Name: Dr. Zia-ur-Rehman
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry



Phone: +92-51 9064-2245
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Our research group interests include:

1. Synthesis and structural elucidation of new organometallic and coordination  compounds using variety of   spectroscopic techniques. 

2.     Possible applications of these compounds in the fields of medicinal chemistry and thin film technology.

3.   Electrochemistry

4. Surfactants

5. Microporous and mesoporous supramolecular compounds


Research Publications                       


Years 2006, 2007

1.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Saira Shahzadi, Saqib Ali, Guo-Xin Jin, “Preparation, Spectroscopy, Antimicrobial Assay, and X-Ray Structure of Dimethyl bis-(4- methylpiperidinedithiocarbamato-S,S´)-tin(IV)”, Turk. J. Chem. 31 (2007) 435-442.

2.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “Dibutylchloro[4-(4-nitrophenyl)piperazine-1-carbodithioato-κ2 S,S´]tin(IV)”,  Acta Cryst. E63     (2007)  m89-m90.

3.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “Bis(4-benzylpiperidine-1-carbodithioato- κ2 S,S´)dimethyltin(IV)”, Acta Cryst.            E63 (2007)  m431-m432.

4.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “1,3-Bis(4-bromophenyl)thiourea”, Acta  Cryst. E63 (2007)  o632-o633.

5.         Niaz Muhammad, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “1,3-Di-o-tolylthiourea”, Acta  Cryst. E63  (2007) o634-o635.

6.         Niaz Muhammad, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “3-(4-Bromophenyl)-2-methylacrylic acid”, Acta  Cryst. E63 (2007)  o2174-o2175.

7.         Niaz Muhammad, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “3-(4-Bromophenyl)-2-ethylacrylic acid”, Acta  Cryst. E63 (2007) o2557-o2558.

8.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Saira Shahzadi, Saqib Ali, Amin Badshah, Guo-Xin Jin, “Crystal Structure of 1,1-Dibutyl-1,1-bis[(4-methyl-1-piperidinyl)- dithiocarbamato)] Tin(IV)”, J. Iran.Chem. Soc. 3 (2006) 157-160.

9.         Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “Chlorodiethyl[4-(4-nitrophenyl)piperazine-1-carbodithioato]tin(IV)”, Acta Cryst. E63 (2006) m3560-m-3561.



Year 2008

10.       Zia-ur-Rehman, Mirela Barsan, I. Wharf, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, A.       Meetsma, Ian S. Butler, “Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and crystal structures of two chlorodiorganotin(IV) 4-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine-1-carbodithioates”,Inorg. Chim. Acta 361 (2008) 3322-3236.

11.       Niaz Muhammad, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Farkhanda Shaheen, “3-(4-Chlorophenyl)-2-methylacrylic acid”, Acta Cryst. E64 (2008) o1542.

12.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, “2-(4-Ethoxybenzylidene)butanoic acid”,  Acta Cryst. E64 (2008) o1458. (citations :2)

13.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Saqib Ali, Zia-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Akram Kashmiri,“2-(4-Isopropylbenzylidene)propanoic acid” Acta  Cryst. E64 (2008) o1456.

14.       Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, M. Nawaz Tahir, Zia-ur-Rehman,  “2-Methyl-3-(3-methylphenyl)acrylic acid” Acta Cryst. E64 (2008) o1373.

15.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Saqib Ali, Zia-ur-Rehman, “catena-Poly[[trimethyltin(IV)]-μ-[(E)-2-methyl-3-(3-methylphenyl)acrylato-κ2O:O´]]”, Acta. Cryst. E64 (2008) m978.

16.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Saqib Ali, Zia-ur-Rehman, “Bis[2-(3-chlorobenzylidene)propanoato-κ2O,O´]diethyltin(IV)”, Acta. Cryst. E64 (2008)  m946-m947.

17.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Zia-ur-rehman, Saqib Ali, Islam Ullah Khan, “(E)-2-(2-Fluorobenzylidene)butanoic acid”, Acta Cryst. E64 (2008) o733.

18.       Niaz Muhammad, M. Nawaz Tahir, Zia-ur-rehman, Saqib Ali, “2-Methyl-3-(4-nitrophenyl)acrylic acid”, Acta Cryst. E64 (2008) o1717-o1718.


Year 2009

19.       Zia-ur-Rehman, M. Nawaz Tahir, Muhammad Danish, Niaz Muhammada, Saqib Ali, “4-(4-Methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-ium chloride”, Acta Cryst. E65 (2009) o503.

20.       Zia-ur-Rehman, Afzal Shah, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Rumana Qureshi, Ian Sydney Butler, “Synthesis, characterization and DNA binding studies of penta- and hexa-coordinated diorganotin(IV) 4-(4-nitrophenyl)piperazine-1-carbodithioates”, J. Organomet. Chem. 694 (2009) 1998-2004.

21.       Niaz Muhammad, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, Farkhanda Shaheen, “Organotin(IV) 4-methoxyphenylethanoates: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, X-ray structures and in vitro anticancer activity against human prostate cell lines (PC-3)”,  Inorg. Chim. Acta  362 (2009) 2842-2848.

22.       Zia-ur-Rehman, Afzal Shah, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Rumana Qureshi, Ian Sydney Butler, “Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, X-ray structure and evaluation of binding parameters of new triorganotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates with DNA”, Eur. J. Med. Chem. 44 (2009) 3986-3993.

23.       Niaz Muhammad, Afzal Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Shaukat Shuja, Saqib Ali, Rumana Qureshi, Auke Meetsma, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, “Organotin(IV) 4-nitrophenylethanoates: Synthesis, structural characteristics and intercalative mode of interaction with DNA”, J. Organomet. Chem. 694 (2009) 3431-3437.

24.    Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Ian S. Butler, Auke Meetsma, Momin Khan, “New dimeric, trimeric and supramolecular organotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates: Synthesis, structural characterization and biocidal activities”, Polyhedron 28 (2009) 3439-3448.

            Year 2010

25.       Aziz-ur-Rehman, Mukhtiar Hussain, Zia-ur-Rehman, Abdul Rauf, Faiz-ul-Hassan Nasim, Asif Ali Tahir, Saqib Ali, “New tetrahedral, square-pyramidal, trigonal-bipyramidal and octahedral organotin(IV) 4-ethoxycarbonyl- piperazine-1-carbodithioates: Synthesis, structural properties and biological applications”, J. Organomet. Chem. 695 (2010) 1526–1532.

26.       Shaukat Shuja, Afzal Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Rumana Qureshi, Nasir Khalid, Auke Meetsma,Diorganotin(IV) derivatives of ONO tridentate Schiff base: Synthesis, crystal structure, in vitro antimicrobial, anti-leishmanial and DNA binding studies”, Eur. J. Med. Chem.  45 (2010) 2902-2911.

Year 2011


27      Aziz-ur-Rehman, Mukhtiar Hussain, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Abdul Rauf, Faiz ul Hassan Nasim, Madeleine Helliwell, Self-assembled pentagonal bipyramidal and skew trapezoidal organotin(IV) complexes of substituted benzoic acids: Their antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxic, insecticidal and urease inhibition activitiesInorg. Chim. Acta 370 (2011) 27–35. (citations : 4 = 4)

28.    Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Ian S. Butler, A. Meetsma, “New        mononuclear organotin(IV) 4-benzhydrylpiperazine-1-carbodithioates: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, X-ray structures and in vitro antimicrobial activities”, Inorg. Chim. Acta. 373 (2011) 187-194.

29.    Mukhtiar Hussain, Zia-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Hanif, Muhammad Altaf, Aziz-ur-Rehman , SaqibAli, Kingsley J. Cavell, “Structural studies of diethyltin(IV) derivatives and their biological aspects as potential antitumor agents against Agrobacterium tumefacien cells” Appl. Organomet. Chem. 25 (2011) 412-419.

30.  Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Shaukat Shuja,  Saqib Ali, Ian S. Butler, Auke Meetsma, “Synthesis, spectroscopic properties, X-ray single crystal analysis and antimicrobial activities of organotin(IV) 4-(4-methoxyphenyl)piperazine-1-carbodithioates”, Inorg. Chim.  Acta 376 (2011) 381–388.

31. Shaukat Shuja, Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Saqib Ali, Nasir Khalid,  Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, “New dimeric and supramolecular organotin(IV) complexes with a tridentate Schiff base as potential biocidal agents” J. Organomet. Chem.  696 (2011) 2772-2781.

32. Hizbullah Khan,  Amin Badshah, Ghulam Murtaz, Muhammad Said, Zia-ur-Rehman, Christine Neuhausen, Margarita Todorova, Bertrand J. Jean- Claude, Ian S. Butler, “Synthesis, characterization and anticancer studies of mixed ligand dithiocarbamate palladium(II) complexes” Eur. J. Med. Chem. 46 (2011) 4071-4077.

33. Afzal Shah, Erum Nosheen, Rumana Qureshi, Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai, Suzanne K. Lunsford, Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Zia ur Rehman, Muhammad Siddiq, Amin Badshah, Saqib Ali, “Electrochemical Characterization, Detoxification and Anticancer activity of Didodecyldimethylammonium Bromide” International Journal of Organic Chemistry 1 (2011) 183-190.



Year 2012


34. Farzana Shaheen, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saqib Ali, Auke Meetsma, “Structural properties and antibacterial potency of new supramolecular organotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates”, Polyhedron 31(2012) 697–703.

35. F. Javed , A. A. Altaf, A. Badshah, B. lal , M. Siddiq , Zia-ur-Rehman , A. Shah , M. N. Tahir, “New supramolecular ferrocenyl amides as potential DNA-binders”  J. Coord. Chem. 65 (2012) 969-979.

36R. Afzal Shah, Latif-ur-Rahman, Rumana Qureshi, Zia-ur-Rehman "Synthesis, characterization and applications of bimetallic (Au-Ag, Au-Pt,Au-Ru) alloy nanoparticle" Rev. Adv. Mater. Sci. 30 (2012) 14-34.

37. Hizbullah Khan, Zia-ur-Rehman, Afzal Shah, Muhammad Said, Ghulam Murtaza, Ian S. Butler, Safeer Ahmed, Frédéric-Georges Fontaine, Amin Badshah, “New dimeric and supramolecular mixed ligand Palladium(II) dithiocarbamates as potent DNA binders” polyhedron 39 (2012) 1–8.

38. Zia-ur-Rehman, N. Muhammad, A. Shah, S. Ali, A. Meetsma,  “New supramolecular organotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates as potential antimicrobial agents” J. Coord. Chem. 65 (2012) 3238–3253.

39. E. Nosheen, A. Shah, A. Badshah, Zia-ur-Rehman, H. Hussain, R. Qureshi, S. Ali, M. Siddiq,  A. M. Khan “ Electrochemical oxidation of hydantoins at glassy carbon electrode” Electrochimica Acta, 80 (2012) 108-117.

40R. G. S. Khan, A. Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman, David Barker,  “Chemistry of DNA Minor Groove  Binding Agents” J. Photochem. Photobiol. B-Biol. 115 (2012) 105-118.

41. S. Munir, A. Shah, F. Zafar, A. Badshah, X. Wang, Zia-ur-Rehman, H. Hussain,  S. K. Lunsford, “ Redox behavior of a novel derivative of vitamin K at a glassy carbon electrode” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 159 (2012) G112-G116.

42. F. Asghar, A. Badshah, A. Shah, M. K. Rauf, M. I. Ali, M. N. Tahir, E. Nosheen, Zia-ur-Rehman, R. Qureshi “Synthesis, characterization and DNA binding studies of organoantimony(V) ferrocenyl benzoates" J. Organomet. Chem. 717 (2012) 1-8.

43. N. Muhammad, Zia-ur-Rehman, S. Shujah, A. Shah, S. Ali, A. Meetsma­, Z. Hussain, Synthesis, structural characteristics and antimicrobial activities of new organotin(IV) 3-(4-bromophenyl)-2-ethylacrylates” J. Coord. Chem.  65 (2012) 3766–3775.

44. H. Shabbeer, A. Khan, A. Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman, S. M. Shah, A. Khan, S. S. Shah,

     “ Effect of Acidic and Basic Conditions on the Plasmon Band of Colloidal Silver”    Walailak J Sci & Tech; 9 (2012) 229237.

45. Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Afzal Shah, Saqib Ali,  Ezzat Khan, New supramolecular triorganotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates as potential antibacterial agents”  Heteroatom  Chemistry 23 (2012) 560–567.

46. Afzal Shah, Erum Nosheen, Fateen Zafar, Syed Noman uddin, Dionysios D.        Dionysiou, Amin Badshah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Gul Shehzada Khan, “Photochemistry       and electrochemistry of anticancer Uracils” J. Photochem. Photobiol. B-Biol.         117 (2012) 269–277.

Year 2013


47. Shamsa Munir, Afzal Shah, Abdur Rauf, Amin Badshah, Suzanne K. Lunsford, Zia-ur-Rehman, Hidayat Hussain, Gul Shahzada Khan, “Redox behavior of a novel menadiol derivative at glassy carbon electrode” Electrochim.  Acta 88 (2013) 858-864.

48. Afzal Shah, Abdur Rauf , Asad Ullah, Azeema Munir, Rumana Qureshi, Iftikhar Ahmad, Muhammad Tahir Soomro, Zia-ur-Rehman “Electrochemical investigations of unexplored anthraquinones and their DNA binding” Journal of Electrochemical Science and Engineering 31 (2013) 19-27.

49. Mukhtiar Hussain, Zia-ur-Rehman, M. Sheeraz Ahmad, M. Altaf,  S. Ali, “Structural and biological studies of new monomeric, tetrameric and polymeric organotin(IV) esters of 3-(benzo[d][1,3]dioxol-4-yl)propanoic acid”  J. Coord. Chem. 66 (2013) 868-880.

50. Afzal Shah, Erum Nosheen, Shamsa Munir, Amin Badshah, Rumana Qureshi, Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Anwar-ul-Haq Ali Shah, “Characterization and DNA binding studies of unexplored imidazolidines by electronic absorption spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry” J. Photochem. Photobiol. B-Biol. 120 (2013) 90–97.

51. Shaukat Shujah, Saqib Ali, Zia-ur-Rehman, M. Nawaz Tahir, Auke Meetsma “6-[(2,4-Dimethylanilino)methylidene]-2-hydroxycyclohexa-2,4-dienone” Acta Cryst. E69 (2013) o871.

52. Afzal Shah, Azhar Hussain Shah, Shams-ul-Mahmood, Imdad ullah, Zia-ur-Rehman “Cost effective procedures for extremely efficient synthesis of environmental friendly surfactant” Tenside Surf. Det. 50 (2013)  160 -168.

53. Nasir Khan, Bhajan Lal, Amin Badshah, Ataf Ali Altaf, Shafqat Ali, Saqib Kamal , Zia-ur-Rehman, “DNA Binding Studies of New Ferrocene based Bimetallics” J. Chem. Soc. Pak.  35 (2013) 916-921.

54. Shaukat Shujah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Niaz Muhammad, Afzal Shah, Saqib Ali, Nasir Khalid, Auke MeetsmaBioactive hepta- and penta-coordinated supramolecular diorganotin(IV) Schiff bases”  J. Organomet. Chem. 741-724 (2013) 59-66.


55. Afzal Shah, Asad Ullah, Abdur Rauf, Zia-ur- Rehman,Shaukat Shujah, Syed Mujtaba Shah, Amir Waseem “Detailed electrochemical probing of a biologically active isoquinoline” Journal of The Electrochemical Society 160 (2013) H597-H603.

56. Rukhsana Gul, Azim Khan, Amin Badshah, Muhammad Khawar Rauf, Afzal Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Asghari Bano, Rabia Naz, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, “New supramolecular ferrocenyl phenylguanidines as potent antimicrobial and DNA-binding agents” J. Coord. Chem. 66 (2013)1959-1973.

57. Shamsa Munir, Afzal Shah, Abdur Rauf, Amin Badshah, Hidayat Hussain, Zia-ur-Rehman, Zahoor Ahmad “Redox behavior of juglone in buffered aq.: Ethanol mediaC. R. Chimie xxx (2013) xxx–xxx.


58. Imdad Ullah,  Ahmad Naveed,  Afzal Shah, Amin Badshah, Zia-ur-Rehman, Gul Shahzada Khan, Arif Nadeem “High Yield Synthesis, Detailed Spectroscopic Characterization and Electrochemical Fate of Novel Cationic Surfactants” J. Surfact. Deterg. (Proof corrected).

59. Zafar Ali Khan Khattak, Waqar Zaib, Zia-ur-Rehman*, Afzal Shah, Mohammd Fettouhi, Atif Fazal “Self-assembled hetroleptic Zn(II) dithiocarbamate-based 2D-interwoven supramolecular giant macrocycles and its redox mechanism” Inorganic Chemistry Communications (submitted).



Donor Agency

Amount (Rs./)



Role as


Synthesis, spectroscopic and single-crystal X-ray crystallographic characterization of new organotin(IV) dithiocarboxylates of  biological significance




PKR 50,000/





Synthesis, Structural properties of new organotin (IV) derivatives of S, S-donor ligand and their bioactivities.


Project No:



PKR 500,000/





Synthesis, characterization and Biological Activities of Novel Pyridine Based DNA Minor Groove Binding agents.


Project No:


PKR 500,000/





Comparative Evaluation of the Antimicrobial and Anticancer properties of new Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Dithiocarboxylates          


(International Research Project)


US dollar




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