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Rino R. Mukti, Dr. rer.nat.


Rino R. Mukti, Dr. rer.nat.

Research Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology

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

Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI)

Chemistry Building, Room 2108
Jl. Ganesha no.10 Bandung 40132, Indonesia
Tel. (+62) 22 2502103
 Fax. (+62) 22 2502360


Total Paper Published: 41 (Thomson Reuters) and 51 (Scopus)
h-index: 15
Citations: 646 (Google Scholar) and 402 (Scopus)


  1. S.Si., Department of Chemistry, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 2000
  2. M.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia, 2003
  3. Dr. rer.nat., Technische Chemie II, Technische Universität München, Germany, 2007
  4. Postdoctoral, Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2011


  1. Asian Rising Stars Award at 15th Asian Chemical Congress, 2013. Plaque given by Nobel Laureate Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi – photo link
  2. Indonesian Young Material Scientist Award, 2014 photo link
  3. Dies Natalis FMIPA ITB Award for Excellent in Research, 2015 photo link
  4. DAAD-Fraunhofer Technopreneur Award, 2016 photo link
  5. Achmad Bakrie Award for Young Innovator, 2016 photo link
  6. Dosen Berprestasi ITB, 2016

Research Interests

Porous nanostructured materials and catalysis. Zeolites are one of the most important materials in chemistry and have been widely applied in various industrial processes such as petroleum refining and chemical production, adsorption and separation. Moreover, owing to their functional properties such as microporous structure, acidity, large surface area, thermal stability, zeolites have also found its use in emerging applications such as membrane, sensor, electronic device, drug delivery, biomass refining and carbon dioxide sequestration. However, challenges are still remained to encounter the development of efficient approaches in order to improve catalyst activity, selectivity and lifetime using facile, versatile and inexpensive routes. For this reason, our group at ITB develops several routes for synthesizing zeolites with enhanced performances. Various synthesis techniques involving design from conventional zeolite to hierarchical zeolite (containing micropore and mesopore structure) have been proposed and rationalized to offer attractive advantages. The control over synthesis variables that governs the crystallization of zeolite with tunable morphological evolution has been our interest. For example, the strategy of having larger pore diameter with mesoscale-range in the presence or absence of hierarchical pore-architecture of the crystalline material is crucial to enhance the catalytic performances. Achieving this type of material would lead to solving disadvantages of thermal instability and mild activity that are known to be the trade-off phenomenon between the crystalline and nanomorphous materials. Selected topics of our research are as follows:

Synthesis of zeolites using sustainable silica precursors. Silica source can be found as a waste in a big or small industry. For example, rice husks are the major by-product of rice production with annual global production of 120 million tons, thus, established as the second highest-volume agricultural processed residues, after sugarcane bagasse. Rice husks are recognized as the abundant source of natural silica with the mass content around 15 – 28 wt% depending on several factors, such as climate, rice variety, and geographical condition. This means that there are around 18 million tons of silica from rice husk produced each year across the globe. With this huge amount, the development of products with high-added value is desired. However, rice husk is commonly disposed as waste through open-field burning. Exploration for making the full use of rice husk have been investigated for decades. However, the applications of rice husk have been currently focusing on those of low-added value, such as fertilizer additives and paving materials. To address this issue, rice husks must be considered as the sustainable silica source for the fabrication of silicon-based materials with high-added value. In this study, we extracted silica by sequential base-acid treatment without damaging lignocellulosic content of rice husks. The extracted silica is then used to synthesize zeolite ZSM-5. We develop new method for synthesizing zeolite with hierarchical pore structure (containing micropore and mesopore structure) at low temperature in the presence of a reduced amount of OSDA (organic structure directing agent) and in the absence of any mesoporogen. The OSDA seems to play an additional role as a nontemplating SDA for mesopore generation. Our study also showed that the control of the molar composition is essential for the crystallization of hierarchically porous zeolite.

Obtaining luxury zeolite via interzeolite transformation. Silicoaluminophosphate CHA zeolite is currently used as catalyst in an important downstream process of petrochemical industry such as methanol refining. Furthermore, the aluminosilicate-type of CHA zeolite has found its application in the removal of NOx via selective catalytic reduction. The synthesis of CHA zeolite is considered to be complicated and challenging. In this study, we follow the route of obtaining CHA zeolite by means of seed-assisted, complete exclusion of OSDA and interzeolite transformation of FAU-type zeolite. The resulted products may exhibit higher Si/Al ratio as a result of the epitaxial growth on the surface of the seeds. The seeds with Si/Al ratio of 2 are normally produced from the hydrothermal conversion of FAU-type zeolite. The synthesis of CHA-type zeolite can be performed by adding the seeds in the initial mixture prior to the hydrothermal treatment. Thus, the resulted synthesis is completely free of OSDA. The XRD patterns are used to show the zeolite structure and to further prove the role of seeds with respect to zeolite crystal growth.

Selected Publications

Selected Papers on Synthesis of Zeolites and Their Catalytic Application

  1. “On the drastic reduction of organic structure directing agent in the steam-assisted crystallization of zeolite with hierarchical porosity”
    M. Rilyanti, R.R. Mukti, G.T.M. Kadja, M. Ogura, H. Nur, E.P. Ng, Ismunandar
    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2016, 230, 30-38
  2. “Mesoporogen-free synthesis of hierarchically porous ZSM-5 below 100 °C”
    G.T.M. Kadja, R. R. Mukti, Z. Liu, M. Rilyanti, Ismunandar, I. N. Marsih, M. Ogura, T. Wakihara, T. Okubo
    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2016, 226, 344-352
  3. “Mesoporogen-free synthesis of hierarchically porous ZSM-5 below 100 °C”
    G.T.M. Kadja, R. R. Mukti, Z. Liu, M. Rilyanti, Ismunandar, I. N. Marsih, M. Ogura, T. Wakihara, T. Okubo
    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2016, 226, 344-352
  4. “Nickel-promoted mesoporous ZSM5 for carbon monoxide methanation”
    L. P. Teh, S. Triwahyono, A. A. Jalil, C. R. Mamat, S. M. Sidik, N. A. A. Fatah, R. R. Mukti, T. Shishido
    RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 64651-64660
  5. “Mesoporous ZSM5 having both intrinsic acidic and basic sites for cracking and methanation”
    L. P. Teh, S. Triwahyono, A. A. Jalil, R. R. Mukti, M. A. A. Aziz, T. Shishido
    Chemical Engineering Journal, 2015 270, 196-204
  6. “Conversion of the low quality Indonesian naturally-occuring minerals into selective type of zeolites by seed-assisted synthesis method”
    R. R. Mukti, S. Wustoni, A. Wahyudi, Ismunandar
    Indonesian Journal of Chemistry, 2013, 13(3), 278-282
    N. H. N. Kamarudin, A. A. Jalil, S. Triwahyono, R. R. Mukti, M. A. A. Aziz, H. D Setiabudi, M. N. M. Muhid, H. Hamdan
    Applied Catalysis A: General, 2012, 431-432, 104-112
    H. D. Setiabudi, A. A. Jalil, S. Triwahyono, N. H. N. Kamarudin, R. R. Mukti
    Applied Catalysis A: General, 2012, 417-418, 190-199
    S. Triwahyono, A. A. Jalil, R. R. Mukti, M. Musthofa, N. A. M. Razali, M. A. A. Aziz
    Applied Catalysis A: General, 2011, 407, 91-99

Selected Papers on Biomasss Applications

  1. “Inhibition of Palm Oil Oxidation by Zeolite Nanocrystals”
    K. H. Tan, H. Awala, R. R. Mukti, K. L. Wong, B. Rigaud, T. C. Ling, H. A. Aleksandrov, I. Z. Koleva, G. N. Vayssilov, S. Mintova, E. P. Ng
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2015, 4655-4663
  2. “Effect of Extra-Framework Cations of LTL Nanozeolites to Inhibit Oil Oxidation”
    K.H. Tan, H. Y. Cham, H. Awala, T. C. Ling, R. R. Mukti, K. L. Wong, S. Mintova, E. P. Ng
    Nanoscale Research Letter, 2015, 10(253), 1-12
  3. “Halting Oxidation of Palm Oil with Eco-friendly Zeolites”
    K.-H. Tan, E.-P. Ng, H. Awala, R.R. Mukti, K.-L. Wong, S.K. Yeong, S. Mintova
    TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY AND MATERIAL SCIENCE, 2014 Vol. 7 (2014) pp. 102–108

Complete list of publications can be found here: