Key Members

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed got his PhD entitled “Ultra high resolution crystallography of small molecules and proteins” from Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France in 2012. He served in GC University Lahore for one year before joining IUB in September, 2013. CV

Dr. Sajida Noureen (Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. Sajida Noureen became Lecturer in Chemistry in 2005 at University of Sargodha and then moved to IUB in 2007.  She was selected for PhD studies under the Faculty Development Program of the IUB. She earned her PhD from Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France in 2012. Her worked is focused on the synthesis and characterization of Dye-sensitized solar cells.  
  1. Wardah Shahid, Syeda Abida Ejaz, Mariya al-Rashida, Muhammad Saleem,  Maqsood Ahmed, Jameel Rahman, Naheed Riaz, Muhammad Ashraf (2021). Bio-Organic Chemistry,  Identification of NSAIDs as lipoxygenase inhibitors through highly sensitive chemiluminescence method, expression analysis in mononuclear cells and computational studies            
  2. Arshad Mehmood, Aisha Fahim, Maqsood Ahmed and Sajida Noureen. (2020).  Journal of Molecular Structure, (1216) 128483  (Published in special issue on Charge density as a tool to study the structure property relationshipRegioselectivity of reduction of nitro groups in 3, 5-dinitrosalicylic acid monohydrate explored by experimental and theoretical charge density analysis

  3. Asma Hasil, Arshad Mehmood, Sajida Noureen, Maqsood Ahmed. (2020). Journal of Molecular Structure, (1216) 128295  (Published in special issue on Charge density as a tool to study the structure property relationship). Experimental and theoretical charge density analysis of skin whitentening agent Kojic acid
  4. Muhammad Umer Faroque, Arshad Mehmood,  Sajida Noureen,  Maqsood Ahmed. (2020). Journal of  Molecular Structure. 128183. Crystal engineering and electrostatic properties of co-crystals of pyrimethamine with benzoic acid and gallic acid
  5. Warda Hassan, Sajida Noureen, Mujahid Mustaqeem, Tawfik A. Saleh, Shagufta Zafar. (2020). Surfaces and Interfaces, (Just accepted), Efficient adsorbent derived from Haloxylon recurvum Plant for the adsorption of Acid Brown dye: Kinetics, isotherm and thermodynamic optimization.
  6. Maharzadi Noureen Shahi, Alia Iqbal, Rashida Bibi, Misbah-ul-Ain Khan, Maqsood Ahmed, Sajida Noureen (2020). J. Mol. Structure , Volume 1206, 127657. Syntheses and electron density distribution studies in two new imidazole derivatives
  7. Asma Hasil, Arshad Mehmood, Maqsood Ahmed (2019). Acta Cryst B75, 750-762. Experimental and theoretical charge-density analysis of hippuric acid: insight into its binding with human serum albumin.
  8. Muhammad Umer Faroque, Sajida Noureen, Shafaat Hussain Mirza, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, Maqsood Ahmed (2019). Acta Cryst. C74, 100-107. Structure and electrostatic properties of the pyrimethamine–3,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid cocrystal in water solvent studied using transferred electrondensity parameters
  9. Muhammad Umer Faroque, Sajida Noureen, Maqsood Ahmed and Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, (2018). Acta Cryst. C74, 100-107. Electrostatic properties of the pyrimethamine–2,4-di­hydroxy­benzoic acid cocrystal in methanol studied using transferred electron-density parameters
  10. Ammara Shahid, Ambreen Aziz, Sajida Noureen, Maqsood Ahmed, Sammer Yousuf and Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (2018). Acta Cryst.C74, 534–541; Biotransformation, spectroscopic investigation, crystal structure and electrostatic properties of 3,7α-dihydroxyestra-1,3,5(10)-trien-17-one monohydrate studied using transferred electron-density parameters
  11. Erum Akbar Hussain, Nosheen Kanwal, Islam Ullah Khan, Sadaf Mutahir, Muhammad Asim Khan, Maqsood Ahmed, Arshad Mahmood, Onur Sahin, Mehmet Akkurt, Muhammad Yar. (2018). Lett. Org. Chem., 15(3). 163-170. Green and Facile Reaction of Gabapentin with Sulfonyl Chlorides to Synthesize Lactams and Sulfonamides Derivatives in Aqueous Medium DOI: 10.2174/1570178614666170907143340
  12. Ammara Shahid, Sajida Noureen, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Sammer Yousuf and Maqsood Ahmed Acta Cryst. (2017). C73, 430–436; Crystal structure and electrostatic properties of prednisolone acetate studied using a transferred multipolar atom model  Published on the cover of the journal
  13. Umer Younas, Shahid Iqbal, Asif Saleem, Munawar Iqbal, Arif Nazir, Sajida Noureen, Karamat Mehmood and Numrah Nisar (2017), Fertilizer industrial effluents: Physico-chemical characterization and water quality parameters evaluation. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37(4), 236-239.
  14. Muhammad Umer Faroque, Sammer Yousuf, Salman Zafar, M. Iqbal Choudhary and Maqsood Ahmed (2016). Acta Cryst. C72, 398–404; Transferred multipolar atom model for 10β,17β-dihydroxy-17α methylestr-4-en-3-one dehydrate obtained from the biotransformation of methyloestrenolone.
  15. Maqsood Ahmed, Ayoub Nassour, Sajida Noureen, Claude Lecomte, Christian Jelsch. (2016). Acta Cryst. B72, 75-86. “Experimental and Theoretical charge density analysis of 1,4-bis (5-hexyl-2-thienyl) butane-1,4 dione: Applications of a virtual atom model.  
  16. Mariya Al-Rashida, Syeda Abida Ejaz, Sharafat Ali, Aisha Shaukat, Mahwish Hamayoun, Maqsood Ahmed, Jamshed Iqbal (2015). Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 23, 2435-2444. “Diarylsulfonamides and their bioisosteres as dual inhibitors of alkaline phosphatase and carbonic anhydrase: structure activity relationship and molecular modelling studies”.
  17. Bartosz Zarychta, Artem Lyubimov, Maqsood Ahmed, Parthapratim Munshi, Benoit Guillot, Alice Vrielink and Christian Jelsch. (2015).Acta Crystallographica Section D 71, 954-968. “Ultra high resolution crystal structure and charge density study of cholesterol oxidase.” 
  18. Yar, M., Bajda, M., Shahzadi, L., Shahzad, S. A., Ahmed, M., Ashraf, M., Alam, U., Khan, I. U., Khan. A. F. (2014). Bioorganic Chemistry. 54, 96-104. “Novel synthesis of dihydropyrimidines for α-glucosidase inhibition to treat type 2 diabetes: in vitro biological evaluation and in silico docking”.
  19. Sajida Noureen, Roberto Argazzi, Antonio Monari, Marc Beley, Xavier Assfeld, Carlo A. Bignozzi, Stefano Caramori, and Philippe C. Gros (2014), Dyes and pigments, 101, 318-328. Novel Ru-based sunlight harvesters bearing dithienylpyrrolo (DTP)-bipyridine Ligands: Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic properties.
  20. Ahmed, M., Yar, M., Nassour, A., Guillot, B., Lecomte, C., Jelsch. C. (2013). J. Phys. Chem. A 117, 14267-14275 Experimental and theoretical charge density analysis of a bromoethyl sulphonium salt: Atmic charges and their implications for reaction mechanism.
  21. Ahmed, M., Jelsch. C., Guillot, B., Lecomte, C., Domagała, S. (2013). Cryst. Growth Des. 13, 315-325. Relationship between stereochemistry and charge density in hydrogen bonds with oxygen acceptors. . DOI: 10.1021/cg3014656.
  22. Tabussum, A., Riaz, N., Saleem, M, Ashraf, M., Ahmad, M., Alam, U., Jabeen, B., Malik, A., Jabbar, A. (2013). PhytochemistryLetters. 6, 614-619. “α-Glucosidase inhibitory constituents from Chrozophora plicata”.
  23. Jabeen, B., Riaz, N., Saleem, M., Ahmed, M., Naveed, M. A., Tahir, M. N., Pescitelli, G., Ashraf, M., Ejaz, S. A., Ahmed, I., Jabbar, A. (2013). Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung B – Chemical Sciences. 68b, 1041-1048. “Isolation and Characterization of Limonoids from Kigelia africana”.  DOI: 10.5560/ZNB.2013-3096
  24. Farrukh, M. A., Ahmed, M., Mohamed, S. K., Marzouk, A. A., El-Moghazy, S. M. (2013).“3-((5(4-chlorophenyl)-3-methyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methyl)-4-tolyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione” Acta Cryst. E69, o936-o937. DOI:10.1107/S1600536813013494
  25. Sajida Noureen, Stefano Caramori, Antonio Monari, Xavier Assfeld, Roberto Argazzi, Carlo A. Bignozzi, Marc Beley and Philippe C. Gros (2012), Dalton Transactions, 41, 4833. Strong π -delocalization and substitution effect on electronic properties of dithienylpyrrole-containing bipyridine ligands and corresponding ruthenium complexes.
  26. Farrukh, M. A., Mohamed, S. K., Ahmed, M., Marzouk, A. A., El-Moghazy, S. M. (2013). “4-[5-(4-Chlorophenyl)-3-methyl-1Hydrazol-1-yl]benzenesulfonamide” Acta Cryst. E69, o295–o296. DOI:10.1107/S1600536813002134
  27. Ahmed, M., Noureen, S., Gros, P. C., Guillot, B., Jelsch, C. (2011). Acta Cryst. C67, o329-o333. “2, 2 - (Ethane-1, 2-diyl)bis[2-(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-1,3-dioxolane] at 100 K refined using a multipolar atom model”.
  28. Domagała, S., Munshi, P. M., Ahmed, M., Guillot, B., Jelsch. C. (2011). Acta cryst. B67, 63-78 “Structural Analysis and Multipole Modelling of Quercetin Monohydrate – A Quantitative and Comparative Study”.
What's New


  • Dr. Maqsood Ahmed attends professional training workshop at NUST, Islamabad 23-26 Feb. 2021                       28-02-2021
  • Dr. Maqsood Ahmed has joined as Tenured Associate Professor w.e.f 17-7-2020                       01-02-2021
  • The Single Crystal XRD is back to operations after overhauling. The potential users can send their samples. 05- January 2021.


  • The First Ph.D. scholar from MCL Dr. Muhammad Umer Faroque successfully defended his thesis on 23-11-2020. He has been working under the supervision of Dr. Maqsood Ahmed.                             23-11-2020


  • Crystallization kits gifted to MCL by University of Liverpool                                           16-06-2020                                                                                                                                         
  • Workshop Concluded                                                                 20-02-2020                                                                






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



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She is M.phil. student in our lab and optimizing conditions to improve the yield of biofuel. During her BS research project she has done comparative analysis of different soft drinks available in market.
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