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Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, Ph.D


Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, Ph.D

Division of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Institut Teknologi Bandung

Chemistry Building, room 1307
Jl. Ganeca 10 Bandung, Indonesia, 40132
Ph. (+62) 22 2502103 ext. 132


  1. B.Sc., Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 1987
  2. M.Sc., Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 1990
  3. Ph.D., The University of Sydney, Australia, 1999


Career Profile

  1. Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, ITB, 1998-now
  2. Assistan Lecturer, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, 1994-1997
  3. Coordinator of Basic Chemistry, ITB, 1999
  4. Technical Assistance in the development of General Chemistry Practical Laboratory, Universitas Padjadjaran, 2002
  5. Executive Director, Quality of Undergraduate Education Project, Department of Chemistry, ITB, 2002-2003


Research Interests 

Current research activities are concerned with the ab initio and density functional calculations of potential energy surfaces of organic reactions (eg. pyrolysis) involving heterocyclic compounds, including those producing hydrogen gas. The later is related to the midterm project of our division to study advanced materials and processes around the development of fuel cells.

Other areas of interest

  • Computational studies of organometallic compounds
  • Hydrogen bonding and hydrogen transfer reactions and their importance in biological process
  • Theory and modeling of periodic systems
  • Development of learning objects for Physical Chemistry teaching


Selected Publications

  1. Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, George B. Bacskay, “Quantum Chemical Study of the Pyrrole-Water and Pyridine-Water Complexes”, Molec. Phys., 85, 1995, 573-585
  2. George B. Bacskay, Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, and John C. Mackie, “Ab Initio Quantum Chemical Study of Electronic Structure and Stability of the Pyrrolyl Radical: Comparsion with the Isoelectronic Cyclopentadienyl Radical”, Chem. Phys. Letters, 290, 1998, 391-398
  3. George B. Bacskay, Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, and John C. Mackie, “The Thermal Decomposition of Pyrrole: An Ab Initio Quantum Mechanical Study of the Potential Energy Surface Associated with the Hydrogen Cyanide Plus Propyne Channel”, Chem. Phys. Letters, 300, 1999, 321-330
  4. Muhamad A. Martoprawiro, George B. Bacskay, and John C. Mackie, ” Ab Initio Quantum Chemical and Kinetic Modeling Study of the Pyrolysis Kinetics of Pyrrole”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 103, 1999, 3923-3934
  5. Muhamad A. Martoprawiro and Nururl Irian Putra, “Studi Kimia Kuantum Tahap Awal Pirolisis TNTA menggunakan (Z)-1-azido-2-nitroetana dan 2-nitrofenil azida Sebagai Model”, Prosiding Seminar ITB-UKM VI, 2005.