Associate Professor Dr. Zul Ilham is currently exploring energy and environment research area, with special focus on biomass science and bioenergy, assessing the nexus between the utilization of non-edible natural resources, biomass and agricultural residues (which is abundant in Malaysia) into sustainable bioenergy. Philosophically, he always read and access discourses about how a developing nation could leap into the "developed nation" status without sacrificing its natural resources and cultural values. On the other hand, in a parallel move, he also think that smart ways of capitalizing environment-related opportunities such as renewable energy resources, green growth, eco-living and climate-friendly economy are also interesting topics to be studied.
In addition, he is also actively promoting energy literacy, renewable energy, environmental stewardship and climate action (Sustainable Development Goals; SDG 7 and 13)
to community (youth as target group) as well as being country co-coordinator for the annual AEON Environmental Foundation Asian Students' Environmental Platform (ASEP). He has also been featured as an expert panel in media such as in Utusan Malaysia, Kosmo, Bernama Radio, Radio IKIM, RTM1 Selamat Pagi Malaysia, Bernama TV and Al Hijrah News Online.
Professionally, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), accredited by the ASEAN Centre of Energy (ACE). Recently, he received Certificate of Achievement for completion of ENGSCI137x Energy in Environmental Constraints with Harvard University through edX and Certificate of Community Organizing for Action.
He is available as an internal or external reviewer for research grants evaluation/postgraduate thesis examination in related field of research and also welcomes students who are interested to join the biomass research group under his supervision.
Among several coveted research fellowships obtained are; Volkswagen Foundation Young Researchers Travel Fellowship for Herrenhausen Symposium (Hannover, Germany, 2015) Short-Term Research Fellowship, Kyoto University (Japan, 2015) Young South-East-Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellowship Program in Environmental Sustainability (USA, 2017) Waste-to-Energy Expert Training Fellowship, Zhejiang University (PRC, 2019)