Author profile - Professor Abd Wahab Mohammad

We interview Professor Abdul Wahab Mohammad who shares his thoughts and views on what it is like to be an author

Professor MohammadProf. Ir. Dr. Abd. Wahab Mohammad is Professor in Membrane and Separation Technology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, in Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. His areas of research interest are Nanofilters Development and Characterisation and Membrane Separation Technology. He has actively participated in research and development projects in Malaysia as well as in collaboration with partners in United Kingdom, United States, Belgium, and Jordan. Most projects covering important areas in nanofiltrations, chemical and bioproducts separations and design. He has published in various international journals and presented in various conference throughout the world. He is currently heading the research group on separation processes. And, has 12 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in chemical engineering courses such as separation processes, membrane technology, advanced separations, engineering economics and project management.

1. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
I love seeing the research work that I am working on being published. That gives a lot of satisfaction. Other people can now view the work and probably they will cite and take notice of the research work. It is also enjoyable to see my PhD students get excited about having their work published.

2. What advice would you give to a new author?
New authors should not be afraid to venture into publishing with top journals in their fields. After all you will learn a lot, no matter if your paper is accepted or rejected. Either way there will be a new insight into your research.

3. What would you change about the scientific journal publishing industry if you could?
There are too many scientific journals and too many papers being published every month. I would like to see less emphasis on quantity, but a lot more emphasis on quality. In many developing countries now, the pressure to publish at targeted numbers every year is ruining the fun of doing research.

4. How do you think that the move from print to electronic publishing affects you as an author?
This is the way of the future. I think there is no other way to go and for many authors this is quite convenient.

5. What do you think about open access?
All journals should have "Open access" policy so that knowledge can be accessible to anyone who wants it. The only way to make it work is to have electronic publishing.*

6. What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quote is "The biggest failure is the failure to try". I have always believed in this.

7. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
In terms of doing research, my biggest inspiration has to be my PhD supervisor Prof. Richard Bowen. He taught me how to be organised and systematic while doing research. The way he articulated ideas into specific actions to be taken was just fascinating.

8. What do you like to do for fun?
Nowadays I try my best to take care of my health by exercising. Time is moving so fast and my wish is to be healthy and happy for the last quarter of my life.

* To find more about Elsevier's open access see here.

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