Research Groups

Research Groups of Department of Chemistry

Environment and Energy Research Group

Dr. Robina Farooq and her research group are working to develop low cost processes for the conversion of inorganic and organic compounds in wastewater, solid waste or atmospheric pollutants to valuable products. She is the author of scientific manuscripts, books, book chapters and granted patents by USTPO, USA. She is the recipient of best Innovator, best university teacher and productive scientist awards. She worked on projects including ultrasonic decomposition of pollutants, phytoremediation of wastewater, bio-electrochemical synthesis of renewable fuel, bio-electrochemical decomposition of wastewater and energy recovery, recovery of heavy metal from effluents, microbial fuel cell technology for wastewater remediation and retrieval of precious metals from printed circuit boards.

Prof.  Dr. Robina Farooq 

Team Leader

Gugan Jabeen

PhD Scholar: Bioelectrochemical Synthesis of Organic compounds using carbon dioxide

Mohsin Raza

Research Associate: Thermo- Chemical conversion of biomass to syngas

Main Hamood ur Rehman

Optimize the performance of microbial fuel cell for waste water management

Masoom Fatima

PhD scholar workingon sequential anerobic-aerobic biodecomposition of azo dyesby microbial fuel cell

Organic and Computational Chemistry Research Group

Dr. Mazhar Amjad Gilani’s research group is focused on two modules:
1. Synthesis and organic functionalization of nano-structured materials and their application in gas separation, catalysis and biomedical applications. Additionally, ionic liquids are also exploitedto tune the properties of nanomaterials.
2. Theoretical investigation of reactivity patterns exhibited by different molecules and correlation with their experimental data. Different nanocages are being explored for their nonlinear optical properties with the help of computational tools.

Dr. Mazhar Amjad Gillani  

Team Leader

Ms Farah

(Visiting student) working on fabrication of mixed matrix membranes for gas separation

Mr. Ghayur Abbas

(visiting PhD student) working on functionalization of polyoxometalates and their drug delivery applications

Advance Materials and Applications Research Group

Advance Materials and Processes group is organized, keeping in view of new developments in material’s synthesis, properties, performance and socio-economical need of Pakistan.
The main objectives of the group are:

  1. To introduce researchers with advanced materials and processes; 
  2. To develop novel and modified syntheses methods for the development and processing of new materials; 
  3. To encourage exploring and evaluating the research gaps in the field of Advanced Materials and Processes;
  4. To synthesize green materials for intended application in environmental, biomedical and automotive applications.

Currently group is working on Preparation and Characterization of Polysaccharide Coating Material for Pesticides Control Release, Exploration of Material for Electrode Recondition of Lead Acid Batteries, Synthesis and Characterization of magnetic Nanoparticle for Electrical, Biomedical and Environmental Applications, Cellulose-based Modified Cheap Sorbent for Heavy Metal removal studies and Fabrication of Bio-fiber based Composite Material for Intended Applications.

Dr. M. Shahid Nazir

Team Leader

Dr. Majid Naiz Akhtar

Nano-materials for Electrical, biomedical and Environmental Applications

Dr. Mazhar Amjad Gillani

Computational studies

Dr. Noaman Ul Haq

Composite fabrication and Characterization

Mr. Nauman Saddique

Cellulose Hydrogel for coating material

Abdullah Anis

Modified cellulose for biomedical application


Material for Electrode Recondition of Lead Acid Batteries

Green Nanotechnology and Natural Products Research Group

Nanotechnology is one of the most exigent and fastest
growing branches in the field of science and engineering. Nano materials offer new solutions in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, biology, and material science. This research group focuses on environmentally benign green facile phytochemical based route for the fabrication of nano materials. As chemical and physical properties of nano materials and their applications heavily depend on their sizes, shapes, morphology, and dispersion stability, we focus on synthesis of tuned nanoparticles in terms of aforementioned characteristics. Mathematical modeling and deterministic as well as random (stochastic, discrete event) simulation models are used to optimize the unknown parameters of the process and with the help of the given parameters, other variables defining the behavioral features of the said process are predicted.  Group also works on the derivatization of natural products in a view to enhance their therapeutic potential.

The main objectives of the group are:

  1. To establish eco-friendly, rapid, cost effective, energy efficient and safe green protocols for the synthesis of nano materials;
  2. To utilize local rich diversity of indigenous medicinal plants as natural non- toxic source of reducing and stabilizing agents;
  3. To synthesize tuned nano materials in term of size, shape and dispersity for various applications;
  4. Mathematical modeling based process optimization to create advanced and complex engineering systems;
  5. Derivatize natural products of medicinal importance and find out structure activity relationship through computational studies;
  6. Evaluate the therapeutic potential of nano materials and natural product derivatives.

Dr. Lubna Sherin  

Team Leader

Dr Mazhar Amjad Gillani

Computational studies

Dr Ayesha Sohail

Mathematical Modelling

Ms Zarin

(Visiting MS student) working on green fabrication and fictionalization of inorganic nanoparticles as efficient antioxidants and catalysts

Ms. tehniyat

(visiting MS student) working on green synthesis of silver nano materials for the detoxification of coloured waste water

Nanomaterials and Electrochemistry Research Group

This group deals with advancement and applications of different nanomaterials and their electrochemical characterizations. We focus on in-house synthesis of different nanomaterials, their hybrids and use in different applications. Currently, the group is working on use of graphene oxide for modification of electrodes for their energy storage application.

Dr Sara Riaz 

Team Leader

Sara Khalid

Visiting MS Researcher