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Dr. Muhammad Fahad Ehsan (On Leave)
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

SNS
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Natural Sciences, H-12, Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90855593

Specialization
Physical Chemistry (Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment)

Education
Ph.D Chemistry (NCNST, China)

Education:

 
  • Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, 2015. (NCNST, Beijing)
  • M. Phil. in Physical Chemistry, 2010. (BZU Multan, Pakistan)
  • BS in Chemistry, 2008. (BZU Multan, Pakistan)
     
Honor and Awards:
  • National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) Research Project Award (2016-2017) as Principal Investigator (PI), Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.
  • Excellent International Graduate Award (2011-2014), National Center for Nanoscience and Technology.
  • Excellent Student Award (2013-2014), National Center for Nanoscience and Technology.
  • Excellent Student Award (2012-2013), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • Partial Support Scholarship Award (2013), Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.
  • University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Scholarship (2011-2014).
  • 3rd position holder, BS Chemistry (2004-2008), B.Z.U. Multan, Pakisan.
PERSONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
Personal Skills And Competencies:
Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: Furnaces, Characterization Techniques (SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS) Gas Chromatograph (GC), Synthesis of Nanomaterials,
Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Experience in working with: GC-MS, UPLC-MS, Furnaces, SEM, EDX, BET, TEM/HRTEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, UV/visible, PL, XPS, TOC, ICPMS, SPE and Plate Reader, Potentiostat​

Work Experience:

From 07/2018 to Present
​Postdoctoral Fellow-Environmental Remediation (Water Treatment)
Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, Cape Breton University (CBU), 1250 Grand Lake Road, B1P 6L2 Sydney, NS, Canada

From 01/2018 to Present
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H-12 Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

From 09/2017 to 01/2018
Parental Leave
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H-12 Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

From 08/2015 to 09/2017
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H-12 Islamabad 44000, Pakistan 

From 03/2015 to 08/2015
Assistant Professor
Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS), Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan 60800, Pakistan

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Research Interests:

 
​Sr.  Details​​
​1. ​Nanomaterials​
​2. ​​Heterogeneous Catalysis
​3. ​Environmental Remediation
​4. ​Renewable Energy​
​5. ​Energy Storage
​6. ​Water Treatment
 
 
RESEARCH STUDENTS
MS/M. Phil.
1. Ayesha Nudrat (Spring 2016 – Present)
2. Saba Bashir (Spring 2016 – Present)
3. Adeel Zia (Spring 2016 – Present)RESEARCH STUDENTS
MS/M. Phil.
1. Ayesha Nudrat (Spring 2016 – Present)
2. Saba Bashir (Spring 2016 – Present)
3. Adeel Zia (Spring 2016 – Present)RESEARCH STUDENTS
MS/M. Phil.
1. Ayesha Nudrat (Spring 2016 – Present)
2. Saba Bashir (Spring 2016 – Present)
3. Adeel Zia (Spring 2016 – Present)
RESEARCH STUDENTS
MS/M. Phil.
 
Sr.​ ​Name​ ​Details
​1. ​Ayesha Nudrat ​Simultaneous Hydrogen Formation and Pollutant Degradation over Pt-Modified Morphology Controlled ZnSe Photocatalyst (2017)
​2. ​Saba Bashir ​ZnO-ZnSe Common Cation Heterostructures: In-Situ Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity (2017)
​3. ​Adeel Zia ​Metal Chalcogenide Modified Cobalt Oxide: Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity (2017)
​4. ​Rabia Khan ​Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Dots Modified Cobalt Telluride for Photocatalytic Applications (2017)
​5. ​Zenab Qayyum ​Zinc Vanadate Modified Metal Chalcogenide Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity (2017)
​6. ​Nazia Fakhar ​Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Transition Metal Vanadates Based Nanocomposites (2017)
7.​ ​Samia Qudoos ​One-Pot Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of ZnTe/ZnSe Common Cation Nanocomposites (2018)
​8. ​Anam Fazal ​Graphitic Carbon Nitride Modified Cobalt Ferrite for Pollutant Degradation (2018)
​9. ​Maryam Shafi Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of g-C3N4 based Metal Chalcogenides Nanocomposites (2018)
​10. ​Rooha Khurram Synthesis and Characterization of α-Fe2O3 based Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Water Purification (2018)
​11. ​Sumaira Khan ​Facile Hydrothermal Synthesis of Zn3-xCoxV2O8 Nanomaterials for the Applications in Photocatalysis and Supercapacitors (2018)​
​12. Yusra Hawa ​Nitrogen Doped RGO Supported ZnTe Nanocomposites for Photodegradation of Congo Red Dye (2018)
 
Ph.D STUDENTS 

​3x of Ph.d Students currently working under supervision.


Publications:
 
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​1. Ashraf, M., Khan, I., Usman, M., Khan, A., Shah, S.S., Khan, A.Z., Saeed, K., Yaseen, M., Ehsan, M.F., Tahir, M.N., Ullah, N. (2019): Hematite And Magnetite Nanostructures For Green And Sustainable Energy Harnessing And Environmental Pollution Control: A Review. In: Chemical Research in Toxicology, Just Accepted. (IF: 3.278)
​2. ​Sadaqat, M., Nisar, L., Babar, N.U.A., Hussain, F, Ashiq, M.N., Shah, A., Ehsan, M.F., Haq, M.N.U., Joya, K.S. (2019): Zinc-telluride nanospheres as efficient water oxidation electrocatalyst displaying low overpotential for oxygen evolution. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 7, 26410-26420. (IF: 10.733)
​3. ​Karamat, N., Ashiq, M.N., Joya, K.S., Ijaz, S., Sharif, M., Ehsan, M.F., Sher, M., Haq, M.N.U. (2019): Nanoscale LaDySn2O7/SnSe Composite for Visible-light Driven Photoreduction of CO2 to Methane and for Monoazo Dyes Photodegradation. In: ChemistrySelect, Vol. 4, 11511-11517. (IF: 1.716)
​4. ​Ehsan, M.F., Quddus, S., Ahmad, Z., Hamid, S., Zia, A., Arfan, M., Umbreen, K., Ashiq, M.N., Tyagi, D. (2019): ZnTe/ZnSe heterostructures: In-situ synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity for congo red degradation. In: SN Applied Sciences, Vol. 1, 197. (IF: N/A yet)
​5. Iqbal, Z., Muneer, M., Farooq, S., Ahmad, Z., Basit, M.A., Ashiq, M.N., Gohar, R.S., Haq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F. (2019): Study of Electrical, dielectric and magnetic properties of Dy-Co bi-substituted strontium hexaferrite nanoparticles. In: Journal of Materials Sciences: Materials in Electronics, Vol. 30 (5), 4658-4664. (IF: 2.195)
​6. ​Karamat, N., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., Ijaz, S., Haq, M.N., Hamid, S., Bahnemann, D.W. (2019): Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of LaNdZr2O7 supported SnSe nanocomposites for the degradation of Foron blue dye. In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 463, 1019-1027. (IF: 5.155)
​7. ​Zia, A., Hamid, S., Ehsan, M.F., Allah, U.S., Ashiq, M.N., Shah, A. (2018): Congo Red Photomineralization over Co3O4/CoTe Common Cation Nanocomposites. In: Journal of Materials Science Materials in Electronics, Vol. 29, 20271-20279. (IF: 2.195)
​8. ​Ehsan, M.F., Bashir, S., Hamid, S., Zia, A., Abbas, Y., Umbreen, K., Ashiq, M.N., Shah, A. (2018): One-Pot Facile Synthesis of the ZnO/ZnSe Heterostructures for Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Azo Dye. In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 459, 194-200. (IF: 5.155)
​9. ​Ahmad, B., Mumtaz, S., Ehsan, M.F., Haq, M.N., Shah, A., Ashiq, M.N. (2018): Magnetic And Dielectric Properties Of Nd–Mn Substituted Co2y-Hexaferrites. In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Vol. 460, 171-176. (IF: 2.683)
​10. ​Ashiq, M.N., Irshad, S., Ehsan, M.F., Rehman, S., Haq, M.N., Zia, A. (2017): Visible-Light Active Tin Selenide Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity. In: New Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 41, 14689-14695. (IF: 3.069)​
​11. ​Ehsan, M.F., Khan, R., He, T. (2017): Visible-Light Photoreduction of CO2 into CH4 over ZnTe-Modified TiO2 Coral-Like Nanostructures. In: ChemPhysChem, Vol. 18, 3203-3210. (IF: 3.077)
​12. ​Ijaz, S., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., Karamat, N., He, T. (2016): Preparation of CdS@CeO2 core/shell composite for photocatalytic reduction of CO2 under visible-light irradiation. In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 390, 550-559. (IF: 5.155)
​13. ​Karamat, N., Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Ijaz, S., Ali, I., Gul, I.H. (2016): Synthesis and characterization of LaSmTiZrO7-SnSe composite for visible-light induced photocatalytic mineralization of Monoazo dyes. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 689, 94-106. (IF: 4.175)
​14. ​Ijaz, S., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., Karamat, N., Haq, M.N., He, T. (2016): Flower-like CdS/CdV2O6 composite for visible-light photoconversion of CO2 into CH4. In: Materials & Design, Vol. 107, 178-186. (IF: 5.770)
​15. ​Tabish, T.A., Ashiq, M.N., Ullah, M.A., Iqbal, S., Latif, M., Ali, M., Ehsan, M.F., Iqbal, F. (2016): Biocompatibility of cobalt iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles in male rabbit. In: Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 33 (7), 2222-2227. (IF: 2.476)
​16. ​Aziz, A., Ahmed, E., Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Ali, I., Khan, M.A. (2016): Role of Ni–Co co-substitution in improving electrical and dielectric properties of La-based multiferroics nanomaterials. In: Ceramics International, Vol. 42 (4), 5218-5225. (IF: 3.450)
​17. ​Nazir, M.A., Islam, M., Ali, I., Ali, H., Ahmad, B., Ramay, S.M., Raza, N., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N. (2016): Structural, electrical and dielectric properties of multiferroic-spinel ferrite composites. In: Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 45 (2), 1065-1072. (IF: 1.676)
​18. ​Malana, M.A., Qureshi, R.B., Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F. (2016): Synthesis, structural, magnetic and dielectric characterization of molybdenum doped calcium strontium M-type hexaferritese. In: Ceramics International, Vol. 42, 2686-2962. (IF: 3.450)
​19. ​Aamir, M., Ashiq, M.N., Yasmeen, G., Ahmad, B., Ehsan, M.F., He, T. (2016): Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline/ZrCo-substituted nickel ferrite (NiFe1.2Zr0.4Co0.4O4) nanocomposites: their application for the photodegradation of methylene blue. In: Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 57, 12168-12177. (IF: 1.234)
​20. ​Bi, Y., Ehsan, M.F., Huang, Y., Jin, J., He, T. (2015): Synthesis of Cr-doped SrTiO3 photocatalyst and its application in visible-light-driven transformation of CO2 into CH4. In: Journal of CO2 Utilization, Vol. 12, 43-48. (IF: 5.189)
​21. Aziz, A., Ahmed, E., Ali, I., Athar, M., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N. (2015): Effect of Gd and Cu on the structural, electrical, and dielectric properties of MnFeO3 nanomaterials synthesized by the sol–gel method. In: Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 44 (11), 4300-4307. (IF: 1.676)
​22. ​Ashiq, M.N., Wang, Y., Ehsan, M.F., He, T. (2015): Photoreduction of carbon dioxide using strontium zirconate nanoparticles. In: Science China-Materials, Vol. 58 (8), 634-639. (IF: 5.636)
​23. ​Ashiq, M.N., Qureshi, R.B., Malana, M.A., Ehsan, M.F. (2015): Fabrication, structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of tantalum and potassium doped M-type strontium calcium hexaferrites. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 651, 266-272. (IF: 4.175)
​24. ​Ijaz, S., Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., He, T. (2015): Synthesis of Bi2S3/CeO2 nanocatalyst and its visible-light-driven conversion of CO2 into CH3OH and CH4. In: Catalysis Science & Technology, Vol. 5, 5208-5215. (IF: 5.726)
​25. ​Huang, Y., Wang, Y., Bi, Y., Jin. J., Ehsan, M.F., Fu, M., He, T. (2015): Preparation of 2D hydroxyl-rich carbon nitride nanosheets for photocatalytic reduction of CO2. In: RSC Advances, Vol. 5, 33254-33261. (IF: 3.049)
​26. ​Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., He, T. (2015): Hollow and mesoporous ZnTe microspheres: Synthesis and visible-light photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide into methane. In: RSC Advances, Vol. 5, 6186-6194. (IF: 3.049)
​27. ​Ehsan, M.F., He, T. (2015): In-situ synthesis of ZnO/ZnTe common cation heterostructure and its visible-light photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into CH4. In: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 166-167, 345-352. (IF: 14.229)
​28. ​Bi, F., Ehsan, M.F., Lie, W., He, T. (2015): Visible-Light Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Methane Using Cu2O/TiO2 Hollow Nanospheres. In: Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 33, 112-118. (IF: 2.376)
​29. ​Ehsan, M.F., Ashiq, M.N., Bi, F., Bi, Y., Palanisamy, S., He, T. (2014): Preparation and characterization of SrTiO3-ZnTe nanocomposites for visible-light photoconversion of carbon dioxide to methane. In: RSC Advances, Vol. 4, 48411-48418. (IF: 3.049)
​30. ​Khan, M.S., Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., He, T., Ijaz, S. (2014): Controlled synthesis of cobalt telluride superstructures for the visible light photo-conversion of carbon dioxide into methane. In: Applied Catalysis A: General, Vol. 487, 202-209. (IF: 4.630)
​31. ​Ashiq, M.N., Qureshi, R.B., Malana, M.A., Ehsan, M.F. (2014): Synthesis, structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of zirconium copper doped M-type calcium strontium hexaferrites. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 617, 437-443. (4.175)
​32. ​Farid, M.A., Asghar, M.A., Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Athar, M. (2014): Hydrothermal synthesis of doped lanthanum zirconate nanomaterials and the effect of V-Ge substitution on their structural, electrical and dielectric properties. In: Materials Research Bulletin, Vol. 59, 405-410. (IF: 3.355)
​33. ​Ahmad, B., Mahmood, A., Ashiq, M.N., Malana, M.A., Haq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Warsi, M.F., Shakir, I. (2014): New multiferroics BiFe1-2xAlxMnxO3 nanoparticles: Synthesis and evaluation of various structural, physical, electrical, dielectric and magnetic parameters. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 590, 193-198. (IF: 4.175)
​34. ​Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Iqbal, M.J., Haq, M.N. (2013): Role of Zr–Co substitution at iron site on structural, magnetic and electrical properties of Sr-hexaferrites nanomaterials synthesized by the sol–gel combustion method. In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Vol. 332, 93-97. (IF: 2.683)
​35. ​Ashiq, M.N., Jahan, F., Ehsan, M.F., Malana, M.A., Haq, M.N., Qureshi, A.M. (2012): Effect of Ce-Co substitution on the structural, electrical and dielectric properties of Mn spinel nanoferrites. In: Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, Vol. 34, 1609-1614. (IF: 0.393)
​36. ​Ashiq, M.N., Ehsan, M.F., Iqbal, M.J., Gul, I.H. (2011): Synthesis, structural and electrical characterization of Sb3+ substituted spinel nickel ferrite (NiSbxFe2−xO4) nanoparticles by reverse micelle technique. In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 509, 5119-5126. (IF: 4.175)​
​Positions Held:

 
1.Assistant Professor (IPFP) at Institute of Chemical Sciences, BZU Multan, Mar 2015 to Aug 2015.
2.Assistant Professor at School of Natural Sciences (SNS), NUST Islamabad, Aug 2015 to date.