Publications in Year 2021

  1. Occurrence and quantification of prevalent antibiotics in wastewater samples from Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan – Environment and Climate Change, on April 10, 2021.
  2. Growth responses and rubisco activity influenced by antibiotics and organic amendments used for stress alleviation in Lactuca sativa – Environment and Climate Change, on February 01, 2021.
  3. Occurrence and quantification of prevalent antibiotics in wastewater samples from Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan – Environment and Climate Change, on April 10, 2021.
  4. Growth responses and rubisco activity influenced by antibiotics and organic amendments used for stress alleviation in Lactuca sativa – Environment and Climate Change, on February 01, 2021.
  5. Trend analysis in precipitation at individual and regional levels in Baluchistan, Pakistan – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Disaster Management, on April 12, 2021.
  6. Iron oxide nano particle incorporated polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) microfiltration membrane for industrial waste water treatment – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Disaster Management, on April 12, 2021.
  7. SOLAR DRIVEN DESALINATION SYSTEM (SDDS) FOR SMALL SCALE DECENTRALIZED WATER PRODUCTION – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Environment and Climate Change, on April 12, 2021.
  8. TREATMENT & RECYCLING OF GREY WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Energy Management, on April 12, 2021.
  9. Exploring adoption of Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Reality (VR) – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Disaster Management, on April 12, 2021.
  10. Trend analysis in precipitation at individual and regional level in BALUCHISTAN, PAKISTAN – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Environment and Climate Change, on April 12, 2021.
  11. Iron oxide nano particle incorporated polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) microfiltration membrane for industrial waste water treatment – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering for Disaster Management, on April 12, 2021.
  12. Enhancing biogas production through co-digestion and thermal pretreatment of wheat straw and sunflower meal – Disaster Management, on May 01, 2021.
  13. Enhancing biogas production through co-digestion and thermal pretreatment of wheat straw and sunflower meal – Disaster Management, on May 01, 2021.
  14. Synthesis of nZVI-Ni@BC composite as a stable catalyst to activate persulfate: Trichloroethylene degradation and insight mechanism – Environment and Climate Change, on February 01, 2021.
  15. Relook on the Linear Free Energy Relationships Describing the Partitioning Behavior of Diverse Chemicals for Polyethylene Water Passive Samplers – Water and Sanitation, on February 12, 2021.
  16. Optimization of Antimony Removal by Coagulation-Flocculation-Sedimentation Process Using Response Surface Methodology – Water and Sanitation, on January 07, 2021.

Publications in Year 2020

  1. Enhanced phytoremediation of lead by soil applied organic and inorganic amendments: Pb phytoavailability, accumulation and metal recovery – Environment and Climate Change, on November 01, 2020.
  2. Lead phytoextraction by Pelargoniumhortorum: Comparative assessment of EDTA and DIPA for Pb mobility and toxicity – Environment and Climate Change, on August 07, 2020.
  3. Molecular investigation of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains isolated from wastewater streams in Pakistan – Environment and Climate Change, on August 06, 2020.
  4. Lead availability and phytoextraction in the rhizosphere of Pelargonium species – Environment and Climate Change, on March 05, 2020.
  5. Effect of biochar and phosphate solubilizing bacteria on growth and phosphorus uptake by maize in an Aridisol – Environment and Climate Change, on May 03, 2020.
  6. Physiological and biochemical response of wheat (Triticum aestivum) to TiO2 nanoparticles in phosphorous amended soil: A full life cycle study – Environment and Climate Change, on June 01, 2020.
  7. Phosphorus Phytoavailability upon Nanoparticle Application – Environment and Climate Change, on February 07, 2020.
  8. Dissemination of antibiotic resistance in the environment – Environment and Climate Change, on January 01, 2020.
  9. Antibiotics, AMRs, and ARGs: fate in the environment – Environment and Climate Change, on January 01, 2020.
  10. Soil Management and Tillage Practices for Growing Cotton Crop – Environment and Climate Change, on March 06, 2020.
  11. Phytotoxicity of different antibiotics to rice and stress alleviation upon application of organic amendments – Environment and Climate Change, on November 01, 2020.
  12. Photocatalytic Decolorization and Biocidal Applications of Nonmetal Doped TiO2: Isotherm, Kinetic Modeling and In Silico Molecular Docking Studies – Environment and Climate Change, on September 29, 2020.
  13. Synthesis and characterization of CMC/PVA/PVP composite microfiltration membrane – Water and Sanitation, on November 01, 2020.
  14. Effect of nanoparticles on crop growth – Environment and Climate Change, on December 01, 2020.
  15. Lead phytoextraction by Pelargoniumhortorum: Comparative assessment of EDTA and DIPA for Pb mobility and toxicity – Environment and Climate Change, on August 07, 2020.
  16. Synthesis and characterization of CMC/PVA/PVP composite microfiltration membrane – Water and Sanitation, on November 01, 2020.
  17. CO2 Utilization: Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuels and Valuable Products – Environment and Climate Change, on April 15, 2020.
  18. Investigating the tipping point of crop productivity induced by changing climatic variables – Environment and Climate Change, on September 08, 2020.
  19. Examining the relationship of tropospheric ozone and climate change on crop productivity using the multivariate panel data techniques – Environment and Climate Change, on October 15, 2020.
  20. The environment and development in contemporary Pakistan: The way forward – Environment and Climate Change, on June 09, 2020.
  21. Intercomparison of NO2, O4, O3 and HCHO slant column measurements by MAX-DOAS and zenith-sky UV–visible spectrometers during CINDI-2 – Environment and Climate Change, on May 06, 2020.
  22. Forecasting CO2 emissions from energy consumption in Pakistan under different scenarios: The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor – Environment and Climate Change, on April 01, 2020.
  23. Enhancement of hydrocarbons production through co-pyrolysis of acid-treated biomass and waste tire in a fixed bed reactor – Bio Energy, on April 01, 2020.
  24. Indoor temperature, relative humidity and CO2 monitoring and air exchange rates simulation utilizing system dynamics tools for naturally ventilated classrooms – Environment and Climate Change, on August 01, 2020.
  25. Exploring the suitability of MERRA-2 reanalysis data for wind energy estimation, analysis of wind characteristics and energy potential assessment for selected sites in Pakistan – Wind Energy, on July 01, 2020.
  26. Thermal Comfort and Ventilation Conditions in Healthcare Facilities – Part 1: An Assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) – Environment and Climate Change, on June 01, 2020.
  27. Performance evaluation of anaerobic moving bed bioreactor (An-MBBR) for pretreatment of desizing wastewater – Water and Sanitation, on February 01, 2020.
  28. Up-concentration of wastewater to maximize biogas potential: A step towards positive energy wastewater treatment – Water and Sanitation, on August 01, 2020.
  29. Biocidal potential of electrochemically activated solutions (ECAS) against Aeromonas sp. Enterobacter sp. and Escherichia coli in tap water – Water and Sanitation, on August 01, 2020.
  30. Bi-Polymer Electrospun Nanofibers Embedding Ag3PO4/P25 Composite for Effcient Photocatalytic Degradation and Anti-Microbial Activity – Water and Sanitation, on July 14, 2020.
  31. evaluation of anaerobic moving bed bioreactor (An-MBBR) for pretreatment of desizing wastewater – Water and Sanitation, on February 01, 2020.
  32. Bi-Polymer Electrospun Nanofibers Embedding Ag3PO4/P25 Composite for Effcient Photocatalytic Degradation and Anti-Microbial Activity – Water and Sanitation, on July 14, 2020.
  33. Comparison of chlorination and chloramination practices on microbial inactivation efficiencies within a scaled-up water distribution network using central composite design – Environment and Climate Change, on July 06, 2020.
  34. Xanthan-Curdlan nexus for synthesizing edible food packaging films – Agriculture and Food Security, on November 01, 2020.
  35. Boosted up stability and activity of oxygen vacancy enriched RuO2/MoO3 mixed oxide composite for oxygen evolution reaction – Energy Storage, on July 10, 2020.
  36. Cerium Surface Engineered Iridium Oxides for Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Activity and Stability – Energy Storage, on May 26, 2020.
  37. Influential role of elemental migration in composite iron-zeolite catalyst for aromatics synthesis from syngas – Chemical, on May 13, 2020.
  38. Bimetallic Doped RuO2 with Manganese and Iron as Electrocatalysts for Favorable Oxygen Evolution Reaction Performance – Energy Storage, on April 07, 2020.
  39. Efficient removal of trichloroethylene in surfactant amended solution by nano Fe0-Nickel bimetallic composite activated sodium persulfate process – Nano Technology, on April 15, 2020.
  40. Lanthanides Regulated Amorphization-Crystallization of IrO2 for Outstanding OER Performance – Energy Storage, on August 05, 2020.
  41. Mixture Touch: A Web Platform for the Evaluation of Complex Chemical Mixtures – Environment and Climate Change, on March 30, 2020.
  42. Adsorptive removal of phosphate by the bimetallic hydroxide nanocomposites embedded in pomegranate peel – Water and Sanitation, on May 01, 2020.

Publications in Year 201​9

1.   Iqbal, A., Mushtaq, M. U., Khan, A. H. A., Nawaz, I., Yousaf, S., Zeshan & Iqbal, M. (2019). Influence of Pseudomonas japonica and organic amendments on the growth and metal tolerance of Celosia argentea L. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-15.

2.   Rajput, A.A., Zeshan. (2019). Effect of inoculum type and organic loading on biogas production of sunflower meal and wheat straw, Sustainable Environment Research, 29:4, 1-10.

3.  Khalid, M.J., Zeshan, Waqas, A. and Nawaz I. (2019). Synergistic Effect of Alkaline Pretreatment and Magnetite Nanoparticle Application on Biogas Production from Rice Straw. Bioresource Technology, 275, 288-296

4.  Razzaq, M., Zeeshan, M., Qaisar, S., Iftikhar, H., & Muneer, B. (2019). Investigating use of metal-modified HZSM-5 catalyst to upgrade liquid yield in co-pyrolysis of wheat straw and polystyrene. Fuel, 257, 116119. (IF 5.12)

5.  Muneer, B., Zeeshan, M., Qaisar, S., Razzaq, M., & Iftikhar, H. (2019). Influence of in-situ and ex-situ HZSM-5 catalyst on co-pyrolysis of corn stalk and polystyrene with a focus on liquid yield and quality. Journal of Cleaner Production, 237, 117762. (IF 6.395)

6.  Iftikhar, H., Zeeshan, M., Iqbal, S., Muneer, B., & Razzaq, M. (2019). Co-pyrolysis of Sugarcane Bagasse and Polystyrene with ex-situ catalytic bed of Metal Oxides/HZSM-5 with focus on liquid yield. Bioresource Technology, 121647 (IF 6.669)

7.  Asif, A., Zeeshan, M., & Jahanzaib, M. (2019). Assessment of indoor and outdoor microbial air quality of cafeterias of an educational institute. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 10(2), 531-536 (IF 2.15)

8.  Muhammad Adnan, Sher Jamal Khan, Kamran Manzoor, Nicholas P. Hankins (2019) “Performance Evaluation of Fertilizer Draw Solutions for Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactor treating Domestic Wastewater”, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 127, 133-140. IF 3.441

9.  Zunaira Habib, Sher Jamal Khan, Nasir Mehmood Ahmad, Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Yousuf Jamal, Imran Hashmi (2019) “Anti-bacterial Behavior of Surface Modified Composite Polyamide Nanofiltration (NF) Membrane by Immobilizing Ag doped TiO2 Nanoparticles”, Environmental Technology, In Press, Available online 23 May 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2019.1617355. IF 1.666

10.  Alia Aslam, Sher Jamal Khan, Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad (2019) “Impact of sludge recirculation ratios on the performance of anaerobic membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment”, Bioresource Technology, 288. 121473. IF 6.669

11.  Rabia Shoukat, Sher Jamal Khan, Yousuf Jamal (2019) “Hybrid anaerobic-aerobic biological treatment for real textile wastewater”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 29, 100804. IF 3.173

12.  S. Jamal Khan, Ghalib Hasnain, Hasan Fareed, Roger Ben Aim (2019) “Evaluation of treatment performance of a full-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant from unsteady to steady state condition”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 30, 100379. IF 3.173

13.  Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Saboor Siddique (2019) “Draw solution recovery using direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) from osmotic membrane bioreactor (Os-MBR)”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 30, 100484. IF 3.173

14.  Maham Khan, Sher Jamal Khan, Shadi W. Hasan (2019) “Quorum sensing control and wastewater treatment in quorum quenching/ submerged membrane electro-bioreactor (SMEBR(QQ)) hybrid system”, Biomass and Bioenergy, Accepted. IF 3.537

15. Muhammad SaqibNawaz, Fozia Parveen, Sher Jamal Khan, Nicholas P. Hankins (2019) “Impact of osmotic backwashing, particle size distribution and feed-side cross-flow velocity on flux in the forward osmosis membrane bioreactor (FO-MBR)”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 31, 100861. IF 3.173

16.  U. Qureshi, B. Imtiaz, Y. Jamal,  2019  Synthesizing PET and food waste into refuse plastic fuel (RPF): Optimization and kinetic modeling. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. doi: 10.1007/s10973-019-08934-x

17.  N. Maqbool, Z. Saleem, Y. Jamal,  2019  A Short Review on Reverse Osmosis Membranes: Fouling and Control. Open Access Journal of Waste Management & Xenobiotics 2(2) doi: 10.23880/oajwx-16000122

18.  Maqbool, N., Khan, A., Malik, A. and Rasool, K. 2019. “Magnetic Nanoparticles for Chromium Removal from Industrial Wastewater.” 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering, Pakistan (Accepted)

19. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Muhammad Akram, Ahmed Uddin, Sarfaraz Khan, Ick Tae Yeom: Effect of Dissolved Organic Matter on Agglomeration and Removal of CuO Nanoparticles by Coagulation. Processes. Processes 2019, 7(7), 455; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7070455 (SCIE: 1.963)

20.  Muhammad Ali Inam, Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Akram, Sarfaraz Khan, Ick Tae Yeom: Effect of Water Chemistry on Antimony Removal by Chemical Coagulation: Implications of ζ-Potential and Size of Precipitates. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 06/2019; 20(12):2945., DOI:10.3390/ijms20122945 (SCIE: 4.123)

21. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Saba Zam Zam, Muhammad Akram, Sookyo Shin, Ick Tae Yeom: Coagulation and Dissolution of CuO Nanoparticles in the Presence of Dissolved Organic Matter Under Different pH Values. Sustainability 05/2019; 11(10):2825., DOI:10.3390/su11102825 (SCIE: 2.075)

22. Muhammad Ali Inam, Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Akram, Sarfaraz Khan, Du Ri Park, Ick Tae Yeom: Interaction of Arsenic Species with Organic Ligands: Competitive Removal from Water by Coagulation-Flocculation-Sedimentation (C/F/S). Molecules 04/2019; 24(8):1619., DOI:10.3390/molecules24081619 (SCIE: 3.098)

23. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Sarfaraz Khan, Andrea Navarro Jiménez, Du Ri Park, Ick  Tae Yeom: The Influence of Ionic and Nonionic Surfactants on the Colloidal Stability and Removal of CuO Nanoparticles from Water by Chemical Coagulation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 04/2019; 16(7):1260., DOI:10.3390/ijerph16071260 (SCIE: 2.145)

24. Muhammad Ali Inam, Rizwan Khan, Du Park, Sarfaraz Khan, Ahmed Uddin, Ick Yeom: Complexation of Antimony with Natural Organic Matter: Performance Evaluation during Coagulation-Flocculation Process. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 03/2019; 16(7):1092., DOI:10.3390/ijerph16071092 (SCIE: 2.145)

25. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Sarfaraz Khan, Du Park, Ick Yeom: Interaction between Persistent Organic Pollutants and ZnO NPs in Synthetic and Natural Waters. Nanomaterials 03/2019; 9(3):472., DOI:10.3390/nano9030472 (SCIE: 3.504)

26. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Du Ri Park, Sarfaraz Khan, Muhammad Akram, Ick Tae Yeom: The Removal of CuO Nanoparticles from Water by Conventional Treatment C/F/S: The Effect of pH and Natural Organic Matter. Molecules 03/2019; 24(5):914., DOI:10.3390/molecules24050914 (SCIE: 3.098)

27. Waqas Qamar Zaman, Wei Sun, Muhammad Tariq, Zhenhua Zhou, Usman Farooq, Zain Abbas, Limei Cao, Ji Yang. Iridium Substitution in Nickel Cobaltite Renders High Mass Specific OER Activity and Durability in Acidic Media. Applied Catalysis B Volume 244, 5 May 2019, Pages 295-302.

28. ​Zain ul Abdeen, Mujeeb ur Rehman, “A numerical method  for solving fractional differential equations, Engineering Computation, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp-551-568, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-07-2018-0302

29. Hina K, Abbas M, Hussain Q, Arshad M, Ali S, Rizwan M. 2019. Investigation into arsenic retention in arid contaminated soils with biochar application. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12517-019-4865-3. IF 1.141

30. Iqbal A, Mukherjee M, Rashid J, Khan SA, Ali MA, Arshad M*. 2019. Development of plant-microbe phytoremediation system for petroleum hydrocarbon degradation: An insight from alk b gene expression and phytotoxicity analysis. Sci Total Environ. 671, 696-704. IF 5.589

31. Manzoor M, Gul I, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Fungi-assisted phytoextraction of lead: tolerance, plant growth–promoting activities and phytoavailability. Environ Sci Pollut Res, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05656-3. IF 2.914

32. Zahra Z, Maqbool T, Arshad M, Badshah MA, Choi HK, Hur J. 2019. Changes in fluorescent dissolved organic matter and their association with phytoavailable phosphorus in soil amended with TiO2 nanoparticles. Chemosphere 227, 17-25. IF 5.108

33. Rizwan M, Ali S, Ali B, Adrees M, Arshad M, Hussain A, Rehman MZ, Waris AA. 2019. Zinc and iron oxide nanoparticles improved the plant growth and reduced the oxidative stress and cadmium concentration in wheat. Chemosphere 214, 269-277. IF 5.108

34. Gul I, Manzoor M, Hashim N, Yaqoob K, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. Comparative effectiveness of organic and inorganic amendments on cadmium bioavailability and uptake by Pelargonium hortorum. J Soils Sediments. 19, 2346–2356. IF 2.669

35. Gul I, Manzoor M, Silvestre J, Rizwan M, Hina K, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2019. EDTA−Assisted phytoextraction of lead and cadmium by pelargonium cultivars grown on spiked soil. Int J Phytorem, 21, 101-110. IF 2.237

36. Zahra Z, Ali MA, Parveen A, Kim E, Khokhar MF, Baig S, Choi HK, Arshad M*. 2019. Exposure–response of wheat cultivars to TiO2 nanoparticles in contrasted soils. Soil Sediment Contam. 28, 184-199. IF 0. 992

37. Iqbal A, Arshad M*, Karthikiyan R, Gentry TJ, Rashid J, Ahmed I, Schwab AP. 2019. Diesel degrading bacterial endophytes with plant growth promoting potential isolated from a petroleum storage facility. 3 Biotech, 9(1).35. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-018-1561-z. IF 1.786

38. Rizwan M, Ali S, Rehman MZ, Adrees M, Arshad M, Qayyum MF, Ali L, Hussain A, Chatha SAS, Imran M. 2019. Alleviation of cadmium accumulation in maize (Zea mays L.) by foliar spray of zinc oxide nanoparticles and biochar to contaminated soil. Environ Pollut, 248, 358-367. IF 5.714

39. Manzoor M, Abid R, Rathinasabapathi B, De Oliveira LM, da Silva E, Deng F, Rensing C, Arshad M, Gul I, Xiang P, Ma LQ. 2019. Metal tolerance of Arsenic-resistant bacteria and Their potential to promote plant growth in Pb-contaminated soil. Sci Total Environ, 660, 18-24. IF 5.589

40. Hina K, Kanwal SS, Arshad M, Gul I. 2019. Effect of cadmium (Cd) stress of spinach (Spinacea pleracea) and its retention kinetics in soil in response to organic amendments. Pak J Agric Sci. 56, 179-185. IF 0.618

41. S Kanwal, S Baig, I Hashmi, carbon storage and allocation pattern in plant biomass under drought stress and nitrogen supply in eucalyptus camaldulensis and populus deltoides, (2019) pakistan journal of botany 51 (5), 1605-1614

42.  ​I Gul, M Manzoor, I Hashmi, MF Bhatti, J Kallerhoff, M Arshad, Plant uptake and leaching potential upon application of amendments in soils spiked with heavy metals (Cd and Pb) (2019) Journal of Environmental Management 249, 109408

43. S Perveen, I Hashmi, R Khan, Evaluation of genotoxicity and hematological effects in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) induced by disinfection by-products (2019) Journal of water and health 17 (5), 762-776

44. M Manzoor, I Gul, I Ahmed, M Zeeshan, I Hashmi, BAZ Amin, J Kallerhoff, Metal tolerant bacteria enhanced phytoextraction of lead by two accumulator ornamental species, (2019) Chemosphere 227, 561-569

45.  M Khan, I Hashmi, Third Conference on Challenges and Possibilities for Environmental Sustainability with a Focus on Pakistan (2019)/The Effect of Pipe Material, Pipe Age, and Supply Patterns (2019) Lahore School of Economics

46. Jabeen, Z. MF. Khokhar. Extended database of SO2 column densities over Pakistan by exploiting satellite observations. Atmospheric Pollution Research, Feb 2019 (in press)

Publications in Year 201​8

1.   Asif, A., Zeeshan, M*., & Jahanzaib, M. (2018). Indoor temperature, relative humidity and CO 2 levels assessment in academic buildings with different heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Building and Environment, 133, 83-90 (IF 4.05)

2.  Khan, S. R., Zeeshan, M*., & Iqbal, S. (2018). Thermal management of newly developed non-noble metal-based catalytic converter to reduce cold start emissions of small internal combustion engine. Chemical Engineering Communications, 205(5), 680-688 (IF 1.29)

3.  Aamir, E., Tariq, M., Khan, M. and Afzal, T. (2018). TREATMENT & RECYCLING OF GREY WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT. In: 3rd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Management & Sciences (ICETEMS-2018). [online] Peshawar: City University of Science & Information Technology (CUSIT), Peshawar – Pakistan, p.40. Available at: http://icetems.com/[Accessed 5 Dec. 2018].

4.   Aamir, E., Hassan, I., (2018).”TREND ANALYSIS IN PRECIPITATION AT INDIVIDUAL AND REGIONAL LEVELS IN BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN” In: 1 IOP conference series :Materials Sciences and Engineering, volume 414,conference 1

5.   Tariq, M., Aamir, E., et al (2018).”EXPLORING ADOPTION OF INTEGRATED BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING AND VIRTUAL REALITY” In: Proc. of the 1st International Conference on Electrical, Communication and Computer Engineering (ICECCE).

6.   Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Saboor Siddique, Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad (2018) “Performance Evaluation of Hybrid OMBR-MD Using Organic and Inorganic Draw Solutions”, Water Science & Technology, 78, 776-785. IF 1.247

7.   Ammara Haider, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Saqib Nawaz, Muhammad Usman Saleem (2018) “Effect of intermittent operation of lab scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor on textile wastewater treatment”, Desalination and Water Treatment, 136, 120-130. IF 1.631

8.  J. W. Lee, S. J. Lee, Y. Jamal, Y. Yun, 2018 Partial slagging coal gasifier operational performance and product characteristics for energy sustainability in an integrated gasification combined cycle system. Journal of the Energy Institute doi: 10.1016/j.joei.2017.05.004

9.   Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Muhammad Mazhar Iqbal, Muhammad Shoaib, Du  Ri Park, Kang Hoon Lee, Sookyo Shin, Sarfaraz Khan, Ick  Tae Yeom: Removal of ZnO Nanoparticles from Natural Waters by Coagulation- Flocculation Process: Influence of Surfactant Type on Aggregation, Dissolution and Colloidal Stability. Sustainability 12/2018; 11(1):17., DOI:10.3390/su11010017(SCIE: 2.075)

10.  Muhammad Ali Inam, Rizwan Khan, Du Ri Park, Babar Aijaz Ali, Ahmed Uddin, Ick Tae Yeom: Influence of pH and Contaminant Redox Form on the Competitive Removal of Arsenic and Antimony from Aqueous Media by Coagulation. Minerals 12/2018; 8(12):574., DOI:10.3390/min8120574 (SCIE: 1.835)

11.   Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Du Park, Saba Zam Zam, Sookyo Shin, Sarfaraz Khan, Muhammad Akram, Ick Tae Yeom: Influence of Organic Ligands on the Colloidal Stability and Removal of ZnO Nanoparticles from Synthetic Waters by Coagulation. Processes 09/2018; 6(9):170.,DOI:10.3390/pr6090170 (SCIE: 1.279)

12.  Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Du  Ri Park, Saba Zam Zam, Ick  Tae Yeom: Taguchi Orthogonal Array Dataset for the Effect of Water Chemistry on Aggregation of ZnO Nanoparticles. 06/2018; 3(2):21., DOI:10.3390/data3020021 (ESCI)

13. Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Ali Inam, Saba Zam, Du Park, Ick Yeom: Assessment of Key Environmental Factors Influencing the Sedimentation and Aggregation Behavior of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in Aquatic Environment. Water 05/2018; 10(5):660., DOI:10.3390/w10050660 (SCIE: 2.069)

14.  Muhammad Ali Inam, Rizwan Khan, Du Ri Park, Yong-Woo Lee, Ick Tae Yeom: Removal of Sb(III) and Sb(V) by Ferric Chloride Coagulation: Implications of Fe Solubility. Water 04/2018; 10(4):418., DOI:10.3390/w10040418 (SCIE: 2.069)

15.  Waqas Qamar Zaman, Wei Sun, Zhen-hua Zhou, Yiyi Wu, Limei Cao, Ji Yang. Anchoring of Trace IrO2 on 1-D Co3O4 Nano-rods for Robust Electrocatalytic Water Splitting in an Acidic Environment. ACS Appl. Energy Mater.2018, 1, 6374−6380.

16.  Zhenhua Zhou, Waqas Qamar Zaman, Wei Sun, Li-mei Cao, Muhammad Tariq and Ji Yang. Cultivating crystal lattice distortion in IrO2 via coupling with MnO2 to boost the oxygen evolution reaction with high intrinsic activity. Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 4959-4962.

17.  Muhammad Tariq, Waqas Qamar Zaman, Wei Sun, Zhenhua Zhou, Yiyi Wu, Li-mei Cao, and Ji Yang. Unraveling the Beneficial Electrochemistry of IrO2/MoO3 Hybrid as a Highly Stable and Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction Catalyst. ACS Sustainable Chem.  Eng. 2018, 6, 4854 – 4862.

18.  Nauman Anwar Baig, M. Anwar Baig, T. A. Baig, A. A. Baig and A.A. Baig (2018 ) Estimation of Phase Range, Doppler of Targets Using Maximum Likelihood Estimator. K. Arai et al (Eds) FTC, AISC 881, pp. 483-490.  Doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02683-7_34

19.  Muhammad Anwar Baig “Are we drinking Quality and Safe Water in Pakistan”. World Environment Day held on Saturday 23rd June -2018 Pakistan Engineering Congress 97-A/D-1, 4th Floor, PEC Building, Liberty Market, Gulberg-III Lahore-54660

20.  R Khan, I Hashmi, H Nasir, S Rasheed, LC Campos, Incidence of chlorination by-products in an institutional drinking water distribution network, Islamabad,  Pakistan, using response surface methodology (2018) Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 8 (4), 740-751

21.  S Khalid, JI Han, I Hashmi, G Hasnain, MA Ahmed, SJ Khan, M Arshad, Strengthening calcium alginate microspheres using polysulfone and its performance evaluation: Preparation, characterization and application for enhanced biodegradation (2018) Science of The Total Environment 631, 1046-1058

22.  A Iqbal, M Arshad, I Hashmi, R Karthikeyan, TJ Gentry, AP Schwab, Biodegradation of phenol and benzene by endophytic bacterial strains isolated from refinery Wastewater-fed Cannabis sativa (2018) Environmental technology 39 (13), 1705-1714

23.  S Pervez, SJ Khan, H Waheed, I Hashmi, CH Lee, Impact of quorum quenching bacteria on biofouling retardation in submerged membrane bioreactor (SMBR)(2018) Membrane Water Treatment 9 (4), 279-284

24.  Y Xiao, H Waheed, K Xiao, I Hashmi, Y Zhou, In tandem effects of activated carbon and quorum quenching on fouling control and simultaneous removal of pharmaceutical compounds in membrane bioreactors (2018) Chemical Engineering Journal 341, 610-617

25.  A Asif, M Zeeshan, I Hashmi, U Zahid, MF Bhatti, Microbial quality assessment of indoor air in a large hospital building during winter and spring seasons (2018)  Building and Environment 135, 68-73

26.  H Waheed, S Pervez, I Hashmi, SJ Khan, SR Kim, High-performing antifouling bacterial consortium for submerged membrane bioreactor treating synthetic wastewater (2018) International journal of environmental science and technology 15 (2), 395-404

27.  Romana Khan, Imran Hashmi, Habib Nasir, Sajida Rasheed, Luiza C Campos (2018) Incidence of chlorination by-products in an institutional drinking water distribution network, Islamabad, Pakistan, using response surface methodology. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 8(4) 740-751. Impact factor: 0.785

28.  Saimar Pervez, Sher Jamal Khan, Hira Waheed, Imran Hashmi, Chung-Hak Lee (2018) Impact of quorum quenching bacteria on biofouling retardation in submerged membrane bioreactor (SMBR), Membrane Water Treatment; 9(4);279-284. Impact Factor: 0.50

29.  Saira Khalid, Jong-In Han, Imran Hashmi, Ghalib Hasnain, Muhammad Ajaz Ahmed, Sher Jamal Khan & Muhammad Arshad (2018) Strengthening calcium alginate microspheres using polysulfone and its performance evaluation: Preparation, characterisation and application for enhanced biodegradation of chlorpyrifos. Science of The Total Environment, 631: 1046-1058.

30.  Ayesha Asif, Muhammad Zeeshan, Imran Hashmi, Uzma Zahid & Muhammad Faraz Bhatti (2018) Microbial quality assessment of indoor air in a large hospital building during winter and spring seasons. Building and Environment. 135: 68-73.

31.  Zeb N, MF Khokhar, Pozzer A, Khan SA. Exploring the temporal trends and seasonal behaviour of tropospheric trace gases over Pakistan by exploiting satellite observations. Atmospheric Environment. 2018 Nov 2.Volume 198, 1 February 2019, Pages 279-290

32.  Anwar MN, Fayyaz A, Sohail NF, Khokhar MF, Baqar M, Khan WD, Rasool K, Rehan M, Nizami AS. CO2 capture and storage: A way forward for sustainable environment. Journal of environmental management. 2018 Nov 15;226:131-44.

33.  Murtaza R., M.F. Khokhar, N. Zeb, A. Noreen, KR Hakeem: Multi-Sensor Temporal Assessment of Tropospheric Nitrogen Dioxide Column Densities over Pakistan, Environ Sci Pollut Res, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-1176-7, 2018

34.  Noreen, A., Khokhar, MF., Zeb, N.Yasmin N,  Hakeem KR. Spatio-temporal assessment and seasonal variation of tropospheric ozone in Pakistan during the last decade. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-1010-2, 2018

35.   Rajput, A.A., Zeshan, Visvanathan, C. (2018). Effect of thermal pretreatment on chemical composition, physical structure and biogas production kinetics of wheat straw, Journal of Environmental Management, 221, 45-52.

36.  Hussain, F., Hussain, I., Khan, A. H. A., Muhammad, Y. S., Iqbal, M., Soja, G., Reichenauer, T. G. Zeshan & Yousaf, S. (2018). Combined application of biochar, compost, and bacterial consortia with Italian ryegrass enhanced phytoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 153, 80-88.

37.  Waqas, A., Ji, J., Bahadar, A., Xu, L., Zeshan, & Modjinou, M. (2018). Thermal management of conventional photovoltaic module using phase change materials – An experimental investigation. Energy Exploration & Exploitation, 0144598718795697.

38.  Waqas, A., Ji, J., Xu, L., Ali, M., Zeshan & Alvi, J. (2018). Thermal and electrical management of photovoltaic panels using phase change materials–A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 92, 254-271.

39.  Rafique R, Baek SH, Park CY, Chang S-J, Gul AR, Ha S, Nguyen TP, Oh H, Ham S, Arshad M, Lee H, Park TJ. 2018. Morphological evolution of upconversion nanoparticles and their biomedical signal generation. Scientific Rep, 8:17101, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35513-1. IF 4.011

40.  Rehman S, Adil A, Shaikh AJ, Shah JA, Arshad M, Ali MA, Bilal M. 2018. Role of sorption energy and chemisorption in batch methylene blue and Cu2+ adsorption by novel thuja cone carbon in binary component system: linear and nonlinear modeling. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 25, 31579-31592. IF 2.914

41.  Zahra Z, Kim SY, Kim HY, Lee H, Lee H, Jeon JY, Kim DM, Kim DM, Hong SJ, Cho BK, Lee H, Lee CG, Arshad M, Choi HK. 2018. Phycobiliproteins production enhancement and lipidomic alteration by titanium dioxide nanoparticles in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 culture. J Agric Food Chem. 66 (32), 8522–8529. IF 3.571

42.  Rafique R, Zahra Z, Virk N, Shahid M, Pinelli E, Park TJ, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2018. Dose-dependent physiological responses of Triticum aestivum L. to soil applied TiO2 nanoparticles: Alterations in chlorophyll content, H2O2 production, and genotoxicity. Agric Ecosyst Environ. 255, 95–101. IF 3.954

43.  Manzoor M, Gul I, Silvestre J, Kallerhoff J, Arshad M*. 2018. Screening of indigenous ornamental species from different plant families for Pb accumulation potential exposed to metal gradient in spiked soils. Soil Sediment Contam, 27, 439–453. IF 0.992

44.  Rashid S, Arshad M, Siddiqa M, Ahmad R. 2018. Evaluation of DNA damage in traffic police wardens of Pakistan due to cadmium and zinc. Sci Total Environ. 630, 1360–1364. IF 5.589

45.  Rafique R, Zahra Z, Virk N, Shahid M, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J, Park TJ, Arshad M. 2018. Data on rhizosphere pH, phosphorus uptake and wheat growthresponsesuponTiO2 nanoparticles application. 2018. Data Brief. 17, 890–896.

46.  Abbas T, Rizwan M, Ali S, Adrees M, Mahmood A, Zia-Ur-Rehman M, Ibrahim M, Arshad M, Qayyum MF. 2018. Biochar application increased the growth and yield and reduced cadmium in drought stressed wheat grown in an aged contaminated soil. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 148, 825-833. IF 4.527

47.  Iqbal A, Arshad M, Hashmi H, Karthikeyan R, Gentry TJ, Schwab, AP. 2018. Biodegradation of phenol and benzene by endophytic bacterial strains isolated from refinery wastewater-fed Cannabis sativa. Environ Technol, 39, 1705-1714. IF 1.918

​Publications in Year 2017​​

1. A. Shahid, Y. Jamal, S.J. Khan, J.A. Khan, B. Boulanger, 2017 Esterification Reaction Kinetics of Acetic and Oleic Acids with Ethanol in the Presence of Amberlyst 15, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (accepted for publication) DOI:10.1007/s13369-017-2927-y

2. J. W. Lee, S. J. Lee, Y. Jamal, Y. Yun, 2017 Partial slagging coal gasifier operational performance and product characteristics for energy sustainability in an integrated gasification combined cycle system. Journal of the Energy Institute doi: 10.1016/j.joei.2017.05.004

3. Ammara Batool and Zeshan (2017). Effect of Chelators and Substrates on Phytoremediation of Synthetic Leachate for Removal of Trace Elements, Soil and Sediment Contamination, 26(2): 220–233.
4. Ahmad, W., Noor, T., & Zeeshan, M. (2017). Effect of synthesis route on catalytic properties and performance of Co3O4/TiO2 for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon oxidation under real engine operating conditions. Catalysis Communications, 89, 19-24 (IF 3.5)
5. Haider K, Khokhar M.F, Chishtie F, Khan WR, Hakeem KR. Identification and future description of warming signatures over Pakistan with special emphasis on evolution of CO2 levels and temperature during the first decade of 21st century. Environ Sci Pollut Res. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-8359-5, 2017 (IF=2.76)
6. Safdar Bashir, Zeshan, Waseem Hassan, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Irshad Bibi, and Niaz Ahmad (2017). Current Approaches for the Assessment of in situ Remediation of Xenobiotics, In Xenobiotics in the Soil Environment: Monitoring, Toxicity and Management, Eds. Hashmi, Muhammad Zaffar, Kumar, Vivek, Varma, Ajit, Springer Publishers, pp. 171-196, ISBN-10: 3319477439.​
7.  Mehwish, Khalid., Imran, Hashmi. and Sher, Jamal. Khan (2017) Performance evaluation of membrane based septic tank and its reuse potential for irrigating crops. Water Environment Research. 89.
8. Asna Lodhi, Imran Hashmi, Habib Nasir, Romana Khan. (2017) Effect of trihalomethanes (chloroform and bromoform) on human haematological count Journal of Water and Health, 15(3): 367-373
9. Sajida Rasheed, Imran Hashmi, Jong. K. Kim, Qizhi Zhou & Luiza C. Campos. (2017) Species-specific interaction of trihalomethane (THM) precursors in a scaled-up distribution network using response surface methodology (RSM)
Environmental Technology. DOI:10.1080/09593330.2017.1301564 ISSN: 0959-3330 (print); 1479-487X (online): Impact factor: 1.76
10. Hira Waheed, Yeyuan Xiao, Imran Hashmi, David Stuckey, Yan Zhou. (2017) Insights into quorum quenching mechanisms to control membrane biofouling under changing organic loading rates Chemosphere, 182: 40-47.
11. Aneela Iqbal, Muhammad Arshad, Imran Hashmi, Raghupathy Karthikeyan, Terry J Gentry, Arthur Paul Schwab. (2017)
Biodegradation of Phenol and Benzene by Endophytic Bacterial Strains Isolated from Refinery Wastewater-Fed Cannabis sativa Environmental Technology, 1-35​
12. Aftab, B., Jamal Khan, S., Maqbool, T., and Hankins, N.P. (2017) “Heavy metals removal by osmotic membrane bioreactor (OMBR) and their effect on sludge properties”, Desalination, 403, 117-127. IF: 5.527
13. Khanzada, N.K., Jamal Khan, S., Davies, P.A. (2017) “Performance evaluation of reverse osmosis (RO) pre-treatment technologies for in-land brackish water treatment”  Desalination, 406, 44-50. IF: 5.527
14. Beenish Saba, Bushra Zaman, Tariq Mahmood, Sher Jamal Khan (2017) “Treatment of wastewater with a high C/N ratio in sequencing batch bioreactor (SBBR) containing biocarrier”, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 16, 2485-2489. IF 1.096
15. Muhammad Saboor Siddique, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Muhammad Saqib Nawaz, Nicholas P. Hankins (2018) “Insight into the effect of organic and inorganic draw solutes on the flux stability and sludge characteristics in the osmotic membrane bioreactor”, Bioresource Technology, 249, 758-766. IF: 5.651
16. Khalid Iqbal, Muhammad Anwar Baig, Sher Jamal Khan (2017) “Estimation of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) at Construction Sites: A Statistical Regression-Based Model”, Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, 39 (2) 197-207. IF: 0.327
17. Ghalib Hasnain, Sher Jamal Khan, M. Zeshan Arshad and Haris Yar Abdullah (2017) “Combined Impact of Quorum Quenching and Backwashing on Biofouling Control in a Semi- Pilot Scale MBR Treating Real Wastewater”, Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, Accepted. IF: 0.327
18. S. Jamal Khan, Ghalib Hasnain, Hasan Fareed, Roger Ben Aim (2017) “Evaluation of treatment performance of a full-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant from unsteady to steady state condition”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, In Press. ISSN: 2214-7144
19. Asghar Ali, Sher Jamal Khan, Lingam Pillay, C. Visvanathan (2017) “Optimization of Filtration to Relaxation Mode (FRM) Using Woven Fiber Microfiltration (WFMF) System for Water and Wastewater Treatment”, Desalination and Water Treatment, 96, 69-75. IF 1.631
20. Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Saboor Siddique (2017) “Draw solution recovery using direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) from osmotic membrane bioreactor (Os-MBR)”, Journal of Water Process Engineering, In Press. ISSN: 2214-7144
21. Saimar Pervez, Sher Jamal Khan, Hira Waheed, Imran Hashmi, Chung-Hak Lee (2017) “Impact of quorum quenching bacteria on biofouling retardation in submerged membrane bioreactor (SMBR)”, Membrane Water Treatment, An International Journal, Accepted. IF 0.625
22. Afeeq Shahid, Yousuf Jamal, Sher Jamal Khan, Jamshed Ali Khan, Bryan Boulanger (2017) “Esterification Reaction Kinetics of Acetic and Oleic Acids with Ethanol in the Presence of Amberlyst 15”, Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering, In press. IF 0.865
23. Saira Khalid, Jong-In Han, Imran Hashmi, Ghalib Hasnain, Muhammad Ajaz Ahmed, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Arshad (2018) “Strengthening calcium alginate microspheres using polysulfone and its performance evaluation: Preparation, characterization and application for enhanced biodegradation of chlorpyrifos”, Science of the Total Environment, 631-632, 1046-1058. IF 4.900
24.  K. Manzoor, S.J. Khan, Y. Jamal, A. Shahzad, 2017 Heat Extraction and Brine Management from Salinity Gradient Solar Pond and Membrane Distillation. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 118, 226-237.
25. Tehseen Tahir, Ishtiaq Ahmed Qazi, Imran Hashmi & Muhammad Anwar Baig (2017) Photocatalytic Inactivation of Hospita lAssociated Bacteria using Titania Nanoparticle Coated Textiles. Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan 39, no. 5.
26. Asma Jamil, Shaukat Farooq & Imran Hashmi (2017) Ozone Disinfection Efficiency for Indicator Microorganisms at Different pH Values and Temperatures. Ozone: Science & Engineering 39, no. 6: 407-416.
27. Muhammad Sajid; Mehreen Iqbal; Zaigham Abbas; Imran Hussain; Muhammad A Baig “Assessing the Generation, Recycling and Disposal Practices of Electronic/Electrical-Waste (E-Waste) from Major Cities in Pakistan” Ms. Ref. No.:  WM-18-1927R3. Journal of Waste Management. Doi.org/10.11016/j.wasman.2017.11.026/ 2018 Elsevier

Publications in Year 2016

1. Waleed Ahmad, Tayyaba Noor, Muhammad Zeeshan (2017). Effect of synthesis route on catalytic properties and performance of Co3O4/TiO2 for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon oxidation under real engine operating conditions Catalysis Communications,  (1) 19–24. (IF: 3.389)
2.  Khokhar, M. F., Naveed, S. I., Butt, J. K., & Abbas, Z. (2016). Comparative Analysis of Atmospheric Glyoxal Column Densities Retrieved from MAX-DOAS Observations in Pakistan and during MAD-CAT Field Campaign in Mainz, Germany. Atmosphere, 7(5), 68. (IF=1.22)
3. Khokhar, M. F., Yasmin, N., Chishtie, F., & Shahid, I. (2016). Temporal Variability and Characterization of Aerosols across the Pakistan Region during the Winter Fog Periods. Atmosphere, 7(5), 67. (IF=1.22)
4. Shabbir, Y., Khokhar, M. F., Shaiganfar, R., & Wagner, T. (2016). Spatial variance and assessment of nitrogen dioxide pollution in major cities of Pakistan along N5-Highway. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 43, 4-14. (2.208)
5. Imran Khan, S., Hashmi, I., Khan, S. J., & Henderson, R. (2016). Performance and optimization of lab-scale membrane bioreactors for synthetic municipal wastewater. Desalination and Water Treatment, 1-8. (IF: None)
6. Nawaz, M. S., Parveen, F., Gadelha, G., Khan, S. J., Wang, R., & Hankins, N. P. (2016). Reverse solute transport, microbial toxicity, membrane cleaning and flux of regenerated draw in the FO-MBR using a micellar draw solution. Desalination, 391, 105-111. (IF: 4.412)
7. Ahmad, F., Jamal Khan, S., Jamal, Y., Kamran, H., Ahsan, A., Ahmad, M., Khan, A. (2016). Desalination of brackish water using capacitive deionization (CDI) technology. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57, 7659–7666. (IF: None)
8. Imran, B., Jamal Khan, S., Qazi, I.A., Arshad, M. (2016). Removal and recovery of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) from industrial wastewater by two-stage diffusion dialysis (DD) and electrodialysis (ED) processes. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57, 7926–7932. (IF: None)
9. Izhar Hussain Shah, Muhammad Zeeshan (2016). Estimation of light duty vehicle emissions in Islamabad and climate co-benefits of improved emission standards implementation. Atmospheric Environment, 127, 236-243. (IF: 3.459)
10. Khan, J.A. Jamal, Y. Shahid, A. & Boulanger, B. (2016). Esterification of acetic and oleic acids within an Amberlyst 15 packed catalytic column. Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 33(2), 582-586. (IF: 1.408)
11. Cha, S.H. Son, J.H. Jamal, Y. M. Zafar, Park, H.S. (2016). Characterization of polyhydroxyalkanoates extracted from wastewater sludge under different environmental conditions. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 112, 1-12. (IF: 2.463)
12. Jamal, Y. Park, M. & Park, H.S. (2016). Isothermal combustion kinetics of synthetic Refuse Plastic Fuel (RPF) blends by thermogravimetric analysis. Applied Thermal Engineering, 104, 16-23. (IF: 3.043)
13. Saba Sadaqat Ali, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Muhammad Arshad, Zahiruddin Khan, Thomas C. Voice & Ch. Tahir Mehmood (2016). Photocatalytic degradation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) films using titania nanotubes. Environmental Nanotechnology Monitroing and Management, ELSEVIER (IF: None) http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.enmm.2016.01.001.
14. Khokhar, M. F. Mehdi H., Z. Abbas, & Javed Z. (2016). Temporal assessment of NO2 pollution levels in urban centres of Pakistan by employing ground-based and satellite observations. Journal of aerosol and air quality research, 16 (8): 1854–1867. (IF=2.39)
15. Yasmin N., M. F. Khokhar, S. Tanveer, Z. Saqib, W. R. Khan (2016). Dynamical assessment of vegetation trends over margalla hills national park by using MODIS vegetation indice. Pakistan journal of Agricultural sciences, PakJAS, id:3759. (IF: 1.049)
16. Saira Khalid, Imran Hashmi (2016). Biotreatment of chlorpyrifos in a bench scale bioreactor using Psychrobacteralimentarius T14. Environmental Technology, 37(3):316-325. (IF: 1.76)
17. Saira Khalid, Imran Hashmi, Sher Jamal Khan (2016). Bacterial assisted degradation of chlorpyrifos: The key role of environmental conditions, trace metals and organic solvents. Journal of Environmental Management, 168: 1–9. (IF: 3.131)
18. Asma Saeed., Imran Hashmi, Ava Zare, Mitra Mehrabani-Zeinabad, Gopal Achari, Hamid R Habibi (2016). Efficacy of UV-C photolysis of bisphenol A on transcriptome alterations of genes in zebrafish embryos. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, 51(11): 877-883. (IF: None)
19. Sajida Rasheed, Luiza C Campos, Jong K Kim, Qizhi Zhou, Imran Hashmi (2016). Optimization of total trihalomethanes'(TTHMs) and their precursors’ removal by granulated activated carbon (GAC) and sand dual media by response surface methodology (RSM). Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, DOI: 10.2166/ws.20f15.175. (IF: 0.394)
20. Ch Tahir Mehmood, Ishtiaq A Qazi, Imran Hashmi, Samarth Bhargava, Sriramulu Deepa (2016). Biodegradation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) modified with dye sensitized titania and starch blend using Stenotrophomonas pavanii. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 113: 276–286. (IF: 2.131)
21. Arshad M, Merlina G, Uzu G, Sobanska S, Sarret G, Dumat C, Silvestre J, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2016. Phytoavailability of lead altered by two Pelargonium cultivars grown on contrasting lead-spiked soils. J Soils Sediments, 16, 581-591, IF 2.139
22. Khan AHA, Anees M, Arshad M, Muhammad YS, Iqbal M, Yousaf S. 2016. Effects of illuminance and nutrients on bacterial photo-physiology of hydrocarbon degradation. Sci Total Environ, 557–558, 705–711, IF 4.099
23. Husnain A, Qazi IA, Khaliq W, Arshad M. 2016. Immobilization in cement mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles. J Environ Manage, 172, 10-17, IF 2.723
24. Zahid MS, Iqbal A, Arshad M*. 2016. Benzene degradation with bacterial strains isolated from rhizosphere of Cannabis sativa being irrigated with petroleum refinery wastewater. Desalin Water Treat, 57, 17579-84, IF 1.173
25. Arshad M*, Siddiqa M, Rashid S, Hashmi I, Awan MA, Ali MA. 2016. Biomonitoring of toxic effects of pesticides in occupationally exposed individuals. Saf Health Work. 7, 156-160. (IF: None)
26. Mehmood CT, Qazi IA, Baig MA, Arshad M, Quddos A. 2016. Enhanced photodegradation of titania loaded polyethylene films in a humid environment. Int Biodeter Biodegr, 113, 287-296. (IF: 2.131)
27. Saira, Khalid., Imran, Hashmi., Sher, Jamal. Khan., Ishtiaq, A. Qazi. and Habib, Nasir. (2016). Effect of metal ions and petrochemicals on bioremediation of chlorpyrifos in aerobic sequencing batch bioreactor (ASBR), Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (IF: 2.828)
28. Hanif M.U., Capareda S.C., Kongkasawan J., Iqbal H., Arazo R.O., and Baig M.A. (2016) Effects of pyrolysis temperature on product yields and energy recovery from co-Feeding of cotton gin trash, cow manure, and Micro-algae: A Simulation Study. PLoS ONE, 11(4): e0152230. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152230 {IMPACTT FACTOR=3.25}
29. Jin, H., Hanif, M. U., Capareda, S., Chang, Z., Huang, H., and Ai, Y. (2016). Copper (II) removal potential from aqueous solution by pyrolysis biochar derived from anaerobically digested algae-dairy-manure and effect of KOH activation. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4(1), 365–372. IF: None
30. Waheed, H., Hashmi, I., Jamal Khan, S., Kim, S.R., Arshad, M., Nasir, H. (2016) “Microbial population dynamics and profiling of quorum sensing agents in membrane bioreactor”, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, Accepted. IF 2.131
31. Saba, B., Zaman, B., Mahmood, T., Jamal Khan, S. (2016) “Treatment of Wastewater with a High C/N Ratio in Sequencing Batch Bioreactor (SBBR) containing Biocarriers”, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Accepted. IF 1.065
32. Aftab, B., Jamal Khan, S., Maqbool, T., and Hankins, N.P. (2016) “Heavy metals removal by osmotic membrane bioreactor (OMBR) and their effect on sludge properties”, Desalination, Accepted. IF: 3.756
33. Khanzada, N.K., Jamal Khan, S., Davies, P.A. (2016) “Performance evaluation of reverse osmosis (RO) pre-treatment technologies for in-land brackish water treatment” Desalination, Accepted. IF: 3.756
34. Sher Jamal Khan, Nicholas P. Hankins, Li-Cheng Shen, (2016) Submerged and Attached Growth Membrane Bioreactors and Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment. Book on Emerging Membrane Technology for Sustainable Water Treatment, pISBN:9780444633125, eISBN: :9780444633163, 1st Edition, Pages 277-296, 2016.
35. Muhammad Bilal Asif, Zahiruddin Khan, (2016) Characterization and treatment of flour mills wastewater for reuse – a case study of Al-kausar Flour Mills, Pakistan. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2016, ISSN:1944-3994, eISSN:1944-3986, Volume:57, Issue:9, Pages:3881-3890
36. Yousuf Jamal, Hung-Suck Park, Shishir Kumar Behera, Se-Won Kim, (2016) Optimization of Sodium Hydrosulfide Synthesis for Metal Recovery from Wastewater Using Flue Gas Containing H2S. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ISSN:0733-9372, 142(9)
37. Muhammad Usman Hanif, Sergio C. Capareda, Jinjuta Kongkasawan, Hamid Iqbal, Renato Ortiz Arazo, Muhammad Anwar Baig, (2016). Correction: Effects of pyrolysis temperature on product yields and energy recovery from co-feeding of cotton gin trash, cow manure, and microalgae: A simulation study. PLoS ONE, 2016, ISSN:1932-6203, Volume 11, Issue 7, Article number e0156565
38. Zeb A, Xie X, Yousaf AB, Imran M, Wen T, Wang Z, Guo H.L, Jiang Y.F, Qazi I.A, Xu A.W, (2016), Highly Efficient Fenton and Enzyme-Mimetic Activities of Mixed-Phase VOx Nanoflakes. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN:1944-8244, Volume 8, Issue 44, Pages 30126-30132
39. Asma, Saeed., Imran Hashmi., Ava, Zare., MitraMehrabani-Zeinabad., Gopal, Achari., and Hamid, R. Habibi. (2016). Efficacy of UV-C photolysis of bisphenol A on transcriptome alterations of genes in zebrafish embryos, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 51(11): 877-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10934529.2016.1191296. ISSN 1093-4529, Impact factor: 1.276.

 Publications in Year 2015

1.    Arshad M, Siddiqa M, Rashid S, Hashmi I, Awan MA, Ali MA. 2016. Biomonitoring of toxic effects of pesticides in occupationally exposed individuals. Saf Health Work. 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.11.001.

2.    Sidra, Abbas., Imran, Hashmi., Muhammad, Saif-Ur Rehman,. Ishtiaq, A. Qazi., Mohammad, A. Awan and Habib, Nasir. (2015) Monitoring of chlorination disinfection by-products and their associated health risks in drinking water of Pakistan Journal of Water and Health. 13(1): 270-284. doi:10.2166/wh.2014.096ISSN: 1477-8920: Impact factor: 1.22

3.    Arshad M, Merlina G, Uzu G, Sobanska S, SarretG, Dumat C, Silvestre J, Pinelli E, Kallerhoff J. 2015. Phytoavailability of lead altered by two Pelargonium cultivars grown on contrasting lead-spiked soils. J Soils Sediments, DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1248-6, IF 2.139

4.    Zahid MS, Iqbal A, Arshad M. 2015. Benzene degradation with bacterial strains isolated from rhizosphere of Cannabis sativabeing irrigated with petroleum refinery wastewater. Desalin Water Treat, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1086896, IF 1.173

5.    Zahra Z, Arshad M, Rafique R, Mahmood A, Habib A, Qazi IA, Khan SA. 2015. Metallic Nanoparticle (TiO2and Fe3O4) application modifies rhizosphere phosphorus availability and uptake by Lactuca sativa. J Agric Food Chem. 63, 6876-82, IF 2.912

6.    Hanif HU, Arshad M, Ali MA, Ahmed N, Qazi IA. 2015. Phytoavailability of phosphorus to Lactuca sativain response to soil applied TiO2nanoparticles. Pak J Agri Sci, 52, 177-182, IF 1.049

7.    Zafar M, Arshad M, Khokhar MF. 2015. Assessment of particulate matter (PM10) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons levels at various sites in Faisalabad and their potential toxicity. Pak J Agri Sci, 52, 233-238, IF 1.049

8.    Mehmood CT, Arshad M, Ashfaq T, Bilal M, Shafiq M, Hina K. 2015. Kinetics of adsorptive removal of Drimarene Brilliant Red from aqueous solution using untreated agricultural residues. Pak J Sci Ind Res Ser. A: Phys. Sci. V 59, in press.

9.    Arshad M, Khalid R, Hina K, Ullah S, Ali MA. 2015. Cadmium removal by aquatic macrophyte (Nasturtium officinale) and potential for oil production from the biomass. Pak J Agri Agril Engg Vet Sci, 31, 1-13

10.    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

11.    Aisha Asghar, Zahiruddin Khan, Nida Maqbool, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, and Muhammad Ali Awan Comparison of Adsorption Capability of Activated Carbon and Metal Doped TiO2 for Geosmin and 2-MIB Removal from Water, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2015, Article ID 479103, 11 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/479103 (I.F. 1.64)

12.    Mehmood CM, Qazi IA, Baig MA, Arshad M, Quddos A. 2015. Application of photodegraded polythene films for the treatment of Drimarene Brilliant Red (DBR) dye. Int Biodeter Biodegr, 102, 31-39, IF 2.131

13.    Khokhar M. F., N. Fatima, N. Yasmin, S. Beirle, T. Wagner: “Detection of trends and seasonal variation in tropospheric Nitrogen Dioxide over Pakistan ” journal of aerosol and air quality research, Volume 15, No. 7, December 2015, Pages 2508-2524, doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2015.03.0157, 2015, (IF=2.39)

14.    Khokhar M. F., T. Khalid, N. Yasmin. I. Desmedt: Spatio-Temporal analyses of formaldehyde over Pakistan by using SCIAMACHY and GOME-2 observations. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 15, No. 5, October 2015, Pages 1760-1773, 2015, (IF=2.39)

15.    Abbas. J. M. F. Khokhar, M. Arshad:  Monitoring Formaldehyde Concentration Over Islamabad Using Ground Based And Satellite Observations. Submitted to Journal of Space technology  IST Vol.5 Issue No.1  ISSN 2077-3099 ( HEC recognized for “Y” category), ( in press) 2015.

16.    Khan W. R. M. F. Khokhar, S. Munawwar, Yasmin N., M.N. Rajpar, Q. Panhawar:  Assessing the context of REDD+ in Murree hills forest of Pakistan. Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(6) Special 2015, Pages: 15-20,ISSN-1995-0756, 2015

17.    Shabbir, Y., M. F. Khokhar, R. Shaiganfar, T. Wagner: Spatial variance and assessment of nitrogen dioxide pollution in major cities of Pakistan along N5-highway”. Journal of environmental sciences. JES-D-15-00190R2,( accepted), 2015

18.    Munawar Sana, Khokhar Fahim, Atif Salman. 2015. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation implementation in northern Pakistan. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Journal.  Vol (102) pages 316-323, 10.1016/j.ibiod.2015.02.027, 2015.

19.    Hamid Iqbal & M. A. Baig (2015) Characterization of first flush in urban highway runoffs. Vol. 14, No 1, 45-50.

20.    Iqbal, H., M. A. Baig, Usman Hanif, Usman Ali, S.M.  and Flurry, M. (2015). “Leaching of Metals, Organic Carbon, and Nutrients from Municipal Waste under Semi-Arid Conditions. 9(1): 187-196

21.    Izhar Hussain Shah and Muhammad Zeeshan (2015). Estimation of Light duty vehicle emissions in Islamabad and climate co-benefits of improved emission standards implementation. Atmospheric Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.12.012

22.    Maqbool, T., Jamal Khan, S., Waheed, H., Lee, C.H., Hashmi, I., Iqbal, H. (2015) “Membrane biofouling retardation and improved sludge characteristics using quorum quenching bacteria in submerged membrane bioreactor”, Journal of Membrane Science, 483, 75-83.

23.    Shahzad, M., Jamal Khan, S., Paul, P. (2015) “Influence of Temperature on the Performance of a Full-Scale Activated Sludge Process Operated at Varying Solids Retention Times Whilst Treating Municipal Sewage”, Water, 7, 855-867. IF.1.291

24.    Imran, B., Jamal Khan, S., Qazi, I.A., Arshad, M. (2015) “Removal and recovery of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) from industrial wastewater by two-stage diffusion dialysis (DD) and electrodialysis (ED) processes”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Accepted. IF 0.987

25.    Ahmad, F., Jamal Khan, S., Jamal, Y., Kamran, H., Ahsan, A., Ahmad, M., Khan, A. (2015) “Desalination of brackish water using capacitive deionization (CDI) technology”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Accepted. IF 0.987

26.    Aftab, B., Jamal Khan, S., Maqbool, T., Hankins, N.P. (2015) “High strength domestic wastewater treatment with submerged forward osmosis membrane bioreactor”, Water Science and Technology, Accepted. IF 1.212

27.    Saba, B., Zaman, B., Mahmood, T., Jamal Khan, S. (2015) “Treatment of Wastewater with a High C/N Ratio in Sequencing Batch Bioreactor (SBBR) containing Biocarriers”, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Accepted. IF 1.258.

28.    A. Saeed, I. Hashmi, H.R. Habibi, L.Yu, and G. Achari. (2015) Photocatalytic Degradation of 2,4-D and Transition of endocrine Disruptive Activity Using Transcriptome Based Bioassay in Zebrafish Embryos.International Journal of Environmental Science and Development (IJESD).6(2): 128-132.

29.    S. Rasheed, I. Hashmi, Q. Zhou, J. K. Kim, and L.C. Campos (2015) Combating Accidental Microbial Episodes by Back-Ground Chlorine Residuals in a scaled-up Distribution Network (Rig) Usinga Central Composite Design (CCD). International Journal of Environmental Science and Development (IJESD).6(2): 122-127 ISSN: 2010-0264.

30.    Hira Waheed , Imran Hashmi, Sher Jamal Khan, Sang Ryoung Kim, Muhammad Arshad, HabibNasir. (2015) Microbial population dynamics and profiling of quorum sensing agents in membrane bioreactor. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2015.12.014.

31.    Sajida Rashid, Luiza. C. Campos, Jong, K. Kim, Qizhi Zhou, Imran Hashmi. (2015) Optimization of TTHMs and their precursors’ removal by granulated activated carbon (GAC) and sand dual media by response surface methodology (RSM). Water Science and Technology: Water Supply.DOI: 10.2166/ws.2015.175

32.    Izhar Hussain Shah, Ghulam Murtaza Mastoi, Raza Hussain Shah, Zameer Ali Palh , Khalid Hussain Lashari, Muhammad Amin Qureshi and Amber Shah (2015). Prediction of running emission factors from passenger vehicles in an urban area using International Vehicle Emissions Model as a computational tool. Journal of Multidisciplinary Scientific Research 3(5), 17-21. (ISSN 2307-6976)

33.    Abbas. J. M. F. Khokhar, M. Arshad:  Monitoring Formaldehyde Concentration Over Islamabad Using Ground Based And Satellite Observations. Submitted to Journal of Space technology JST Vol.5 Issue No.1 ISSN 2077-3099 (HEC recognized for “Y” category), 2015.

34.    Khan W. R. M. F. Khokhar, S. Munawwar, Yasmin N., M.N. Rajpar, Q. Panhawar:  Assessing the context of REDD+ in Murree hills forest of Pakistan. Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(6) Special 2015, Pages: 15-20, ISSN-1995-0756, 2015

35.    Nusrat Shaheen , Muhammad Anwar Baig , Muhammad Ahsan Mahboob , Saeed Akbar and Muhammad Fahim Khokar (2015). Application of Remote Sensing Technologies to detect the vegetation changes during past two decades in Islamabad, Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences Volume 4, Number 3. 2305-9249 ISSN (P): 2305-9494 Publisher: Centre of Excellence for Scientific & Research Journalism.

36.    Muhammad Zeeshan, N. T. Kim Oanh (2015). Relationship of MISR component AODs with black carbon and other ground monitored particulate matter composition, Atmospheric Pollution Research, 6(1): 62-69.

37.    Saira, Khalid. and Imran, Hashmi (2015) Biotreatment of chlorpyrifos in a bench scale bioreactor using Psychrobacteralimentarius T14. Environmental Technology, 37(3):316-25.

38.    Ch. Tahir Mehmood, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Muhammad Anwar Baig, Muhammad Arshad & Abdul Quddos (2015) Enhanced photodegradation of titania loaded polyethylene films in a humid environment. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2015.12.005.

 Publications in Year 2014

1.    Latif W, Qazi IA, Hashmi I, Arshad M, Nasir H, Habib A. 2014. A novel method for preparation of pure and iron doped Titania nanotube coated wood surfaces to disinfect airborne bacterial species Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Env Sci Eng, 31:681-688.
2.    Gadelha, G., Nawaz, M.S., Wang, R., Tang, C.Y., Jamal Khan, S. and Hankins, N.P. (2014) “Assessment of Micellar Draw Solutions for use in Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactors”, Desalination, 354 (97-106). IF: 3.960
3.    Maqbool, T., Jamal Khan, S., Lee, C.H. (2014) “Effects of filtration modes on membrane fouling behavior and treatment in submerged membrane bioreactor”, Bioresource Technology, 172 (391-395). IF: 5.039
4.    Y. Jamal et al., 2014 In-situ processing of Nannochloropsis oculata algal biomass using a mixed-bed ion-exchange resin as a heterogeneous catalyst. Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering.
5.    Jamal Khan, S., Ahmad, A., Nawaz, S., Hankins, N. (2014) “Membrane Fouling and Performance Evaluation of Conventional MBR, moving biofilm MBR and oxic/anoxic MBR”, Water Science and Technology, 69 (1403-1409). IF 1.212
6.    Haleem N, Arshad M, Shahid M, Tahir MA. 2014. Synthesis of carboxymethyl cellulose from waste of cotton ginning industry. Carbohyd Polym, 113:249–255.
7.    Shahid M, Austruy A, Echevarria G, Arshad M, Sanaullah M, Aslam M, Nadeem M, Nasim W, Dumat C. 2014. EDTA-enhanced phytoremediation of heavy metals: A review. Soil Sediment Contam, 23:389–416
8.    Ullah S, Arshad M. 2014. Exposure-response of Triticum aestivum to Titanium dioxide nanoparticles application: Seedling Vigor Index and micronuclei formation. Sci Vision, 20:57-61
9.    Asma, Saeed and Imran, Hashmi. (2014) Evaluation of anthropogenic effects on water quality and bacterial diversity in Rawal Lake, Islamabad Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186(5):2785-2793.ISSN: 0167-6369 (print version): 1573-2959 (electronic version): Impact factor: 1.436
10.    Hassan Younas., Ishtiaq A. Qazi., Imran Hashmi., Muhammad, Ali Awan., Asif, Mahmood. and Hafiz Adil Qayuum (2014) Visible light photocatalytic water disinfection and its kinetics using Titania nanoparticles, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 21:740-752, ISSN: 0944-1344: Impact factor: 2.618, DOI 10.1007/s11356-013-1980-7
11.    Zahra., Imran, Hashmi., Nadia, Akhtar. (2014) Occupational Health and Safety Issues in the Marble Industry and their Potential Measures, International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research. 5(2). ISSN: 2229-5518: Impact factor: 1.4
12.    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).
13.    Ghalib Hasnain, Zahiruddin Khan(2014) “Treatment of High Turbidity Water through Plain & Coagulated Up-Flow Roughing Filter” Desalination and Water Treatment 52: 1035 – 1043
14.    Sara, Qaiser., Imran, Hashmi and Habib, Nasir. (2014) Chlorination at treatment plant and drinking water quality: a case study of different sectors of Islamabad, Pakistan.  Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. 39(7): 5665-5675. ISSN: 1319-8025: Impact factor: 0.224
15.    Khattak P., M. F. Khokhar, N. Yasmin: Spatio – Temporal Analyses of atmospheric sulfur dioxide column densities over Pakistan by using SCIAMACHY data, Volume 14, No. 7, December 2014, Pages 1883-1896 ISSN: 1680-8584 print / 2075-1410 online, doi:10.4210/aaqr.2013.12.0357, 2014,(IF=2.66)
16.    Khattak P., M. F. Khokhar, S. Khan: Trans-boundary SO2 Pollution detected over Pakistan from satellite Observation during 2004-2012, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 14, No. 6, October 2014, Pages 1543-1557 ISSN: 1680-8584 print / 2071-1409 online, 2014 (IF=2.66)
17.    Hamid Iqbal, M. A. Baig., Usman Hanif and M. Usman Ali. (2014) Impact of initial moisture content and waste composition of municipal solid waste on leachate. (Journal of Environmental Technology Accepted)

Publications in Year 2013

1.    Y. Jamal et al., 2013 Sorption Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Regeneration for Lipid Feedstock Deacidification Using a Mixed Bed Ion Exchange Resin. Journal of Food Process Engineering 37, 27–32.

2.    Nawaz, S., Gadelha, G., Jamal Khan, S., Hankins, N. (2013) “Microbial Toxicity Effects of Reverse Transported Draw Solute in the Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactor (FO-MBR)”, Journal of Membrane Science, 429 (323-329) IF: 4.908

3.    Jamal Khan, S., Ilyas, S., and Zohaib-Ur-Rehman (2013) “Impact of nitrogen loading rates on treatment performance of domestic wastewater and fouling propensity in submerged membrane bioreactor (MBR)”, Bioresource Technology, 141 (46-49) IF: 5.039

4.    Jamal Khan, S., Ali, S., Visvanathan, C., and Pillay, V.L. (2013) “Membrane fouling characterization in membrane based septic tank”, Desalination and Water Treatment, 51 (6415-6419) IF 0.852

5.    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)

6.    Saman, K., Ishtiaq, A. Q., Hashmi, I., Muhammad, A. A. and Sadaf, Z. Z. (2013) Synthesis of silver doped titanium TiO2 powder-coated surfaces and its ability to inactivate Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus subtilis Journal of Nanomaterials. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/aip/531010/ ISSN: 1687-4110: Impact factor: 1.376 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/2013/531010/

7.    Sher, J. K., Fozia, P., Aman, A., Hashmi, I. and Nicholas, H. (2013) Performance Evaluation and Bacterial Characterization of Membrane Bioreactors, Bioresource Technology. 141: 2-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016j.biortech.2013.01.140, ISSN: 0960-8524: Impact factor: 4.980

8.    Hira Amjad., Imran, Hashmi., Muhammad Saif Ur Rehman.,  M. Ali Awan., Sajeela Ghaffar. and ZahiruddinKhan. (2013) Cancer and non-cancer risk assessment of trihalomethanes in urban drinking water supplies of Pakistan Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 91: 25–31, ISSN: 0147-6513: Impact factor: 2.294

9.    Hira, Waheed., Imran, Hashmi., Abdul, Khaliq, Naveed. and Sher, Jamal, Khan. (2013) Molecular detection of microbial community of a nitrifying-denitifying activated sludge system International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. 85:527-532. ISSN: 0964-8305: Impact factor: 2.074

10.    Sara Ishaque., Zainab Nisar., Sabah Iqbal., Manan Abbas. and Imran, Hashmi (2013). “Physicochemical and Bacteriological Analysis of Water used for Drinking Purposes within a Residential University” NUST Journal of Engineering Sciences (NJES) . volume 4 issue 1. http://www.njes.nust.edu.pk/Volume4.aspx (Ms. Ref. No.: NJES12050107)

11.    Rafique A, Awan MA, Wasti A, Qazi IA, Arshad M. 2013. Removal of fluoride from drinking water using modified immobilized activated alumina. J Chem, 2013, 7 pages, ID 386476,http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/386476.

12.    Imtiaz J, Hashmi I, Saeed A, Qazi IA, Arshad M. 2013. Development of PCR protocol for detection of Escherichia coli in drinking water. WIT T Ecol Environ, 171:225-234.

13.    Farooq S, Hashmi I, Arshad M, Qazi IA. 2013. Acetanilide herbicide degradation using indigenous soil microorganisms. WIT T Built Environ, 134:685-690.

14.    Bashir, S. Baig, M. A., Ashraf, M Anwar,M. M. Bhalli, M. N. and Munawar, S. (2013) Risk assessment of soil erosion in Rawal watershed using geoinformatics techniques. Science international 25 (3) 583 – 588.

15.    Muhammad Ali Awan, S. Hassan Ahmed, M. Rizwan Aslam, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, M.    Anwar Baig. (2013) Determination of Heavy Metals in Ambient Air Particulate Matter Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, July 2013, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 16551661

16.    Ali, M., & Qazi, I. A. (2013). Effects of substrate-potential on the growth of diamond films through hot-filament chemical vapour deposition. International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 7(2), 171-180.

17.    Ali, Mubarak, Mustafa Ürgen, and Ishtiaq A. Qazi. “Deposition of diamond onto a titanium substrate using a molybdenum intermediate layer.” Chemical Vapor Deposition 19.7-8-9 (2013): 284-289.

18.    Nawaz, S. and Jamal Khan, S. (2013) “Effect of HRT on SBR Performance for Treatability of Combined Domestic and Textile Wastewaters”, Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, 35 (527-532). IF 0.612

19.    Muhammad Ahmed, Zahiruddin Khan, Sher Jamal Khan, M. MasoomPahore and Erum Aamir “Role of HRT in Biological Treatment of combined industrial and municipal wastewater” International Journal of Current Engineering and Technology, 3(3): 766-774.

20.    Zahiruddin Khan, SajidRiaz and Ishtiaq A Qazi (2013) “Comparing Plain and coagulated horizontal flow roughing filtration for high turbidity waters” Journal of Water Science & Technology, 13(2): 413-419.

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Research Group Leader

Dr. Faheem Khokhar

Introduction

C-CARGO, a newly established research group at IESE-NUST (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering- National University of Sciences and Technology) is a step to address the issues of regional air quality and climate change. This research group in collaboration with international partners will play a vital role in exploring the atmospheric composition over Pakistan, in revisiting the existing air quality management procedures, and to help policy makers in developing cost effective and efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in Pakistan.

Activities

  • Research activities including field expeditions and student thesis are designed in accordance to achieve the following objectives under the umbrella of C-CARGO ​
  • Characterize the atmospheric composition over Pakistan
  • Prepare database of different green house and trace gases over Pakistan from Satellite observations
  • Continuous monitoring of atmospheric trace gases
  • Update existing emission inventories
  • Provide timely information to policy makers in order to design policies that are cost effective
  • Address air quality and climate change issues in Pakistan
  • Bridge the gap in atmospheric sciences from local to global scales

PhD Student Research

  • Retrieval of Aerosol optical  properties over Pakistan by exploiting MODIS, POLDAR, CALIPSO and Aeronet Data
  • Temporal record of tropospheric ozone column density over Pakistan by using satellite observation
  • Investigating the impacts of CO on air quality and its plausible linkage to climate change.
  • Long Term Analysis of CFCs Concentration over Pakistan within framework of Montreal Protocol​

MS Students Research

  • Temporal record of atmospheric NO2 columns over Pakistan using satellite observation
  • Temporal record of tropospheric HCHO columns over Pakistan using satellite observation
  • Temporal record of tropospheric SO2 columns over Pakistan using satellite observation
  • Continuous Observations of Chemically Active Trace Gases over Islamabad
  • Sulphur Dioxide concentrations monitoring along the N5 and M2.
  • Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations monitoring along the N5 and M2 Highway
  • Formation of a New Optimal Solution for Min/Max Value Region in Geographic Space
  • Temperature variation over Pakistan from 1961 to 2012 with emphasis on covariance during last decades  temperature and CO2 concentration
  • Preparing the first CO2 atlas of Pakistan via satellite observations
  • Temporal record of CH4 column density over Pakistan using satellite observations
  • Identifying potential of reducing emission on deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) over Northern Pakistan
  • Monitoring formaldehyde concentration over Islamabad using ground based and satellite observations.
  • Extensive use of CNG and its impact on NO2 concentration over Rawalpindi/Islamabad and Lahore using ground based and satellite observations.
  • Murree Hills forest monitoring in the context of REDD+
  • Investigating the Glyoxal (CHOCHO) columns amounts during MADCAT 2014 campaign in Germany
  • Detection temporal and spatial trends in OMI NO2 observations during the time period of 2004-2015
  • Temporal record of tropospheric ozone column density over Pakistan by using satellite observation
  • Investigating the spatial variance of  NO2 columns along the major highways of Northern Punjab region
  • Monitoring the formaldehyde concentration within Pir Sohawa Valley, Islamabad by exploiting car MAX-DOAS and satellite observations.

​Research Group Leader

Dr. Zeshan

Introduction

Technology has improved living standards of human beings on one hand but it has also increased the demand of energy on the other hand. Limited natural resources are being exploited to fulfil this increasing energy demand, which has also resulted in rapid environmental degradation. However, sustainability must be considered for social and economic development of the world while coping with growing energy insecurity. Use of renewable energy resources could be helpful to solve all these problems. Renewable energy is the energy obtained from natural sources which are replenished naturally. Anaerobic biotechnology is a cost effective and sustainable approach for production of bio-energy, which is a type of renewable energy. Use of anaerobic technology for conversion of available organic feedstocks (especially organic wastewater and solid waste) not only produces bio-energy but also meets environmental objectives. It involves various fields of engineering and sciences such as agriculture, biology, chemical engineering and environmental engineering as well as renewable energy technology. Thus the main focus of this research group is to explore various types of locally available organic wastes for production of renewable energy (i.e. biogas) through anaerobic digestion process, which can reduce emissions to environment and produce digestate, a soil amendment.

Activities

  • Design and operation of anaerobic reactor systems for bio-energy production
  • Treatment of high-strength wastewater
  • Solid waste management and Treatment
  • Climate change mitigation through organic waste management

MS Students Research

  • Sibt-e-Hassan (In Progress)
  • Abdul Haq Moon (In Progress)
  • Maliha Jabeen (2015). Biogas production through anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and rice husk under high-solids continuous mesophilic conditions at pilot scale. Conducted at Department of Environmental Sciences, QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Muhammad Rizwan Haider (2014). Anaerobic digestion of municipal and industrial organic solid waste for bioenergy recovery. Conducted at Department of Environmental Sciences, QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Research Projects

 Principal Investigator (PI) of HEC’s startup research grant titled “Biogas production through dry anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste”. The duration of project was 9 months with total budget of Rs. 0.5 Million
     

Research Group Leader

Dr. Muhammad Anwar Baig

Introduction

Here in this group we work on various aspects of solid, industrial/ hazardous, electronic and hospital/health care waste management, leachate generation and treatment through physical, chemical and biological especially phyto-remediation methods. Solid waste is also managed using aerobic, anaerobic and vermin-compost technology and possible option of generation of energy biogas using meso and thermophilic digesters. E-waste is a growing problem of the modern world. Its recycling and management is creating serious health and environment related problems. Initiatives have been taken to compile information about this issue. Water resources, both quantity and quality aspects, it monitoring and modeling is addressed by this group. EIAs and IEEs of small and medium sized projects are also addressed by this group.a

Activities

  • Leachate Treatment and Management
  • E-waste Handling and Management
  • Solid Waste Recycling & Management
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Water Quality Management

Industry Collaboration

  • WASA Rawalpindi
  • WASA Faisalabad
  • PCRWR, Islamabad
  • CDA Local Hospitals
  • Rawalpindi Municipality
  • Ministry of Health
  • Climate Change Ministry
  • Urban Unit
  • NIH and Health Services Academy.

Research Innovations

Constructed the first capping of open dumpsite in the country at H-12 Islamabad. Establishment of Biogas Plant in NUST, Vermi-Compost, Establishment of Constructed wetland for experimental purposes. Establishment of Rainwater Harvesting setup in NUST, Identification and Assessment of Solid Waste in Open Dumpsites Using Remote Sensing; Environmental and Socio-economic Impacts of Run off River Projects; Assessing the Potential Impacts of Rapid Urbanization and Climate Change on Urban Water Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group Leader

​Professor. Dr. Sher Jamal Khan

Introduction

Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater Treatment’ Research Group started in January 2009 at IESE, NUST under the leadership of Dr. Sher Jamal Khan. The main areas of interest and research experience of the group leader include aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment technologies, membrane based technologies for water reclamation and desalination; solar energy based water treatment systems; membrane bioreactors (MBRs); forward osmosis (FO); reverse osmosis (RO), and membrane distillation (MD). He was awarded research grants from HEC, HEC-British Council (BC), NUST R&D, WaterAid, Scottish Government and German Ministry of Education and Research, Fund worth PKR 10 Million, 7 Million, and 37 Million, 23 Million, 3.17 Million and 5.71 Million from 2009 to 2019 respectively. So far, he has authored and co-authored more than 50 international publications with h-index of 17. He has made more than 26 oral presentations at international conferences and organized 10 international workshops at NUST. He is a recipient of the Best Research Paper Award 2010-11 by the HEC and the Best Research Productivity Award 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Pakistan. So far, Dr Sher Jamal Khan has completed supervision of 2 PhD and 35 MS environmental engineering students. Dr. Sher Jamal Khan and his research team at NUST successfully developed the decentralized water treatment system (DWTS) in laboratory scale and established Full Scale DWTS in Muzaffargarh and Lalamusa. He has also established full scale Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) at NUST, through which treated wastewater is reused for horticulture purpose at the campus.

ACTIVITIES

  • Membrane based systems for water reclamation and reuse
  • Solar energy based water treatment systems
  • Hybrid membrane bioreactor (MBR) technologies (Moving Biofilm-MBR, Forward Osmosis-MBR, Quorum Quenching MBR)
  • Brackish water desalination using Capacitive Deionization (CDI), Forward Osmosis (FO) and Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Low cost and decentralized sewage treatment units for rural areas

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors (MBRs), forward osmosis membrane bioreactors (FO-MBRs), and membrane distillation (MD) bioreactors for wastewater reclamation and reuse
  • Aerobic attached growth biological systems including rotating biological contractor (RBC) and trickling filter (TF) for domestic wastewater treatment
  • Anaerobic attached growth biological systems including upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) and anaerobic moving bed biological reactor (AnMBBR) for industrial wastewater treatment

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Principal Investigator of German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project titled ““Innovative Impulses Reducing the Water Footprint of the Global Cotton-Textile Industry towards the UN-Sustainable Development Goals (InoCottonGROW)
  • Principal Investigator of HEC project titled “Development of Biogas Production System from Waste Sludg
  • Principal Investigator of WaterAid, UK project titled “City Wide Approach for Improved WASH Services in Tehsil Jatoi
  • Principal Investigator of Scottish Government project titled “Clean Water from Scotland to Pakistan
  • Principal Investigator of WaterAid, UK project titled “Development and Capacity Building of Affordable and Sustainable Sanitation Solutions in Pakistan
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of WaterAid, UK project titled “WASH Based Research and Development in Academia
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of research project titled “Establishment of Pilot Scale Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) at NUST
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of Oxfam, GB project titled “Voices of Community-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector”
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of WaterAid, UK project title “WASH Action Research with Academia”
  • Pakistani team leader of INSPIRE project titled “Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse at Bench Scale Using Advanced Biological  Treatment Technologies”
  • Principal Investigator (PI) of research project titled “Action learning in environmental engineering to develop employability skills and experience-the use of UK employer sponsored virtual summer placement via Brunel University for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Pakistan”
  • Principal Investigator of research project titled “Nestle Wastewater Treatability Studies”
  • ​13. Principal Investigator (PI) of research project titled “Membrane bioreactor technology (MBR) for wastewater treatment and reuse”

PhD Student Research

  • Development of Micellar Draw Solution and Process Optimization of Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactor (FO-MBR).
  • Evaluation of treatment performance of a full-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant from unsteady to steady state condition.

MS Student Research

  • Impacts of Land Use Change on Surface Runoff of Lai Nullah Basin.
  • Effects of COD/N Ratios on Treatment Performance and Fouling Propensity in an Membrane Bioreactor (MBR).
  • Influence of Nitrogen Loading Rate on Nutrients Removal in an Attached Growth Membrane Bioreactor.
  • Influence of biofilm carriers on membrane fouling propensity in moving biofilm membrane bioreactor.
  • Evaluation of Optimization of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Performance at Sector I-9, Islamabad.
  • Comparing performance and fouling behavior of MBRs for domestic wastewater treatment.
  • Evaluation of  Treatment Performance of Sewage Treatment Plant, Sector I-9, Islamabad.
  • Development of Membrane Based Septic Tank in Treating Domestic Wastewater.
  • Investigation of Sludge Characteristics and Bacterial Diversity of MBR systems.
  • Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Biological Reactors for Textile Wastewater Treatment using Powdered Activated Carbon.
  • Removal of Caustic Soda from Industrial Wastewater.
  • Control of Membrane Biofouling using Quorum Quenching Bacteria in Membrane Bioreactor.
  • Decentralized Treatment of Domestic Wastewater using Membrane Based Septic Tank.
  • Simultaneous brine management and heat extraction from salinity gradient solar pond.
  • Process optimization for improved treatment performances in submerged osmotic membrane bioreactor.
  • Study on fouling behavior and treatment performance of flat sheet woven fiber microfiltration membrane.
  • Desalination of brackish water using Reverse Osmosis.
  • Quorum Quenching based anti biofouling mechanism in a semi pilot scale MBR treating real wastewater.
  • Effect of intermittent operation of lab scale up flow anaerobic sludge blanket USAB reactor in textile wastewater treatment.
  • Performance evaluation of an anaerobic aerobic SBR system for treatment of high strength industrial wastewater.
  • Biofouling reduction in electro-coagulation integrated membrane bioreactor using Quorum Quenching technique.
  • Effect of SRT and bio carriers on performance of a full scale MBR plant.
  • Comparison of Quorum Quenching and backwashing techniques for biofouling control in submerged membrane bioreactor.
  • Evaluation of organic and inorganic draw solutions using submerged osmotic membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater.
  • Recovery of diluted draw solution OS-MBR and production of purified water by membrane distillation.
  • Optimization of Filtration, Relaxation and Chemical Enhanced Backwashing Durations Using Box-Behnken Response Surface Methodology in a Submerged Membrane Bioreactor.
  • Performance evaluation of fertilizer drawn forward osmosis membrane bioreactor treating domestic wastewater.
  • Hybridization of biological systems to treat real textile wastewater.
  • Detection of Quorum Quenching responsible genes in membrane bioreactor.
  • Performance Evaluation and Integration of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor and aerobic sequencing batch reactor (SBR) for the treatment of real textile wastewater.
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment systems for domestic wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Performance evaluation of lab scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor for domestic wastewater treatment.
  • Upconcnetration of domestic wastewater through Bio sorption sedimentation process.
  • Evaluation of Submerged Anaerobic Fertilizer Driven Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor (AnFDOMBR) for Textile Wastewater Treatment.
  • Evaluating the biocidal potential of ESOL against targeted microbial species in water distribution network of NUST.

Research Group Leader

Dr. Yousuf Jamal

Introduction

Green energy resources group was established in 2018 at IESE NUST under the supervision of Dr. Yusuf Jamal. The group has research focused on resources recycling, reuse of materials for environmental protection, finding CPT for low carbon societies, developing separation techniques for carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage besides developing catalyst for fossil and non-fossil energy fuels development. Continuous efforts are being taken to develop new methods and technology, which will not only help in adopting to climate change but also provide economic benefits through resource recovery.

Activities

Green Energy Resources Group (GERG) with its main emphasize on resource recovery from industrial processes and waste is involved in the following activities:

  • Energy analysis through TGA and DTA
  • Development of techniques for ester determination in biodiesel samples by titration
  • RPF and RDF fuel development from waste plastic and agricultural biomass
  • Production of high energy fuels by gasification.

Industrial/International Collaborations

  • Dr. Yun Yong Seung: Institute of Advanced Engineering, South Korea
  • Kathleen Aviso: De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • Dr. Hang Suck Park: University of Ulsan, South Korea  ​

PhD Students Research

  • Gasification of carbonious materials
  • Anaerobic treatment of sugar industry waste water for biogas production

MS Students Research

  • Production of Hydromagnesite through CO2 Absorption in Reject Brine from RO Plants.
  • Development of operational guideline for recycled RO membranes in UF applications
  • Removal of zinc from steel smelter dust.
  • Synthesis of Bio-char through carbonization.
  • Fresh Water Generation from Saline and Contaminated Textile Wastewater Using Active Solar Still Coupled with a Solar Pond System
  • Lithium and Cobalt Extraction from Waste Lithium Ion Batteries for Resources Recovery and Reuse.
  • Physicochemical Treatment of Low Strength Grey-water for Toilet Flushing Reuse.
  • Synthesis of formic acid from carbon dioxide absorption.
  • Refuse plastic fuel (RPF) synthesis from plastic and organic waste
  • Synthesis of formic acid from carbon dioxide absorption.
  • Mixed esters from high free fatty acids waste cooking oil using a heterogeneous column System
  • Comparing physical and thermal characteristics of hangu-orakzai and makharwal coal and char in an inert atmosphere
  • Study of Surface Kinetic Models for Fatty Acid Esterification to Esters Using Acidic Heterogeneous Catalyst.

UG student’s Research

  • Desalination of brackish water using capacitive deionized (CDI) technology. (Rector and Industrial gold medal)
  • Rotary biological contactors for treatment of domestic wastewater (Silver medal)
  • Electrocoagulation for textile industry wastewater treatment.
  • Development of fabric cloth adsorbent to reduce carbon dioxide from air.
  • Comparative study of the impact of magnetized and un-magnetized saline water of irrigation system and agriculture
  • Reuse of PET Plastic and Fly Ash to Enhance the Mechanical Property of Construction Material.

Research Projects/ Grants

  • Funded by USPCase (2018-2019),Physico-chemical treatment of Low Strength Greywater Reuse for Toilet Flushing. PKR 0.384 Million
  • Funded by USPCase (2018-2019),Fresh Water Generation from Saline and Contaminated Textile Wastewater Using Active Solar Still Coupled with a Solar Pond System. PKR 0.57 Million

Energy and Emissions

Introduction

The group started working in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Ali Khan. Starting with Air pollution management related topics, it has evolved over time and currently works in following research domains.

Research Areas

  • Catalytic Pyrolysis
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • Air pollution Management
  • Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort and HVAC

PhD students

  • Shoaib Raza Khan (Research in progress) Catalytic co-pyrolysis of rice straw and waste tires and its techno-economic feasibility for Pakistan.
  • Ayesha Asif (Research in progress) Thermal comfort and indoor air quality, monitoring and simulation.
  • Arooba Waqar (Course Work in progress) Use of pyrolysis char in concrete.
  • Ramisha Azhar (Course Work in progress) Coal Gasification.

MS Students –Completed

  • Momina Ahmad (2021)– Solar resource potential assessment of Pakistan
  • Hammad Qadeer (2021)– Developing Emission Inventory of Passenger Cars of Islamabad
  • Ahsen Masood (2021)– Catalytic co-pyrolysis of waste tires and Rice straw with a focus on liquid yield.
  • Ahmad Hassan (2021)– Microbiological assessment of indoor air quality of hospitals with different types of HVAC systems
  • Bilal Asif (2019) Effect of oxygen storage component (CeO2) on catalytic properties and performance of Co3O4/TiO2 for three-way catalytic activity under real engine operating conditions
  • Bushra Muneer (2019) Catalytic and non-catalytic co-pyrolysis of corn stalk and polystyrene with a focus on liquid yield and quality
  • Hera Iftikhar (2019) Ex-situ co-pyrolysis of sugarcane bagasse and Polystyrene using dual catalytic beds of Metal oxide and HZSM-5
  • Madiha Razzaq (2019) Investigating the use of metal assisted HZSM-5 catalyst for upgrading of liquid yield in co-pyrolysis of Wheat Straw and Polystyrene
  • Rabab Rabbani (2019) Assessment of wind resource potential and power production for selected sites in Pakistan
  • Muhammad Jahanzaib (2018) Development of driving cycle for the estimation of vehicular exhaust emissions and fuel consumption of Islamabad
  • Ramisha Azhar (2018) Crop Residue Open Field Burning: Emission Inventory for Pakistan
  • Syed Asfand Yar Shah (2017) Co-pyrolysis of cotton stalks and waste tires in fixed bed reactor
  • Ayesha Asif (2017) Assessment of Ventilation System, Comfort Level and Microbial Air Quality of Academic and Hospital Buildings
  • Muhammad Usman (2016) Efficiencies and emissions comparison and optimization of commercially available domestic LPG cook stoves in Pakistan
  • Waleed Ahmed (2016) Development and performance evaluation of non-noble metal based catalytic converter.
  • Furqan Sabir (2016) Effects of wash coat on performance of no noble metal based catalytic converter.
  • Ehsan Ullah (2016) Effects of catalyst loading and particle size on performance of no noble metal based catalytic converter.
  • Laeeq Mazhar (2016) High Performing Visible Light Active Ag3PO4/TiO2 Catalyst Anchord on Alumina Beads for Phenol Degradation
  • Muhammad Zohaib Farooq (2016) Co-pyrolysis of wheat straw and waste tires in fixed-bed reactor
  • Naveed Ahmad (2016) Co-pyrolysis of sugarcane bagasse and scrap tire in fixed-bed reactor
  • Shoaib Raza Khan (2016) Thermal Management of Catalytic converter to reduce Cold start emissions from IC. Engine
  • Syed Izhar Hussain Shah (2015) Analysis and Estimation of Vehicular Fleet Emissions in the Islamabad City

 

MS Students -In Progress

  • Absar Ahmed Bhatti – Catalytic Co-pyrolysis of Wheat Straw and Waste Tyre focusing on liquid yield
  • Sara Saeed – Use of Activated char as pyrolysis catalyst for to maximize long chain HCs for jet fuel.
  • Ali Shah Jatala – Assessment of hydel energy potential of northern Pakistan using GIS techniques.
  • Salsabeel Fatima – Assessment of biomass energy potential, site suitability analysis for utility scale biomass based powerplant and technoeconomic feasibility analysis for Pakistan.
  • Huma Naeem Abbasi – Assessment of Wind-biomass hybrid energy potential, site suitability analysis for utility scale wind-biomass based powerplant and technoeconomic feasibility analysis for Pakistan
  • Waliha Noor us Subha – Technoeconomic analysis of Solar Net metering in Islamabad considering the policy factors
  • Usama Jamil – Removal of Chromium (VI) from aqueous solution using Activated Carbon derived from Co Pyrolysis Char of Biomass
  • Muhammad Asim– Source apportionment of ambient particulate matter in Islamabad

 

UG Projects- Completed

  • Measuring and Mapping Traffic Noise Level of Islamabad City (2015), Muhammad Ali, Subhan Sajid, Muhammad Hamza Baig, Rana Muhammad Ali Washakh.
  • Design of a Solar Recharge Cook stove (2016), Syed Haider, Mehrnoosh Khan, Najla Shafqat, Zara Azhar Khan
  • Development of agricultural residue biofuel pellets and subsequent design of a Green cook Stove (2017), Nismah Rizwan, Sara Noor Ehsan, Zahid Hussain
  • Design and Fabrication of Solar-Electric Hybrid Space Heating System (2018), Momina Ahmad, Mehwish Akhtar, Saad-ul-khaf
  • Design and Fabrication of Solar-Thermal Water Purification System (2019), Zimaar Fahad Aziz, Sumaiya Hussain, Suleman Sikandar
  • Development of indoor air filter for VOCs removal (2020 – in Progress), Dania Khan, Warda Waseem, Moazzam Ali, Sabih ul Hasan

Research Publications

ISI Indexed Publications

  • Khan, S. R., & Zeeshan, M.* (2021). Catalytic potential of low-cost natural zeolite and influence of various pretreatments of biomass on pyro-oil up-gradation during co-pyrolysis with scrap rubber tires. Energy, 121820. (IF 7.147)
  • Hassan, A., Zeeshan, M.*, & Bhatti, M. F. (2021). Indoor and outdoor microbiological air quality in naturally and mechanically ventilated university libraries. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 101136. (IF 3.527)
  • Khan, S. R., Zeeshan, M*., Ahmed, A., & Saeed, S. (2021). Comparison of synthetic and low-cost natural zeolite for bio-oil focused pyrolysis of raw and pretreated biomass. Journal of Cleaner Production, 127760 (IF7.246)
  • Asif, B., Zeeshan, M., Iftekhar, S., & Sillanpää, M. (2021). Promoted three-way catalytic activity of the Co3O4/TiO2 catalyst by doping of CeO2 under real engine operating conditions. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 101088 (IF 3.527)
  • Khan, S. R., Zeeshan, M*., Khokhar, M. F., & Ahmad, I. (2021). A comprehensive study on upgradation of pyrolysis products through co-feeding of waste tire into rice straw under broad range of co-feed ratios in a bench-scale fixed bed reactor. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 1-15 (IF 2.6)
  • Umar, M., Atif, S., Hildebrandt, M. L., Tahir, A., Azmat, M., & Zeeshan, M. (2021). Trends of aerosol optical thickness using VIIRS S-NPP during fog episodes in Pakistan and India. Atmosphere, 12(2), 242 (IF 2.397)
  • Rabbani, R., & Zeeshan, M*. (2020). Exploring the suitability of MERRA-2 reanalysis data for wind energy estimation, analysis of wind characteristics and energy potential assessment for selected sites in Pakistan. Renewable Energy (IF 6.274).
  • Nawar, A., Ali, M., Mahmood, M., Anwar, M., & Khan, Z. A. (2020). Effect of Structural Promoters on Calcium Based Sorbents From Waste Derived Sources. Materials Today Communications, 101075 (IF 2.678).
  • Khan, M., Thaheem, MJ., Khan, M., Maqsoom, M., Zeeshan, M. (2020). Thermal comfort and ventilation conditions in healthcare facilities – part 1: an assessment of indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 19(6), 917-933.
  • Asif, A., & Zeeshan, M*. (2020). Indoor temperature, relative humidity and CO2 monitoring and air exchange rates simulation utilizing system dynamics tools for naturally ventilated classrooms. Building and Environment, 106980 (IF4.971).
  • Khan, S. R., Zeeshan, M*., & Masood, A. (2020). Enhancement of hydrocarbons production through co-pyrolysis of acid-treated biomass and waste tire in a fixed bed reactor. Waste Management, 106, 21-31 (IF 5.431).
  • Maqsoom, A., Hashmi, A. A. Q., Zeeshan, M., Arshad, Q., Nawaz, A., & Salahuddin, H. (2019). A system dynamics-based economic performance simulation of construction waste reduction management: effective application of prefabrication. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 18(11), 2363-2376.
  • Mahmood, A., Khushnood, R. A., & Zeeshan, M. (2019). Pyrolytic carbonaceous reinforcements for enhanced electromagnetic and fracture response of cementitious composites. Journal of Cleaner Production, 119288. (IF 6.395)
  • Razzaq, M., Zeeshan, M*., Qaisar, S., Iftikhar, H., & Muneer, B. (2019). Investigating use of metal-modified HZSM-5 catalyst to upgrade liquid yield in co-pyrolysis of wheat straw and polystyrene. Fuel, 257, 116119. (IF 5.12)
  • Manzoor, M., Gul, I., Ahmed, I., Zeeshan, M., Hashmi, I., Amin, B. A. Z., … & Arshad, M. (2019). Metal tolerant bacteria enhanced phytoextraction of lead by two accumulator ornamental species. Chemosphere, 227, 561-569. (IF 5.108)
  • Muneer, B., Zeeshan, M*., Qaisar, S., Razzaq, M., & Iftikhar, H. (2019). Influence of in-situ and ex-situ HZSM-5 catalyst on co-pyrolysis of corn stalk and polystyrene with a focus on liquid yield and quality. Journal of Cleaner Production, 117762 (IF 6.395)
  • Iftikhar, H., Zeeshan, M*., Iqbal, S., Muneer, B., & Razzaq, M. (2019). Co-pyrolysis of Sugarcane Bagasse and Polystyrene with ex-situ catalytic bed of Metal Oxides/HZSM-5 with focus on liquid yield. Bioresource Technology, 121647 (IF 6.669)
  • Ahmed,N., Zeeshan, M*., Iqbal, N., Farooq, M. Z., & Shah, S. A. Y. (2018). Investigation on bio-oil yield and quality with scrap tire addition in sugarcane bagasse pyrolysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 196, 927-934. (IF 6.395)
  • Shah, S. A. Y., Zeeshan, M*., Farooq, M. Z., Ahmed, N., & Iqbal, N. (2018). Co-pyrolysis of cotton stalk and waste tire with a focus on liquid yield quantity and quality. Renewable Energy, 130, 238-244. (IF 5.439)
  • Farooq, M. Z., Zeeshan, M*., Iqbal, S., Ahmed, N., & Shah, S. A. Y. (2018). Influence of waste tire addition on wheat straw pyrolysis yield and oil quality. Energy144, 200-206 (IF 5.537)
  • Azhar, R., Zeeshan, M*., & Fatima, K. (2019). Crop residue open field burning in Pakistan; multi-year high spatial resolution emission inventory for 2000–2014. Atmospheric Environment. (IF 3.7)
  • Asif, A., Zeeshan, M*., & Jahanzaib, M. (2018). Indoor temperature, relative humidity and CO 2 levels assessment in academic buildings with different heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Building and Environment, 133, 83-90 (IF 4.05)
  • Asif, A., Zeeshan, M*., Hashmi, I., Zahid, U. & Bhatti, M. F. (2018). Microbial quality assessment of indoor air in a large hospital building during winter and spring seasons. Building and Environment, 135, 68-73 (IF 4.05)
  • Asif, A., Zeeshan, M*., & Jahanzaib, M. (2019). Assessment of indoor and outdoor microbial air quality of cafeterias of an educational institute. Atmospheric Pollution Research10(2), 531-536 (IF 2.15)
  • Khan, S. R., Zeeshan, M*., & Iqbal, S. (2018). Thermal management of newly developed non-noble metal-based catalytic converter to reduce cold start emissions of small internal combustion engine. Chemical Engineering Communications, 205(5), 680-688 (IF 1.29)
  • Ahmad, W., Noor, T., & Zeeshan, M*. (2017). Effect of synthesis route on catalytic properties and performance of Co3O4/TiO2 for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon oxidation under real engine operating conditions. Catalysis Communications89, 19-24 (IF 3.5)
  • Shah, I. H., & Zeeshan, M*. (2016). Estimation of light duty vehicle emissions in Islamabad and climate co-benefits of improved emission standards implementation. Atmospheric Environment127, 236-243 (IF 3.6)
  • Muhammad, Z., & Thi, K. O. N*. (2015). Relationship of MISR component AODs with black carbon and other ground monitored particulate matter composition. Atmospheric Pollution Research6(1), 62-69 (IF 1.63)
  • Zeeshan, M., & Oanh, N. K*. (2014). Assessment of the relationship between satellite AOD and ground PM10 measurement data considering synoptic meteorological patterns and Lidar data. Science of the Total Environment473, 609-618 (IF 4.9)

 

Research Group Leader

D​​r. Imran Hashmi

Introduction

Environmental Microbiology research group was established in 2004 at IESE NUST under the supervision of Dr. Imran Hashmi. This group has taken tremendous steps for the setup of standard microbiological protocols and strategies. The group has initiated various steps for the water quality analysis, genotoxicity of chlorine by products, pesticides degradation and bacterial degradation of toxic compounds. The group has established its expertise in the domain of phytoremediation, heavy metals toxicity, fish toxicity, quorum quenching and wastewater analysis in order to reach at the pinnacle of international research. Numerous members of the group are currently part of the national and international renowned institutions. Efforts are underway to explore the new avenues of innovative research opportunities which subsequently contribute positively in the welfare of society.

Research Activities

In Pakistan, the current environmental constrain is not only the water scarcity but also the augmented situation of water contamination. Keeping in view this environmental problem, the group is working for offering solutions to these issues. Besides involving in the commercial testing of the water samples, the group is also embroiled into the tackling of DBPs. The other major research activities of the group are:

  • Bacteriological Examination of Water by MF Technique
  • Microbiological Monitoring of Air and Water Quality
  • Effect of Temperature on Growth of Microorganisms
  • Estimation of Standard Coliform Count by MPN Technique
  • Study of the Algal Population of Waste Stabilization Ponds
  • Enumeration of Soil Microorganisms
  • Identification of Bacterial Species
  • Genotoxicity of Chlorine byproducts
  • Biodegradation Studies
  • PCR and Gene Sequencing
  • Testing of Erythrocyte Nuclear Abnormalities
  • Enumeration of Helminthes Eggs and Parasitic Worms
  • Translocation of Microorganisms in Plants
  • Enumeration of Entophytes
  • Quorum Sensing
  • Environmental Toxicological studies using fish
  • Changes in Gene Expression due to environmental pollutants
  • Antibiotic and Pesticide  Contamination Assessment in Rawal Lake

PhD Student Research

  • Microbial evaluation and validation of biomarkers for environmental contaminants.
  • Dynamic model of chlorine decay against controlled microbial intrusion in a prototype drinking water distribution network.
  • Bacterial and enzymatic quorum quenching agents to control biofouling in membrane based treatment system.
  • Biodegradation of pesticides from wastewater using activated sludge process.
  • Microplastics occurrence and their potential toxicity in aquatic environment.
  • Assessment of nano toxicity in aquatic environment using Fish as model organism.
  • Comprehensive risk assessment of Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistant gene (ARGs) for environmental and human health in clinical wastewater by using Abraham Salvation Model and Bayesian Network-Relative Risk Model (BN-RRM).

MS Student Research

  • Assessing the photolytic degradation of Sulfamethoxazole using fish as model organism.
  • Assessment of photolytic degradation of Lambda Cyhalothrin and its effects on fish.
  • Bacterial communities in biofilms from different pipe materials within the distribution network of a residential university.
  • Removal of pollutants from integrated constructed wetland.
  • Water quality assessment of NUST lakes.
  • Assessment of micro-plastics in rawal lake and their toxicity potential at laboratory scale.
  • Evaluating Disinfectants potential for inactivation of microbial species in laboratory prototype distribution network.
  • Indus basin water quality, determination of PAHs using chromatographic analysis.
  • Microbial characterization and water quality assessment of vertical flow constructed wetland.
  • Assessing potential toxicity and bio accumulation of SMX in fish using different bio markers.
  • Monitoring of toxicological effects of Lambda Cyhalothrin on fish using multi-biomarker approach.
  • Evaluation of water quality in Indus tributary (Khanpur Dam).
  • Microbial degradation of SMX and evaluation of its biotoxicity in fish.
  • Microbial degradation of Lambda Cyhalothrin.
  • Evaluation of DBP’s toxicity on Comman Carp.
  • Performance evaluation of constructed wetlands and Helminthes egg removal.
  • Monitoring of water quality in drinking water distribution system in NUST.
  • Efficacy of chlorine and chloramine decay within a prototype distribution network.
  • Comparison of influent and effluent water quality of membrane bioreactors and Phytoremediation Plant.
  • Biodegradation of Endosulfan using sludge using sludge.
  • Performance evaluation of constructed wetland to remove nutrients (N,P) from domestic wastewater.
  • Comparative analysis of microbes in different layers of horizontal flow constructed wetlands.
  • Comparative analysis of Salmonella in carcass, frozen and canned chicken meat.
  • Toxicity due to titania nanoparticles in Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella).
  • Human blood analysis for genotoxic effects of disinfection byproducts.
  • Detection of microbes in drinking water using PCR.
  • Prevalence of microorganisms in influent and effluent of membrane based septic tank.
  • Biochemical response and bioaccumulation of organophosphate in Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio).
  • Determination of degradation potential of indigenous microorganism for toluene.
  • Wastewater treatment in a sub-surface flow constructed wetland: Nutrient removal and microbial monitoring..
  • Isolation of microbial community and evaluating performance efficiency of phytoremediation plant.
  • Biotoxicity potential of organophosphate on common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in Rawal Lake.
  • Quantitative analysis of disinfection byproducts in drinking water distribution networks using SPME and GC.
  • Microbiological analysis of membrane based septic tank effluent and its reuse.
  • Pesticide degradation potential of isolated microorganisms at lab scale and determination of their genetic diversity.
  • Evaluating the effect of overnight stagnation on the physicochemical and microbiological quality of drinking water.
  • Distribution of Salmonella in environmental samples.
  • Inactivation of pathogens by chlorine in a prototype distribution network.
  • High throughput real time PCR for detection of microbial community in distribution network.
  • Comparison of biokinetic coefficient of lab scale MBR system at IESE, NUST.
  • Acetanilide herbicide degradation using indigenous soil microorganism.
  • Detection of microorganisms from drinking water using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • Monitoring of emerging drinking water disinfection by-products for microbial inactivation.
  • Microbial characterization of sewage treatment plant, I-9 Islamabad.
  • Biodegradation of dichlorovos using indigenous soil microorganisms.
  • Assessment of drinking water quality within the distribution network of Rawalpindi.
  • Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using indigenous soil microorganisms.
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) determination in ground water and surface soils of Morgah Rawalpindi by Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • Evaluation of chlorine disinfection efficiency at different pH and temperatures.
  • Detection of trihalomethanes and chlorine residues in drinking water by Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • Determination of trace organics in drinking and wastewater by Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • Pesticide degradation by indigenous soil microorganisms and comparison of growth studies at laboratory scale.
  • Performance Evaluation of Constructed Wetland for Wastewater Treatment.
  • Isolation and Molecular Characterization of Potential Lambda Cyhalothrin Degrading Bacteria.
  • Monitoring of Water Quality in Drinking Water Distribution System.
  • Microbial degradation of sulfamethoxazole and evaluation of bio-toxicity potential in fish.
  • Acute and sub-acute toxicity of chloroform and idoform (DBPs) on common carp.

UG Student Research

  •  Effect of storage tank on water quality within NUST.
  • Modeling of chlorine decay along drinking water distribution system and performance efficiency using booster chlorination system.
  • Performance evaluation of field phytoremediation system.
  • Bacteriological estimation of drinking water treatment system at NUST.

Research Projects

  • Evaluation of chemical induced toxicity and quorum quenching potential using fish as a model organism funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC) , Amounting; Pak Rs. 4,671,171/-, Duration: 2017-2020; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Chlorine Decay Modeling in a Proto-type distribution Network’ funded by PSF, Amounting: Pak Rs. 1,052,278/-, Duration: 2016-2017; Role: Principal Investigator
  • “Toxicity of Road Runoff Pollutants on Common Carp (Cyprinus Carpio)” , Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Startup Research Grant Programme, Amounting: Pak Rs. 4,60,500/-, Duration: 2016-2017; Role: Initially Co-Principal Investigator, later as PI (in progress)
  • “Carbon Storage and Allocation Pattern in Plant Biomass under Drought Stress and Nitrogen Supply”, Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Startup Research Grant Programme, Amounting: Pak Rs. 422,700/-, Duration: 2016-2017; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Diurnal variation of Rawal Lake microbial flora and toxicity potential of environmental contaminants in aquatic life NUST, Amounting: Pak Rs. 568,613/-, Duration: 2013-2014; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Kinetics of drinking water disinfection by-product (chlorine) at lab scale and within the distribution network funded by NUST, Amounting: Pak Rs. 290,000/-, Duration: 2012-2014; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Bacteriological and chemical quality determination of drinking water within the distribution network of Rawalpindi and Islamabad funded by COMSTECH-TWAS, Amounting: US $ 10000/-, Duration: 2011-2013; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Detection of Escherichia coli by multiplex PCR and determination of genetic diversity using pulsed field gel electrophoresis in drinking water funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Amounting: Pak Rs. 4,591,002/-, Duration: 2009 – 2013; Role: Principal-Investigator
  • Study for Combined Effluent Treatment Plant for Textile Industry in Faisalabad funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Amounting: Pak Rs. 238,312/-, Duration: 2008 – 2010; Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Monitoring of Microbial Contaminants and Residual Chlorine in Water Distribution Network of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Rawalpindi funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Amounting: Pak Rs. 3,315,959/-,Duration: Aug 2007 – Aug 2009; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • The Effects of Environmental Pesticides Residues on the Health of workers in Pesticide Manufacturing Industries of Pakistan funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Amounting: Pak Rs. 532,440/-, Duration: 2007 – 2008; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Upgradation of Environmental Microbiology Laboratory at IESE-NUST, Rawalpindi, Higher Education Commission (HEC) funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Amounting: Pak Rs. 1.0/- M, Duration: 20 June 2006 – 20 June 2007; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Establishing the experimental setup for research on biodegradation studies, Rawalpindi funded by Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE), NUST, Amounting: Pak Rs. 50,000/-, Duration: 2005 – 2006; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Programme for Environmental Research & Training (PERT), based in Islamabad, operated throughout Pakistan, Funded by Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), Amounting: Pak Rs. Approx. 2.0/- Million, Duration: 2002 – 2004; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Selection of laboratories for participating in the validation of the HEAD software, Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Duration: 2018 – 2019; Role: Principal Investigator
 

Group Leader

Dr Muhammad Arshad, Professor

Current Members

Lab Demonstrator: Ms Anisa Tahir
PhD Students: Ms. Rabeea Zafar, Ms. Marium Fiaz, Ms. Farwah Yasin, Mr. Awais Javaid
MS Students:  Mr. Sikandar Altaf, Ms. Javairia Khan, Ms. Shanza Bashir, Ms. Sumbal Tarar, Ms. Tayyba Ashfaq, Ms. Sana Rizwan, Ms. Maria Zafar, Ms. Zainab Zahid, Ms. Ammara Aslam, Ms. Myra Javed, Ms. Warda Jabeen.

Past Members​

PhD Students: Ms Aneela Iqbal, Ms. Iram Gul, Ms. Maria Manzoor, Ms. Zahra
MS Students: Mr. Maaz Ahmad, Ms. Sana Nisar, Ms. Shagufta Irum, Ms. Hira Imam Jamil, Ms. Ayesha, Ms. Fariha Ajmal, Ms. Farhat Yasmeen, Ms. Syeda Phyzia Tariq, Ms. Anum Amin, Ms. Saima.

Introduction

Environmental Biotechnology Research Group, formed in Jan 2011 at IESE, NUST is the pioneer group in this field under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Arshad. The aim of this group is to identify, characterize and develop indigenous solutions to challenging environmental problems through biotechnological approaches. The group is involved in performing research on various aspects of plant responses to environmental stresses including physiology, nutrition, mechanisms, soil environment, heavy metals toxicity, antibiotics toxicity, nanoparticles application, microbial and bacterial degradation of toxic compounds, bioremediation, phytoremediation and ethanol production from cellulose, etc. Efforts are underway to develop strategies and standardize experimental protocols, explore new opportunities for innovation and to contribute in the development of society.

Activities

EBG is involved in cutting-edge research activities in phytoavailability of nutrients using nanotechnology approach. The group is also investigating the role & application of microbial consortium to induce phytoavailability of heavy metals and associated plant responses (including tolerance, hyper accumulation and toxicity) along with application of soil amendments (organic/ inorganic) to facilitate the soil remediation process. Because of the fact that these abiotic stresses affect crop yield and food security and, have health concerns. Current research uses a suite of molecular biology tools and plant physiology studies to determine how plants and microorganisms together can contribute to solve the problem of heavy metal contamination. Major research activities include:

  • Investigating the effects of nanoparticles on different plant species
  • Isolation of metal resistant and plant growth promoting bacteria and fungi
  • Functional and molecular characterization of microorganisms
  • Treatment of heavy metal contaminated soil through biological and chemical means
  • Investigating the impact of antibiotics on crop yields and strategies to mitigate the effects in order to ensure food security
  • Antibiotic resistance in microbes present in environmental samples.

Students learn a variety of research methodologies including but not limited to chemical analysis, quantitative analysis, statistical analysis, biomolecular methods, bioinformatics tools and data collection in the laboratory and the field assays to conduct research in their specific sub-fields. Researchers make full use of their abilities in diverse fields not only in academia and research labs but also in public organizations, industries, central and regional governments and NGO’s.

Industrial/International Collaborations

  • In collaboration with SCME NUST, we worked on development of Craboxymethyl Cellulose – CMC from Cotton Gin Waste at lab scale. We contributed in different steps and particularly toxicity assessment. For technology transfer to industry in consultation with ST Venture, NUST, a contract with Shafi Res-Chem, Lahore was signed for further research and development.
  • In collaboration with INP-ENSAT, Ecolab, France we are working on development of an integrated strategy for phytoremediation of lead contaminated soils.
  • DxGen, Seoul, South Korea
  • Collaboration with International faculty
    Prof. Jean Kallerhoff, Ecolab, France
    Prof. Hyung – Kyoon Choi, Chung Ang University, Korea
    Dr. Tae Jung Park, Associate Professor, Chung Ang University, Korea

Research Projects/ Grants​​

  •  2017-2020: Enhancing Biogas Production from Sewage Sludge and Ligno-Cellulosic Waste through Nanoparticles Assisted Chemical Pretreatment. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 4.344 million. Co-PI
  • 2016-2019: Ensuring Food Security and Safety: Development of an Integrated Approach for Safe Usage of Antibiotics Containing Wastewater for Irrigation of Crop Plants. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 6.034 million. Principal Investigator.
  •  2015-2018: Soil–applied TiO2 nanoparticles affect the phytoavailability of phosphorus and yield of rice and wheat. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 2.911 million. Principal Investigator.
  • 2015-2018: Development of an integrated strategy for phytoremediation of lead contaminated soils. PHC-PERIDOT, Jointly funded by Pak-France Governments. PKR 1.45 million. Principal Investigator.
  • 2013-2014: Recovery of cellulose from cotton gin waste and conversion to Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) along with toxicity and economic analysis. Funded by Industry – Reso-Chem, Lahore, Pakistan. PKR 0.5 million. Co–Principal Investigator.
  • 2011-2012: Comet assay setup for environmental toxicity studies at IESE-SCEE-NUST Islamabad. Funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. PKR 0.5 million. Principal Investigator.

PhD Students Research

  • Phytoremediation of petrochemicals from wastewater using endophytic bacteria
  • Organic and Inorganic amendments mediated phytoextraction of lead and cadmium
  • Microbiological interventions at soil-plant interface to induce lead mobility and its remediation
  • Mobility and uptake of phosphorus by rice and wheat in tio2 nanoparticles amended soil
  • Quantification of antibiotics and controlling spread of resistant statins in wastewater and soil
  • Nitrogen cycle disturbances upon exposure to antibiotics in the environment and developing mitigation strategies

MS Students Research

  • Screening of microbes isolated from environmental samples for antibiotics resistance.
  • Effect of DIPA and EDTA on lead phytoavailability and uptake.
  • Isolation and identification of chromium tolerant bacterial strains and their potential to promote plant growth
  • Phytotoxicity in response to NPs in Rice and their impacts on Animal Model
  • Nutrient availability and gene expression response to nanoparticles in rice
  • Cadmium accumulation and its effect on physiological activity and oil production in aquatic macrophytes
  • Kinetics of benzene degradation using selected bacterial strains
  • Phytoavailability of nitrogen in response to application of titania nanoparticles in soil
  • Synthesis of a carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) based composite membrane and testing its performance in saline water treatment
  • Lipids production from oleaginous microbes using agricultural residues as a feedstock
  • Benzene degradation using Rhizospheric Bacteria
  • Physiological effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on wheat and lettuce plants in the context of phosphorus bioavailability
  • Determination of the genotoxic potential of particulate matter in human blood cells
  • Toxicological effects of pure and doped titania nano-particles on leukocytes
  • Impacts of ciprofloxacin on plant growth and soil microbial biomass
  • Phytoavailability of nutrients in response to different nanoparticles application in soil.
  • Cadmium removal from contaminated water using aquatic floating macrophyte – Nasturtium officinale.
  • Risk assessment of TiO2 nanoparticles using crop plants: Exposure response of wheat.
  • Toxicity assessment of ciprofloxacin on Triticum aestivum.
  • Assessing genotoxic effects of airborne pollutants in leucocytes.
  • Genotoxicity of pesticides in industry workers.
  • Phytoavailability of phosphorous affected by TiO2 nanoparticles.
  • Effects of soil pH on phosphorous availability and microbial population upon TiO2 nanoparticles application
  • Impact of soil texture on growth of rice and    multi-nutrient availability in titania amended     soils
  • Growth response and toxicity induced in wheat irrigated with antibiotic containing water
  • Comparative analysis of fertilizer levels and application methods of titania nanoparticles on the growth of rice (oryza sativa l.)
  • Role of organic matter and fertilizers in alleviation of antibiotic toxicity in plants.
  • Integrated approach for phytoremediation of lead contaminated soil using Pelargonium species.
  • Degradation of antibiotics by nanoparticles and its impact on wheat growth
  • Toxicity of TiO 2 NPs on Rice Plant and Soil Microorganisms
  • Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) in antibiotics resistant phenotypes.
  • Role of different levels of fertilizers in alleviation of toxicity in rice crop.
  • Removal of antibiotics from wastewater using green synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles
  • Elimination of antibiotic resistant biofilm by using super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in the presence of a metabolite
  • Potential co-resistance of microbial isolates to heavy metals and antibiotics in wastewater samples
  • Degradation of Phenol by Dye-Sensitized Nanoparticles
  • Comparative analysis and effect of DIPA & EDTA on antimicrobial resistant bacteria
  • Degradation of phenol by using consortium of different microbial strains
  • Comparative analysis and effect of soil amended titania nanoparticles on lettuce and tomato
  • Determination of uptake concentration of ciprofloxacin in zeamays
  • Assessment of differential genetic expression in rice in response to Tio2 nanoparticles
  • Metagenomic analysis of eDNA obtained from soil and co-selection mechanisms of heavy metal resistance and antibiotic resistance in bacteria
  • Synthesis of green silver nanoparticles and their effects on antibiotic resistant bacteria​

UG Students Research

  • Cellulose isolation from cotton gin waste and synthesis of cellulose/PVA membrane for heavy metals removal. Declared as the best project among peers.
  • Production of cellulose acetate from biowaste.
  • Color removal from textile wastewater using biosorbents.

Patent(s)

Patented#142891: Fatima Shahid, Ishtiaq A. Qazi, Imran Hashmi and Muhammad Arshad. Development of Pure and 1% Silver Doped Titania (TiO2) Embedded Polyethylene (PET) Film Protector to Disinfect Bacterial Species on Mobile Phone. Accepted on 09/08/2018
Partial Sequences Published at GenBank of NCBI
Partial sequences of 130 bacterial strains with Accession Numbers are published online at NCBI. The sequence numbers are;
03 Sequences  Accession Numbers – KM520129 – 520131
07 Sequences  Accession Numbers – KP117040 – 117046
11 Sequences Accession Numbers – KX262672 – 262672
109 Sequences Accession Numbers – LC270154 – 270262fcfr

Other Activities

EBG organized International Conference on Bio-approaches for Environment and Sustainability (22 – 23 February, 2017).

Research Group Leader

​Dr. Sofia Baig

International Members

  • CAFÉ M: https://bmedlyn.wordpress.com/people/
  • Sydney Plant Ecophysiology Group

Introduction

Climate change and vegetation dynamics is a newly established research group at IESE-NUST (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering- National University of Sciences and Technology) aiming to improve the ability to understand carbon budget, carbon fluxes, carbon stock, and vegetation patterns and to anticipate changes in those patterns impacted by climate change through field based studies, statistical and modeling tools. The research group targets to assist research of climate change impacts on vegetation (grasses, forests and croplands) through vegetation modelling, field based studies and glasshouse experiments in order to explore the various strategies to combat climate change.

Research Activities

 

  • The main methodologies are IPCC scenarios analysis, extraction of variables from model outputs, and data integration.
  • Assess the vulnerability of forests and croplands to climate change projections.
  • Estimate the net ecosystem exchange and carbon pool in order to understand the climate sensitivity of terrestrial forests and croplands by the package DGVMTools. DGVMTools is designed to provide core functionality for developing and utilizing DGVMs (Dynamic Global Vegetation Models) and similar models (such as Land Surface Models).
  • Estimate Plant species niche and distribution by Maximum Entropy distribution modeling.
  • Carry out field based studies and glasshouse experiments focusing on photosynthesis, carbon allocation and growth pattern to assess the effect of environmental variables.

 MS Student Research

  • Carbon Storage and Allocation Pattern in Plant Biomass under Drought Stress and Nitrogen Supply
  • Terrestrial Carbon Assessment of Himalayan Region to three CMIP5 climate change projections.
  • Estimating crop yield and the impact of climate change in Pakistan by using an ecosystem modeling frame work (LPJ-GUESS).
  • Mapping the climate suitability of Potato (Solanum Tuberosum) using Maxent Modeling approach in Pakistan.
  • Predicting the impacts of climate change on major food crops (Wheat and Maize) of Pakistan.

 

Experimental setup showing treatments and their subsequent 4 replicates each of (a) Eucalyptus camaldulensis and (b) Populus deltoides​​ ​

Tree Vegetation Carbon Mass
Global Vegetation Biomes
​Distribution of Maize in Pakistan in (a) Current and (b) Future Climate IPCC scenarios.
Maxent Model – predicted suitability of climate conditions for Potato Distribution over Pakistan.