. A., Latif, M. T., Lin, C. Y., and Nadzir, M. S. M. (2021). Modeling aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from human-exhaled particles in a hospital ward. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (IF: 3.056, Q2). doi: 10.1007/s11356-021-14519-9

Shith, S., Awang, N. R., Latif, M. T., and Ramli, N. A. (2021). Fluctuations in nighttime ground-level ozone concentrations during haze events in Malaysia. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health 14, 19-26. (IF: 2.870, Q2). doi:10.1007/s11869-020-00908-5 

Sholehhudin, M., Azizah, R., Sumantri, A., Sham, S. M., Zakaria, Z. A., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Analysis of heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese, and zinc) in well water in East Java Province, Indonesia. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences 17, 146-153. Full Text

Singh, N., Banerjee, T., Murari, V., Deboudt, K., Khan, M. F., Singh, R. S., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Insights into size-segregated particulate chemistry and sources in urban environment over central Indo-Gangetic Plain. Chemosphere 263.128030. (IF: 5.778, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128030

Sofwan, N. M., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Characteristics of the real-driving emissions from gasoline passenger vehicles in the Kuala Lumpur urban environment. Atmospheric Pollution Research 12, 306-315. (IF: 3.527, Q2). doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2020.09.004

Sopian, N. A., Jalaludin, J., Bakar, S. A., Hamedon, T. R., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Exposure to particulate pahs on potential genotoxicity and cancer risk among school children living near the petrochemical industry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, 1-21.2575. (IF:2.849, Q1). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052575 Open Access.

Suradi, H., Khan, M. F., Alias, N. F., Mustapa Kama Shah, S., Yusoff, S., Fujii, Y., Othman, M., and Latif, M. T. (2021a). Influence of Tropical Weather and Northeasterly Air Mass on Carbonaceous Aerosol in the Southern Malay Peninsula. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 5, 553-565.  (IF:3.418, Q1). doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00319

Suradi, H., Khan, M. F., Sairi, N. A., Rahim, H. A., Yusoff, S., Fujii, Y., Qin, K., Bari, M. A., Othman, M., and Latif, M. T. (2021b). Ambient levels, emission sources and health effect of pm2.5-bound carbonaceous particles and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Atmosphere 12.549.  (IF: 2.397, Q3). doi: 10.3390/atmos12050549. Open Access.

Uning, R., Suratman, S., Nasir, F. A. M., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Spatial and Temporal Variations in Nutrients During Upwelling Season Off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. (IF:2.151, Q3). doi: 10.1007/s00128-021-03334-0

Usmani, R. S. A., Pillai, T. R., Hashem, I. A. T., Marjani, M., Shaharudin, R., and Latif, M. T. (2021). Air pollution and cardiorespiratory hospitalization, predictive modeling, and analysis using artificial intelligence techniques. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.(IF: 3.056, Q2). doi: 10.1007/s11356-021-14305-7

Zain, S. M. S. M., Latif, M. T., Baharudin, N. H., Anual, Z. F., Mohd Hanif, N., and Khan, M. F. (2021). Atmospheric PCDDs/PCDFs levels and occurrences in Southeast Asia: A review. Science of the Total Environment 783.146929. (IF: 6.551, Q1). doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146929

Hassan, H., Latif, M.T., Juneng, L., Amil, N., Khan, M.F., Yik, D.J., Abdullah, N.A., 2020. Interaction of PM10 concentrations with local and synoptic meteorological conditions at different temporal scales. Atmospheric Research 241. (IF, 4.114, Q1)

Jud, M.A., Juneng, L., Tangang, F.T., Latif, M.T., Chung, J.X., Ahamad, F., 2020. Madden Julian oscillation modulation for surface ozone in Peninsular Malaysia. Atmospheric Environment 233.(IF, 4.012, Q1)

Dahari, N., Latif, M.T., Muda, K., Hussein, N., 2020. Influence of meteorological variables on suburban atmospheric PM2.5 in the southern region of peninsular Malaysia. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 20, 14-25. (IF: 2.735, Q2).

Hamid, H.H.A., Latif, M.T., Uning, R., Nadzir, M.S.M., Khan, M.F., Ta, G.C., Kannan, N., 2020. Observations of BTEX in the ambient air of Kuala Lumpur by passive sampling. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 192. (IF: 1.959, Q3)

Khan, M.F., Hamid, A.H., Rahim, H.A., Maulud, K.N.A., Latif, M.T., Nadzir, M.S.M., Sahani, M., Qin, K., Kumar, P., Varkkey, H., Faruque, M.R.I., Guan, N.C., Ahmadi, S.P., Yusoff, S., 2020. El Niño driven haze over the Southern Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo. Science of the Total Environment 730.(IF: 5.589, Q1)

Latif, M.T., Bandala, E.R., Rodrigo-Comino, J., 2020. A New Decade in Air, Soil and Water Research: New Challenges and Environmental Issues to Be Discussed. Air, Soil and Water Research 13.

Liu, T., Mickley, L.J., Marlier, M.E., DeFries, R.S., Khan, M.F., Latif, M.T., Karambelas, A., 2020. Diagnosing spatial biases and uncertainties in global fire emissions inventories: Indonesia as regional case study. Remote Sensing of Environment 237. (IF: 8.218, Q1)

Mohyeddin, N., Samah, A.A., Chenoli, S.N., Ashfold, M.J., Mead, M.I., Oram, D., Latif, M.T., Sivaprasad, P., Mohd Nor, M.F.F., 2020. The effects of synoptic and local meteorological condition on CO2, CH4, PM10 and PM2.5 at Bachok Marine Research Station (BMRS) in Peninsular Malaysia. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. Article in Press (IF1.656, Q3)(

Othman, M., Latif, M.T., 2020. Pollution characteristics, sources, and health risk assessments of urban road dust in Kuala Lumpur City. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27, 11227-11245.(IF: 2.914, Q2)

Othman, M., Latif, M.T., Yee, C.Z., Norshariffudin, L.K., Azhari, A., Halim, N.D.A., Alias, A., Sofwan, N.M., Hamid, H.H.A., Matsumi, Y., 2020. PM2.5 and ozone in office environments and their potential impact on human health. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 194. (IF: 4.527, Q1)

Sopian, N.A., Jalaludin, J., Mayusi, T.Z.A.T., Latif, M.T., 2020. Increased chromosomal damage among children in proximity to an industrial zone. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 20, 944-955. (IF: 2.735, Q2)

Vinjamuri, K.S., Mhawish, A., Banerjee, T., Sorek-Hamer, M., Broday, D.M., Mall, R.K., Latif, M.T., 2020. Vertical distribution of smoke aerosols over upper Indo-Gangetic Plain. Environmental Pollution 257. (IF: 5.714, Q1)

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