Name: Dr. Azhar Iqbal
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry


M.Sc. & M.Phil:       Quaid-I-Azam University

2001-2005                Islamabad, Pakistan.

Researcher:            Technical University

2005-2007                of Clausthal, Germany.

PhD:                         University of Warwick,

2007-2010                United Kingdom. 


Post-doctorate:      Lund University,

2010-2013                Sweden.

Post-doctorate:      Nanyang Technological

2016-2018.               University, Singapore. 


Phone: +92-51 9064-2144
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

  • Femtosecond and picosecond studies of charge carriers dynamics using time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopies in semiconductor nanowires and quantum dots.
  • Mechanisms of charge/energy transfer processes in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells and photochrome-fluorophore systems.
  • Synthesis and electro-optical characterization of inorganic & organic semiconductors, with particular focus on photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and other energy devices.
  • Photochemistry and photophysics of bio-molecules.

  1. Bibi, N.; Hussain, M. Z.; Hussain, S.; Ahmad, I.; Ahmed, S.; Zhang, S.;  Iqbal, A*. Excellent Electrochemical Performance of SrZrO3 Nanorods as Supercapacitor Electrode in Aqueous Electrolytes Submitted, 2019.
  1. Bibi, N.; Ahmad, I.; Ashiq, M. N.; Ahmed, A.; Zhang, S.;  Iqbal, A*. A Novel Binder Free High Performance Supercapacitor Electrode of Y2Zr2O7/MnS Nanocomposite. Submitted, 2019.
  1. Amir, M; Hattice, D.; Katrin, K.; Iqbal, A.; Yameen, B. Engineering of All-Inorganic

Perovskites Nanocrystals with Different Dimensionalities and Life Time Measurements. Submitted, 2019.

  1. Kokab, T.; Iqbal, A*.  Doped Quaternary Metal Chalcogenides Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanocrystals as Efficient Light Harvesters for Solar Cell Devices. Submitted, 2019.
  1. Saeed, S.; Yin, J.; Khalid, M.A.; Channar, P.A.; Shabir, G.; Saeed, A.; Nadeem, M.A.; Cesare, C.; Iqbal, A*. Photoresponsive Azobenzene Ligand as an Efficient Electron Acceptor for Luminous CdTe Quantum Dots. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A Chem. 2019, 375, 48-53. (IF = 2.891) 
  1. Bibi, N.; Xia, Y.; Iqbal, A.; Shabbir, S.; Ahmed, A.; Zhu, Y.; Zhang, S.;  Iqbal, A*. Mesoporous Ce2Zr2O7/PbS N         anocomposite with an Excellent Supercapacitor Electrode Performance and Cyclic Stability. ChemistrySelect, 2019, 4, 655-661. (IF = 1.505)
  1. Saeed, S.; Channar, P.A.; F. A. Larik,; Saeed, A.; Nadeem, M.A.; Iqbal, A*. Charge/energy transfer dynamics in CuO quantum dots attached to photoresponsive azobenzene ligand. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 2019, 371, 44-49. (IF = 2.891)
  1. Hussain, E.; Majeed, I.; Nadeem, M. A.; Iqbal, A.; Chen, Y.; Choucair, M.; Jin, R.; Nadeem, M. A. Remarkable effect of BaO on photocatalytic H⁠2 evolution from water splitting via TiO⁠2 (P25) supported palladium nanoparticles. J. Environ. Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 1-9. (IF = Awaiting)
  1. Bibi, N.; Xia, Y.; Safeer, A.; Zhu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Iqbal, A*. Highly stable mesoporous CeO2/CeS2 nanocomposite as electrode material with improved supercapacitor electrochemical performance. Ceram. Int. 2018, 44, 22262-22270. (IF = 3.057)
  1. Yantara, N.; Bruno, A.; Iqbal, A.; Jamaludin, N.F.; Soci, C.; Mhaisalkar, S.; Mathews, N*. Designing Efficient Energy Funneling Kinetics  in Ruddlesden–Popper Perovskites for High-Performance Light-Emitting Diodes. Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1800818/1-7.  (IF = 21.95)
  1. Ibrahim, S.; Majeed, I. M.; Qian, Y.; Iqbal, A.; Turner, D.; Nadeem, M. A. Novel hetero-bimetallic coordination polymer as a single source of highly dispersed Cu/Ni nanoparticles for efficient photocatalytic water splitting. Inorg. Chem. Front. 2018, 5, 1816-1827. (IF = 5.106)
  1. Sohail, M.; Shah, Z. H. S.; Saeed, S.; Bibi, N.; Shahbaz, S.; Ahmed, S.; Shabbir, S.; Siddiq, M.; Iqbal, A*. Hole transfer from CdSe nanoparticles to TQ1 polymer in hybrid solar cell device. J Mol. Struct. 2018, 1159, 67-73. (IF = 2.011)
  1. Salman, M. S.; Riaz, A.; Iqbal, A.; Zulfiqar, S.; Sarwar, M. I.; Shabbir, S. Design and fabrication of covalently linked PEGylated nanohybrids of ZnO quantum dots with preserved and tunable fluorescence. Mater. Des. 2017, 131, 156-166. (IF = 4.535)
  1. Sial, M. A. Z. G.; Iqbal, M.; Siddique, Z.; Nadeem, M.A.; Ishaq, M.; Iqbal, A*. Synthesis and time-resolved photoluminescence of SnO2 nanorods. J Mol. Struct. 2017, 1144, 355-359. (IF = 2.011)
  1. Aamir, M. ; Shah, ZH.; Sher, M.; Iqbal, A.; Revaprasadu, N.; Malik, MA.; Akhtar, J. Enahanced Photocatalytic Activity of Water Stable Hydroxyl Ammonium Lead Halide Perovskites. Mater. Sci. Semicond. Process. 2017, 63, 6-11. (IF = 2.593)
  1. Iqbal, M.; Thebo, A. A.; Shah, A. H.; Iqbal, A*.; Thebo, K. H.;Phulpoto, S.; Mohsin, M. A. Influence of Mn-doping on the Photocatalytic and Solar Cell Efficiency of CuO Nanowires. Inorg. Chem. comm. 2017, 76, 71-76. (IF = 1.810)
  1. Haq, M.; Iqbal, M.; Sial, M. A. Z. G. S.; Shabbir, S.; Siddiq, M. Iqbal, A*. Effect of Fe Doping on the crystallinity of CuO Nanotubes and Efficiency of the Hybrid Solar Cell. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem.  2017, 335, 112-118. (IF = 2.891)
  1. Majeed, I.; Nadeem, M.A.; Hussain, E.; Waterhouse, G.I.N.; Badshah, A.; Iqbal, A.; Nadeem, M.A.; Idris H. On the Synergism between Cu and Ni for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production and their Potential as Substitutes of Noble Metals. ChemCatChem, 2016, 8, 1-11. (IF = 4.674)
  1. Khan, A.; Rehman, Z.; Khan, A.; Iqbal, A.; Wasim, A. CdS nanocapsules and nanospheres as efficient solar light-driven photocatalysts for degradation of Congo red dye. Inorg. Chem. Comm. 2016, 72, 33-41. (IF = 1.810)
  1. Zafar, F.; Iqbal, A*. Indium Phosphide Nanowires and their Applications in Optoelectronic Devices. Proc. R. Soc. A, 2016, 472, 20150804/1-18. (IF = 2.410)
  1. Javed, H.; Fatima, K.; Akhter, Z.; Nadeem, M.A.; Siddiq, M.; Iqbal, A*. Fluorescence modulation of cadmium sulfide quantum dots by azobenzene photochromic switches. Proc. R. Soc. A, 2016, 472, 20150692/1-13. (IF = 2.410)


  1. Khan, I. A.; Ullah, S.; Nasim, F.; Choucair, M.; Nadeem, M. A.; Iqbal, A; Badshah, A.; Nadeem, A. N. Cr2O3-Carbon composite as a new support material for efficient methanol electrooxidation. Mater. Res. Bull. 2016, 2016, 77, 221-227. (IF = 2.873)
  1. Dilpazir, S.; Siddiq, M.; Iqbal. A*. Synthesis of Zinc Sulphide Nanoparticles by Co-precipitation Method: Effects of Doping on Electro-optical Properties. J. Nanotech. Nanosci. 2015, 1: 100105/1-10. (IF = Awaiting)
  1. Ponseca, C. S. Jr.; Nìmec, H.; Mics, Z.; Wallentin, J.; Anttu, N.; Beech, J.; Iqbal, A.; Borgström, M. T.; Pistol, M.-E.; Samuelson, L.; Yartsev, A. Bulk-like transverse electron mobility in an array of heavily n-doped InP nanowires probed by terahertz spectroscopy. Phys. Rev. B 2014, 90, 085405. (IF = 3.813)
  1. Mergenthaler, K.; Iqbal, A.; Wallentin, J.; Borgström, M. T.; Samuelson, L.; Yartsev A.; Pistol, M.-E. Large-energy-shift photon upconversion in degenerately doped InP nanowires by direct excitation into the electron gas. Nano Res. 2013, 6, 752-757.  (IF = 7.994)
  1. Anttu, N.; Iqbal, A.; Heurlin, M.; Pistol, M.-E.; Samuelson, L.; Borgström, M. T.; Yartsev, A.  Reflection measurements to reveal the absorption in nanowire arrays. Opt. Lett., 2013, 38, 1449-1451. (IF = 3.589)
  1. Iqbal, A*.; Beech, J. P.; Anttu, N.; Pistol, M.-E.; Samuelson, L.; Borgström, T. M.; Yartsev, A. Photoluminescence study of as-grown vertically standing wurtzite InP nanowire ensembles. Nanotechnology 2013, 24, 115706/1-8. (IF = 3.404)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V. G. Active Participation of (1)pi sigma* States in the Photodissociation of Tyrosine and Its Subunits. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 2274-2278. (IF = 8.709)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V. G. Exploring the Time Scales of H-Atom Elimination from Photoexcited Indole. J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 68-72. (IF = 2.836)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V. G. Unravelling the pathways for H-atom elimination from photoexcited phenol molecules. Abs. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 238, 412-PHYS. (IF = NA)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Cheung, M. S. Y.; Nix, M. G. D.; Stavros, V. G. Exploring the Time-Scales of H-Atom Detachment from Photoexcited Phenol-h6 and Phenol-d5: Statistical vs Nonstatistical Decay. J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, 8157-8164. (IF = 2.836)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Pegg, L.-J.; Stavros, V. G. Direct vs. indirect hydrogen atom elimination from photoexcited phenol molecules. J. Phys. Chem. A 2008, 112, 9531-9534. (IF = 2.836)
  1. Abdullah, S. A.; Iqbal, A.; Frormann, A.; Melt mixing of carbon fibres and carbon nanotubes incorporated polyurethanes. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2008, 110, 196-202. (IF = 1.901)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Frormann, L.; Abdullah, S. A. Thermo-viscoelastic behavior of PCNF filled polypropylene nanocomposites. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2008, 107, 2695- 2703.  (IF = 1.901)
  1. Saleem, A.; Iqbal, A.; Frormann, L. Mechanical, Thermal and Electrical Resisitivity Properties of Thermoplastic Composites Filled with Carbon Fibers and Carbon Particles. J. Polym. Res. 2007, 14, 121-127. (IF = 1.434)
  1. Saleem, A.; Iqbal, A.; Frormann, L. High performance thermoplastic composites: Study on the mechanical, thermal and electrical resistivity properties of carbon fibre reinforced polyetheretherketone and polyethersulphone. Polym. Compos. 2007, 28, 785-796. (IF = 1.943)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Frormann, L.; Saleem, A.; Ishaq, M. The effect of filler concentration on the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of carbon particle and carbon fibre reinforced poly (styrene-co-acrylonitrile) composites. Polym. Compos. 2007, 28, 186-197. (IF = 1.943)
  1. Iqbal, A.; Ishaq, M.; Sarwar, M. I.; Formann, L. The effect of tri(n-butyl) tin(IV)-2-[3-benzoyl phenyll propionate on the degradation and stabilisation of PVC in inert and oxidative atmospheres . Polymers & Polymer Composites 2007, 15, 121-129. (IF = 0.461)


                       Accumulative Impact Factor = 115

  • 20. Iqbal, A,; Yantara, N,.; Bruno, A.; Mathews, N.; Soci, C. Designing ultrafast energy transfer kinetics in Ruddlesden-Popper perovskites. Ultrafast Photoinduced Energy and Charge Transfer Faraday Discussion, 8-10 April, Four Points by Sheraton, Ventura, California, United States of America, 2019, Abstract accepted. (Poster)


  • 19.  Iqbal, A. Towards probing ultrafast energy/charge transfer kinetics in Ruddlesden-Popper perovskites and semiconductor II-VI QDs attached photochromic devices. International workshop on hybrid perovskite photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices, 8-10 October, NCP Islamabad, Pakistan 2018. (Invited Talk)

  • 18.  Iqbal, A. ICON – 2DMAT 2017. The 3rd International Conference on 2D materials and Technology Singapore 11 – 14 December 2017, Singapore. (Participated)       

  • 17.  Iqbal, A. Femtochemistry: Probing Ultrafast Photo-induced Processes in Bio-molecules and Semiconductor Nano-materials. Istitute of Space Technology, 03 December, 2016. (Invited Talk)       

  • 16.  Iqbal, A. Time-resolved Spectroscopy: A Powerful Tool to Understand Ultrafast Photo-induced Processes in Bio-molecules and Semiconductor Nano-materials. National University of Science and Technology, 29 December, 2016. (Invited Talk)

  • 15.  Iqbal, A. Time-resolved Fluorescence of Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Nanowires Based Devices. AIOU Islamabad, Pakistan, 24-25 November, 2016. (Oral Talk)

  • 14.  Iqbal A. Dynamics of Photo-injected Charge Carriers in Semiconductor Nanostructured Materials. PINSTECH, Pakistan, 27 October, 2016. (Oral Talk)

  • 13.  Iqbal, A. Enlightening Chemistry by Light. Recent Trends in Chemistry, AIOU, Islamabad, Pakistan, 10 October 2015. (Oral Talk)

  • 12.  Iqbal, A. Time-resolved Spectroscopy of Bio-molecules and Semiconductor nanowires. Celebrating Light, IYL-2015. National Centre for Physics, QAU Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan, 3 February 2015.  (Oral Talk)

  • 11.  Iqbal, A. and Yartsev, A. Effects of Doping and Surface Modification on Charge Carriers Dynamics in As-grown InP Nanowire ensembles. Nm@LU Annual Meeting, Department of Solid State Physics Lund University, Sweden, 3rd October 2012. (Poster)

  • 10.  Iqbal, A. and Yartsev, A. Charge Carriers Dynamics in As-grown S-doped Wurtzite InP Nanowires Ensembles. Nm@LU Annual Meeting, Department of Solid State Physics Lund University, Sweden, 3rd October 2012. (Poster)

  • 9.  Iqbal, A. Time-resolved spectroscopy of as-grown core (InP) – shell (GaP) nanowires. 10th Nordic Femtochemistry Conference, Skåne, Sweden, May and June 2012. (Oral Talk)

  • 8.  Iqbal, A.; and Yartsev, A. Charge carrier dynamics in semiconductor nano-wires. Nm@LU Annual Meeting, Department of Solid State Physics Lund University, Sweden, 27th September 2011. (Poster) 

  • 7.  Iqbal, A. Towards understanding the photochemistry of tyrosine. Annual Symposium of Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 18th June 2010. (Talk)

  • 6.  Iqbal, A. Ultrafast H-atom elimination from photoexcited tyrosine molecules driven through 1πσ* states. Midland Universities Gas-phase Dynamics Group Meeting, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, April 2010. (Oral Talk)

  • 5.  Iqbal, A. Ultrafast H-atom elimination from photoexcited biomolecules driven through 1πσ* states. Midland Universities Gas-phase Dynamics Group Meeting, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, April 2009. (Oral Talk)

  • 4.  Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V, G. Unravelling the pathways for H-atom elimination from photoexcited phenol molecules. American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington DC, United States of America, August, 2009. (Poster)

  • 3.  Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V. G. Unravelling the pathways for H-atom elimination from photoexcited phenol molecules. CoCoChem (Coherent Control of Chemistry) summer school symposium, United Kingdom, April 2009. (Poster)

  • 2.  Wells, K.; Iqbal, A.; Stavros, V. G. Ultrafast dynamics of N-H and O-H bond dissociation in biomolecules. SDG (Spectroscopy and dynamics group) annual meeting University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, December 2007, (Poster)

  • 1.  Iqbal, A. 5th National and 15th International Chemistry Conference, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2004. (Participated)

  • Research Grants Awarded:

    7. Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, 3.3 

        Million PKR, 2019 - 2021. 

    6. Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad, 0.07 Million 

        PKR, 2018 - 2019.           

    5. Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad, 0.1 Million PKR,

        2017 - 2018.       

    4. Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, 11.4

        Million PKR, 2015 - 2019.

    3. Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad, 0.06 Million 

        PKR, 2015 - 2016. 

    2. Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad, 0.025 Million 

        PKR, 2014 - 2015. 

    1. Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, 0.5

        Million PKR, 2013 - 2014.

    **Approved supervisor for PhD students for HEC indigenous scholarships programs.                                                                    

    Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, 45320, Pakistan.
    Tel: +92-51 9064 0000,