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


Ather Farooq Khan (RCo-I) is working as Associate professor and cluster head of nerve regeneration group
since 2016. He has obtained PhD from Technical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria in Synthetic applied
chemistry back in 2008. Afterwards he joined Department of Chemistry at CUI, where he completed several
projects awarded by United nation as a contributor. In 2011 he Joined IRCBM and has been awarded with
several projects as PI and Co-PI in the field of biomaterials, tissue engineering and polymer chemistry (6
successfully completed, 01 in progress). In 2014 he joined the group of Prof John Haycock, TUoS as Pak-UK
fellowship programme and worked to develop a novel 3D printable polymer to fabricate 3D printed Conduits
which has excellent potential to be used as a Nerve Guidance Conduits as well as in other clinical applications
(Patent in progress). He has successfully supervised (PI/CoPI) 7 MPhil and 3 PhD Students. His core expertise
is in polymer synthesis and their applications in tissue engineering.



Nerve Guidance Conduits

Bone tissue engineering scaffolds


Organic Materials

Organic Synthesis

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


Funded Projects:

Completed Projects:
1. Chitosan Based Nerve Guidance Conduits (NGC’s) (2017 - 2017) PIs: Dr. Ather Farooq Khan , Budget: 0.9 Million PKR, Funded By: HEC Pakistan .
2. Freeze Died biopolymer scaffolds for bone tissue Engineering (2016 - 2020) PIs: Dr. Ather Farooq Khan ,Dr. Faiza Sharif, Budget: PKR 2.5 Million Pkr Approx, Funded By: HEC Pakistan .
3. Development of Azole Based Potential Protein Kinase Inhibitors (2011 - 2020) PIs: Dr. Ather Farooq Khan , Other Team: Prof. Jamshed Iqbal, Budget: PKR 3.5 Million PKR, Funded By: HEC Pakistan .


Journal Papers:
1. Muhammad Hamza Malik, Lubna Shahzadi, Razia Batool, Sher Zaman Safi, Abdul Samad Khan, Ather Farooq Khan, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Muhammad Yar, (2020), "Thyroxine-loaded chitosan/carboxymethyl cellulose/hydroxyapatite hydrogels enhance angiogenesis in ex-ovo experiments, ", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Accepted (IF = 4.784, Q1 category)   
2. Muhammad Samie, Nawshad Muhammad, Muhammad Arfat Yameen, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Hamad Khalid, Ather Farooq Khan, (2020), "Aqueous Solution of a Basic Ionic Liquid: A Perspective Solvent for Extraction and Regeneration of Silk Powder from Bombyx mori Silk Cocoons, ", Journal of Polymers and the Environment, Accepted, DOI: 10.1007/s10924-019-01634-5 (IF = 2.765, Q2 category)   
3. Muhammad Samie, Muhammad Arfat Yameen, Ha?za Fakhera Ikram, Haffsah Iqbal, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman, Ather Farooq Khan, (2020), " Fabrication of dual drug loaded bilayered chitosan based composite scaffolds as osteochondral substitutes and evaluation of in vitro cell response using the MC3T3 pre-osteoblast cell line, ", Cellulose, ACCEPTED DOI: 10.1007/s10570-019-02915-x, 3 (IF = 4.2 Q1 category)   
4. Qurat ul Ain Malik, Sundus Iftikhar, Saba Zahid, Sher Zaman Safi, Ather Farooq Khan, Muhammad Nawshad, Sarah Ghafoor, Abdul Samad Khan, Asma Tufail “ (2020), "Smart Injectable Self-Setting Bioceramics for Dental Applications”, ", Accepted, Material Science and Engineering C (IF = 5.88, Q1 category)   
5. Saba Zahid, Hamad Khalid*, Hafiza Fakhera Ikram, Haffsah Iqbal, Muhammad Samie, Lubna Shahzadi, Asma Tufail Shah, Muhammad Yar, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ather Farooq Khan*, Ihtesham ur Rehman, (2019), " Bi-layered a-tocopherol acetate loaded membranes for potential wound healing and skin regeneration,", Material Science and engineering C, 2019 Aug;101:438-447, 2019 (IF = 5.88, Q1 category)   
6. .K. Tahir, M.S. Yousaf, M.A. Rashid, A.F. Khan, S. Ahmad, H. Zaneb, I. Khan & H. Rehman “ (2019), "Supplemental chromium-loaded chitosan nanoparticles affect growth, serum metabolites and intestinal histology in broilers”", South African Journal of Animal Science 2019, 49 (No. 6) (IF = 0.678))   
7. Sajid Khan Tahir, Muhammad Shahbaz Yousaf, Sohrab Ahmad, Muhammad Khurram Shahzad, Ather Farooq Khan, Mohsin Raza, Khalid Abdul Majeed, Abia Khalid, Hafsa Zaneb, Imtiaz Rabbani, Habib Rehman, Animals, 9, 10, 819 (IF = 1.832, Q1 category) (2019), "Effects of Chromium-Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles on the Intestinal Electrophysiological Indices and Glucose Transporters in Broilers,", Animals, 9, 10, 819 (IF = 1.832, Q1 category)   
8. Muhammad Yar, Aneeqa Masood, Razia Batool, Lubna Shahzadi, Ather Farooq Khan, Zunaira Yousaf, M Yasir Rafique and Aamir Razaq, (2019), "Nano MnO2 immobilized covalently cross-linked chitosan and PVA based highly flexible membranes, ", Materials Research Express, Volume 6, Number 8, (IF = 1.08, Q4 category)    
9. 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)   
10. Xianghong Wang, Lingjie Song, Jie Zhao, Rongtao Zhou, Shifang Luan, Yubin Huang, Jinghua Yin and Ather Farooq Khan, (2018), "Bacterial Adaptability of Enzyme and pH Dual-Responsive Surface for Infection Resistance,", J . Mater. Chem. B, .(IF = 5.344, Q1 category), pp: 6 (46), 7710-7718   
11. 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, . (IF =1.8)", J Polym Environ , Vol: (IF =1   
12. Lubna Shahzadi, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Abdur Raheem Aleem, Muhammad Hamza Malik, Kashif Ijaz, Hafsah Akhtar, Farah Alvi, Ather Farooq Khan, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Muhammad Yar , (2018), " Development of K-doped ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated crosslinked chitosan based new membranes to stimulate angiogenesis in tissue engineered skin grafts, ", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2018.(IF = 5.1, Q1 category)   
13. Lubna Shahzadi, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Abdur Raheem Aleem, Muhammad Hamza Malik, Kashif Ijaz, Hafsah Akhtar, Farah Alvi, Ather Farooq Khan, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Muhammad Yar , (2018), "Development of K-doped ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated crosslinked chitosan based new membranes to stimulate angiogenesis in tissue engineered skin grafts,", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2018.(IF = 5.1, Q1 category)   
14. 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.   
15. 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 =   
16. 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   
17. 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.    
18. 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)   
19. 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   
20. 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)   
21. 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).   
22. Ariba Farooq, Lubna Shahazadi, Marek Bajda, Nisar Ullah, Abdul Rauf, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Ather Farooq Khan, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Yar, (2016), "Organocatalyzed Novel Synthetic Methodology for Highly Functionalized Piperidines as Potent a-Glucosidase Inhibitors,", Archiv Der Pharmazie, Volume 349, Issue 9 September 2016, Pages 724–732. (IF = 2.590, Q2 category)   
23. 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   
24. Sara Riaz, Wang Feng, Ather Farooq Khan, Mian, Hasnain Nawaz, (2016), "Sonication-induced self-assembly of polymeric porphyrin–fullerene: Formation of nanorings ", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133, 43537-8, 2016. (IF =2.520, Q2 category)   
25. 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   
26. Asma Tufail Shah • Quratul Ain • Aqif Anwar Chaudhry •, Ather Farooq Khan • Bushra Iqbal • Sana Ahmad •, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi • Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "A 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   
27. 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   
28. 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   
29. 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   
30. 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   
31. 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   
32. Afsar Khan, Umar Farooq, Fateh Ullah, Jamshed Iqbal, Ather Farooq Khan, Sumera Zaib, Abdur Rahman Khan, And Ali Azarpira, “ (2014), "Determination of biological activities and total phenolic contents of flowers of Jasminum humile and roots of Dorema aucheri” J", journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, v. 36(2); p. 291-295, 2014.    
33. Tariq Mahmood, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Sobia Tabassum, Ather Farooq Khan and Farhan Ahmed Khan (2014), "DFT Studies of biphenyl derivatives, potential application as chiral dopants for liquid crystals”, ", J.Chem.Soc.Pak., Vol. 36, No. 3, 2014   
34. Maria Siddique, Robina Farooq, Rumana Khan, Ather Farooq Khan, “ (2014), "Improved photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coupling ultrasound for Reactive Blue 19 degradation” ", Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, 36, 5, 2014   
35. 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   
36. 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   
37. 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   
38. 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   
39. 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   
40. 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   
41. 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   
42. 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   
43. 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   
44. 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   
45. 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   
46. 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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