Materials Chemistry Laboratory

Latest News

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed attends professional training workshop at NUST, Islamabad 23-26 Feb. 2021.

Dr. Maqsood Ahmed has joined as Tenured Associate Professor w.e.f 17-7-2020

Dr. Sajida Noureen wins NRPU research grant worth Rs: 5.2 millions.

Alia Iqbal’s paper published in Acta Cryst B.

Sehrish Akram’s work published in Acta Cryst C. 2022

Dr. Sajida Noureen promoted as Tenured Associate Professor w.e.f 27 November 2020


The Materials Chemistry Laboratory is a part of the PC-1 Strengthening of Existing Departments at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The project was approved by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and The Planning Comission of Pakistan on 20 February 2015. The laboratory was established with a cost of Rs. 123 million. The laboratory hosts state of the art equipment and is part of the efforts to bring IUB at par with the advanced research institutions of the world. The research team specializes in the 3D structural characterization of the proteins and natural products extracted mainly from (but not limited to) the Cholistan desert, structural and functional studies of molecules applicable in dye-sensitized solar cells as well as routine chemical crystallography of diverse nature. Based on structural information of the molecules, we are trying to develop innovative solutions to address local and national issues related to health, energy and envoirnment. We take pride in saying that since its inauguration, hundreds of samples have been analyzed. The beneficiary departments include besides department of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Life Sciences and agriculture. In addition to this, a number of Universities and research centers have also collaborated with us. We thank them for their trust in us. MCL has started to make its impact!! The team thanks the Vice Chancellor of The Islamia University of Bahawalpur for his continued support.


Dr. Maqsood Ahmed

(Principal Investigator)

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

Dr. Sajida Noureen

(Co-Principal Investigator)

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.

X-rays charge density analysis to explore structure-activity relationship in proteins

Using transferability principle to study electrostatic properties in Prednisolone acetate
Shahid et al, 2017
Docking anaysis
Ahmed et al, J. Phys. Chem, 2013