Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh completed B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry and M.Sc in Physical Chemistry with first class with first positions in both examinations. He has been duly awarded THREE GOLD MEDALS for his outstanding academic performance in the M.Sc final Chemistry examination of the University of Karachi and was declared as best student of the whole Faculty of Science. He earned Ph.D in the field of Chemistry in 2003, first postdoctoral research (catalysis) in 2007 in Brazil on a fellowship awarded by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy and CNPq, Brazil and second postdoctoral research (nanomaterials) in 2010 in Malaysia awarded by University Sains Malaysia (USM) and TWAS. He has received other Awards/Shields/ Scholarships on his excellent academic record.
He started his career as Full Time Cooperative Teacher from the Department of Chemistry, University of Karachi (2000 to 2004). He served Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research as Senior Scientific Officer from 2004 to 2005 then Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad as Senior Research Officer/Project Director/Head RES from 2005 to 2008. He has been associated with GC University Lahore as Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 2008 to 2014 and Associate Professor of Chemistry since November 2014. He is also working as Registrar, GC University Lahore since 2013 to date.
He was selected by UNESCO and participated as a “Representative of Pakistan” in the first Assembly of the World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS) in Morocco in 2004. He has been awarded “Young Chemist Award” by IUPAC in Italy in 2007 and selected as “Young Scientist” by TWAS in Egypt and IAP in Germany in 2010. He was selected as “Young Scientist” by IAP/World Economic Forum to participate in the annual meeting of new champions 2010 in China. He was selected as “Young Researcher” in 2013 by the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for the 63rdLindau Nobel Laureate meeting. He has been awarded IUPAC-2015Award for Chemists as an outstanding chemist from developing countries. He also participated in many international conferences/trainings in Brazil, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Egypt, Malaysia, Hungary and Turkey sponsored by UNESCO, IUPAC, TWAS, WAYS, UNU, IAP, PSF, AKB Stiftung and HEC. He is a member of 14 international professional bodies. He has published82 papers in international/national repute journals (IF=74.903, Citations=455, h-index=11), published/edited 19 books, issued/filed 06 US patents, presented 42 papers in international/national conferences and gave 17 plenary/invited lectures. He is on the editorial board/managing editors of 17 journals and referee of 34 journals up to February 2016. He has also been approved by the Higher Education Commission as a Ph.D supervisor in 2004 and selected as “Productive Scientists of Pakistan” by PCST, Government of Pakistan since 2005. He received Research Productivity Award for the year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology and won 12 Research Grants amounting to Rs.21,043,671/-.
1. Nanotechnology: Synthesis of metal oxides nanoparticles, nanocomposites and thin films for their application in nanofiltration, nano-fertilizer for slow release nitrates, catalysis, photodegradation of industrial wastes/organic pollutants, solar cells, drug delivery & release, and toxicity of nanomaterials. 2. Nano-Forensics: Analysis and health hazards of poison in medicinal oils. Antimicrobial activities of drugs. Application of nanomaterials in degradation of explosive materials and development of nanopowders for latent fingerprints. 3. Physical Chemistry: Kinetic study of electron transfer reactions between transition metal complexes. Catalysis and mechanisms of organic/inorganic reactions of biological interest. 4. Environmental: Multiple approaches to control environmental pollution for sustainable development.
1. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Maryam Shahid, Iqra Muneer, Shaghraf Javaid, Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, “Influence of gadolinium precursor on the enhanced red shift of Gd/ SnO2-TiO2 nanoparticles and catalytic activity”, J. Mater. Sci: Mater. Electron., 27 (3), 2994-3002 (2016). (IF2014/15=1.569)
2. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Fizza Naseem, Ayesha Imtiaz, Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Tatiana Duque Martins and Khalid Mahmood Zia “Hydrothermal Synthesis of Leucite Nanoparticles Using Anionic Surfactant: Structural Evaluation and Catalytic Properties”, Russ. J. Phys. Chem. A., 90 (2016). Accepted. (IF2014/15=0.562)
3. M. A. Farrukh, F. Imran, S. Ali, M. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and I. I. Naqvi, “Micelle assisted synthesis of La2O3 nanoparticles and their applications in photodegradation of bromophenol blue” Russ. J. Appl. Chem., 88(9), 1523-1527 (2015). (IF2014/15=0.276)
4. E. M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M. K. M. Ali, M. A. Farrukh, A. S. Mohamed, “The effect of dopant concentration on properties of transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films for efficient Cu2 ZnSnS4 thin-film solar cells prepared by electrodeposition method”, Appl. Nanosci., 5 (8), 993-1001 (2015).
5. Khalid Mahmood Zia, Waseem-ul-Arifeen, Muhammad Ashair Iqbal, Mohammad Zuber, Muhammad Ishaq, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Mirza Nadeem Ahmad, “Synthesis and characterization of polydimethyl siloxane based polyurethane elastomers using toluene diisocyanate”, J. Elastom. Plast., 47 (8), 669-680 (2015). (IF2014/15=0.773)
6. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M.K.M. Ali, M.A. Farrukh, A.S. Mohamed, “Electrodeposited ZnS Precursor Layer with Improved Electrooptical Properties for Efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film Solar Cells”, J. Electron. Mater., 44 (10), 3380- 3387 (2015). (IF2014/15=1.798)
7. Ayesha Arshad, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Shaista Ali, Muhammad Khaleequr- Rahman, and Muhammad Ashraf Tahir, “Development of latent fingermarks on various surfaces by using ZnO-SiO2 nanopowder” J. Forensic Sci., 60(5), 1182-1187 (2015) (IF2014/15=1.160)
8. Farhat Anwar and Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, “Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic application of Gd doped ZnO nanoparticles”, Asian J. Chem., 27 (10), 3571-3574 (2015). (IF2013/14=0.355)
9. Shaghraf Javaid, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Iqra Muneer, Maryam Shahid, Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Akrajas Ali Umar, “Influence of optical band gap and particle size on the catalytic properties of Sm/ SnO2-TiO2 nanoparticles”, Superlattice. Microst., 82, 234-247 (2015) (IF2014/15=2.097)
10. Badar Munir, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Hina Perveen, Muhammad Khaleequr- Rahman, and Rohana Adnan, “Template Assisted Synthesis of CaO-SnO2 nanocomposites”, Russ. J. Phys. Chem. A., 89 (6), 1051-1058 (2015) (IF2014/15=0.562)
11. Iqra Muneer, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Shaghraf Javaid, Maryam Shahid, and Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, “Synthesis of Gd2O3/Sm2O3 nanocomposite via sonication and hydrothermal methods and its optical properties”, Superlattice. Microst., 77, 256-266 (2015) (IF2014/15=2.097)
12. E. M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M. K. M. Ali, K. M. A. Saron, M. A. Farrukh, Nageh K. Allam, “Influence of substrate temperature on the properties of electrodeposited kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films for photovoltaic applications”, J. Mater. Sci: Mater. Electron., 26(1). 222-228 (2015). (IF2014/15=1.569)
13. Hina Perveen, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Badar Munir and Muhammad Ashraf Tahir, “Synthesis, structural and catalytic activities of MgO-SnO2 nanocatalysts” Russ. J. Phys. Chem. A., 89 (1), 99-107 (2015) (IF2014/15=0.562)
14. Tayyaba Naseem, and Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, “Antibacterial Activity of Green Synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles Using Lawsonia inermis and Gardenia jasminoides Leaves Extract”, J. Chemistry., vol. 2015, Article ID 912342, 7 pages. doi:10.1155/2015/912342 (2015) (IF2014/15=0.361)
15. M. Arshad, M. A. Farrukh, A. Imtiaz and N. Noor, “Solvent Assisted Synthesis of Tin-Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles: Structural Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity” Asian J. Chem., 27 (1), 371-374 (2015). (IF2013/14=0.355)
16. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M.K.M. Ali, M.A. Farrukh, A.S. Mohamed, Nageh K. Allam, “Effect of complexing agents on the electrodeposition of Cu-Zn-Sn metal precursors and corresponding Cu2ZnSnS4-based solar cells”, J. Electroanal. Chem., 735, 129-135 (2014) (IF 2014=2.729)
17. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M.K.M. Ali, M.A. Farrukh, Nageh K. Allam, “Influence of precursor thin films stacking order on the properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films fabricated by electrochemical deposition method” Superlattice. Microst., 76, 339- 348 (2014). (IF2014=2.097)
18. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M. K. M. Ali, M. A. Farrukh and A. S. Mohamed, Influence of triangle wave pulse on the properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films prepared by single step electrodeposition, Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells, 130, 91-98 (2014). (IF2014=5.337)
19. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M.K.M. Ali, M.A. Farrukh, Nageh K. Allam, “Solvent Solution-Dependent Properties of Nonstoichiometric CubicCu2ZnSnS4 Nanoparticles”, Chem. Phys. Lett, 608, 393-397 (2014). (IF2014=1.897)
20. E.M. Mkawi, K. Ibrahim, M.K.M. Ali, K.A.M. Saron, M.A. Farrukh, A.S. Mohamed, and Nageh K. Allam, “Aqueous synthesis of visible-light photoactive cuboid Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystals using rotary evaporation”, Mater. Lett., 125, 195-197 (2014)
(B) Patent(s) Issued/Filed
1. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, ZnO-SiO2 nanopowder for the development of latent fingerprints, US patent filing application No. 13/968,025, Pub. No.: US 2015/0050495 A1, Publication Date: 16 February 2015.
2. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Fizza Naseem, Nano-Leucite for Slow Release Nitrogen Fertilizer and Green Environment, US patent filing application No. 13/738,727, Patent No. US 8,911,526 B2, Date of patent issued: 16 December 2014.
3. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Rohana Adnan, Zinc oxide nanoflaks for treatment of pollutants, US patent filing application No. 13/609,962, Pub. No.: US 2014/0069819 A1, Publication Date: 13 March 2014.
4. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Analytical Grade Salt, US patent filing application No. 13/216,232, Patent No. US 8,273,321 B1, Date of patent issued: 25 September 2012.
5. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Adarsh Shams, and Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Drug entrapment efficiency and sustained drug release of Chloramphenicol loaded polymeric-iron nanoparticles, Attorney Docket No. 2014.0723, US patent filing application No. 14/514,055 dated 14 October 2014.
6. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Muhammad Rehan Gul, and Muhammad Khaleeq-ur- Rahman, Dissolution and stability studies of Ciprofloxacin loaded diethylaminoethyl cellulose nanoparticles, Attorney Docket No. 2014.0810, US patent filing application No. 14/516,824 dated 17 October 2014.
(C) Books/Chapter Published/Edited.
1. Fozia Iram, Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh. Synthesis of Fe Doped SnO2-TiO2 Nanocatalysts via Sol-gel Method and their Structural and Catalytic Activities against Pollutants, Transferring Nanotechnology Concept Towards Business Perspectives, Shogo Shimazu, Silvester Tursiloadi (Eds.), ISBN: 978-93-5130-877-5, Daya Publishing House, Astral International Pvt. Ltd. India, 165-183 (2016).
2. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Shaista Ali, “Metal Oxides Nanoparticles And Destruction Of Hazardous Compounds” LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, Pp: 156, ISBN: 978-3-659-56373-7. July 02, 2014.
3. Roshan Khan, M. Akhyar Farrukh, Abdul Waheed, “Physical Chemistry”, Majeed Sons, Urdu Bazar, Lahore. September 2013.
4. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh "Nano-Forensics" LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, Pp: 116, ISBN: 978-3-659-45316-8. October 11, 2013.
5. K. M. Zia, M.A. Farruk et al., “Practical Physical Chemistry” for B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc. Classes, Volume-II, Al-Fa’ Rabi Publishers, Urdu Bazar, Lahore. September 2013.
6. M.A. Farrukh, K. M. Zia and I. I. Naqvi, Book Chapter “Chemical Kinetics” Physical Chemistry, Al-Fa’ Rabi Publishers, Urdu Bazar, Lahore. 2012.
7. Advanced Aspects of Spectroscopy; Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh., Ed.; InTech: Croatia, 2012; Pp: 538, ISBN: 978-953-51-0715-6. August 29, 2012. www.intechopen.com
8. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Shaghraf Javaid "Surfactant Controlled Synthesis of Nano-catalysts for Pollutants" LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, Pp: 84, ISBN: 978-3-659-22512-3. August 29, 2012.
9. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Iqra Muneer "Solvent Controlled Synthesis of Nano-catalysts for Pollutants" LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, Pp: 104, ISBN: 978-3-659-22795-0. September 02, 2012.
10. Maymoona Mahboob and Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh "Non Ferrous Alloys" LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, Pp: 76, ISBN: 978-3-8484-3936-2. March, 2012.
11. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy; Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh., Ed.; InTech: Croatia, 2012; Pp 258. ISBN: 978-953-307-817-5. 20 January 2012. www.intechopen.com
Honours and Awards
1. Selected for IUPAC-2015 Award for Chemists from Under-represented Countries (outstanding chemists from developing countries), Busan, Korea, August 9-14, 2015.
2. Awarded Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal by Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Council, 14 August 2014.
3. Awarded Research Productivity Award, Category B (secured highest score among the faculty of GC University) for the year 2013-2014 by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology.
4. Nominated as Young Researcher by The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy and selected by the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Germany for 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Chemistry in 29 June-05 July, 2013.
5. Awarded Research Productivity Award, Category G for the year 2012-2013 by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology.
6. Selected as delegation amongst the group of Young Scientists from developing countries by Bibliotheca Alexandrian (BA) and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to participate in the BioVisionAlexandria Conference 21-25 April 2012, Alexandria, Egypt.
7. Nominated by World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS) as a Delegate of WAYS and invited/sponsored by UNESCO to participate in “World Science Forum”, 17-19 November 2011 in Budapest, Hungary and 24-27 November 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
8. Awarded TWAS-UNESCO Associateship (highly competitive award) by TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), Italy, 14 June 2010.
9. Nominated as a Young Scientist from Pakistan by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and selected by the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), Italy among the 60 outstanding Young Scientists around the world and invited by World Economic Forum (WEF) for the WEF's Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010, "Summer Davos" in Tianjin, China, 13-15 September 2010.
10. Selected as delegation amongst the group of Young Scientists from developing countries by Bibliotheca Alexandrian (BA) and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) for TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2010 and BioVisionAlexandria Conference 10-15 April 2010, Alexandria, Egypt.