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Dr. Syed Rizwan Hussain
Associate Professor
Department of Physics

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Natural Sciences, H-12, Islamabad
Tel : +9251 9085 5599

Condensed Matter Physics

PhD Physics (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)


  • Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China                                       2013-2014 
           Senior Research Fellow
           Topic: Nanofabrication of Spin Field Effect Transistors for Data Storage Applications

  • Institute of Physics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China 2011
           Ph.D. Condensed Matter Physics
           Thesis: Fabrication, Characterization and Transport Properties of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions and Electric-field Control of Magnetic Multilayers
           Advisor: Prof. Han Xiufeng
  • Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan 2005
           M.S. Physics
           Thesis: Gold Ion Irradiation of Silicon 
           Advisor: Dr. Safdar Malik
  • Govt. Degree College, Bahawalnagar, Punjab, Pakistan 2003
           B.SC. (Maths A&B, Physics)

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Researcher Award, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan (2017)​​​​
  • Awarded Research Project worth US$209,990/- funded under ‘PAK-US Science & Technology Cooperation Program Phase-VII’ (2017-2020)
  • Awarded Research Project worth US$145,865/- funded under ‘National Research Program for Universities’ (2017-2020)
  • PhD Scholarship Award, The Higher Education Commission, Pakistan -2007, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Best PhD Student Award, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China (2010)
  • Best PhD Student Award, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China (2009)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Journal Editor:
  • Guest Editor at ‘Frontiers in Materials’ section: Carbon Based Materials on the topic ‘Two-dimensional Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Storage’ (2020)
  • Associate Editor at Journal of Functional Materials and Chemical Engineering (JFMCE)
  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • RSC Advances
  • Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry Select
  • Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  • Scientific Reports
  • Materials Letters
  • Chemical Engineering Journal
  • Applied Organometallic Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • ACS Applied Bio Materials
  • Composites Part B
  • Ionics
  • Modern Physics Letters B

Research Interests:

Fabrication and Characterization of magnetic and spintronic devices at nano-scale such as magnetic tunnel junctions, spin-valves, ferroelectric-bases multilayered structures, one-dimensional spin field effect transistors, Synthesis of transition metal oxide based nanostructures/nanoparticles, Fabrication of multiferroic-based magnetic structures, Graphene and ferrites hybrid nanostructures for photocatalytic applications, energy storage devices (supercapacitors).

Research Students:

  • MS Students supervised: 10
  • MS Students (in progress): 04
  • PhD students (in progress): 03
  • UG students supervised: 24
  • UG students (in progress): 12

Research Funding Won:

  • Nanofabrication of one-dimensional spin field-effect transistors, Natural National Science Foundation of China, Amount: $8000 US Dollars (2014)
  • Carbon-based laser-assisted resistive memory devices, Amount: $151,700 US Dollars (2017-Continued)
  • Laser-assisted energy storage devices based on 2D materials, Amount: $218,896 US Dollars (2017-Continued)

Research Labs Established at SNS:

  • Physics Characterization and Simulations Lab (PCSL)
  • Materials Physics Lab (MPL)

Research ​Publications:  
Sr.​ ​​​​Reference
​1 ​​​​​​J Fatheema, Syed Rizwan, et al, A comprehensive computational and experimental analysis of stable ferromagnetism in layered 2D Nb-doped Ti3C2 MXene, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, DOI: /10.1016/ j.physe.2020.114253 (2020, Q2)​
​2 ​J Fatheema, Syed Rizwan, et al, A Comprehensive Investigation of MoO3 based Resistive Random Access Memory, RSC Advances 10 (2020, Q1)
​3 ​I. Ashraf, Syed Rizwan, et al, A Comprehensive Review on the Synthesis and Energy Applications of Nano-Structured Metal Nitrides, Frontiers in Materials (Accepted and in-press 2020)
​4 ​M Asghar, Syed Rizwan, et al, Laser-Assisted Fabrication of Nanostructured Substrate Supported Electrodes for Highly Active Supercapacitors, Frontiers in Materials (Accepted and in-press 2020)
​5 ​Z Babar, Syed Rizwan, et al, Peculiar magnetic behaviour and Meissner effect in two-dimensional layered Nb2C MXene​, 2D Materials 7 (2020, Q1)
​6 ​M Fatima, Syed Rizwan, et al, Nb-Doped MXene with Enhanced Energy Storage Capacity and Stability Frontiers in Chemistry 8 (2020, Q1)
​7 ​M Iqbal, Syed Rizwan, et al, Co-existence of magnetic phases in two-dimensional MXene, Materials Today Chemistry 16 (2020)
​8 ​A Ullah, Syed Rizwan, et al, A 𝜋-shaped quantum device for implementation of Bell states in solid state environment, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 118 (2020, Q1)
​9 ​S Fatima, Syed Rizwan, et al, Congo Red Dye Degradation by Graphene Nanoplatelets/Doped Bismuth Ferrite Nanoparticle Hybrid Catalysts under Dark and Light Conditions, Catalysts, 10 (2020, Q1)
​10 ​S Rafiq, Syed Rizwan, et al, Novel Room-temperature ferromagnetism in Gd-doped 2-dimensional Ti3C2Tx MXene semiconductor for spintronics, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 497 (2020, Q1)
​11 ​M Aizaz Ud Din, Syed Rizwan, et al, Synthesis of 3D IrRuMn sphere as a superior oxygen evolution electrocatalyst in acidic environment, Chemistry – A European Journal, 26 (2020, Q1)
​12 ​M A Iqbal, Syed Rizwan, et al, Ti3C2-MXene/Bismuth Ferrite Nanohybrids for Efficient Degradation of Organic Dyes and Colorless Pollutants, ACS Omega, 4 (2019, Q1)
​13 ​S Irfan, Syed Rizwan, et al, Effect of Graphene Oxide Nano-Sheets on Structural, Morphological and Photocatalytic Activity of BiFeO3-Based Nanostructures, Nanomaterials, 9 (2019, Q1)
​14 ​M Umar, Syed Rizwan, et al, Rationally designed La and Se co-doped bismuth ferrites with controlled bandgap for visible light photocatalysis, RSC Advances 9 (2019, Q1)
​15 ​Syed Rizwan, M Umer, et al, Selenium-enriched flower-like of bismuth ferrite nanosheets assembly with associated magnetic properties, AIP Advances 9 (2019, Q2)
​16 ​M A Iqbal, Syed Rizwan, et al, La- and Mn-Codoped Bismuth Ferrite/Ti3C2 MXene Composites for Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Congo Red Dye, ACS Omega 4 (2019, Q1)
​17 ​S Fatima, Syed Rizwan, et al, Graphene nanohybrids for enhanced catalytic activity and large surface area, MRS Communication 9 (2019, Q1)
​18 ​A Tariq, Syed Rizwan, et al, Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalysis of 2D-MXene Nanohybrids with Gd3+- and Sn4+Co-doped Bismuth Ferrite, ACS Omega 3 (2018, Q1)
​19 ​M Kiani, Syed Rizwan, S. Irfan Ali, Facile synthesis of a BiFeO3/nitrogen-doped graphene nanocomposite system with enhanced photocatalytic activity, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 121, 6 (2018, Q2)
​20 ​S Irfan Ali, Syed Rizwan, Maryam Kiani, Structural, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of Sm3+ and Mn2+ Co-doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles, J. Powder Metallurgy and Mining, 6 (2017)
​21 ​S Fatima, Syed Rizwan, et al, The high photocatalytic activity and reduced band gap energy of La and Mn co-doped BiFeO3/graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) nanohybrids, RSC Advances 7 (2017, Q1)
​22 ​S. Ali, Syed Rizwan, et al, The Gadolinium (Gd3+) and Tin (Sn4+) Co-doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles as New Solar Light Active Photocatalyst, Scientific Reports, 7 (2017, Q1)
​23 ​S Irfan, Syed Rizwan, et al, Mesoporous template-free gyroid-like nanostructures based on La and Mn co-doped bismuth ferrites with improved photocatalytic activity, RSC Advances 6 (2016, Q1)
​24 ​S Irfan, Y. Shen, Syed Rizwan, et al, Band-Gap Engineering and Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of Sm and Mn Doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles, Journal of American Ceramic Society 1 (2016, Q1)
​25 ​M Amanullah, Q. Javed, Syed Rizwan, Surfactant-assisted carbon doping in ZnO nanowires using Poly Ethylene Glycol (PEG), Materials Chemistry and Physics, 180 (2016, Q2)
​26 ​M Tahir, Syed Rizwan, et al, One dimensional graphitic carbon nitrides as effective metal-free oxygen reduction catalysts, RSC Advances 5 (2015, Q1)
​27 ​S Zhang, Syed Rizwan, et al, Giant electrical modulation of magnetization in Co40Fe40B20/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 (011) heterostructure, Scientific Reports, 4 (2014, Q1)
​28 ​K Nadeem, Syed Rizwan, et al, Effect of silica coating on the structural, dielectric, and magnetic properties of maghemite nanoparticles, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 404 (2014, Q1)
​29 ​Syed Rizwan, S I Ali, et al, Piezoelectric manipulation of Co/CoO exchange-bias bilayer system at low-temperature, Journal of Applied Physics 114 (2013, Q2)
​30 ​J W Wang, Syed Rizwan, et al, Ferroelectric-domain-controlled magnetic anisotropy in Co40Fe40B20/YMnO3 multiferroic heterostructure, Applied Physics Letters 102 (2013, Q1)
​31 ​G Q Yu, Syed Rizwan, et al, Superconductivity-induced pinning effect in superconductor/magnetic tunnel junctions, SPIN 3 (2013)
​32 ​Syed Rizwan, S Zhang, et al, Piezoelectric enhancement of giant magnetoresistance in spin-valves with different magnetic anisotropies, Journal of Applied Physics 113 (2013, Q1)
​33 ​Syed Rizwan, G Q Yu, et al, Electric-field control of CoFeB/IrMn exchange bias system, Journal of Applied Physics 112 (2012, Q1)
​34 ​Syed Rizwan, X F Han, et al, Exchange-bias like hysteretic magnetoelectric-coupling of as-grown synthetic antiferromagnetic structures, Applied Physics Letters 101 (2012, Q1)
​35 ​S Zhang, Syed Rizwan, et al, Electric-field control of nonvolatile magnetization in Co40Fe40B20/ Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7 Ti0.3O3 structure at room temperature, Physical Review Letters 108 (2012, Q1)
​36 ​Syed Rizwan, X F Han, et al, Electric-field control of giant magnetoresistance in spin-valves, SPIN 2 (2011)
​37 ​H Liu, Syed Rizwan, et al, Tunnel Magnetoresistance Effect in CoFeB/MgAlOx/CoFeB Magnetic Tunnel Junctions, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 47, (2011, Q2)
​38 ​Syed Rizwan, X F Han, et al, Reversible and reproducible giant universal electroresistance effect, Chinese Physics Letters 28 (2011, Q3)
​39 ​G Q Yu, Syed Rizwan, et al, Improved tunneling magnetoresistance in (Ga,Mn)As/AlOx/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions, Applied Physics Letters 98 (2011, Q1)
​40 ​Syed Rizwan, X F Han, et al, Temperature and bias-assisted transport properties of LSMO/AlO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junction, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 46 (2010, Q2)
​41 ​L Wang, Syed Rizwan, et al, Magnetoresistance effect in antiferromagnet/nonmagnet/antiferromagnet multilayers, Applied Physics Letters 95 (2009, Q1)​

  • Xiu-Feng Han, Syed Rizwan, et al, US Patent No. 9559295 (2017)​
Book Chapters:
  • S U Awan, Syed Rizwan, et al, 2-Dimensional Magnetic Materials for Spintronics Technology, Royal Society of Chemistry’s NanoScience Book Series, Edition 6 (2020)
  • J Fatheema, Syed Rizwan, Computational Analysis of Nanostructures for Li-Ion Batteries, InTech Open (2020)
  • Syed Rizwan, S Fatima, Bismuth Ferrites/Graphene Nanoplatelets Nanohybrids for Efficient Organic Dye Removal, InTech Open (2018)​



  • Nanophysics
  • Experimental Techniques of Physics
  • Optical Spectroscopy


  • Electricity &amp
  • Magnetism
  • Waves &amp
  • Oscillations
  • Basic Electronics
  • Materials Science
  • Introduction to Nanomaterials
  • Applied Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics (UG)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (PG)