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Dr. Asad Mumtaz
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

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

Nanomaterials/Photocatalysis/Physical Chemistry

Ph.D Chemistry(Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia)

Dr. Asad Mumtaz has joined SNS, NUST in October 2018. Since then, he has been actively involved in both academic and research activities. He has worked on synthesis of advanced functionalized nanomaterials and their integration in different types of solar cells; photoelectrochemical cells (photocatalytic water splitting), dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and perovskite solar cells. He also works on fuel-based cells like direct alcoholic-based fuel cells; electrooxidation of alcohols with hybrid electro-catalysts. Moreover, he has a contribution in the capturing of CO2 upon ionic liquids with controlled sorption processes. Not only capturing but photoreduction of CO2 to methanol using high performance and efficient photocatalysts is also a part of his contribution to the scientific society. Recently, he is working on developing the interfacial properties of semiconductor-carbon-based nanocomposites for their use in variety of applications. He has secured Start-up Research Grant Program (SRGP) funding of 0.5 million from Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

Research Areas

  1. Nanomaterials Chemistry
  2. Photocatalysis
  3. Solar Cells (Artificial Photosynthesis)
  4. Fuel Cells
  5. Thin Films
  6. Physical Chemistry​
Honours and Awards:

  1. HEC (Higher Education Commission) Talent forming Scholarship in B.Sc
  2. HEC (Higher Education Commission) Talent forming Scholarship in M.Sc
  3. University Merit Scholarship in M.Phill (Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad).
  4. Graduate Assistant as a PhD student in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia.
  5. Graduate Research Assistant as a PhD student in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia


Research Publications
S/No ​Title
​1. C. E. Lim, M. L. Ooi, R. C. Wong, K. E. Neo, A. Mumtaz, M. Mazhar, et al., "Facile synthesis of molybdenum multisulfide composite nanorod arrays from single-source precursor for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation," Applied Nanoscience, pp. 1-12, 2019. (IF/3.21)
​2. ​Z. Baig, O. Mamat, M. Mustapha, A. Mumtaz, M. Sarfraz, and S. Haider, et al. "An Efficient Approach to Address Issues of Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs) Incorporation in Aluminium Powders and Their Compaction Behaviour," Metals, vol. 8, p. 90, 2018. (IF/2.2)
​3. ​Z. Baig, O. Mamat, M. Mustapha, A. Mumtaz, K. S. Munir, and M. Sarfraz, "Investigation of Tip Sonication Effects on Structural Quality of Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs) for Superior Solvent Dispersion," Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, p.133-149, v45, july  2018. (IF/4.2)
​4. ​R. Bashiri, N. M. Mohamed, N. A. Suhaimi, M. U. Shahid, C. F. Kait, S. Sufian, A. Mumtaz, et al., "Photoelectrochemical water splitting with tailored TiO2/SrTiO3@gC3N4 heterostructure nanorod in photoelectrochemical cell," Diamond and Related Materials, p. 5-12, v85, July 2018. (IF/2.3)
​5. ​Z. Baig, O. Mamat, M. Mustapha, A. Mumtaz, S. Ali, M. Sarfraz, Surfactant-decorated graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) reinforced aluminum nanocomposites: sintering effects on hardness and wear, International Journal of Minerals, Metallurgy, and Materials, v25, p. 704-715, 2018. (IF/0.89)
​6. ​Asad Mumtaz, Norani Muti Mohamed*, Muhammad Imran Irshad, Asfand Yar, Mohamed Shuaib Mohamed Saheed, Mutual Effect of Extrinsic Defects and Electronic Carbon Traps of M-TiO2 (M = V, Co, Ni) Nanorod Arrays on Photoexcited Charge Extraction of CdS for Superior Photoelectrochemical Activity of Hydrogen Production, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43, 14388-14405, Aug. 2018. (IF/4.3).
​7. ​S. Sardar, C. D. Wilfred, A. Mumtaz, J.-M. Leveque, A. S. Khan, and S. Krishnan, "Physicochemical properties, Brönsted acidity and ecotoxicity of imidazolium-based organic salts: Non-toxic variants of protic ionic liquids," Journal of Molecular Liquids, 269, 178-186, Nov. 2018. (IF/4.621)
​8. ​S. Nadeem, A. Mumtaz, M. Mumtaz, M.A. Mutalib, M.S. Shaharun, B. Abdullah, Visible light driven CO2 reduction to methanol by Cu-porphyrin impregnated mesoporous Ti-MCM-48, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 272, 656-667, Dec 2018. (IF/4.621)
​9. ​S. Sardar, C.D. Wilfred, A. Mumtaz, Z. Rashid, J.-M. Leveque, Synthesis, thermophysical properties, Hammett acidity and COSMO-RS study of camphorsulfonate-based Brönsted acidic ionic liquids, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 271, 621-630, 2018. (IF/4.621)
​10. ​R. Naeem, R. Yahya, M. A. Mansoor, M. A. M. Teridi, M. Sookhakian, A. Mumtaz, et al.,Photoelectrochemical water splitting over mesoporous CuPbI3 films prepared by electrophoretic techniquePhotoelectrochemical water splitting, "Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly Volume 148, Issue 6, pp 981–989, 2017. (IF/1.78)
​11. ​S. Sardar, C. D. Wilfred, A. Mumtaz, and J.-M. Leveque, "Investigation of the Thermophysical Properties of AMPS-Based Aprotic Ionic Liquids for Potential Application in CO2 Sorption Processes," Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 62, p 4160-4168, 2017. (IF/2.32)
​12. ​A. Mumtaz, N. M. Mohamed, M. Mazhar, M. A. Ehsan, and M. S. Mohamed Saheed, "Core–Shell Vanadium Modified Titania @ β-In2S3 Hybrid Nanorod Arrays for Superior Interface Stability and Photochemical Activity," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 9037-9049, 2016. (IF/7.5)
​13. ​M. I. Irshad, N. M. Mohamed, M. Abdullah, M.S.M. Saheed, A. Mumtaz, M. Yasar, et al., "Influence of the electrodeposition potential on the crystallographic structure and effective magnetic easy axis of cobalt nanowires," RSC Advances, vol. 6, pp. 14266-14272, 2016. (IF/3.9)

Conference papers:​

S/No ​Title
​1. A. Mumtaz, N. M. Mohamed, M. S. M. Saheed, A. Yar, and M. I. Irshad, "Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity by nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2016, p. 030001.
2.​ ​N. M. Mohammed, A. Mumtaz, M. S. Ansari, and R. Ahmad, "Electrochemical study of the Pt and Pt-Ni upon multiwalled carbon nanotubes," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2016, p. 050023.
​3. ​A. Yar, J. Dennis, N. Mohamed, M. Mian, M. Irshad, and A. Mumtaz, "Copper oxide nanowires as better performance electrode material for supercapacitor application," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2016, p. 050002.
​4. ​A. Mumtaz and N. M. Mohamed, "Nanoporous TiO2 developed from two templates for their use in photovoltaic applications," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2015, p. 020057.
​5. ​A. Mumtaz and N. M. Mohamed, "Synergetic effects of II-VI sensitization upon TiO 2 for photoelectrochemical water splitting; a tri-layered structured scheme," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2014, pp. 637-642.
​6. ​A. Yar, J. Dennis, N. Mohamed, A. Mumtaz, M. Irshad, and F. Ahmad, "One step shift towards flexible supercapacitors based on carbon nanotubes-A review," in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2014, pp. 565-572.

Teaching following Undergraduate & Postgraduate courses at NUST since 2018:

  1. Applied Chemistry
  2. Heterogeneous catalysis
  3. General chemistry
2011-2013: Lecturer at University of Wah, Wah cantt. Taxila, Islamabad
2008-2010: Lecturer at Sublime Academy G-8, Islamabad, Pakistan
2006-2008: Lecturer at Kips Academy Islamabad, Pakistan