Nanoscience: Volume 8
Dr Banzeer Ahsan Abbasi received her M.Phil and PhD degree in Botany from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She has published more than 37 research articles in various international journals. She has expertise in the synthesis of novel nanomaterials from medicinal plants and their multiple biological and environmental applications. She has published research in well-reputed journals.
Dr Irshad Ahmad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He received his doctorate degree in biological sciences from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He worked as postdoctoral researcher in the chemical bioresources laboratory at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He has published more than 45 scientific papers in internationally reputable journals.
Dr Ojodomo J. Achadu received his PhD degree in Chemistry (2018) from Rhodes University, and gained diverse academic and research experience in South Africa, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. He is currently a Research Fellow (Marie Curie COFUND fellowship under the flagship of EUTOPIA-SIF) at the University of Warwick, UK. His research has focused on nanomaterials/materials chemistry and engineering for nanosensors/biosensors fabrication, magnetic nanocomposites and polymeric materials for energy applications. He also has research interests in the photophysics and applications of nanocomposites of 2D semiconductor/carbon-based nanomaterials and macrocyclic organic complexes such as porphyrins and phthalocyanines. He was a JSPS postdoctoral research fellow at Shizuoka University, Japan, where he worked on the development of diagnostic nanosensors/biosensors for infectious pathogens using functional nanomaterials.
Muhammad Ashfaq Ali is Pakistani by birth. His hometown is district Toba Tek Singh province Punjab, Pakistan. He completed his MSc chemistry from Government College University Faisalabad in 2016. In 2018 He started his MPhil in chemistry from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan, where he successfully completed his MPhil in 2018–2020 under the supervision of Professor Muhammad Sidque. His dissertation title is Synthesis of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-vinyl phosphonic acid acid) microgel-Silvernanopaticle nanocomposite for catalytic and antibacterial applications. He has started a doctoral degree from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Professor Wen-Hua Sun, where he has received a CSC scholarship. His future work will be towards the design and synthesis of catalysts for photocatalytic applications.
Ms Amna Altaf received her MS Chemistry degree from the School of Natural Sciences, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad in 2019. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD from the same institute under the supervision of Professor Manzar Sohail. She is working on Synthesis and Energy Applications of Perovskites in her PhD.
Dr Muhammad Ayaz is working at the Department of Pharmacy University of Malakand. His research interests include natural products, green synthesis of nanoparticles, synthesis of compounds and more importantly their pharmacological evaluations. Currently active projects include Alzheimer's disease, it's behavioral and neurochemical analysis and screening of these compounds against various pathological targets of diseases including diabetes, inflammation and cancer cells. He serves as associate editor at several journals including Frontiers in Pharmacology, BMC complementary and alternative medicine and many more. He has published more than 100 papers with more than 350 Impact factor, published 2 books as editor and authored 12 book chapters.
Professor Dr Amin Badshah is currently a Professor Emeritus at Quaid-i-azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a well renowned chemist in Pakistan with over 400 publications to his name. He has won several national and international awards for his valuable services for the country The inorganic aspects of his research are concerned primarily with the syntheses, spectroscopic characterization and biological activities of inorganic compounds, especially organometallic and transition metal complexes with Nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen and sulfur donor ligands. A new research area recently initiated involves the synthesis of nanomaterials and transition metal complexes having potential application in the field of catalysis (homogeneous and heterogeneous).
Neil Coville obtained his BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, before proceeding to McGill University, Montreal in 1968 where he obtained his PhD degree (1973). After post-doctoral work at Harvard University he returned to Wits in 1976. He worked his way through the ranks in the School of Chemistry, from lecturer to Chair of Inorganic Chemistry before becoming an Emeritus Professor. He is a member of two DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence (Catalysis; Strong Materials) and maintains an active research group in catalysis and carbon chemistry (synthesis/applications).
Hemant Kumar Daima is an Indian scientist, academician, and administrator. He obtained his BSc from MDS University, Ajmer in 2006, MSc from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 2008, and PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2013. He is founder of NBIRL, founding member and in-charge of Amity Center for Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine (ACNN), and core member of Amity Science, Technology, and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF-Jaipur). He has demonstrated importance of surface functionalization to control corona of nanomaterials, which dictates nanomaterials interaction at Nano-Bio interface. His research findings have revealed guiding principles involved in rational nanoparticle design strategies for biomedical applications. Currently, his team is working on the development of functional organic and inorganic nanomaterials for drug/gene delivery, biosensors, management of multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria, nanozyme activities and medical devices. He has published over 50 articles in high impact journals of international repute. He is editorial board member and reviewer of leading scientific publishers in the field of nanotechnology, nanotoxicology and nanomedicine. He is member of numerous scientific/professional bodies, and recipient of several international fellowships/awards.
Dr Ram Gupta is an Associate Professor at Pittsburg State University. Dr Gupta's research focuses on green energy production and storage using 2D materials, conducting polymers & composites, nanomaterials, optoelectronics and photovoltaics devices, sensors, nanomagnetism, bio-based polymers, bio-compatible nanofibers for tissue regeneration, scaffold and antibacterial applications, bio-degradable metallic implants. Dr Gupta published over 225 peer-reviewed articles, made over 290 national/international/regional presentations, chaired many sessions at national/international meetings, edited/written several books/chapters for American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, CRC, Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley. He has received over two million dollars for research and educational activities from external agencies. He is serving as Associate Editor, Guest editor, and editorial board member for various journals.
Zahid Haneef received his MSc degree in Chemistry from Punjab University (PU), Lahore, Pakistan, in 2017 with Analytical chemistry as the major subject. His mater thesis was focused on the development of adsorbents for the adsorptive removal of heavy metals. He joined Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan for his MPhil Inorganic/Analytical chemistry degree in 2018. He obtained his MPhil degree in 2021 under the supervision of Dr Zia-ur-Rehman. His MPhil thesis targeted the facile synthesis of graphitic carbon nitride-based semiconductors for environmental applications. He holds a keen research interest in material chemistry especially nanoparticles for environmental applications.
Dr Asma Iqbal is working as Young Scientist (Belt and Road Program) in Shanghai Jiaotong University since, 2019. She has been working with Prof. Xuefeng Qian and Prof. Zai Jiantao in School of chemistry and chemical engineering. Her research interests are mainly focused on organic synthesis of polymers and electrochemical organic synthesis. She is developing new polymers based batteries and electrocatalysts for energy devices. She has experience of working under supervision of Prof. O. OK Park (KAIST, South Korea) and Prof. Humaira Masood Siddiqi (Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan).
Dr Javed Iqbal obtained his MSc and M.Phil and PhD degree in Botany from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr Iqbal is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, Pakistan. His research group is involved in the synthesis of novel functional nanomaterials from medicinal plants for biomedical and environmental applications. He has published more than 62 research articles in various journals of international repute, and is a co-author of several book chapters.
Sumaya Ishtiaq is currently a Research Assistant at the School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. She has a master's degree in chemistry from SNS, NUST. Her primary research interests are in electrochemistry, inorganic synthesis, and renewable energy. She hails from Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Dr Ali Talha Khalil, a native of Peshawar (Pakistan), is working as an Assistant Professor & consultant molecular biologist in the Lady Reading Hospital Medical Teaching Institution (LRH-MTI), Peshawar, which is one of the largest tertiary care hospital in the region. Besides his major responsibilities, Dr Khalil, is in charge of the COVID-19 diagnostic facility at LRH. He serves as a secretary and member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) & Institutional Research Committee (IRC) of LRH that are mandated for reviewing the ethical, technical and financial aspects of research work conducted at the Institute. Dr Khalil's major expertise and research interests are in molecular biology and materials sciences. He is using eco-friendly and sustainable avenues for the synthesis of novel nanomaterials and nanocomposites, and use them for different nanomedicinal and environmental applications. He has published more than 90 impact factor articles which are cited more than 3000 times (h-index: 32 & i10 index: 64). As a fellow of the UNESCO Chair in nanoscience, Dr Khalil, is promoting nanoscience research by strengthening the South-South collaborations. He has also published articles in bioethics, biosafety, biosecurity etc., and remained part of the numerous ventures supporting and promoting ethics in science and technology. He is also a member of the Asian Council of Science Editors, NANOAFNET, ISEST etc. Dr Khalil has contributed in various ways to strengthening the scientific landscape in the region.
Dr Inayat Ali Khan obtained his PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Amin Badshah (TI). He carried out part of his PhD research work at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore in the group of Prof. Dan Zhao sponsored by HEC Pakistan under the IRSIP program. In NUS, he worked on “MOFs as precursors for fuel cell catalysis”. After finishing his doctorate degree, he joined SA-CIRBS at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry under the IPFP program of HEC in 2018. He served IIUI for 15 months as a researcher and teacher. In June 2019, he moved to Luleå University of Technology, Sweden for Postdoc and completed a 02 year project on “ionic liquids electrolytes for batteries and supercapacitors”. Currently, he is working as a researcher in the Chemistry of Interfaces at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Dr Khan's research is focused on materials and electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices such as batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. He has 29 research articles published in high impact journals, and having more than 650 citations with h-index 11 and i10-index 14. He has presented research articles in different national and international conferences and seminars.
Dr Imran Khan is an Assistant Professor at Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr Khan received BEST-KNU scholarship for PhD studies from Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea and completed his studies in August 2018. He also received “outstanding Academic Award” in August 2018. Afterwards, he joined National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, South Korea for Postdoc and worked on diet-microbiome-host associations. He has published more than 45 research articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals with 1300 + citations, H-index of 21 and i10-index of 33. Also, he has published several book chapters in various journals including those of CRC Press and Springer Nature. He is actively engaged in research activities in the area of food preservation, functional foods and food grade nanoparticles fabrications for application in food products.
Mamta Kumawat is a doctoral candidate at Amity University Rajasthan, India. She is working on the development of surface engineering strategies for metal nanoparticles to enhance their bio-medical potential. She has published four international articles in high impact journals. She completed her BSc and MSc (Biotechnology) at the University of Mumbai, India. She was research associate and zone leader at Zytex Biotech Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai from 2015–2018, and research scientist at Dr B. Lal laboratories, Jaipur from 2018–2019.
Dr Manoko Maubane-Nkadimeng graduated her MSc in Chemistry Cum Laude in 2010, followed by a PhD in Chemistry (Materials) in 2013 at the University of The Witwatersrand (Wits). She is currently a Senior Instrument Scientist and Researcher at Wits. She is the vice chairperson of the Employment Equity committee at Wits, a member of the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials and a Fulbright Scholar Alumnae. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and in 2019 she was appointed by the University of Pretoria as the Advisory Board Member of the Faculty of Education.
Thomas Mongwe obtained his BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Limpopo before pursuing his MSc and PhD studies with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He obtained his MSc degree in Chemistry (Carbon nanomaterials and photovoltaic devices, Cum Laude)) in 2018, followed by a PhD in (Chemistry (Carbon-metal oxide nanocomposites and gas sensors) in 2021.
Professor Enoch Y. Park is currently a professor in Research Institute of Green Science and Technology, Shizuoka University. He received his MS degree in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1982, and PhD degree in a major of Chemical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1990, and worked as assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering Nagoya University for two years. He is currently interested in the preparation and engineering of nanobiomaterials such as virus-like particles and detection of infectious viruses. Also, he is interested in the expression of eukaryotic proteins in silkworm larvae and their applicability on biological detection of molecules.
Miss Bareera Raza received her Mphil degree from Department of Chemistry Quaid-i-azam University, Pakistan in 2016. She is currently pursuing her PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The topic of her PhD studies is focused on designing of Novel electrolytes and separators for Zn-ion Batteries. She has won the Chinese Government scholarship in 2017 to work on Zn-ion Batteries. Her research interests include organic electrolyte synthesis and their use in Batteries. She is also expert in cathode designing for extensive use in batteries.
Dr Humaira Razzaq has been Associate Professor in University of Wah since 2018. She started her professional carrier at the National Centre of Physics as an Assistant Professor and worked as a research fellow. She is a competitive researcher and is involved in many research collaborations. Her major research interests include synthesis of nanomaterials and their electrochemical properties, development of polymer Nano-composites and polymeric membranes for water remediation.
Shumaila Razzaque has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Huazhong University of Science and Technology since 2018. She won the Chinese government scholarship for PhD studies and graduated in 2017. Her major research focus is on the development and exploration of porous organic polymers for various applications. She also gained expertise in the design of tissue engineering scaffolds. She has published various papers in high impact journals.
Neerish Revaprasadu is a professor of chemistry and NRF/DST SARChI Chair holder in Nanotechnology. He obtained his BSc (Hons.) from University of Natal in 1993 and PhD from Imperial College, London in 2000. He started as a Senior Lecturer at Unizulu 2000, Associate Professor in 2004 and full Professor in 2008. He was awarded the SARChI Chair in Nanotechnology in 2007. He has done extensive work in the synthesis of semiconductor nanomaterials. His current interest is the synthesis, characterization, and application of functional nanomaterials and their application in the areas of energy and health. Materials of interest include binary and ternary metal chalcogenide materials, 2-D materials, and perovskites. He has co-authored 250 articles and supervised more than 40 postgraduate students.
Ms Anosha Rubab obtained her MS Chemistry from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, in 2020. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Dr Manzar Sohail, investigating nanomaterials and their facile fabrication for heterogeneous catalysis applications.
Anamika Saini is a masters’ student at Amity University Rajasthan, India, and currently pursuing her internship at Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), India. Her research work focuses on downstream processing of bioactive compounds and synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications.
Dr Umair Shamraiz received his PhD degree from Department of Chemistry Quaid-i-azam University, Pakistan in 2020. He is currently a George Forster Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He has started his research in the field of photocatalysis where he has handsome knowledge of photocatalytic dye degradation. Later on during PhD he moved towards electrocatalysis and worked on water splitting and fuel cells. He has won the best researcher and best review writing award in 2019. Recently, he was awarded for a postdoctoral research fellowship for 2 years by the prestigious Humboldt foundation. His research interests include inorganic material synthesis and their applications in photocatalytic degradation, water splitting, supercapacitors, and CO2 reduction.
Dr Manzar Sohail is working as a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr Sohail obtained his PhD at Monash University, Australia in 2009. During his postdoctoral appointments, he worked at Nanochemistry Research Institute, Curtin University, and University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, before joining as a research scientist at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. His research focuses on synthesizing new electrode materials for electrocatalysis and electrochemical sensing. Dr Sohail has published over 100 international peer-reviewed journal publications and has 7 US patent applications to his name.
Felipe de Souza is research associate at the Kansas Polymer Reserch center at Pittsburg State University. He has an MS degree in Polymer Chemistry and working under the guidance of Dr Ram Gupta at Pittsburg State University. His research interest is focused on energy devices consisting of high-performance carbon nanomaterials, 2D nanomaterials, metal oxides, and chalcogenides. He is researching developing green flame-retardant polyurethanes using renewable resources for commercial applications. He is also working on electrocatalysts for fuel cells and related technologies.
Dr Ikram Ullah is a Biotechnologist, holding a PhD degree in health Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He has a BS (Hons.), M. Phil, and PhD, majoring in Biotechnology with a distinction in BS (Hons). During his PhD, he worked on the synthesis of multifunctional metal nanoparticles for biomedical applications. He has around 6 years experiences at Qarshi Industries Pvt. Ltd in research and development activities related to new product development and drug discovery against cancer and infectious diseases. He has published more than 35 research articles in international reputed journals, having an impact factor of more than 80 and citation score of more than 1250. He has presented his research accomplishments in national and international conferences in Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey. He is also the editorial board member and reviewer of many international journals of high repute. Currently, he is working as an Assistant professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic engineering, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan. He is working on biogenically synthesized metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, characterization of nanoparticles and evaluation of their bioactivities in various biological systems, cancer cell lines and leishmania parasites.
Akhela Umapathi completed her BE (Biotechnology) from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, India; and MRes (Nanomedicine) from Newcastle University, United Kingdom. She received her PhD (Nanomedicine) from Amity University Rajasthan, India. Akhela has developed expertise in rational designing of metal nanostructures by controlling their physicochemical properties to customize their antimicrobial potential, nanozyme activity and selective anticancer properties. Her further interest lies in testing for drug-like characteristics of nanomaterials.
Dr Chaoying Wan received her PhD degree in Materials Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship and worked at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She joined University of Warwick, UK in 2012, where she currently is a Reader in multifunctional nanocomposites. She specializes in polymer synthesis, characterization and reactive processing of multiphase/multicomponent nanocomposites, self-healing dielectric elastomers, biodegradable polymers and sustainable rubbers for energy applications.
Dr Tabassum Yaseen obtained her PhD degree in Botany from Department of Botany, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Dr Yaseen is currently working as an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department at Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, Pakistan. Her research group is involved in vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, synthesis of nanoparticles from medicinal plants for biomedical and environmental applications. She has published more than 83 research articles in various journals of international repute, and is a co-author of several book chapters.
Professor Jiantao Zai is associate professor in the school of chemistry and chemical engineering in Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is engaged in the design, synthesis and performance research of inorganic solid materials, especially micro-nano, multi-component functional materials. He has published 106 papers in journals such as Nat Commun, Adv Energy Mater, Nano Energy, etc. His papers have been cited 4559 times, and the H index is 40. In 2015, he won the first prize of Shanghai Natural Science (No.5), and was selected as Shanghai in 2018. Youth Science and Technology Venus (Class A).