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Dr. Umair Manzoor
Materials Engineering Department

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H12, Islamabad.
Tel : 051-90855200


2006 PhD in Materials Engineering from KAIST, South Korea. Full scholarship from KAIST & KOSEF, S Korea.

​Research Interests

  1. Recent Interest: Nano filtration Membranes for Water Desalination.
  2. Synthesis of 1-D Nanostructures with Controlled Morphologies and Defects for Advance Applications.
  3. Active Nano materials Based Optical ​(UV & IR) and Gas Sensors.
  4. Wastewater Remediation Using Solar Energy and Smart Nanostructure (Photo catalysis).
  5. Antibacterial Properties of Nano materials. 

[37] L. Tabassam, M. U. Hassan, U. Tabassam, A. S. Bhatti and U. Manzoor "A Possibility of Miniature Single ZnO Ultra-Long Wire Based Wind Generator and Actuator" Science of Advanced Materials (submitted) 2016
[36] M. A. Johar, R. A. Afzal, U. Manzoor, "Morphology and Doping Effect on Photocatalytic Properties of ZnO in Nano Regime" Science of Advanced Materials (submitted) 2016.
[35] Sabeen, M. A. Rehman, M. F. Bhopal, A. Ali, F. Nasim, U. Manzoor and A. S. Bhatti, "Annealing Temperature Tuned Optical Properties of ZnO Sputtered Thin Films" The Journal of Physical Chemistry A (submitted) 2015.
[34] R. A. Afzal, U. Manzoor and A. A. Alazba, Effect of Processing Parameters on the IR Sensing of MWCNTs, Journal of Sensors (submitted) 2015.
[33] R. A. Afzal, U. Manzoor, M. A. Johar, L. Tabbasm "Membrane Filtration for Water Purification: A Scientific Journey from Evolution to Revolution" SYLWAN (accepted) 2016 (Impact factor 0.41).

[32] U. Manzoor, S.Siddique, R. Ahmed, Z Noreen, H. Bokhari, I. Ahmad "Structural, optical and antibacterial characterizations of mechano-chemically prepared ZnO nanoparticles" Plos One e0154704 2016 (Impact factor 3.23).
[31] M. S. Alam, U. Manzoor, M. Mujahid, A. S. Bhatti, Highly Responsive UV Light Sensors Using Mg-Doped ZnO Nanoparticles, Journal of Sensors 2016, 8296936 2016 (Impact factor 1.18).

[30] L. Tabassam, U. Tabassam, U. Manzoor “Recent Progress in Structural and Electrochemical Properties of LiFePO4 for Composite Based Batteries” Journal of New Materials for Electrochemical Systems 18, 4 193-205 2015 (Impact factor 0.51)
[29] M. A. Johar, R. A. Afzal, A. A. Alazba, U. Manzoor, "Photocatalysis and Bandgap Engineering Using ZnO Nanocomposites” Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2015, 934587 2015 (Impact factor 0.74).
[28] U. Nosheen, ,M. A. Shehzad, S. Rehman, M. Hafeez, M. A. Khan, U Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti "The pronounced role of impurity phases in the optical properties of Mn catalyzed ZnS nanostructures" AIP Advances 5, 097115 2015 (Impact factor 1.50).
[27] U. Manzoor "Effect of Subsequent Heat Treatment on the Morphology and Optical Properties of Unique ZnO Nanorod" Acta Physica Polonica A 127, 4 910-913 2015 (Impact factor 0.60).
[26] R. A. Afzal, R. Afrin, U. Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti, M. Islam, M. T. Amin, A. A. Alazba "Diameter control of carbon nanotubes using argon-acetylene mixture and their application as IR sensor" Modern Physics Letters B 29, 1550131 2015 (Impact factor 0.69).
[25] J. Mujtaba, U. Manzoor, S. Zia, M. Hafeez, A. S. Bhatti, "Piezoelectric, Piezo-phototronic, and UV sensing Properties of Single Ultra Long Nanobelt" Science of Advanced Materials 7, 4 789-793 2015 (Impact factor 2.51).
[24] U. Manzoor, F. T. Zahra, S. Rafique, M. T. Moin, M. Mujahid, "Effect of Synthesis Temperature, Nucleation Time and Post Synthesis Heat Treatment of ZnO Nanoparticles and Its Sensing Properties Synthesized by Co-Precipitation" Journal of Nanomaterials 2015, 189058, 2015 (Impact factor 1.61).

[23] S. Hamid, M. T. Amin, A. A. Alazba, U. Manzoor "Cometabolic degradation kinetics of Trichloroethylene based on toluene enhancement by encapsulated Burkholderia cepacia G4" CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water 42, 11 1642-1649 2014 (Impact factor 2.18). 
[22] M. T.Amin, S. Hamid, A. A. Alazba, M. N. Amin, M. Islam, U. Manzoor "Environmental dynamics and engineered systems for the degradation of trichloroethylene: a critical review" Global NEST Journal 16, 2 317-329 2014 (Impact factor 0.7).
[21] M. T. Amin, A. A. Alazba, U. Manzoor, "A review on removal of pollutants from water/wastewater using different types of nanomaterials" Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2014, 825910, 2014 (Impact factor 0.9).
[20] U. Manzoor, D. K. Kim, M. Islam, A. S. Bhatti "Removal of Micrometer Size Morphological Defects and Enhancement of Ultraviolet Emission by Thermal Treatment of Ga-Doped ZnO Nanostructures" Plos One 9, 1 e86418 2014 (Impact factor 3.73).
[19] S. Hamid, M. T. Amin, A. A. Alazba, U. Manzoor "Simultaneous degradation of Trichloroethylene and toluene by Burkholderia cepacia G4 and the effect of biotransformation on bacterial density" CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water 42, 7 998-1003 2014 (Impact factor 2.18).
[18] S. Zia, M. Amin, U. Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti "Ultra-Long Multicolor Belts and Unique Morphologies of Tin Doped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures" Applied Physics A 115, 1 275-281 2014 (Impact factor 1.55)

[17] U. Manzoor, D. K. Kim, A. A. Alazba, M. T. Amin, A. S. Bhatti "Single particle UV Sensor and Effect of Subsequent Heat Treatment on the Morphology and Optical Properties of Unique ZnO Nanorod" Annales de chimie – Sciences des matériaux 38, 5-6 233-240 2013 (Impact factor 0.1).
[16] M. Nawaz, M. T. Amin, M. Y. Han, A. A. Alazba, U. Manzoor "Variation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in rainwater harvesting systems: effects of different seasons, catchments and storage conditions" CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water 42, 7 893-900 2014 (Impact factor 2.18).
[15] M. Khan, M. Islam, A. Akram, U. Manzoor "Processing–structure–property correlation in dc sputtered molybdenum thin films" Surface Review and Letters 20, 6 1350065-6 2013 (Impact factor 0.28).
[14] M. Hafeez, S. Rehman, U. Manzoor, M. A. Khan, A. S. Bhatti "Catalyst driven optical properties of the self–assembled ZnS nanostructures" Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15, 9726-9734 2013 (Impact factor 3.57).

[13] M. Amin, U. Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti "Synthesis of ZnO Nanostructures for Low Temperature CO and UV Sensing" Sensors 12, 13842-13851 2012 (Impact factor 1.7)
[12] R. Afrin, J. Khaliq, M. Islam, I. H. Gul; Arshad S Bhatti; U. Manzoor "Synthesis of multiwalled carbon nanotube-based infrared radiation detector" Sensors and Actuators:A 187, 73-78 2012 (Impact factor 1.9).
[11] M. Nawaz, M. Y. Han, T. I. Kim, U. Manzoor, M. T. Amin "Silver disinfection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. Coli in rooftop harvested rainwater for potable purposes" Science of Total Environment 431, 20-25 2012 (Impact factor 3.2)
[10] S. Rehman, M. Hafeez, U. Manzoor, M. A. Khan and A. S. Bhatti "Competitive role of Mn diffusion with growth in Mn catalyzed nanostructures" Journal of Applied Physics 111, 084301 2012 (Impact factor 2.1)
[09] M. Hafeez, U. Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti, B. Kaynar, I. Shah, "Catalyst solubility and self doping in ZnS nanostructures," Journal of Applied Physics 111, 024313 2012 (Impact factor 2.1).
[08] S. Javed, M. Mujahid, M. Islam, U. Manzoor, “Morphological effects of reflux condensation on nanocrystalline anatase gel and thin films” Materials Chemistry and Physics 132, 509-514 2012 (Impact factor 2.4).

[07] M. Hafeez, U. Manzoor, A. S. Bhatti “Morphology tuned ZnS nanostructures for hydrogen gas sensing” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics 22, 1772-1777 2011 (Impact factor 0.93).
[06] M. A. Syed, U. Manzoor, I. Shah, H. Bokhari, “Antibacterial effects of Tungsten nanoparticles on the Escherichia coli strains isolated from catheterized urinary tract infection (UTI) cases and Staphylococcus aureus” New Microbiologica 33, 329-335 2010 (Impact factor 1.0).
[05] U. Manzoor, M. Islam, L. Tabassam, S. Rahman, “Quantum Confinement Effect in ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Co-Precipitate Method” Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 41, 1669-1672 2009 (Impact factor 1.3).
[04] U. Manzoor, D. K. Kim, “Size control of ZnO nanostructures formed in different temperature zones by varying Ar flow rate with tunable optical properties” Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 41, 500-505 2009 (Impact factor 1.3).
[03] M. S. Awan, U. Manzoor A. S. Bhatti, “Structural and magnetic Properties of SmCoCu permanent magnets” The Nucleus, 45, 39-43 2008.
[02] U. Manzoor, H. G. Choi, D. K. Kim, “Synthesis of Nano-Sized Barium Titanate Powder by Solid State Reaction of Barium Carbonate and Titania” Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 23, 655-658 2007 (Impact factor 0.7).
[01] U. Manzoor, D. K. Kim, “Synthesis and enhancement of ultraviolet emission by post-thermal treatment of unique zinc oxide comb-shape dendritic nanostructures” Scripta Materialia 54, 807-811. 2006 (Impact factor 2.2).

​Teaching and Thesis Supervision

Dept. of Physics, COMSATS University, Pakistan. Undergraduate and graduate level courses: Synthesis of Nanomaterials by Chemical Routes, Properties and Characterization of Nanomaterials, Introduction to Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Materials I & II, Microelectronics.

Supervised MS Research Thesis Titles (selected)

1.       Catalytic Synthesis of ZnS (II-VI) Nanowires on Zn Coated Si Substrate Using VLS Technique and their Characterization.
2.       Mg Doped ZnO Nanoparticles as UV sensors.
3.       A New Indirect Method for Measuring Piezoelectricity of Ultra Long 1-D ZnO Belt Shaped Structures.
4.       Effect of B Cation Radii on the Structural, Optical and Dielectric Properties of Sr2bSbO6 (B=La,Sm,Gd) Novel Double perovskites.
5.       Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Nanostructures for Chemical Sensors.
6.       Synthesis of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Based Radiation Detector.
7.       Quantum Optics Effect in ZnO Nanostructures Synthesized by Co-Precipitate and Vapor Transport Method.
8.       Synthesis of Barium Hexaferrite by Solid-State Reaction between BaCO3 and Fe2O3.

Supervised BS Research Thesis Titles (selected)

1.       Synthesis and Characterization of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs).
2.       Advances in the Synthesis of ZnO Nanobelts.
3.       Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Optical Sensors.
4.       Synthesis of ZnO Nanostructures by Co-Precipitation method for UV Sensors.