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Director of Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD)

Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 UTM Johor Bahru,
Skudai, Malaysia.

Tel: 607-553 6476
Fax: 607-553 6464



 1983   Msc. (Chem. Eng) – University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology
1981    B.Sc (Hons)(Chem.Eng.) – University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology

 Expertise specialization:

 Process Development and Intesification and Scalling-Up Studies, Herbal
and Phytochemical Processing, Techno-Entrepreneur-Development

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2015 )



Prof. Ramlan Abdul Aziz was born in Kampung Londang, Masjid Tanah, Melaka on the 13th of September 1958.

He received his primary education at the Masjid Tanah English School and his  secondary education at the Malacca High School (1971–1975).  He then pursued his O levels at the Grantham College for further education in Lincolnshire, England.

He subsequently continued with this tertiary education at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he obtained both his BSc. (Hons) in Chemical Engineering as well as his MSc. in Chemical Engineering.

His carrier at UTM began in 1983 where he joined as a lecturer after his MSc. His academic and professional appointments are as follows:

1983-1987  –   Founding Head, Dept. of Chemical Engineering

1987-1988  –   Deputy Dean, Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resource                                   Engineering

1988-1992  –   Deputy Dean, UTM Research and Consultancy Unit

1991           –   Promoted as a Associated Professor

1992-1996  –  Manager, Technology Development Scheme, Business and Tech. Centre

1997           –   Promoted to Professor

1998-2011  –   Director of Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant

2011-2014 –   Director of Institute of Bioproduct Development


During his carrier he has been awarded the University’s Excellence Service Award in 1993, 2002, 2004 and 2006.   He has published over 100 papers at the international and national levels in refereed journals and proceedings.

He also has been invited to present over 50 papers as an invited or plenary speaker in international and national presentations on the pilot plant development, bioentrepreneur development, herbal processing and bioproduct development.  His main areas of academic lecturers are in Particle Technology, Herbal Processing, Solid Liquid Separation, Bioentrepreneur Development.

To date, he has supervised over 100 undergraduates and 15 postgraduates.  In addition to his academic teaching, he also lectures modules in the MSc. in Process Plant Management, which he developed together with a group of senior managers of PETRONAS.   Among the short courses which he organized and presented include the Chemical Engineering for Non Chemical Engineers, Biorector Operation, Control and Troubleshooting and Herbal & Phytochemical Processing.

Since 1992, he has organized more than 200 short courses in which staff from more than 500 companies have attended including from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Sudan, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

He was a Member of National Science Center Advisory Council, Founding Council Board Member of Holland Malaysia Foundation, Member of Malaysian Bio-Industry Organization (MBIO), Member of Technical Committee for Malaysia Biotechcorp and Industrial Experf for Herbal Industry By East Coast Economic Region (ECER). He is currently a Board Member of Johor State Biotechnology and Biodiversity Corporation, Advisory Board Member of Kedah State Bioresouces Corporation, Evaluation Panel Member for Malaysia Quality Assurance Council, Member of National Professor Council (Agriculture and Food Cluster), and Chairman of National Occupational Skill System (Biotechnology).

He is also currently the Managing Director of Phyto Biznet Sdn. Bhd., IBD’s owned spin-off company. His latest appointment is a member of Malaysia Herbal Development Board and Chairman, Herbal Processing Cluster of Herbal Development office in the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrobased Industry.

His pioneer work in the development of Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant (CEPP) officially began in 1992 when he was appointed as Project Manager where he coordinated its initial process design to the eventual construction and completion of the complex in 1998 together with a German consultant company.  His contribution continues when he was appointed as founder and  Director of CEPP, as well as the Executive Director of Research Alliance (Biotechnology). In January 2011, CEPP has been upgraded into an Institute of Bioproduct Development by the Ministry of Higher Education which has been acknowledged as a reference centre for herbal, phytochemical and biochemical processing and formulation in the country.