Prof. Dr. Irwandi Jaswir

About Prof. Dr Irwandi Jaswir

Prof. Dr Irwandi Jaswir was awarded the 2018 King Faisal International Prize laureate in Service to Islam presented by the King Faisal Foundation. He is a well-known “Halal” Scientist who has contributed to the betterment of Muslim society and has untiringly served Islam for several years through his continuous scientific research on halal-related issues. He believes in “giving back” to the Muslim Community by publishing all his research works in journals, books, and chapters in books; offers training in halal-related disciplines; is involved in education and contributing to community services. He is acknowledged for the importance of embracing this new discipline called “Halal Science.” The term emphasizes that halal materials are alternatives to non-halal materials and ingredients; halal authentications; development of a rapid method for non-halal contamination; halal food and cosmetics; and the development of halal standards.

His commitment to conducting quality research, coupled with a solid determination to publish quality research papers, has a strong encouragement from his University, IIUM. Prof. Irwandi has completed over 40 research studies in halal food science. Among the topics are the Determination of non-halal substances in food using FTIR; the Development of Halal Gelatin from various alternative sources; the Development of Halal Nano-Particles from Camel Gelatin (Funded by Saudi Arabia); Portable Electronic Nose for Rapid Detection of Lard and Alcohol in Food and Beverages; Anti-Cancer Compounds from Local Sources, etc. Various funding agencies financed these research projects, such as the Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia and National Plans for Science and Technology (NPST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also received research grants from the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Italy, and Japan

To date, Prof. Irwandi has published more than 180 scientific papers in reputable international journals; published five books, contributed to 40 book chapters; presented more than 350 research papers at international conferences – including keynote addresses and invited lectures; and written more than 50 non-refereed and mass-media scientific articles. Additionally, his dedication to research has enabled him to fill six patents under his name and bag more than 60 scientific awards recognized locally and internationally, including the 2010 Asia pacific Young Scientist Award by Scopus. His current H-index is 32 (Google Scholar) and 23 (Scopus).