Dr. Farasat Iqbal
Associate Professor, IRCBM
Area of Interest: Bioactive Coatings, Biodegradable Metallic Alloys & Composites, Bone Repair & Regeneration Materials & Composites, 3D Printing of Biomaterials & Structure-Property Relationship
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007  

Dr. Farasat Iqbal obtained his PhD and M.Sc. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His basic research interests are in development of Magnesium based biodegradable metallic alloys, bioactive coating for tailored degradation behavior and better adhesion, development of ceramic based materials and composites for bone repair and regeneration using 3D printing technique & structure-property relationships of metals & alloys. He is currently looking after Electron Microscopy & Mechanical Characterization suites at IRCBM.

He is interested in joint interdisciplinary and collaborative research on biomedical materials and tissue engineering to address the challenges exists in this domain in Pakistan. He is always keen to help young scientists and students willing to work in the domain of biomaterials & tissue engineering.

1. Department of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
2. Department of Materials Science, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
3. Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Research Projects:
1. Development of Electrochemical Deposition Process for Novel Bioactive Composite Coatings on Metallic Bone Implants. 5.7 Million PKR Grant under HEC-NRPU (PI).
2. Development of mechanically reinforced silica based bioactive glass polymer composites for potential application in osteochondral defect site. 3.8 Million PKR Grant from PSF (PI).
3. Electrophoretic deposition of bioactive coatings on surgical grade stainless steels using modulated eletric fields. 0.2 Million PKR from CIIT.
4. Extraction of biological apatite from natural resources (Completed)
Membership & Recognition:
1. HEC Approved PhD Supervisor
2. Member of German Association of Materials Science (DGM)
Granted US Patent US9758377B2: Extraction of hydroxyapatite from fish scales employing ionic Liquids 


Journal Papers:
1. Zahid hussain, Muhammad Ali Khan, Farasat Iqbal, Muhammad Rafi & Fauzia Yusuf Hafeez (2019), "Electrospun Microbial-Encapsulated Composite-Based Plasticized Seed Coat for Rhizosphere Stabilization and Sustainable Production of Canola (Brassica napus L.)", Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry, pp: 5085-5095, Vol: 67, Issue: 18, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b06505, Impact Factor: 5.279    (External URL)
2. Kanwal Ilyas, Saba Zahid, Madeeha Batool, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Farasat Iqbal, Mian Hasnain Nawaz , Oliver Goerke , Aleksander Gurlo , Arshad Jamal , Asma Tufail Shah , Ihtesham ur Rehman (2019), "In-vitro investigation of graphene oxide reinforced bioactive glass ceramics composites", Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, pp: 122-130, Vol: 505, ISSN: 0022-3093, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2018.10.047, Impact Factor: 3.531    (External URL)
3. Asif Ali, Farasat Iqbal , Akhlaq Ahmad, Fakhera Ikram, Anaum Nawaz, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Ihtesham Rehman (2019), "Hydrothermal deposition of high strength calcium phosphate coatings on magnesium alloy for biomedical applications", Surface and Coatings Technology, pp: 716-727, Vol: 357, ISSN: 0257-8972, DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2018.09.016, Impact Factor: 4.158    (External URL)
4. 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", Carbohydrate Polymers, pp: 9-18, Vol: 193, ISSN: 1879-1344,0144-8617, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.03.046, Impact Factor: 9.381    (External URL)
5. Bushra Iqbal, Nawshad Muhammad, Abdur Rahim, Farasit Iqbal, Faiza Sharif, Sher Zaman Safi, Amir Sada Khan, Girma Gonfa, Maliha Uroos & Ihtesham Ur Rehman (2018), "Development of collagen/PVA composites patches for osteochondral defects using a green processing of ionic liquid", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, pp: 590-596, Vol: 68, Issue: 10, ISSN: 1563-535X,0091-4037, DOI: 10.1080/00914037.2018.1474358, Impact Factor: 2.604    (External URL)
6. Bushra Iqbal, Zenab Sarfaraz, Nawshad Muhammad, Pervaiz Ahmad, Jibran Iqbal, Zia Ul Haq Khan, Girma Gonfa, Farasat Iqbal, Arshad Jamal & Abdur Rahim (2018), "Ionic liquid as a potential solvent for preparation of collagen-alginate-hydroxyapatite beads as bone filler", Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, pp: 1168-1184, Vol: 29, Issue: 10, ISSN: 1568-5624,0920-5063, DOI: 1568-5624,0920-5063, Impact Factor: 2.69    (External URL)
7. HaffsahIqbal, 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, pp: 553-563, Vol: 160, ISSN: 0927-7765,1873-4367, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2017.09.059, Impact Factor: 5.268    (External URL)
8. S. Ahtzaz, M Nasir, L. Shahzadi, W. Amir, A. Anjum, R. Arshad, F Iqbal, A.A. Chaudhry, M. Yar, I. U. Rehman (2017), "A study on the effect of zinc oxide and zinc peroxide nanoparticles to enhance angiogenesis-pro-angiogenic grafts for tissue regeneration applications", Materials & Design, pp: 409-418, Vol: 132, ISSN: 1563-535X,0091-4037, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.07.023 , Impact Factor: 7.991    (External URL)
9. Nawshad Muhammad, Girma Gonfa, Abdur Rahim, Pervaiz Ahmad, Farasat Iqbal, Faiza Sharif, Amir Sada Khan, Farman Ullah Khan, Zia UL Haq Khan, Fozia Rehman, Ihtesham Ur Rehman (2017), "Investigation of ionic liquids as a pretreatment solvent for extraction of collagen biopolymer from waste fish scales using COSMO-RS and experiment", Journal of Molecular Liquids, pp: 258-264, Vol: 232, ISSN: 1873-3166,0167-7322, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2017.02.083, Impact Factor: 6.165    (External URL)
10. F Iqbal, F Pyczak, S Neumeier, M Göken (2017), "Crack nucleation and elastic/plastic deformation of TiAl alloys investigated by in-situ loaded atomic force microscopy", Materials Science & Engineering : A, pp: 11-16, Vol: 689, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2017.02.017, Impact Factor: 5.234   
11. 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", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, pp: 617-626, Vol: 61, ISSN: 1751-6161, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2016.03.030, Impact Factor: 3.902    (External URL)
12. H S Aziz, S M Shah, S Rasheed, F Iqbal, R A Khan, A Rahim, Abdur Rahman Khan & J Nisar (2016), "Evaluation of electrical, dielectric and magnetic characteristics of Al–La doped nickel spinel ferrites", RSC Advances, pp: 6589-6597, Vol: 6, Impact Factor: 3.84   
13. N Muhammad, Y Gao, F Iqbal, P Ahmad, R Ge, U Nishan, A Rahim, G Gonfa, Z Ullah (2016), "Extraction of biocompatible hydroxyapatite from fish scales using novel approach of ionic liquid pretreatment", Separation and Purification Technology, pp: 129-135, Impact Factor: 3.36   
14. R Hussain, S Tabassum, M A Gilani, E Ahmad, A Sharif, F Manzoor, A T Shah, A Asif, F Sharif, F Iqbal & S A Siddiqi (2016), "In situ synthesis of mesoporous polyvinyl alcohol/hydroxyapatite composites for better biomedical coating adhesion", Applied Surface Science, pp: 117-123, Vol: 364, Impact Factor: 3.38   
15. Nawshad Muhammad, Yanan Gao, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Zakir Khan, Abdur Rahim, Farasat Iqbal, Amir Sada Khan (2015), "Effect of ionic liquid on thermo-physical properties of bamboo biomass", Wood Science & Technology, Impact Factor: 1.9   
16. Saadia Rasheed, Hafiz Sartaj Aziz, Rafaqat Ali Khan, Asad Muhammad Khan, Abdur Rahim, Jan Nisar, Syed Mujtaba Shah, Farasat Iqbal, Abdur Rahman Khan (2015), "Effect of Li-Cu doping on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles", Ceramics International, Impact Factor: 2.97   
17. M. Batentschuk, R. Geisler, J. Hum, F. Iqbal, F. Meister, A. Osvet, A. Stiegelschmitt (2012), "Eu2+ and Eu3+ based “concentrated phosphors” as converters for UV LED light: two approaches and two new examples", Applied Physics B , Vol: 106, Issue: 211 - 221, Impact Factor: 1.85   
18. F. Iqbal, J. Ast, M. Göken, K. Durst (2012), "In situ micro-cantilever tests to study fracture properties of NiAl single crystals", Acta Materialia, pp: 1193 - 1200, Vol: 60, Impact Factor: 5.4   
19. M. Schloffer, F. Iqbal, H. Gabrisch, E. Schwaighofer, F.-P. Schimansky, S. Mayer, A. Stark, T. Lippmann, M. Göken, F. Pyczak (2012), "Microstructure development and hardness of a powder metallurgical multi phase gamma-TiAl based alloy", Intermetallics, pp: 231 - 240, Vol: 22, Impact Factor: 3.14   


University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Oct 2014 to Jul 2017
PhD in Materials Science & Engineering
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Dec 2007 to Dec 2012
MS in Materials Science & Engineering
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Oct 2004 to Jan 2007
BE in Metallurgy & Materials Science
University of the Punjab, Pakistan
May 1998 to Jul 2002


Assistant Professor
IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
Mar 2013 to Date
Teaching Assistant
Institute of General Material Properties, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Mar 2007 to Aug 2012
Research Assistant
Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg , Germany
Jun 2006 to Jan 2007
Research Assistant
Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology, Erlangen, Germany
Jul 2005 to Apr 2006
Research Assistant
Institute of Particle Technology, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Oct 2004 to Mar 2005

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