Dr. Mazhar Amjad Gilani
Head of Department, Chemistry
Area of Interest: Materials Chemistry, Computational Chemistry
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (159)

I have studied Bachelor in Science from Government College University with distinction in 1999.  Then, I have carried out Master in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab in 2001. I have stayed for almost one year in Ittehad Chemical (Pvt) Limited Lahore as an Assistant Chemist. I went to Germany to pursue my doctoral studies in 2006. I have completed my PhD in synthetic chemistry from the Clausthal University of Technology, Germany with magna cum laude grade. I have carried out synthesis of novel chiral imidazolinium salts and their potential application in asymmetric synthesis under the able supervision of Prof. Dr. Rene Wilhelm. Then I stayed as postdoctoral fellow in TU Clausthal for about 9 months. In January 2010, I have joined Department of Chemical engineering, COMSATS institute of Information Technology, Lahore. Currently, I am working as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus. My areas of interest span from experimental work of fabrication of materials for different applications in catalysis and membrane manufacturing to the theoretical investigation. 

Areas of Research:

Materials Chemistry

Computational Chemistry


Book Chapters:
1. Muhammad Shahid Nazir, Mohamad Haafiz Mohamad Kassim, Lagnamayee Mohapatra, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Muhammad Rafi Reza, Khaliq Majeed (2016), "Characteristic properties of nanoclays and characterization of nanoparticulates and nanocomposites", Nanoclay Reinforced Polymer Composites, edited by: Mohammad Jawaid Abou el Kacem QaissRachid Bouhfid, published by: Springer, Singapore, pp: 35-55, Standard: 1868-1212/978-981-10-1953-1    (External URL)
Journal Papers:
1. Naveen Kosar, Khurshid Ayub, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Tariq Mahmood (2019), "Benchmark DFT studies on C-CN homolytic cleavage and screening the substitution effect on bond dissociation energy,", Journal of molecular modeling, Vol: 25, Issue: 47, Impact Factor: 1.507    (External URL)
2. Faiz Rabbani, Ahson J. Shaikh, Jamil Khan, Humayun Ajaz, Muhammad Rafique, Zia Ul Haq Khan, Zulfiqar Ali, Habib Hussain, Mazhar Gilani, Khurshid Aslam, G. M. Shah (2019), "Removal of organic colorants using nano copper antimony oxychloride synthesized by non-solvated system", Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, pp: 1-8, Impact Factor: 1.754    (External URL)
3. Rashid Mahmood, Saeed Ahmad, Mohammed Fettouhi, Thierry Roisnel, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Kashif Mehmood, Ghulam Murtaza, Anvarhusein A. Isab (2018), "2D polymeric cadmium(II) complexes containing 1,3-imidazolidine-2-thione (Imt) ligand, [Cd(Imt)(H2O)2(SO4)]n and [Cd(Imt)2(N3)2]n", Journal of Molecular Structure, pp: 235-242, Vol: 1156, Impact Factor: 2.011    (External URL)
4. Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Sobia Tabassum, Urooj Gul, Tariq Mahmood, Abdulrahman I. Alharthi, Mshari A. Alotaibi, Mohammed Geesi, Rizwan Sheikh, Khurshid Ayub (2018), "Copper Doped Al12N12 Nano-cages: Potential Candidates for Nonlinear Optical Materials", Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, pp: 1-9., Vol: 124, Issue: 14, Impact Factor: 1.604    (External URL)
5. Ayesha Ilyas, Nawshad Muhammad, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Ivo F.J.Vankelecom, Asim Laeeq Khan, (2018), "Effect of zeolite surface modification with ionic liquid [APTMS][Ac] on gas separation performance of mixed matrix membranes", Separation and Purification Technology, , pp: 176–183, Vol: 205, Impact Factor: 3.927    (External URL)
6. Bilal Khalid, Abdur Rahim, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Nawshad Muhammad, Abdur Rehman Younus, Sobia Tabassum, Jibran Iqbal, Abdulrahman I. Alharthi (2018), "In situ immobilization of CuO on SiO2/graphite matrix, modified with benzimidazolium-1-acatate ionic liquid: Application as catechol sensor", Journal of Molecular Liquids, , pp: 450–457, Vol: 251, Impact Factor: 4.513    (External URL)
7. Sajida Munsifa, Maria, Saima Khan, Asghar Ali, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Javed Iqbal, Ralf Ludwig, Khurshid Ayub (2018), "Remarkable nonlinear optical response of alkali metal doped aluminum phosphide and boron phosphide nanoclusters", Journal of Molecular Liquids, , pp: 51-64., Vol: 271, Impact Factor: 4.513    (External URL)
8. Tayyaba Ahmad , Rashid Mahmood, Ivelina Georgieva, Tsvetan Zahariev, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, Muhammad Ashraf Shaheen, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Saeed Ahmad (2018), "Synthesis, crystal structure and DFT studies of a novel dinuclear copper(I) complex with triphenylphosphine and 2-mercaptonicotinic acid", Journal of Molecular Structure, pp: 179-186, Vol: 1153, Impact Factor: 1.753    (External URL)
9. ,Amin Khan, Mohsin Ali, Ayesha Ilyas, Parimal Naik, Ivo F. J. Vankelecom, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Zabia Sajjad, Asim Laeeq Khan (2018), "ZIF-67 filled PDMS mixed matrix membranes for recovery of ethanol via pervaporation", Separation and Purification Technology, , pp: 50-58, Vol: 206, Impact Factor: 3.927    (External URL)
10. Syed Mobasher Ali Abid, Hafiza Amna Younus, Mariya al Rashida, Zunaira Arshad, Tooba Maryum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Abdulrahman I. Alharthi, Jamshed Iqbal (2017), "Sulfonyl Hydrazones Derived from 3-Formylchromone as Non-Selective Inhibitors of MAO-A and MAO-B: Synthesis, Molecular Modelling and In-Silico ADME Evaluation", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 291–302, Vol: 75, Standard: 0045-2068, Impact Factor: 3.929    (External URL)
11. Ayesha Ilyas, Nawshad Muhammad, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Khurshid Ayub, Ivo F.J.Vankelecom, Asim Laeeq Khan (2017), "Supported protic ionic liquid membrane based on 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propan-1-aminium acetate for the highly selective separation of CO2", Journal of Membrane Science, pp: 301-309, Vol: 543, Standard: 0376-7388, Impact Factor: 6.035    (External URL)
12. Ayesha Babar, Muhammad Yar, Hamadeh Tarazai, Habib ur Rehman, Mohammed B. Alshammari, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Munawwar Ali Munawwar, Maria J. Alves, Ather Farooq Khan (2017), "Synthesis, characterization and Glucosidase inhibition studies of N-arylthiazole-2-amines and Ethyl 2-[aryl(thiazol-2-yl)amino]acetates", Medicinal Chemistry Research, pp: 1-15, Standard: 1554-8120, Impact Factor: 1.277    (External URL)
13. Saba Zahid, Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Faisal Manzoor, Faiza Zarif, Fozia Rehman, Arshad Jamal, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Ihtesham ur Rehman (2016), "Efficient drug delivery system for bone repair by tuning the surface of hydroxyapatite particles", RSC Advances, pp: 104969-104978, Vol: 6, Standard: 2046-2069, Impact Factor: 3.108    (External URL)
14. Riaz Hussain, Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Ejaz Ahmed, Ahsan Sharif, Faisal Manzoor, Asma Tufail Shah, Anila Asif, Faiza Sharif, Farasat Iqbal, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, , (2016), "In situ synthesis of mesoporous polyvinyl alcohol/hydroxyapatite composites for better biomedical coating adhesion", Applied Surface Science, pp: 117–123, Vol: 364, Standard: 0169-4332, Impact Factor: 3.387    (External URL)
15. Nazim Waheed, Azeem Mushtaq, Sobia Tabassum, Asim Laeeq Khan, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Younis Jamal, Asad Ullah Khan (2016), "Mixed Matrix Membranes Based on Polysulfone and Rice Husk Extracted Silica for CO2 Separation", Separation and Purification Technology, pp: 122-129, Vol: 170, Standard: 1383-5866, Impact Factor: 3.359    (External URL)
16. Fatimah Ali Al-Zahrani, Muhammad Nadeem Arshad, Abdullah M. Asiri, Tariq Mahmood, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Reda M. El-shishtawy (2016), "Synthesis and structural properties of 2-((10-alkyl-10H-phenothiazin-3-yl)methylene)malononitrile derivatives; A combined experimental and theoretical insight", Chemistry Central Journal, pp: 13, Vol: 10, Standard: 1752-153X, Impact Factor: 2.442    (External URL)
17. Zulfiqar Ali, Syeda Rubina Gilani, Habib Hussain, Hajira Rehman, Imdad Hussain, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Faiz Rabbani, (2016), "Synthesis, structural and antibacterial study of new silver complex with 3-acetyl-2H chromene-2-one", Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop., pp: 403-411, Vol: 30, Issue: 3, Standard: 1726-801X , Impact Factor: 0.818    (External URL)
18. Riffat Un Nisa, Zanib Sugheer, Muhammad Ali Hashmi, Muhammad Sharif, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Ralf Ludwig, Tariq Mahmood, Javed Iqbal, Khurshid Ayub (2016), "Theoretical mechanistic investigation of Zinc(II) catalyzed oxidative amidation of benzyl alcohols with amines", Polyhedron, pp: 34-42, Vol: 112, Standard: 0277-5387, Impact Factor: 1.926    (External URL)
19. Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Eduard Rais, René Wilhelm, , (2015), "Chiral Imidazolinium Salts with TIPS Groups for the Palladium-Catalyzed a-Arylation and as Chiral Solvating Agents", Synlett, pp: 1638-1641, Vol: 26 , Issue: 11, Standard: 1437-2096, Impact Factor: 2.151    (External URL)
20. Tariq Mahmood, Muhammad Arshad, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Zafar Iqbal, Khurshid Ayub (2015), "Dyotropic rearrangement of bridgehead substituents in closed dithienylethenes; conjugated verses non-conjugated analogues", J Mol Model, pp: 321, Vol: 21, Standard: 0948-5023, Impact Factor: 1.425    (External URL)
21. Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Khurshid Ayub and Rene Wilhelm (2015), "First Examples of Carbene Catalyzed Allylation of Benzaldehyde", Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society, pp: 1199-1205, Vol: 12, Issue: 7, Standard: 1735-2428, Impact Factor: 1.407    (External URL)
22. Taj Ur Rahman, Mohammad Arfan, Tariq Mahmood, Wajiha Liaqat, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Ghias Uddin, Ralf Ludwig, Khair Zaman, M. Iqbal Choudhary, K.F. Khattak, Khurshid Ayub,, (2015), "Isolation, Spectroscopic and Density Functional Theory Studies of 7-(4- methoxyphenyl)-9H-Furo[2,3-F]chromen-9-one: A new Flavonoid from the Bark of Millettia ovalifolia", Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular spectroscopy, pp: 24-32, Vol: 146, Standard: 1873-3557, Impact Factor: 2.536    (External URL)
23. Muhammad Yar, Marek Bajda, Sohail Shahzad, Nisar Ullah, Muhammad Ashraf, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Abdul Rauf, Ayesha Shaukat (2015), "Organocatalyzed solvent free an efficient novel synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles for a-glucosidase inhibition to treat diabetes", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 65–71, Vol: 58, Standard: 1090-2120, Impact Factor: 3.231    (External URL)
24. Muhammad Yar, Muhammad Arshad, Ariba Farooq, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Khurshid Ayub Asma Ejaz, Anupriya Kumar and Ichiya Ninomiya (2015), "Synthesis and DPPH scavenging assay of reserpine analogues, computational studies and in silico docking studies in AChE and BChE responsible for Alzheimer's disease", Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, pp: 53-61, Vol: 51 , Issue: 1, Standard: 2175-9790, Impact Factor: 0.474    (External URL)
25. Maximilian Koppenwallner, Eduard Rais, Magdalena Uzarewicz-Baig, Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, René Wilhelm, , (2015), "Synthesis of New Camphor Based Carbene Ligands and Their Application in a Copper Catalyzed Michael Addition with B2Pin2", Synthesis, pp: 789-800, Vol: 6, Issue: 47, Standard: 1437-210X, Impact Factor: 2.65   
26. Muhammad Nadeem Arshad, Abdullah M. Asiri, Khalid A. Alamry, Tariq Mahmood, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Khurshid Ayub, and Abdul hadi Saleh Birenji, ., (2015), "Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Spectroscopic and Density Functional Theory (DFT) Study of N-[3-anthracen-9-yl-1-(4-bromo-phenyl)-allylidene]-N-benzenesulfonohydrazine", Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, pp: 364-374, Vol: 142, Standard: 1873-3557, Impact Factor: 2.536    (External URL)
27. Tariq Mahmood, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Sobia Tabassum, Farhan Ahmed Khan and Ather Farooq Khan (2014), "DFT Studies of biphenyl derivatives, potential application as chiral dopants for liquid crystals", Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan, pp: 498-502, Vol: 36, Issue: 3, Standard: 0253-5106, Impact Factor: 0.327    (External URL)
28. Robina Farooq, Mehwish Durrani, Qaisar Mahmood, Asim Yaquob, Saleem Farooq Shaukat, Nnaji Chioma, Muhammad Farooq, Zaki Ahmed and Mazhar Amjad Gilani (2013), "Treatment of Tanneries waste water by ultrasound assisted electrolysis process", Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan, pp: 599-603, Vol: 35 , Issue: 3, Standard: 0253-5106, Impact Factor: 0.327    (External URL)
29. Qaisar Mahmood, Shabana Kausar, MS; Iftikhar A Raja, Afsar Khan, Mazhar A Gilani, Shahida Shujaat (2012), "Potential of Arundo donax to Treat Chromium Contamination", Ecological Engineering, pp: 256-259, Vol: 42, Standard: 0925-8574, Impact Factor: 2.914    (External URL)
30. Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani and René Wilhelm (2011), "Imidazolinium Sulfonate and Sulfamate Zwitterions as Chiral Solvating Agents for Enantiomeric Excess Calculation", Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, pp: 1632-1639, Vol: 22, Issue: 16-17, Standard: 1362-511X, Impact Factor: 2.126    (External URL)
31. Mazhar Gilani and René Wilhelm (2008), "New Enantiopure Imidazolinium Carbene Ligands Incorporating Two Hydroxy Groups for Lewis Acid Catalyzed Diethyl Zinc Addition to Aldehydes", Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, pp: 2346-2352, Vol: 19, Issue: 20, Standard: 1362-511X, Impact Factor: 2.126    (External URL)
32. Vaclav Jurcik, Mazhar Gilani and René Wilhelm (2006), "Easily Accessible Chiral Imidazolinium Salts Bearing Two Hydroxy-Containing Substituents as Shift Reagents and Carbene Precursors", Eur. J. Org. Chem, pp: 5103-5109, Vol: 2006, Issue: 22, Standard: 1099-0690, Impact Factor: 2.834    (External URL)


Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Feb 2006 to May 2009
University of the Punjab, Pakistan
1999 to 2001
Government College University, Pakistan
1997 to 1999
F. Sc
Govt. Islamia College Civil Lines, Lahore-Pakistan
1995 to 1997
Lahore Gems School, Lahore-Pakistan


Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus
Aug 2017 to Date
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sep 2015 to Jul 2017
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus
Jul 2015 to Sep 2015
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus
Jan 2010 to Jun 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute of Organic Chemistry, TU Clausthal, Germany
Jun 2009 to Jan 2010
Research Fellow
HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi
Jan 2003 to Dec 2005
Assistant Chemist
Ittehad Chemicals Limited
Apr 2002 to Jan 2003

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