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Dr. Zalkir Hussain
Materials Engineering Department

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H12, Islamabad.
Tel : 051-90855001

Materials Chemistry/Nanotechnology

PhD), Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

 Dr. Zakir Hussain received his PhD in Organic Chemistry/ Materials Science from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany and M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry from the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He has over 15 years of research experience while working as scientist, senior scientist, project leader and lab head at various R & D organisations in Germany and Austria. His earlier employers include 55pharma Drug Discovery & Development AG, Vienna; Tetragon Chemie AG, Liechtenstein; SONY Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.

He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute in Muelheim, Germany on a Volkswagen funded project. His areas of specialisation include liquid crystals materials for fast response display applications, polymers for alignment technologies, synthesis & characterization of Nano materials, synthesis of materials for organic solar cells (DSSC, OPVs) and LC based biosensors for environmental pollutants/heavy metals detection. He has recently joined SCME and submitted a project on LC based sensors development for funding and started working on its PoP. Additionally, he is also involved in designing and synthesizing novel materials for organic solar cells. Dr. Zakir has published more than 20 papers in refereed international journals (ISI indexed) and there are about 12 international patents to his credit. 

  • Synthesis of nanomaterials for electrochemical sensing, solar cells and energy storage devices

  • Nanotechnology based device fabrication (e.g. DSSC, OPVs, Supercapacitors etc.) 

  • Development of biosensors for biomedical, environmental and related applications

1) Asad Ullah, Shakir Ullah, Nasir Mahmood, Syed M. Shah, Zakir Hussain, Hazrat Hussain, Effect of polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxane nanocage on the crystallization behaviour of PEG5K-b-P(MA-POSS) diblock copolymers achieved via arom transfer radical polymerization, Polymer Crystallization, 2019, 1-9.

2) Zikriya Khan, Zakir Hussain, M. Arman Liaqat, S. Fahad, S. Ahmed, Optimizing reaction kinetics of sequential deposition technique for ambient air and solution processed hybrid perovskite thin films, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 2019 (ISI IF: 2.324).

3) Hareem Zainab, Zakir Hussain, Ahmad Nawaz Khan, Usman Liaat, M. Bilal Khan Niazi, Tahir A. Baig, Preparation and Investigation of Ag Nanoparticles/TOPAS Nanocomposie Films for Packaging Applications, Current Nanoscience, 2018, 14 (6), 538-544 (ISI IF: 1.306).

4) Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Altaf, Muhammad Qayyum Khan, Saima Manzoor, Muhammad Azhar Shekheli, Muhammad Ali Shah, Syed Zafar Ilyas, Zakir Hussain, Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Jurinea dolomiaea and Biological Activities, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2018, 18, 1-6 (ISI IF: 1.354 ). 

5) Muhammad Umer Ashraf, Muhammad Ajaz Hussain, Sajid Bashir, Muhammad Tahir Haseeb, Zakir Hussain, Quince seed hydrogel (glucuronoxylan): Evaluation of stimuli responsive sustained release oral drug delivery system and biomedical properties, Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 2018, 45, 455-465 (ISI IF: 1.194).

6) Saman Zehra, Iftikhar Hussain Gul, Zakir Hussain, Liquid crystals based optical platform for the detection of Pb+ ions using NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, Results in Physics, 2018, 9, 1462-1467 (ISI IF: 2.147).

7) Khazima Muazim, Zakir Hussain*, A comparative approach to graphene oxide nanocomposites as peroxidase mimetic catalysts, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, 2018, 10, 873-881 (ISI IF: 2.917).

8) Farah Qazi, Zakir Hussain*, Soneela Asghar, Ghayoor Abbas, Muhammad Riaz, Malus domestica mediated synthesis of palladium nanoparticles and investigation of their catalytic activity in Suzuki coupling reaction, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, 2018, 10, 373-377 (ISI IF: 2.917)

9) Imran Sohail, Zakir Hussain*, Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Khurram Yaqoob, Synthesis and characterization of electrodeposited NiO thin film on electrode grade carbon plate for supercapacitor applications, Materials Research Express, 2017, 4, 116412, 1-9 (ISI IF: 1.151).

10) Adil Usman, Sundas Khalid, Atif Usman, Zakir Hussain, Yanmei Wang (2017), Algal Polysaccharides, Novel Applications and Outlook in Algae Based Polymers, Blends and Composites, Ed. K.M. Zia, M. Zuber, M. Ali, p 115-153, Elsevier (ISBN: 978-0-12-812360-7).

11) Khazima Muazim, Zakir Hussain*, Graphene oxide-A platform towards theranostics, Materials Science & Engineering C, 2017, 76, 1274-1288 (ISI IF: 5.080).

12) Asim Riaz, Adil Usman, Muhammad Faheem, Zakir Hussain*, Ahmad Nawaz Khan, Shahid Soomro, Effect of polymerization of aniline on thermal stability, electrical conductivity and band gap of graphene oxide/polyaniline nanocomposites,  Int. J. Electrochem. Sci. 2017, 12, 1785-1796 (ISI IF: 1.369).

13) Muzamil Ahmad Khan, Farah Qazi, Zakir Hussain*, Muhammad Umair Idrees, Shahid Soomro, Saeeda Soomro, Recent trends in electrochemical detection of NH3, H2S and NOx gases, Int. J. Electrochem. Sci. 2017, 12, 1711-1733 (ISI IF: 1.369).

14) Syeda Qudsia, Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Zakir Hussain*, Shahid Soomro, Chemical functionalization of graphene oxide and its electrochemical potential towards the reduction of triiodide, J. Mater. Sci: Mater. Electron. 2017, 28, 6664-6672 (ISI IF: 2.324).

15) Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Hammad Tanveer Butt, Zakir Hussain, Iftikhar Ahmed Shahid, Amir Habib, Effects of ambient air processing on morphology and photoconductivity of CH3NH3PbI3, J. Mater. Sci: Mater. Electron. 2016, 27,11, 12028-12035 (ISI IF: 2.324).

16) Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Zakir Hussain, Amir Khalid, Amir Habib, Solution processed ZnO based low cost CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells by ambient air, hole transport layer free synthesis, Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering, 2017, 42, 4317-4325 (ISI IF: 1.092).

17) Adil Usman, Zakir Hussain*, Asim Riaz, Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Enhanced mechanical, thermal and antimicrobial properties of silver/starch/poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene oxide nanocomposites films, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2016,  153, 592-599 (ISI IF: 5.158).

18) Farah Qazi, Zakir Hussain*, M. Nawaz Tahir, Advances in biogenic synthesis of palladium nanoparticles, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 60277-60286 (ISI IF 2.936).

19) Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Mujahid, Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Syed Saad Javaid, Amir Habib, Low resistivity ZnO:GO electron transport layer based CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells, AIP Advances, 2016, 6, 065303-1-065303-13 (ISI IF 1.653).

20) Zakir Hussain*, Farah Qazi, M. Imran Ahmed, Adil Usman, Asim Riaz, Amna Didar Abbasi, Liquid crystals based sensing platform-Technological aspects, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2016, 85, 110-127 (ISI IF 8.173).

21) Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Zakir Hussain, Amir Khalid, Hafiz Muhammad Noman Amin, Amir Habib, Absorption Enhancement in CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cell using TiO2/ MoS2 Nanocomposite Electron Selective Contact, Materials Research Express, 2016, 3, 045022, 1-10 (ISI IF: 1.151).

22) Muhammad Imran Ahmed, Amir Habib, Zakir Hussain, Amir Khalid, Ambient air synthesis of hole transport layer free CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells, Materials Science Forum, 2016 (accepted).

23) Christian Zafiu, Zakir Hussain, Seta Küpcü, Akira Masutani, Pinar Kilickiran, Eva‐Kathrin Sinner, Liquid crystals as optical amplifiers for bacterial detection, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2016, 80, 161-170 (ISI IF 8.173).

24) Asad Ullah,  Shakir Ullah, Gul Shahzada Khan, Syed Mujtaba Shah, Zakir Hussain, Saz Mohammad, Muhammad Siddiq, Hazrat Hussain, Water soluble polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane based amphiphilic hybrid polymers: Synthesis, self-assembly, and applications, European Polymer Journal 2016, 75, 67-92 (ISI IF 3.741).

25) Asim Riaz, Adil Usman, Zakir Hussain*, Synthesis of 4-4’-stillbene dicarboxylic acid and aniline modified graphene oxide and its electrochemical performance for supercapacitors, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 2016, 11, 1099-1110 (ISI IF 1.369).

26) Safina Iram Javed, Zakir Hussain*, Covalently functionalized Graphene Oxide-characterization and its electrochemical performance, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 2015, 10, 9475-9487 (ISI IF 1.369).

27) Zakir Hussain, Christian Zafiu, Seta Küpcü, Lucineia Pivetta, Nadine Hollfelder, Akira Masutani, Pinar Kilickiran, Eva‐Kathrin Sinner, Liquid crystal based sensors monitoring lipase activity: A new rapid and sensitive method for cytotoxicity assays, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2014, 56, 210‐216 (ISI IF 8.173).

28) Zakir Hussain*, Henning Hopf, Khurshid Ayub, S. Holger Eichhorn, Synthesis of 2,6‐Disubstituted Tetrahydroazulene Derivatives, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 693‐698 (ISI IF 2.33).

29) Zakir Hussain*, David Danner, Akira Masutani, Nadine Hollfelder, Frank Pleis,  Gabriele  Nelles,  Pinar  Kilickiran,  Investigation  of  Reactive  Acrylic

Monomers for Their Effect on the Temperature Range and Operating Voltage of Polymer‐Stabilized Optically Isotropic Liquid Crystal Blue Phases, Liquid Crystals, 2012, 39, 11, 1345‐1357 (ISI IF 2.636).

30) Zakir Hussain, David Danner, Akira  Masutani, Frank Pleis, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, Pinar Kilickiran, Effect of Long Flexible Alkyl Chain Reactive Monomers on the Operating Voltage of Optically Isotropic Blue Phase Liquid Crystals, Liquid Crystals, 2012, 39 (2), 221‐230 (ISI IF 2.636).

31) Zakir Hussain, Akira Masutani, David Danner, Frank Pleis, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, Pinar Kilickiran, Ultra Fast Polymer Network Liquid Crystals, Journal of Applied Physics 2011 (109), 114513-1 – 114513-4 (ISI IF 2.176).

32) Zakir Hussain, Henning Hopf, S. Holger Eichhorn, Perhydroazulene‐Based Liquid Crystalline Materials with Smectic Phases, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 403‐410 (ISI IF 2.33).

33) Henning Hopf, Zakir Hussain*, Rajeev S. Menon, Vitaly Raev, Peter G. Jones, Ludwig M. Pohl, Perhydroazulenes ‐ A New Class of Liquid Crystalline Materials, Synlett. 2011 (9), 1273‐1276 (ISI IF 2.419).

34) Pascale Schwinte, Harald Foerstendorf, Zakir Hussain*, Wolfgang Gaertner*, Maria‐Andrea Mroginski, Peter Hildebrandt, FTIR Study of the photoinduced processes of plant phytochrome phy A using isotope labeled bilins and DFT calculations, Biophysical Journal, 2008, 95, 1256‐1267 (ISI IF 3.495).

35) Makhynya Y, Hussain Zakir, Bauschlicher T, Schwinte P, Siebert F and Gärtner W*, Synthesis of Selectively 13C‐Labelled Bilin Compounds, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2007, 8, 1287‐1293 (ISI IF 2.882).

36) Zakir Hussain**, Henning Hopf, Ludwig Pohl, T. Oeser, A. K. Fischer and P.

G. Jones, Synthesis and stereochemical aspects of 2,6‐disubstituted perhydroazulenes‐core units for a new class of liquid crystalline materials, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2006, 24, 5555‐5569 (ISI IF 2.882).

37) Zakir Hussain*, Henning Hopf, Ludwig Pohl and Toni Rantanen, 2‐Hydroxy‐ 1,2,3,6‐tetrahydro‐azulen‐6‐carboxylic acid ethyl ester‐ A novel precursor for a new class of liquid crystalline materials, ChemInform, 37 (34), 2006.

38) E. U. Mughal, M. Ayaz, Zakir Hussain*, A. Hasan, A. Sadiq, M. Riaz, A. Malik, M. I. Choudhary, Synthesis and antibacterial activity of substituted flavones, 4‐thioflavones and 4‐iminoflavones, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry 2006, 14 (14), 4704‐4711 (ISI IF 2.881).

39) Zakir Hussain*, Henning Hopf, Ludwig Pohl and Toni Rantanen, 2‐Hydroxy‐ 1,2,3,6‐tetrahydro‐azulen‐6‐carboxylic acid ethyl ester‐ A novel precursor for a new class of liquid crystalline materials, Synthetic Communications 2006, 36 (5), 559‐571 (ISI IF 1.377).

40) Zakir Hussain*, A reversed‐phase HPLC method to analyze the geometric isomers of 4‐octyl‐1,1a,2,3,4,5,6,6a‐octahydro‐cyclopropa[f]indene‐1‐ carboxylic acid ethyl ester and their positional isomers, Chromatographia 2006, 63 (7/8), 327‐330 (ISI IF 1.401).

41) Zakir Hussain*, D. Koley and H. Hopf, Synthesis and stereochemical aspects of 4‐octyl‐1,1a,2,3,4,5,6,6a‐octahydro‐cyclopropa[f]indene‐1‐carboxylic acid ethyl ester, Helv. Chim. Acta 2005, 88, 3263‐3272 (ISI IF 1.081).

42) Zakir Hussain*, Henning Hopf, T. Oeser and J. Grunenberg, A combined theoretical and experimental approach to 2,3,2ʹ,3ʹ‐Tetrahydro‐1H,1ʹH‐ [2,2ʹ]biindenyl, Letters in Organic Chemistry,   2005, 2, 6, 539‐543 (ISI IF 0.539).

43) Zakir Hussain*, Henning Hopf and T. Oeser, Fluorine‐substituted tetraphenylethene systems, Letters in Organic Chemistry, 2005, 2, 6, 518‐520 (ISI IF 0.539).

44) Peter G. Jones*, Henning Hopf and Zakir Hussain, rac‐(1R, 1aR, 4S, 6aS)‐ Ethyl 4‐carboxy‐1,1a,2,3,4,5,6,6a‐octahydrocyclopropa[f]indene‐1‐carboxylate, Acta Cryst. (2005), E61, o3034‐o3035 (ISI IF 0.347).

45) Zakir Hussain, Henning Hopf and T. Oeser*, (RS)‐6‐Ethyl‐2‐carboxy‐1,2,3,4‐ tetrahydro‐azulene‐6‐carboxylate, Acta Cryst. (2005), C61, o652‐o653 (ISI IF 8.678).

46) Zakir Hussain, Henning Hopf, T. Oeser*, Ethyl‐1,3‐dibromoazulene‐6‐ carboxylate, Acta Cryst.(2005), E61, o478‐o479 (ISI IF 0.347).

47) Zakir Hussain*, Abdul Waheed, R. A. Qureshi, D. K. Burdi, E. J. Verspohl, N. Khan and M. Hasan, The effect of medicinal plants of Islamabad and Murree region on insulin secretion from INS‐1 cells, Phytotherapy Research 2004, 18, 1, 73‐77 (ISI IF 3.349).


1) Ludwig Pohl, Henning Hopf, Zakir Hussain, 2006, Liquid Crystal Molecules Comprising Hydroazulene Structures, European Patent, 06762071.6‐1221 PCT/EP2006005834 (Patent granted 17.11. 2009).

2) H. Hopf, L. Pohl, Z. Hussain, Liquid Crystal Molecules Comprising Hydroazulene Structures,   WO 2006/136345 A1.

3) Pinar  Kilickiran,  Zakir  Hussain,  David  Danner,  Akira  Masutani, Shunichi Suwa, Yuichi Inoue, Gabriele Nelles, 2009, New polyimides and co‐ polyimides; synthesis, characterization and applications, European Patent Application No .09012588.1/EP09012588.

4) Pinar Kilickiran, Zakir Hussain, Frank Pleis, David Danner, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, Ultra fast polymer network liquid crystals (PNLCs) with blue phase liquid crystals, European Patent Application 31 March 2010.

5) Pinar Kilickiran, David Danner, Zakir Hussain, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, Polymers with LC side chains to improve the properties of optically isotropic liquid crystal phases (blue phases, BPs), European Patent Application 31 March 2010.

6) Pinar Kilickiran, Zakir Hussain, David Danner, Gabriele Nelles, 2010, Effect of alkyl side chains of reactive monomers (RMs) on the operating voltage of optically isotropic liquid crystal phases (blue phases, BPs), European Patent Application April 2010.

7) Ludwig Pohl, Henning Hopf, Zakir Hussain, 2010, Liquid Crystal Molecules Comprising Hydroazulene Structures, US Patent, Pub. No. US2010/0264368 A1 (Pub. Date: Oct. 21, 2010).

8) Pinar Kilickiran, Zakir Hussain, David Danner, Akira Masutani, Gabriele Nelles, Shunichi Suwa, Yuichi Inoue, Shuichi Shima, 2011, Polyamic Acid and a Polyimide Obtained by Reacting a Dianhydride and a Diamine, US Patent, Pub. No. US 2011/0109855 A1 (Pub. Date. May 12, 2011).

9) Pinar Kilickiran, David Danner, Zakir Hussain, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, 2011, Blue Phase Liquid Crystal Composition, US Patent, Pub. No. US 2011/0240917 A1; US 2011/0240920 A1 (Pub. Date. October 6, 2011).

10) Pinar Kilickiran, Zakir Hussain, Akira Masutani, Nadine Hollfelder, Gabriele Nelles, 2013, A Sensor Device for Detecting Toxins, Bacteria and their activities, US Patent No. US 2013/0344577 A1.

11) Zakir Hussain, A. Masutani, G. Nelles, P. Kilickiran, Liquid Crystal Based Sensor Devices for Detecting Binding Events or Analytes at Interfaces, WO 2012175214, Pub. 2012/12/28.

12) Zakir Hussain, A. Masutani, P. Kilickiran, L. Pivetta, S. Kupcu, G. Nelles, Toxicity/Cytotoxicity assay – A sensor device for monitoring the cell/organ‐ destruction processes, European Patent Application (SONY EU IPD Ref. I‐12‐

219) – March, 2013.

Selected Conferences:

1) GIKI‐SDSU International Symposium on Design of DSSC for Cost Effective Energy Harvesting, December 13‐15, 2013, GIKI, Pakistan.

2) Eurodisplay 2009, XXIX International Display Research Conference, September 14th‐17th, 2009, Rome, Italy.

3) Zakir Hussain, Henning Hopf, Ludwig Pohl, 2,6‐Disubstituted Hydroazulenes – A Novel Class of Nematic Liquid Crystals, 36th German Topical Meeting on Liquid Crystals, March 12‐14, 2008, Otto‐von‐Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany (Poster).

4) Zakir Hussain*, Christian Bongards, Yevgen Makhynya, Wolfgang Gärtner, Isotope‐labeled and Structurally Modified Chromophores in Phytochromes, 4th International Symposium of the VW foundation on “Conformational Control of Biomolecular Function” 2005 (Oct. 6 ‐ 8, 2005 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL, invited talk) Heidelberg, Germany.

5) Yevgen Makhynya*, Zakir Hussain, Christian Bongards, Wolfgang Gärtner, Approaches toward the synthesis of 13C‐labelled open‐chain tetrapyrrole chromophores, PCB and PB, for the spectroscopic studies on phytochromes, 6th International Conference on Tetraphyrrole Photoreceptors in Photosynthetic Organisms 2005 (11. – 16. September 2005, Poster + Oral) Lucerne, Switzerland.

6) Zakir Hussain*, Yevgen Makhynya, Christian Bongards, Wolfgang Gärtner, Isotope‐labelled tetrapyrroles as chromophores in the plant photoreceptor phytochrome, GDCh Jahrestagung 2005 (11.–14. September 2005, Poster), Heinrich‐Heine Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany.

7) 32 ‐ Arbeitstagung Fluessigkristalle (24 ‐ 26 March, 2004), Martin‐Luther‐ University, Halle‐Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany

  • 2015 (June) – present– Professor on Tenure Track System (TTS), Department of Materials Engineering, School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    • 2014 (August) – 2015 (June)– Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    • 2013 (March) – 2014 (July)– Associate Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST, Islamabad (Pakistan)​

  • 2008 (June) - 2013 (March): Senior Scientist, Materials Science Laboratory, Sony Deutschland GmbH, Stuttgart Technology Center, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2006 (Sept) - 2008(May): Project Manager, Tetragon Chemie AG, Balzers Liechtenstein/TU-BS, Germany

  • 2006 (April) - 2006 (Aug.): Head of Chemistry Lab, 55pharma Drug Discovery & Development AG, Vienna, Austria

  • 2004 (Oct) - 2006 (March): Postdoctoral Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Muelheim, Germany

  • 2003 (Sept) - 2004 (Sept.): Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany​