Dr. Aqif Anwar
Head of Department, IRCBM
Area of Interest: Nanotechnology, Biomaterials
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (829)

Dr. Aqif’s research interests and activities are highly multidisciplinary. His basic interest is in determining structure-property-application relationships of metal and ceramics predominantly from a biological performance standpoint. This is reflected in his research in the following areas;

  • Nanotechnology: Rapid, low-cost and large scale synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles in order to transfer the performance of these materials in the lab to actual applications and products. These not only include nanobioceramics but also dielectrics, semiconductors and structural ceramics etc.
  • Biomedical Materials: Improvement in biological performance of materials by manipulation during synthesis methods (wet-chemical synthesis), animal and biological testing. Effect of substitution of biologically beneficial ions into calcium phosphates. Tailoring synthesis parameters to result in
    • high strength porous and dense nanostructured ceramics
    • Homogenous, crack free and strong coatings
    • Polymers with high strength and bioactivity
    • FLow Synthesis of Nanoparticles & their Utilization in Development of Fibrous Electrospun Composites

He also has a keen interest in commercialization of biomedical materials in Pakistan. Advanced biomaterials are not readily available in Pakistan. Where they are, they are often imported and sold at exuberant prices far beyond the reach of a common man. Pakistan has a vibrant metal industry when it comes to surgical goods and implants. However this is unchartered territory and requires a lot of looking into. Efforts are underway to develop databases of suppliers, products, prices, quantity available, quality etc. The aims are to 1) identify Pakistan specific problems which require research/improvement (regarding biomaterials) and 2) laying the foundation for launch of IRCBM products. In his spare time, Dr. Aqif is an avid traveller and enjoys debating and compeering at all levels.

Research & Developmental Funding

1) 38.103 million PKR Development Project on Strengthening of the Department of Biomedical Material Sciences at CIIT Lahore - Completed (Project Director)

2) 0.2 million PKR project on Tailorable Nanoceramics for Biological Applications via Batch Hydrothermal Synthesis - Funded by CIIT - Completed (PI)

3) 5.8 million PKR project HEC NRPU on Development of a Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis Facility: A Versatile Tool for Nanomaterials Discovery and Their Commercial Production - On-going (PI)

4) 0.5 million PKR project HEC Start up on Band Gap Reduction of Rapidly Synthesized TiO2 Using Metal and Non-Metal Dopants - On-going (PI)

5) 0.5 million PKR project HEC Start up on Development of Synthetic Flowable Bone Grafting Substitutes Using Polymeric Carriers - On-going (PI)

6) 67.0 million PKR part Dedicated to IRCBM (a part of overall 589 million PKR project for CIIT Lahore) - 100% Utilization (as Head IRCBM)

Collaborations

1. University of Sheffield, UK

2. University College London, UK

3. King Edward Medical University and Mayo Hospital Lahore

4. Department of Physics, CIIT Islamabad

5. Punjab University

Memberships/Recognition

1. Approved HEC Supervisor

2. Professional Engineer, Pakistan Engineering Council

Interested in

1) Joint Interdisciplinary Research Proposals and Collaborative Research

2) Supervising MS, PhD Students

3) Industrial Linkages regarding Biomedical Devices

Publications:

Journal Papers:
1. Chaudhry, A.A., Khan, A.S., Khan, N.I., Younas, B., Shuja, M., Ashraf, N. (2011), "Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Ion Substituted Bioactive Ceramics", Journal of Dental Research, Vol: 90, Issue: B, Impact Factor: 3.458    (External URL)
2. Aqif A. Chaudhry a,b,?, Haixue Yan c, Kenan Gong a, Fawad Inam c, Giuseppe Viola c, Mike J. Reece c, Josephine B.M. Goodall a, Ihtesham ur Rehman c, F (2010), "High-strength nanograined and translucent hydroxyapatite monoliths via continuous hydrothermal synthesis and optimized spark plasma sintering", Acta Biomaterialia, pp: 791-799, Vol: 7, Standard: 1742-7061 Impact Factor: 3.975    (External URL)
3. Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,abc Josie Goodall,a Martin Vickers,a Jeremy Karl Cockcroft,a Ihtesham Rehman,b Jonathan Knowlesd and Jawwad Arshad Darr*a (2008), "Synthesis and characterisation of magnesium substituted calcium phosphate bioceramic nanoparticles made via continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis†", Journal of material chemistry, pp: 5900-5908, Vol: 18, Standard: 1364-5501 Impact Factor:4.79 Citations:6, Impact Factor: 4.79    (External URL)
4. Paul Boldrin,†,‡ Andrew K. Hebb,‡ Aqif A. Chaudhry,†,‡ Lucy Otley,§ Benedicte Thiebaut,§ Peter Bishop,§ and Jawwad A. Darr*,† (2007), "Direct Synthesis of Nanosized NiCo2O4 Spinel and Related Compounds via Continuous Hydrothermal Synthesis Methods", Industrial and Engineering chemistry research, pp: 4830-4838, Vol: 46, Standard: 1520-5045 Impact Factor:1.758 Citations:18    (External URL)
5. Aqif A. Chaudhry,a Saba Haque,a Suela Kellici,a Paul Boldrin,a Ihtesham Rehman,b Fazal A. Khalidc and Jawwad A. Darr (2006), "Instant nano-hydroxyapatite: a continuous and rapid hydrothermal synthesis", chem comm, pp: 2286-2288, Standard: 1364-548X Impact Factor:5.504 Citations:20, Impact Factor: 5.504    (External URL)
Conference Papers:
1. Khan, A.S., Khan, N.I., Nazir, R., Hussain, R., Chaudhry, A.A., (2011) "A Novel technique to synthesize next generation bioactive dental fillers", 1st IADSR International Conference, Lahore, Pakistan, Vol: 90, Issue: B, Impact Factor: 3.458    (External URL)
2. Chaudhry, A.A., Khan, A.S., Khan, N.I., Younas, B., Shuja, M., Ashraf, N. (2011) "Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Ion Substituted Bioactive Ceramics", 1st IADSR International Conference, Lahore, Vol: 90, Issue: B, Impact Factor: 3.458    (External URL)
3. Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,a* Nida Iqbal Khan,a Rabia Nazir,a Rafaqat Hussain,a Abdul Samad Khan, a,b Ihtesham-ur-Rehman,a,c Ali Abdullah,d M. Anis-ur-Rehman (Sep 2010) "Synthesis and Characterisation of Non-Stoichiometric Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles for Potential Bone Replacement and Regeneration Applications", 2nd International Symposium on Biomedical Materials: Current Research and Future Signposting   
4. Aqif A. Chaudhry,a,b Haixue Yan,b Mike Reece,b Jonathan Knowles, c Ihtesham Rehman,b Jawwad A. Darra (Sep 2008) "Rapid Synthesis and Consolidation of Nano-Bioceramics", 1st International Symposium on Biomedical Materials: Prospects and Potential 2008   

Qualification

Phd in Biomaterials
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Mar 2005 to Jun 2008
   
Masters in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
Sep 2002 to Jun 2004
   
BSc in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Sep 1998 to Jun 2002
   

Experience

Associate Professor
IRCBM CIIT Lahore
Sep 2014 to Date
   
Head
IRCBM CIIT Lahore
Aug 2013 to Date
   
Incharge
IRCBM CIIT Lahore
Jan 2011 to Aug 2013
   
Assistant Professor
CIIT Lahore
Aug 2008 to Aug 2013
   
Teaching Assistant
GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
Sep 2002 to May 2004
   

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