“Ars Longa Vita Brevis”. Popular latin quote literally meaning “art is long, life is brief”.

BUKITTINGGI 1969 -1974

[1969] Born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, on May the 6th. Father was Dean of Faculty of Literature and Arts Teaching, Institute of Teacher Training and Education (IKIP – Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) in Bukittinggi (now State University of Padang), Indonesia, 1969 – 1971.

PADANG 1974 - 1987

[ 1974] Parents move to Institute of Teacher Training and Education in Padang

[1974 – 1976] Kindergarten, PPSP (Proyek Perintis Sekolah Pembangunan) IKIP (Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) Padang.

[1976 – 1981] 1st – 5th grade, Sekolah Dasar PPSP (Proyek Perintis Sekolah Pembangunan) IKIP Padang.

[1981 – 1984] 1st – 3rd grade, SMP Adabiah Padang, West Sumatera (secondary school).

[1984 – 1987] 1st – 3rd grade, SMA 3 Padang, West Sumatera (senior high school).

BANDUNG 1987 - 1995


[1987 – 1992] Undergraduate student of Department of Chemistry, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Failed to enter Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) as an undergraduate student, but fortunately entered Department of Chemistry ITB as the second choice of the entrance examination (Sistem Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru).

[1988] Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University, 1988 – 1989. Failed to finish his study at Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD). Dropout in the second semester. Unable to study in two universities, UNPAD and ITB at the same time.

[1993] Married to Terry Terikoh, on April the 26th.

[1993 – 1995] Master of Engineering student of Materials Science and Engineering Program, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Graduated with Cum Laude. Finish in 1.5 years.

[1995] Failed to get a scholarship from Indonesian government (University Research for Graduate Education scholarship) although already accepted as a PhD student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). This year, I also failed to be sent by the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to pursue my PhD study at KU Leuven, Belgium. At that time, I was a candidate for the lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering Program, ITB.

[1995] Farid Rahman Hadi was born on April the 2nd at Borromeous Hospital, Bandung.

JOHOR BAHRU 1995 – 1999

[1995 – 1998] PhD student of Chemistry at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Finish PhD in 2.5 years in the field zeolite chemistry and catalysis (December 1995 – May 1998).

[1997] My first paper submitted to Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical was rejected to be published in this journal. “Nothing new” said the reviewer.

[1998 – 1999] Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM): September 1st, 1998 – Oktober 31st, 1999. The first postdoc at UTM.

[1999] Firda Hariri was born on July the 22nd at Kulai Hospital, Johor Bahru.

BANDUNG 1998


[1998] Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering Program, ITB although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS). Economic crisis was hitting Indonesia at that time. This is the main reason why I left ITB.

SAPPORO 1999 – 2002

[1999 – [2001] JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Fellow (November 2nd, 1999 – November 1st, 2001), Laboratory of Catalytic Reaction Chemistry, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University.

[2001 – 2002] COE (Center of Excellent) Visiting Researcher (November 1st, 2001 – March 31st, 2002), Laboratory of Catalytic Reaction Chemistry, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University.

PADANG 2001


[2001] Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS).

JOHOR BAHRU 2002 – PRESENT

[2002 – 2003] Research Officer (May 1st, 2002 – May 31st 2003), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2003 – 2007] Lecturer (June 2nd, 2003 – October 5th, 2007), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2006] Fahima Zikra was born on September the 12th, at Kulai Hospital, Johor Bahru.

[2007 – 2008] Senior Lecturer (October 6th, 2007 – September 3th, 2008), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2008 – 2010] Associate Professor (September 4th, 2008 – November 28th, 2010), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2008 – 2014] Manager of International Affairs for Indonesia (December 1st, 2008 – March 31st, 2014), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2009 – 2014] Head of Catalytic Science and Technology (CST) Research Group (June 24th, 2009 – June 23rd, 2014), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2010 – present] Professor (November 29th, 2010 – present), Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

[2013] My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, enrolled the Centre for Foundation Studies, International Islamic University of Malaysia (June 15th, 2013).

[2015 – present] Director of Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (February 15th, 2015 – present).

BERLIN 2015


[2015] Visiting scientist at the Institute for Heterogeneous Materials Systems, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany (July 20th – 4th September 2015).

SAUDI ARABIA 2016


[2016] Performing Hajj (2 – 21 September 2016).

MALANG 2017


[2017] Appointed as an adjunct professor at Universitas Negeri Malang (1 February 2017).

MALAYSIA 2017

[2017]  My daughter, Firda Hariri, enrolled Tamhidi (Foundation), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) (May 24th, 2017).

[2017]  My son, Farid Rahman Hadi, received the Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies) degree from Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design at International Islamic University of Malaysia (November 13rd, 2017).