Dr. Ather Farooq Khan
Associate Professor, IRCBM
Area of Interest: material synthesis, organic synthesis, polymer synthesis
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (894)


Dr. Ather has joined IRCBM in 2011. Since then he has published several papers in the field of biomedical materials. He has also been awarded with two HEC NRPU projects of worth 6 Million PKR. He is a postdocotrol fellow in University of Sheffield and working in collaboration with Prof. Dr. John W. Haycock. Dr. Ather has completed his PhD from Vienna University of Technology, Austria in 2008. His basic research interestlies in the field of organic synthesis. He has published several high Impact factor publications with overall Impact factor of more than 40. Before Joining IRCBM he served Department of Chemistry, CIIT, Abbottabad. He has worked as a contributor in several UN projects. 



Nerve Guidance Conduits

Bone tissue engineering scaffolds


Organic Materials

Organic Synthesis

Bioassay guided isolation and characterization of natural products from medicinally important plants



Journal Papers:
1. Lubna Shahzadi, Rabia Zeeshan, Muhammad Yar, Saad Bin Qasim, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ather Farooq Khan*, Nawshad Muhammad (2018), "Biocompatibility Through Cell Attachment and Cell Proliferation Studies of Nylon 6/Chitosan/Ha Electrospun, Mats, . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10924-017-1100-8. (IF =1.8)", J Polym Environ , Vol: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10924-017-1100-8. (IF =1   
2. Rabia Zeeshan; Zeeshan Mutahir; Haffsah Iqbal; Moazzam Ali; Farasat Iqbal; Kashif Ijaz; Faiza Sharif; Asma Tufail Shah; Aqif Anwar Chaudhry; Muhammad Yar; Shifang Luan; Ather Farooq Khan*, Ihtesham ur-Rehman, (2018), "Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) crosslinked Chitosan (CH) based scaffolds containing Bioactive glass (BG) and Zinc oxide (ZnO) for Alveolar Bone Repair, a", carbohydrate polymer,, Vol: ccepted, 2018. (IF=5.1)   
3. Haffsah Iqbal, Moazzam Ali, Rabia Zeeshan, Zeeshan Mutahir, Farasat Iqbal, Muhammad Azhar Hayat Nawaz, Lubna Shahzadi, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Muhammad Yar, Shifang Luan, Ather Farooq Khan*, Ihtesham-ur Rehman, (2017), "Chitosan/hydroxyapatite (HA)/hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) spongy scaffolds-synthesis and evaluation as potential alveolar bone substitutes, ", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Vol: Volume 160, 1 December 2017, Pages 553-563. (IF=3.   
4. 4. Rujian Jiang, Zhirong Xin, Shiai Xu, Hengchong Shi, Huawei Yang, Lingjie Song, Shunjie Yan, Shifang Luan, Jinghua Yin, Ather Farooq Khan, Yonggang Li (2017), "Enzyme-mimicking polymer brush-functionalized surface for combating biomaterial-associated infections, ", Applied Surface Science, Vol: Volume 423, 30 November 2017, Pages 869-880. (IF =   
5. Chunmei Liu, Hengchong Shi, Huawei Yang, Shunjie Yan, Shifang Luan, Yuchao Li, Mouyong Teng, Ather Farooq Khan, Jinghua Yin, (2017), "Fabrication of antibacterial electrospun nanofibers with vancomycin-carbon nanotube via ultrasonication assistance, ", Materials & Design, Vol: Volume 120, 15 April 2017, Pages 128-134. (IF =4.2   
6. Ayesha Babar, Muhammad Yar, Hamadeh Tarazi, Vera Duarte, Mohammed B Alshammari, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Haffsah Iqbal, Munawwar Ali Munawwar, Maria J Alves, Ather Farooq Khan* (2017), "Molecular docking and glucosidase inhibition studies of novel N-arylthiazole-2-amines and Ethyl 2-[aryl (thiazol-2-yl) amino] acetates, ", Medicinal Chemistry Research, Vol: December 2017, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 3247–3261.    
7. Xianghong Wang, Shunjie Yan, Lingjie Song, Hengchong Shi, Huawei Yang, Shifang Luan, Yubin Huang, Jinghua Yin, Ather Farooq Khan, Jie Zhao, (2017), "Temperature-Responsive Hierarchical Polymer Brushes Switching from Bactericidal to Cell Repellency, ", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, , Vol: 2017, 9 (46), pp 40930–40939. (IF =7.8)   
8. Abdur Raheem Aleem, Lubna Shahzadi, Farah Alvi, Ather Farooq Khan, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman, Muhammad Yar (2017), "Thyroxin releasing chitosan/collagen based smart hydrogels to stimulate neovascularization, ", Materials & Design, Vol: Volume 133, 5 November 2017, Pages 416-425. (IF =4   
9. Saba Zahid, Asma Tufail Shah, Arshad Jamal, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Abdul Samad Khan, Ather Farooq Khan*, Nawshad Muhammad, Ihtesham ur Rehman (2016), "Biological Behavior of Bioactive Glasses and their Composites, , 6", RSC Advances, Vol: , 70197-70214, 2016. (IF =3.108)   
10. Asma Tufail Shah, Madeeha Batool, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Farasat Iqbal, Ayesha Javaid, Saba Zahid, Kanwal Ilyas, Saad bin Qasim, Ather Farooq Khan, Abdul Samad Khan, Ihtesham ur Rehman, (2016), "Effect of calcium hydroxide on mechanical strength and biological properties of bioactive glass, J, ", Journal of the mechanical behaviour of biomedical materials, Vol: 61, 617–626, (IF =3.110).   
11. Muhammad Yar*, Giulia Gigliobianco, Lubna Shahzadi, Lindsey Dew, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Ather Farooq Khan, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman, Sheila MacNeil (2016), "Production of chitosan PVA PCL hydrogels to bind heparin and induce angiogenesis", International Journal of Polymeric Materials, Vol: Accepted, Impact Factor: 3.5   
12. Ather Farooq Khan, Adeel Afzal, Aqif Anwar Chaudhary, Muhammad Saleem, Lubna Shahzadi, Arshad Jamal, Muhammad Yar, Amir Habib, and Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "3. (Hydroxypropyl)Methylcellulose Mediated Synthesis of Highly Porous Composite Scaffolds for Trabecular Bone Repair Applications", Science of Advanced Materials , pp: 1177-1186, Vol: 7, Impact Factor: 2.59   
13. Jamshed Iqbal, Mariya-al-Rashida, Ayesha Babar, Abdul Hameed, Muhammad Siraj Khan, Ather Farooq Khan (2015), "Cholinesterases Inhibitory Activities of N-Phenylthiazol-2-Amine Derivatives and their Molecular Docking Studies", medicinal chemistry, pp: 11, 489-496   
14. 5. Razaq A, Asif MH, Kalsoom R, Khan AF, Awan MS, Ishrat S, et al (2015), "Conductive and electroactive composite paper reinforced by coating of polyaniline on lignocelluloses fibers.", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, pp: 132, Impact Factor: 1.768   
15. 2. Asma Tufail Shah • Quratul Ain • Aqif Anwar Chaudhry •, Ather Farooq Khan • Bushra Iqbal • Sana Ahmad •, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi • Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "RehmanA study of the effect of precursors on physical and biological properties of mesoporous bioactive glass", J Mater Sci , pp: 1794–1804 , Vol: 50, Impact Factor: 2.371   
16. uhammad NA, Tariq M, Khan AF, Muhammad ZUR, Abdullah MA, Islam UK, et al (2015), "Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of 1,2-Benzothiazine Derivatives: An Experimental and DFT Study", Chin J Struct Chem, Vol: 34:15-25, Impact Factor: 0.507   
17. Khan N, Sheikh NS, Khan AF, Ludwig R, Mahmood T, Rehman W, et al. (2015), "Towards thermally stable cyclophanediene-dihydropyrene photoswitches", Journal of Molecular Modeling., pp: 15, Impact Factor: 1.736   
18. Ather Farooq Khan, Adeel Afzal, Muhammad Saleem, Afsar Khan, Asghar Ali (2014), "Bioactive behavior of silicon substituted calcium phosphate based bioceramics for bone regeneration", Materials Science & Engineering C, , pp: 245-252, Vol: 35, Impact Factor: 3.088   
19. Muhammad Yar, Marek Bajda; Lubna Shahzadi; Sohail A Shahzad; Maqsood Ahmed; Muhammad Ashraf ; Umber Alam; Islam U Khan; Ather F Khan (2014), "Novel synthesis of dihydropyrimidines for ?-glucosidase inhibition to treat type 2 diabetes: in vitro biological evaluation and in silico docking”", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 96-104, Vol: 54, Impact Factor: 2.152   
20. Ayesha Babar, Sarah Saleem, Munawwar Ali munawwar, Khurshid Ayub, Amir Waseem, Ather Farooq Khan, “ (2014), "Synthesis, Characterization and Density Functional Theory Study Of Some New 2-Anilinothiazoles", Journal of Molecular Structure, pp: 221-227., Vol: 1072, Impact Factor: 1.602   
21. Ather Farooq Khan et al (2013), "“Raman spectroscopy of bone and its synthetic apatites”", Applied Spectroscopy Reviews, Vol: DOI: 10.1080/05704928.2012.721107, Impact Factor: 3.3   
22. ASH Nauman, Amir Waseem, Ather Farooq khan et al (2013), "Arsenic bioremediation by low cost materials derived from Blue Pine (Pinus wallichiana) and Walnut (Juglans regia),", ecological engineering, pp: 88-94, Vol: 51, Impact Factor: 3.03   
23. Ayesha Babar, Munawar Ali Munawar, M. Nawaz Tahir, Ather Farooq Khan and Muhammad Ilyas Tariq (2012), "“N-(2,4,6-Trimethylphenyl)-1,3-thiazol-2-amine”", Acta Cryst, pp: o2441, Vol: E68, Impact Factor: 0.3   
24. Umar Farooq, Afsar Khan, Ather Farooq Khan et al (2012), "“Two New Ballonigrin-type Diterpenoids from the roots of Ballota Limbata”", Natural Product Communication,, Impact Factor: 0.894   
25. Sajid Hussain Shah, Donglei Wu, Qaisar Mahmood, Zulfiqar Ahmad Bhatti, Ather Farooq, Jamil Khan, Naim Rashid, Iftikhar A. Raja, (2010), "Low temperature conversion of plastic waste into light hydrocarbons", journal of hazardous material, Vol: 2010, Impact Factor: 3.7   
26. Ather Farooq Khan, Michael Schnurch, Peter Stanetty, Marko D. Mihovilovic. (2009), "Halogen Dance and Sequential Cross-Couplings on 2-Anilinothiazoles", Letters in Organic Chemistry, pp: 171, Vol: 2009, Issue: 6, Impact Factor: 0.77   
27. Michael Schnurch, Ather Farooq Khan, Peter Stanetty, Marko D. Mihovilovic, (2009), "Polyarylated Thiazoles via Cross Coupling strategies", Eur. J. Org. Chem, pp: 3228-3236, Impact Factor: 3.09   
28. Maria Siddique, Robina Farooq, Abda Khalid, Ather Farooq, Qaisar Mahmood, Umar Farooq, Iftikhar Ahmad Raja, Saleem Farooq Shaukat (2009), "Thermal-pressure mediated hydrolysis of Reactive Blue19 dye", journal of hazardous material, pp: 2009, Impact Factor: 3.7   
29. Michael Schnurch, Markus Spina, Ather Farooq Khan, Peter Stanetty, Marko D. Mihovilovic, (2007), "Halogen Dance Reactions- A Review", Chem. Soc. Rev., pp: 1046-1057, Impact Factor: 26   
30. Michael Schnurch, Radoslav Flasik, , Ather Farooq Khan, Markus Spina, Peter Stanetty, Marko D. Mihovilovic, (2006), "Cross-Coupling Reactions on Azoles with Two or More Heteroatoms", Eur. J. Org. Chem., pp: 3282-3307, Impact Factor: 3.09   


visiting research Fellow
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Nov 2004 to Jun 2008
Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Sep 1999 to Aug 2001
Forman Chrisitian College, Lahore, Pakistan
Aug 1997 to Aug 1999


Associate Professor
Dec 2014 to Date
Assistant Professor
CIIT, Lahore
Jul 2011 to Dec 2014
Assistant Professor
CIIT, Abbottabad
Nov 2008 to Jul 2011

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