He graduated from UTM in 1979 as a First Class Graduate in Mechanical Engineering. His final year dissertation was on the design of scotch boiler, with emphasis on structural and combustion calculations. In 1991 he obtained his MSc in Combustion and Pollution Control with Distinction from Sheffield University, United Kingdom. His thesis was on the modeling of a clinical waste incinerator, with the emphasis on combustion modeling and simulation. He was honored a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the same Sheffield University in 1995 with a major in activated carbon adsorbent for incinerator flue gas treatment. Thus, his academic inclination for combustion and pollution could be traced back from his early graduate studies. In the field of research, he was leading the project on radioactive waste incineration in 1989 that entails with the setting up of a pilot incinerator, LOJINS II, in Nuclear Malaysia. Upon returning from his doctorate study leave, he initiated a pilot plant R&D with a private company, Chain Cycle Sdn. Bhd., to develop a Thermal Oxidation Plant – a gasification plant for municipal waste incinerator. The plant was supported by IGS grant (MOSTI). The result of the development enabled the company to set up a commercial plant in Labuan in early 2000. His view and belief in public-private sector collaborative and adaptive R&D continued with the setting up of a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) pilot plant in 2001-2005. Again the plant was funded both by IGS and MTDC (MOSTI). The collaboration entails with the commercialization of the first 700 ton/dayResource Recovery-RDF-Waste to Energy Plant in Malaysia/ASEAN located in Semenyih Selangor in 2006. Dr Muhd Noor also initiated and supervised many PhD and MSc thesis works that covers radioactive oil sludge incineration, solid waste characterization, life cycle analysis of MSW and electronic waste, electron beam treatment of VOC and odour, conversion of rubber waste to diesel fuel, etc. His current interest is in the development of nuclear power program planning and implementation including the reactor technology capacity and capability building, technology development for localization of radiation equipments and facilities, reactor fuel (Thorium) and nuclear waste, etc. Recently has succeeded in obtaining a research flagship grant from MOSTI amounting to RM44 million on the thorium fuel extraction and fuel cycle technology. He has written/co-written more than 90 papers – presented at both national and international forum as well as journals. The R&D achievements led to several awards such as AIPA 2004 – MAMPU gold medal innovation award for RDF project. The same project received awards from Seoul Innovation (2004), Frost and Sullivan (2006) and International Innovation Award (IChemE, UK) competition in 2008. This successful RDF project led to the concept of Waste to Wealth (W2W) where Nuclear Malaysia is tasked by the government to lead the concept. Other awards include MINT gold medal innovation awards for RK-FB reactor, a reactor for the production of activated carbon from indigenous biomass e.g used for radioiodine adsorbent, of which the system is now being filed for patent.