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Dr Abdullah Khan
Assistant Professor
U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)

USPCAS-E
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
USPCAS-E Building, Sector H-12, Islamabad
Tel : +92 51 90855286

Specialization
Heterogeneous Photocatalysis; Solar Fuels; Semiconductor Heterojunctions; Porous Solids

Education
DPhil (PhD) Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Abdullah Khan obtained his M.Phil degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Quaid-i-Azam University. In 2009, he was awarded prestigious ‘Scholarship for Top 20 Universities of the World’ for University of Oxford, UK. He joined University of Oxford in 2010 and completed his DPhil degree in 2015. During his PhD, he worked on the development of photoactive materials and processes for the production of fuels and chemicals.​​​​
My research is on the synthesis and design of the photoactive materials for energy (solar fuels, artificial photosynthesis), environment and catalytic applications. In particular, emphasis is on the development of the materials that can be employed for the H2 production from water, environmental cleaning and carbon capture and utilisation.

(1) Khan, M. A.; Asif, A. T.; Teixeira, I. F.; Molly, M. J. L.; Tsang, S. C. E. J. Mater. Chem. A. 2016, Construction of carbon nitride isotype heterojunctions for improved photocatalytic activity (submitted) 

(2) Majeed, I.; Nadeem, M. A.; Badshah, A.; Kanodarwala, F. K.; Ali, H.; Khan, M. A.; Stride, J. A.; Nadeem, M. A. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017. Titania supported MOF-199 derived Cu-Cu2O nanoparticles: Highly efficient non noble metal photocatalysts for hydrogen production from alcohol-water mixtures (Accepted)

(3) Koito, Y.; Rees, G. J.; Hanna, John, V.; Li, M. J. M.; Peng, Y.-K.; Puchtler, T.; Taylor, R.; Wang, T.; Kobayashi, H.; Teixeira, I. F.; Khan, M. A.; Kreissl, H. T.; Tsang, S. C. E. ChemCatChem 2016, 9, 144–154. Structure- Activity Correlations for Brønsted Acid, Lewis Acid and Photo- Catalysed Reactions of Exfoliated Crystalline Niobium Oxides

(4) Koito, Y.; Rees, G. J.; Hanna, John, V.; Li, M. J. M.; Peng, Y.-K.; Puchtler, T.; Taylor, R.; Wang, T.; Kobayashi, H.; Teixeira, I. F.; Khan, M. A.; Kreissl, H. T.; Tsang, S. C. E. ChemCatChem. 2016.  Structure- Activity Correlations for Brønsted Acid, Lewis Acid and Photo- Catalysed Reactions of Exfoliated Crystalline Niobium Oxides (In press)

(5) Khan, M. A.; Teixeira, I. F.; Molly, M. J. L.; Kioto, Y.; Tsang, S. C. E. ChemInform. 2016, 47. Graphitic carbon nitride catalysed photoacetalization of aldehyde/ketones under ambient conditions (Selected Abstract in Chemistry)

(6) Khan, M. A.; Teixeira, I. F.; Molly, M. J. L.; Kioto, Y.; Tsang, S. C. E. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 2772–2775. Graphitic carbon nitride catalysed photoacetalization of aldehyde/ketones under ambient conditions (Highlighted in ChemInform)

(7) Ilyas, T.; Nasim, M. F.; Choucair, M.; Ullah, S.; Khan, M. A.; Badshah, A.; Muhammad, A. N. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2016. 38, 17029–17036. A high performance electrode material for lithium ion batteries derived from a cobalt-based coordination polymer

(8) Yang, H.; Khan, A. M.; Yuan, Y.; Tsang, S. C. Chem. Asian J. 2012, 7, 498–502. Mesoporous silicon nitride for reversible CO2 capture

(9) Hall, M. R.; Tsang, S. C. E.; Casey, S. P.; Khan, M. A.; Yang, H. Acta Mater. 2012, 60, 89–101. Synthesis, characterization and hygrothermal behaviour of mesoporous silica high-performance desiccants for relative humidity buffering in closed environments

(10) Casey, S. P.; Hall, M. R.; Tsang, S. C. E.; Khan, M. A. Build. Environ. 2013, 60, 24–36. Energetic and hygrothermal analysis of a nano-structured material for rapid-response humidity buffering in closed environments

(11) Casey, S. P.; Hall, M. R.; Tsang, S. C. E.; Khan, M. A. Build. Environ. 2013, 6 (5), 354-366. Nanocomposite materials for rapid-response interior air humidity buffering in closed environments

Granted patent(s)

Hussain, S. T.; Mazhar, M.; Gul, S.; Khan, M. A. Novel catalyst to manufacture carbon nanotubes and hydrogen gas, US Pat. Appl. Publ. 20090208403 US Patent , US Patent Office

Photocatalysis Advancement in Applications
Functional Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy
​Phase change Materials (CALEBRE, project UK,  2011-2013)​