Muhammad Abbas obtained his PhD in Applied Chemistry from Chiba University, Japan in 2010. He currently serves as senior lecturer at the Faculty of Chemical & Energy Engineering, UTM Johor Bahru. He was head of Jakris bulletin bureau (2005) and coordinator for chemical engineering undergraduate internship (2005-2007). In 2011, he involved in developing new diploma curriculum for Pagoh Polytechnic (Ministry of Education). He was part of the organizing committee and chief editor for the International Conference on Separation Technology (ICoST 2013 and 2017). He was awarded the Hitachi post-doctoral fellowship for research attachment at Hokkaido University in 2015.

His research interests include preparation and characterization of adsorbent/activated carbon  for wastewater treatment, dielectric properties of agro-wastes/carbonaceous materials in microwave-assisted char/adsorbent preparation, and supercritical CO2 extraction of the interest compound. He involved in some consultation/contract projects with Malakoff Corporation Berhad (2011),  Malaysia Pineapple Industry Board (2013), and IFFCO (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. (2015 and 2017).

Muhammad Abbas is a principle researcher at Centre of Lipids Engineering & Applied Research (CLEAR), a centre or excellence in Ibnu-Sina Institute for Industrial & Scientific Research (ISI-SIR). He is a chartered engineer (CEng) registered with the UK Engineering Council, and a member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE, UK).