Key Members

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed is the Principal Investigator of Materials Chemistry Laboratory. He is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry since September, 2013. He got his PhD entitled “Ultra high resolution crystallography of small molecules and proteins” from Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France in 2012.He has already served in GC University Lahore for one year
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Dr. Sajida Noureen (Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr.Sajida Noureen is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry since November, 2007. She got her PhD from Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France in 2012. Her worked is focused on the synthesis and characterization of Dye-sensitized solar cells. She also has already served for two year in University of Sargodha prior to joining IUB in 2007. She is experienced in working with
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Single Crystal X-rays Diffractometer
We have a Bruker D8 Venture dual source (microfocus Cu, Mo) with high efficiency photon II detector for chemical and biological crystallography. The instrument is attached with an Oxford Cobra device which uses dry air directly taken from air to generate a temperature range of 80-400 K with excellent stability.
Powder X-rays Diffractometer
We have a Bruker D8 Advance Powder X-rays diffractometer equipped with high resolution LynxEye detector and a Cu radiation source. This instrument also has additional accessories for capillary and high temperature studies for upto 1600°C. We also have a PDF4+ database for screening and data mining of powder samples.
TGA/DSC
Our lab hosts Perkin Elmer STA 6000 simultaneous TGA/DSC which can perform simultaneous measurement of weight changes and heat flow of the sample. The instrument featured with advanced sensor technology and proven compact furnace that together gives better temperature control, faster cool-down time and more consistent measurement.
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
We have an Agilent Technologies Cary Eclipse Spectrophotometer which uses a Xenon flash lamp for superior sensitivity, high signal-to-noise, and fast kinetics. It can measure the emission of light from samples in four different modes. Using Xenon lamp technology, it captures a data point every 12.5 ms and scans at 24,000 nm/min without peak shifts. We use this for all applications in academia, life sciences, biotechnology, chemicals, energy and food testing analyses. A BioMelt package provides the capability of thermal denaturation studies.
Microwave synthesis system
Our home laboratory is equipped with Anton Paar Monowave 400 microwave synthesis system which can synthesis reaction with operating volumes from 0.5 mL to 20 mL at up to 300°C temp. & 30 bar (435 psi) pressure with 850 W Microwave output power at 0 rpm to 1200 rpm Magnetic stirring. With the help of built-in camera a chemist can follow the reaction progress.
Microscopes
We have an Olympus SZX10 microscope for selection of crystalline samples. The trinocular tubes of SZX10 provide comfortable and efficient observation with optimized convergence angle that reduces the eye and neck strain. The long life LED illumination of SZX10 faithfully reproduces colors for optimal imaging. CX43P equipped with hot stage and DP74 high resolution compared for capturing live image and record.
 
We also have a Olympus CS43P high resolving microscope equipped with a hot stage and computer interface. With hot stage microscopy, phase changes can be studied upto 600 °C.
Rotary evaporator
For synthetic purposes, we have a Labtech Rotary Evaporator.
In addition to this we have a number of smaller equipments like UV spectrophotometers, hot plates, weighing balances, micropippetesetc.
All the equipments in the lab are connected with dedicated uninterrupted power suppliers for smooth operations. The lab also has a dedicated 60 kVA power generator to ensure power supply in case of any power failure from the national grid.
What's New

01-01-2019

  • The first high impact publication from Materials Chemistry Laboratory has just appeared in a high impact journal (Impact factor 8.6).

23-11-2018

  • Materials Chemistry Laboratory Inaugurated.

10-10-2018

  • PhD student Muhammad Umer Faroque wins Young Scientist Award.

25 to 27-02-2020

  • 4th International Workshop on X-rays Crystallography in Structural Biology February 25-27, 2020 to be conducted at Materials Chemistry Laboratory, IUB.

15 to 16-12-2018

  • Dr. Maqsood Ahmed to attend SESAME Synchrotron User's Meeting in Amman, Jordan 15-16 December 2018.
Research Team

Zahra Razzaq

She is the M.phil. researcher. Her current work mainly focus on synthesis of biodiesel from pure oil and various blends as well. Characterization and efficiency testing is also her target.
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