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Dr. Faroha Liaqat
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

SNS
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Natural Sciences, H-12 Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90855578

Specialization
Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Solid state Chemistry/Physics, Nano-materials, Biomimetics, Computation/simulation, Biomedical engineering, Nano and Microfabrication

Education
PhD Chemistry (Johannes Gutenberg University - Mainz, Germany)-PhD Chemistry (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Education:
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow, UK (2015 – 2016)
  • Research Associate, Johannes Gutenberg University-Mainz, Germany (2014)
  • PhD (Chemistry),  Johannes Gutenberg University–Mainz, Germany (2010 – 2014)
  • Dual PhD (Chemistry), Seoul National University, South Korea (2014)
  • M.Phil (Chemistry), Quaid–i-Azam University, Pakistan (2008)
  • M.Sc (Chemistry), Quaid–i-Azam University, Pakistan (2006)

Honors and Awards:
  • Young Researcher representing Pakistan in the 59th Nobel Laureates Conference in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany (2009).
  • Fellowship from “International Research Training Group for Optoelectronics”, (2011-2014).
  • Fellowship from “International Max Planck Research School”, IMPRS and Graduate School of Excellence, MAINZ (2010-2011).
  • Awarded “Magna cum Laude” (very good) grade in PhD Chemistry (2014).
  • Gold Medal for securing 1st position in M.Phil Chemistry (2008).
  • Gold Medal for securing 1st position in M.Sc Chemistry (2006).
  • Roll of honor, BSc Chemistry, Punjab University, Pakistan (2003).
  • Science communication: One of the three participants in a documentary on climate change, “The two degree target” by the prestigious science journal “Nature”  and iTv, UK”.

Skills
  • UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman, Mossbauer, Brillouin Light Scattering, XRD, SEM, Confocal, TEM, EDX, AFM, Optical, Nanoindentation; Profilometer; Ellipsometry; Electrical Resistivity Measurements, TGA, DSC, Signal generators, Amplifier, Oscilloscope, Network analyzer, Vibrometer
  • Photolithography, Etching, Metal deposition, Device fabrication, CAD, COMSOL Multiphysics, DISPERSE, L-Edit, Corel Draw, HyperChem, ChemDraw, Image J, Cinema 4D
  • Quantum mechanical softwares (Eul-ode, Sys-Eul, HMO, GW-Basic)
  • Language skills: English IELTS (8.5 band),TOEFL (114/120), German (B2 level)
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Research Interests: 
  • Phononic and photonic crystals
  • Functional Nanomaterials
  • Synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanoparticles and polymer –inorganic nanocomposites.
  • Multilayers, layer-by-layer assemblies, thin films.
  • Computer simulations and computer aided design
  • Nano and Micro-fabrication of lab-on-chip devices
  • Digital microfluidics
  • Synthesis and characterization of doped Y-type ferrite nanomaterials.
  • Electrochemical anodization of valve metals to synthesize porous membranes
  • Biomimetics

Publications:
S/No  ​Reference
​1. “Engineering the Hypersonic Phononic Band Gap of Hybrid Bragg-Stacks”, D. Schneider, F. Liaqat, et al. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 3101(IF = 13.77)
​2. “Ultrastrong composites from Dopamine Modified-Polymer-Infiltrated Colloidal Crystals”, F. Liaqat et al. Mater. Horiz. 2015, 2, 434-441(IF = 9.095)
​3. ​“High-Performance TiO2 Nanoparticle/DOPA- Polymer Composites”, F. Liaqat, et.al, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2015, 36, 1129-1137 (IF = 4.608)
​4. ​“Defect-Controlled Hypersound Propagation in Hybrid Superlattices”, D. Schneider, F. Liaqat, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013, 111, 164301(IF = 7.645)
​5. ​“Physical and Electrical Properties of Nanosized Mn- and Cr-Doped Strontium Y-Type Hexagonal Ferrites”, M.J. Iqbal and F. Liaqat, J. Am. Ceram.Soc, 2010, 93, 474(IF = 2.787)
​6. ​“Collective Behavior in Assemblies of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Imbedded in a Sticky Polymer Matrix Observed by Mössbauer Spectroscopy”, F. Liaqat, et al. In progress. 
​7. ​“Control of droplet motion using acoustically activated resonant cavities”, F. Liaqat, et al., In progress
​8. ​D. Schneider, F. Liaqat, et al. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2011, 130, 2402(IF = 1.572)​


Conferences:
S/No  ​Reference
​1. Summer school on “Optoelectronics”, Cambridge, UK (08/2011).
​2. Meeting of American Physics Society (APS), Boston, USA (02/2012).
​3. ​24th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), Mainz, Germany (08/2012).
​4. Korea - Japan workshop, Seoul, South Korea (11/ 2012).
​5. ​Oral presentation at IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey (08/2013) titled “Creating and Exploring Barriers: Phononic Band Gap in One-dimensional Periodic Bragg Stacks in Hypersonic region”.
​6. ​Oral presentation, “A Bioinspired Strategy to Fabricate Bragg Stacks as Hard and Adhesive Coatings” at IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey (08/2013)
​7. ​Poster at 8th German-Korean Polymer Workshop, Hamburg, Germany (08/ 2013).
​8. ​Research Staff Conference, University of Glasgow, UK (03/2016)
​9. ​8th International and 20th National Chemistry Conference, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan (01/2010).
​10. ​Oral presentation in National Seminar on “Policies & Strategies for Successful Implementation of Employment Generating Programs in Renewable Energies, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and ICTs”, Pakistan (08/2009). 
​11. ​National Meeting on “Challenges for Socio-Economic Development in Pakistan and the Role of Science & Technology”, Pakistan (10/2009).
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Current course:
  • Nano-chemistry (CH-810)