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Environmental Nanotechnology
Research Group Leader
i.    PhD Research:
1.    An investigation into Catalytic Photo-biodegradation of Polythene films, Ch. Tahir Mehmood, PhD Env. Sci., (in progress)
2.    Development of Titania based composite Nano-Materials for Simultaneous Removal of Organic & Inorganic Impurities from Water, Zunaira Habib, PhD Env. Sci (in progress)
ii.    MS Thesis Completed:

1.    Removal of Arsenic from Water by Adsorption on Nascent and Metal Doped Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles, Akif Zeb, M.Phil, 2011
2.    Synthesis and Immobilization of metal doped TiO2 Nanoparticles for their Application for the Removal of Arsenic from Water,  Najumssaqib, M.Phil, 2012
3.    Arsenic   Removal from Water using Pure and metal Doped Titania Nanoparticles, Ihsan Danish, MS Env. Sci., 2012
4.    Immobilization of Titania Nanoparticles on a Solid Support,M. Fahimuddin, MS Env. Engg., 2012
5.    Development of Photodegradable Polythene Sheets for Plastic Bags using Titania Nanoparticles, Wasim Asghar, MS Env. Sci., 2010
6.    Photocatalytic Degradation of Nitro and Chlorophenols Using Doped and Undoped Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles, Hassan Ilyas, MS Env. Sci., 2010
7.    Water Disinfection using metal Doped Titania Nanopartilces, Hassan Younus, MS Env. Sci., 2011
8.    Photocatalytic Applications of Nanomaterials (TiO2) for the Abatement of Indoor Air Pollution, Rahma Qureshi, MS Env. Sci. 2012
9.    Synthesis of silver doped-TiO2 powder-coated surfaces and its ability to inactivate Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Saman Khan, MS Env. Sci., 2012
10.    Development of Titania Nanotube Coated Surfaces for Reduction of Airborne Bacteria, Waqas Latif, MS Env. Sci., 2013
11.    Ciprofloxacin Degradation using Titania Nanoparticles, Imran Hayder, MS Env. Sci., 2013
12.    Degradation of a Fluoroquinolone Pharmaceutical Product by phtocatalysis using Titania Nanotubes, Khadija Nawaz, MS Env. Sci., 2013
13.    Development of Titania embedded Polymer for Self-sanitizing Computer Keyboards, Ashar Habib, MS Env. Sci., 2013
14.    Photocatalytic degradation of Benzene for Polishing Refinery Wastewater, Abid Hameed, MS Env. Sci., 2014
15.    Reduction of Bacterial Contamination on Indoor Surfaces using Titania nanostructures, Naveed Anwar, MS Env. Sci., 2014
16.    Application of Nanotechnology for Self-sanitizing Keyboards in an Academic Institution, Sehrish, MS Env. Sci., 2015
17.    Photcatalytic Degradation of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Films using Titania Nanotubes, Saba Sadaqat Ali, MS Env. Sci., 2015
18.    Photocatalytic Degradation of Moxifloxacin using Titania Nanotubes, Sidra-tul-Ain, MS Env. Sci., 2015
19.    Immobilization in Mortar of Chromium removed from Water using Titania Nanoparticles, Ahmed Husnain, MS Env. Sci., 2015
20.    Development of Pure and Doped Titania (TiO2) Embedded Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film Protector to Disinfect Bacterial Species on Mobile Phones, Fatima Shahid, MS Env. Sci., 2015
21.    Polishing of Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) effluent using Nanotechnology, Sarah Gilani, MS Env. Sci., 2015
Projects/research work
“Development of a Point-of-Use Arsenic Removal Two Stage Filter using Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles”
•    Sponsored by: Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Islamabad
•    Amount: Rs. 11.696 Million
•    Period: July 2009 to September 2012
Publications (Impact Factor Journals)

1.    Inactivation of Airborne Bacteria Settled on Wooden Doors using Titania Nanomaterial Photocatalysis, Int. J. of Env. Science and Technol., (Submitted) (I.F. 2.19)
2.    Enhanced Photodegradation of Titania Loaded Polyethylene Films in H2O/O2 Presence, Polymer Engineering & Science, (Submitted) (I.F. 1.52)
3.    Development of pure and 1% silver-doped Titania (TiO2) embedded Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) film protector to disinfect bacterial species on mobile phones, Int. J. of Env. Science and Technol., (Submitted) (I.F. 2.19)
4.    Immobilization in mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles, J. Hazardous Materials (Submitted) (I.F. 5.27)
5.    Ch. Tahir Mehmood, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Muhammad Anwar Baig, Muhammad Arshad and Abdul Quddos. Application of photodegraded polythene films for the treatment of Drimarene Brilliant Red (DBR) dye, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 2015, 102, 31 – 39  (I.F. 2.13)
6.    Latif Waqas, Qazi Ishtiaq Ahmed, Hashmi Imran, Arshad Muhmmad, Nasir Habib, and Habib Amir. Novel Method for Preparation of Pure and Iron-Doped Titania Nanotube Coated Wood Surfaces to Disinfect Airborne Bacterial Species Pseudomonas aeruginosa and  Staphylococcus aureus, Environmental Engineering Science, 2014, 31(12), 681– 688  (I.F. 1.00)
7.    Hassan Younas, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Imran Hashmi, M. Ali Awan, Asif Mahmood and Hafiz Adil Qayyum. Visible light photocatalytic water disinfection and its kinetics using Ag-doped Titania nanoparticles, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2014, 21, 740–752  (I.F. 2.83)
8.    M. Ihsan Danish, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Akif Zeb, Amir Habib, M. Ali Awan, and Zahiruddin Khan. Arsenic removal from aqueous solution using pure and metal doped Titania Nanoparticles coated on glass beads: Adsorption and Column studies, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2013,Article ID 873694, 17 pages, 2013. DOI:10.1155/2013/873694 (I.F. 1.64)
9.    Saman Khan, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Imran Hashmi, M. Ali Awan, Najum-us-Sehar and Sadaf Zaidi. Synthesis of Silver-Doped Titanium TiO2 Powder-Coated Surfaces and its ability to Inactivate Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus subtilis, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2013, (2013) Article ID 531010, 8 pages, (I.F. 1.64)
10.    Wasim Asghar, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Hassan Ilyas, Aftab Ahmad Khan, M. Ali Awan, and M. Rizwan Aslam. Comparative Solid-Phase Photo Catalytic Degradation of Polythene Films with Doped and Undoped TiO2 Nanoparticles, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2011, (2011) Article ID 461930, 8 pages, (I.F. 1.64)
11.    Hassan Ilyas, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Wasim Asgar, M. Ali Awan, and Zahir-ud-din Khan. Photocatalytic degradation of Nitro and Chlorophenols using doped and undoped Titanium dioxide Nanoparticles, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2011, (2011) Article ID 589185, 8 pages, (I.F. 2.00)
12.    Nabi D, Aslam I, Qazi I.A. Evaluation of the Adsorption Potential of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles for Arsenic Removal, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 21, 2009, 402-408 (I.F. 2.00)
13.    Shaukat Farooq, Imran Hashmi, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Sara Qaiser and Sajida Rasheed. Monitoring of Coliforms and chlorine residual in water distribution network of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 140(1-3), 2008, 339-347(I.F. 1.67)
14.    Muhammad Masud Aslam, Murtaza Malik, M.A. Baig, I.A. Qazi, Javed Iqbal. Treatment performances of compost-based and gravel-based vertical flow wetlands operated identically for refinery wastewater treatment in Pakistan, Ecological Engineering, 30(1), 2007, 34-42 (I.F. 3.04)
15.    Qazi, Ishtiaq A., Awan, M. Ali and Baig, M. Anwar. Development of Thermo Chromic Strips as Water Pasteurisation Indicators, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 15(2003) 863-864 (I.F. 2.00)
16.    Awan M. A., Qazi, I.A. and Khalid I. Removal of Heavy Metals through Adsorption using Sand: Journal of Environmental Sciences, 15(2003) 413-416 (I.F. 2.00)
Publications (Others)
1.    Muhammad Daud, Zahiruddin Khan, Aisha Ashgar, M. Ihsan Danish, and Ishtiaq A. Qazi. Comparing and optimizing Nitrate adsorption from aqueous solution using Fe/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles and anion exchange resins, Journal of Nanotechnology, 2015 (Accepted)
2.    Ishtiaq A. Qazi. The Normal Probability Distribution Function: An Alternate Derivation, NUST Journal of Engineering Sciences (NJES), 2 (1), (2009), 34-36
3.    R. Rafique, M. Arshad, M. F. Khokhar, I. A. Qazi, A. Hamza, N. Virk. Growth Response of Wheat to Titania Nanoparticles Application, NUST Journal of Engineering Sciences (NJES), 7 (1), (2014), 42-46
Research Innovations
(Patents Submitted)
1.    Immobilization in mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles (Appl. No. 308/2015; 27 May 2015)
2.    Development of pure and 1% silver-doped Titania (TiO2) embedded Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) film protector to disinfect
bacterial species on mobile phones (Appl. No. 309/2015; 27 May 2015)