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Research Interests

My major research focuses on wood biodegradation and preservation involving analysis and understanding the natural durability of wood and chemically treated wood by determining chemicals that are responsible for its durability and microdistribution of preservative elements in the wood structure of treated wood. Special interest is on the wood quality and wood composites research. Interest on wood quality has been looking at the wood structure and properties of tropical species both from natural and plantation forests in the effort to develop relationship between wood properties and utilization. On wood composites, the aim is to evaluate and improve raw materials and manufacturing parameters in producing wood-based products that are environmentally sound and sustainable.

The ongoing research, screening of fungal strains for wood extractive degradation, investigates the chemical constituents occurring in Eusideroxylon zwageri (belian) and Protoxylon melagangai (malagangai) wood that are responsible for their decay resistance. The main objective of this study is to determine the effective extractive constituents against different decay fungi.

Selected Publications

  • Rahman,M.M, Ismail J., Affan, M.A., Husaini, A., Hamdan, S. (2013). Efficacy of novel organotin(IV) complexes on non-durable tropical wood against decay fungi. Eur. J. Wood Prod. 71(4):463-471
  • Ismail Jusoh, Angela Tida Henry, Zaini Assim, Fasihuddin Badruddin Ahmad and Salmiah Ujang. (2012). Antifungal activities of acetone-soluble Eusideroxylon zwageri and Potoxylon melagangai crude extracts against white rot. IRG/WP 12-30591. Inter. Res. Group on Wood Preservation, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Ismail Jusoh, Md. Masudur Rahman, Md. Abu Affan, Sinin Hamdan and Md. Abdus Salam. (2012). Treatability of Tropical Wood Using Newly Synthesized Organotin(IV) Complexes. Journal of Applied Sciences 12(6),535-543.
  • Salam, M.A., Affan, M.A., Fasihuddin B. Ahmad, Jusoh, I. Mustaffa B. Shamsuddin, Bohari Yamin and Yang Farina. (2012). Synthesis, spectral characterization and crystal structure of a novel trinuclear di-n-butyltin complex with pyruvic acid-N(4)-cyclohexylthiosemicarbazone (H2PACT) . Journal of Organo Metallic Chemistry, 696:4202-4206
  • Md. Saiful Islam, Sinin Hamdan, I. Jusoh, Md. Rezaur Rahman, Abu Saleh Ahmed (2012). The effect of alkali pretreatment on mechanical and morphological properties of tropical wood polymer composites. Materials and Design 33: 419-424.
  • Tchin, B.L., Ho, W.S., Pang, S.L. & Ismail, J. (2012). Association Genetics of the Cinnamyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase (CAD) and Cinnamate 4-Hydroxylase (C4H) genes with basic wood density in Neolamarckia cadamba. Biotechnology 11(6):307-317.
  • Fouziah Alet, Zaini Assim, Ismail Jusoh & Fasihuddin Ahmad. (2012). Chemical constituents of essential oils from resin and bark of Agathis borneensis. Borneo Journal of Resource Science and Technology 2(1),28-32
  • Tchin,B.L. W . S . Ho, S . L . Pang and J . Ismail. (2011). Gene-Associated Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) in Cinnamate 4-Hydroxylase(C4H)and Cinnamyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase (CAD) Genes from Acacia mangium Superbulk Trees. Biotechnology 10(4):303-315
  • Md. Saiful Islam, Sinin Hamdan, Ismail Jusoh, Md. Rezaur Rahman & Zainal Abidin Talib. (2011). Dimensional Stability and Dynamic Young’s Modulus of Tropical Light Hardwood Chemically Treated with Methyl Methacrylate in Combination with Hexamethylene Diisocyanate Cross-Linker. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 50(7),3900–3906
  • Md. Saiful Islam, Sinin Hamdan, Md. Rezaur Rahman, Ismail Jusoh, Abu Saleh Ahmed. (2011). The effect of crosslinker on mechanical and morphological properties of tropical wood material composites. Materials and Design 32:2221–2227

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