Faculty Zeshan


HOD Department of Environmental Sciences

Dr Zeshan has been serving as a faculty member at IESE, NUST since 2015. Research interests of Dr Zeshan include wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Specific research areas include Biological wastewater treatment; Bioenergy production (biogas, biohydrogen & microbial fuel cell systems); Microalgae production for carbon utilization and resource recovery; Solid waste management (waste/biomass decomposition processes like anaerobic digestion, composting, landfilling); Design, operation and monitoring of related systems. He has worked on different externally funded research projects. He has been involved in project conceptualization, methodology development, investigation/execution, monitoring/supervision and administration. He has been part of different committees at department, university and national level to provide his technical inputs in the tasks related to academics. He started his career in the academia in 2013 as a full time Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Academic Background
PhD (Environmental Engineering and Management) Asian Institute of Technology August 14, 2007 - December 18, 2012
Honours and Awards
Best Young Scientist Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award, awarded in Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE 2013) Conference, 29 October-2 November, 2013, Daegu, November 01, 2013
Silver Medal Silver Medal awarded by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad for 2nd highest percentage in BSc. (Hons.) session 2001-2005 July 18, 2005
Hollow CoP/carbon as an efficient catalyst for the peroxymonosulfate activation derived from phytic acid assisted metal-organic framework May 01, 2024 Muhammad Abdul Nasir Khan, Prosper Kwame Klu, Chengming Xiao, Junwen Qi, Tayyaba Noor, Zeshan, Kaleemullah Kalwar, Jiansheng Li, Chemosphere - Volume 355, Article Number 141775
Mycorrhizosphere bacteria inhibit greenhouse gas emissions from microplastics contaminated soil by regulating soil enzyme activities and microbial community structure April 01, 2024 Zeeshan Khan, Tariq Shah, Ghulam Haider, Fazal Adnan, Zeshan, Muhammad Faraz Bhatti, Parvaiz Ahmad, Journal of Environmental Management - Volume 356, Article Number 120673
Effect of catholyte on performance of photosynthetic microbial fuel cell for wastewater treatment and energy recovery February 01, 2024 Zia Ullah, Zeshan, Renewable Energy - Volume 221, Article Number 119810
Eco-friendly cultivation of microalgae using a horizontal twin layer system for treatment of real solid waste leachate February 01, 2024 Sahar Saleem, Zeshan Sheikh, Rashid Iftikhar, Mazhar Iqbal Zafar, Journal of Environmental Management - Volume 351, Article ID: 119847, Pages:14
Performance comparison of a photosynthetic and mechanically aerated microbial fuel cell for wastewater treatment and bioenergy generation using different anolytes December 01, 2023 Zia Ullah, Zeshan Sheikh, Waqas Qamar Zaman, Muhammad Zeeshan, Waheed Miran, Jiansheng Li, Muhammad Abdul Nasir Khan, Shanza Shabbir, Journal of Water Process Engineering - Volume 56, Article Number 104358
Hollow Fe0/graphitized carbon nanocubes derived from the metal-organic framework for enhanced activation of peroxymonosulfate September 01, 2023 Muhammad Abdul Nasir Khan, Prosper Kwame Klu, Chengming Xiao, Ming Zhang, Wuxiang Zhang, Zeshan, Yue Yang, Yujun Zhou, Zhigao Zhu, Junwen Qi, Jiansheng Li, Separation and Purification Technology - Volume 320, Article Number 124101
Antibiotics induced changes in nitrogen metabolism and antioxidative enzymes in mung bean (Vigna radiata) May 15, 2023 Marium Fiaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sumara Masood Ul Hassan, Adnan Khan Niazi, Muhammad Faheem Khokhar, Zeshan, Muhammad Ansar Farooq, Muhammad Arshad, Science of the Total Environment - Volume 873, Article Number 162449
Functional annotation and comparative analysis of four Botrytis cinerea mitogenomes reported from Punjab, Pakistan April 01, 2023 Tehsin Fatma, Haris Ahmed Khan, Aqeel Ahmed, Fazal Adnan, Zeshan, Nasar Um Minullah, Muhammad Faraz Bhatti, Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Volume 30, Issue 4, Article Number 103605
Microalgal treatment of high-nutrient wastewater using twin layer cultivation system April 01, 2023 Nabia Farrukh Sohail, Zeshan , Rashid Iftikhar, Sahar Saleem, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering - Volume 11, Issue 2, Article Number 109248
Municipal wastewater treatment with corrugated PVC carrier anaerobic baffled reactor February 01, 2023 Nadeem Ullah, Zeshan, Malik Badshah, Water Science and Technology - Volume 87, Issue 3, Pages 660-671
Mussel shell based CaO nano-catalyst doped with praseodymium to enhance biodiesel production from castor oil December 15, 2022 Sana Gohar Khan, Muhammad Hassan, Mustafa Anwar, Zeshan, Uneeb Masood Khan, Chao Zhao , Fuel - Volume 330, Article Number 125480
Operation of microalgal horizontal twin layer system for treatment of real wastewater and production of lipids August 01, 2022 Sahar Saleem, Zeshan, Rashid Iftikhar, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Zeeshan Ali Khan, Muhammad Hassan, Journal of Water Process Engineering - Volume 48, Article Number 102932
Proximate and elemental analysis of solid recovered fuel, its comparison with existing fossil fuels in terms of physical characteristics and economic benefits June 01, 2022 Waqas Ahmad, Muhammad Hassan, Zeshan, Shah Fahad Bin Masud, Saira Kamwal, Ram Sarup Singh, Mustafa Anwar, Esmaeil Mehryar, Chao Zhao , Bioresource Technology Reports - Volume 18, Article Number 101049
Effect of low levels of oxytetracycline on anaerobic digestion of cattle manure April 01, 2022 Moniba Mushtaq, Zeshan, Muhammad Zeeshan, Ismat Nawaz, Muneeb Hassan, Bioresource Technology - Volume 349, Article Number 126894
Biological carbon capture, growth kinetics and biomass composition of novel microalgal species February 21, 2022 Tahreem Assad Khan, Rabia Liaquat, Zeshan, Asif Hussain Khoja, Atia Bano, Bioresource Technology Reports - Volume 17, Article Number 100982
Performance Evaluation of Integrated Anaerobic and Aerobic Reactors for Treatment of Real Textile Wastewater January 07, 2022 Muhammad Usman Saleem, Sher Jamal Khan, Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Zeshan, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology - Pages 1-12
Growth kinetics of microalgae cultivated in different dilutions of fresh leachate for sustainable nutrient recovery and carbon fixation January 01, 2022 Sahar Saleem, Zeshan, Rashid Iftikhar, Mazhar Iqbal Zafar, Nabia Farrukh Sohail, Biochemical Engineering Journal - Volume 178, Article Number 108299
Production of bioethanol and biogas from Spirodela polyrhiza in a biorefinery concept and output energy analysis of the process November 26, 2021 Qurrat ul Ain Rana, Muhammad Adil Nawaz Khan, Zeshan Sheikh, Saleha Parveen, Safia Ahmed, Muhammad Irfan, Rahul Gauttam, Aamer Ali Shah, Asif Jamal, Samiullah Khan, Malik Badshah, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery - Pages 1-10
Computational Assessment of Botrytis cinerea Lipase for Biofuel Production October 30, 2021 Tehsin Fatma, Zeeshan Zafar , Sidra Fatima, Rehan Zafar Paracha, Fazal Adnan, Zeshan, Nasar Virk, Muhammad Faraz Bhatti, Catalysts - Volume 11(11), Article Number 1319
Evaluating the performance of anaerobic moving bed bioreactor and upflow anaerobic hybrid reactor for treating textile desizing wastewater October 01, 2021 Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Prof. Dr. Sher Jamal Khan, Zeshan, Yousuf Jamal, Zunaira Habib, Biochemical Engineering Journal - Volume 174, Article Number 108123
Enhanced Methane Production from Anaerobic Co-digestion of wheat straw rice straw and sugarcane bagasse: A Kinetic Analysis June 30, 2021 Sadia Meraj, Rabia Liaquat, Salman Raza Naqvi, Zeshan Sheikh, Atoofa Zainab, Asif Hussain Khoja, Dagmar Juchelkova, Abdulaziz Atabani, Applied Sciences - Volume 11(13), Article Number 6069
Enhancing biogas production through co-digestion and thermal pretreatment of wheat straw and sunflower meal May 01, 2021 Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan, Muhammad Hassan, Renewable Energy - Volume 168, Pages 1-10
Enhancing methane production from dewatered waste activated sludge through alkaline and photocatalytic pretreatment April 01, 2021 Ayesha Maryem, Zeshan, Malik Badshah, Mariam Sabeeh, Sher Jamal Khan, Bioresource Technology - Volume 325, Article Number 124677
Application of material flow analysis for the assessment of current municipal solid waste management in Karachi, Pakistan March 25, 2021 Shiza Aslam, Faizan Ali, Amna Naseer, Zeshan Sheikh, Waste Management & Research - Pages 1-10
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 March 15, 2021 Shoaib Raza Khan, Muhammad Zeeshan, Muhammad Faheem Khokhar, Zeshan, Iftikhar Ahmad, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery - Pages 1-15
Effect of Solvents on Extraction of Bioactive Substances from CITRULLUS COLOCYNTHIS and Their Antioxidant, Antimicrobial and Antiglycation Activities March 03, 2021 Tahir Mehmood, Kousain Kousar, Hina Arshad, Mudassir Iqbal, Zeshan, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Journal - Volume 55(3), Pages 275-283
Effect of alkaline and alkaline-photocatalytic pretreatment on characteristics and biogas production of rice straw August 01, 2020 Mariam Sabeeh, Zeshan, Rabia Liaquat , Ayesha Maryam, Bioresource Technology - Volume 309, Article Number 123449
Effect of substrate type and concentration on the performance of a double chamber microbial fuel cell April 01, 2020 Zia Ullah, Zeshan Sheikh , Water Science and Technology - Volume: 81, Issue: 7, Pages: 1336-1344
Performance evaluation of anaerobic moving bed bioreactor (An-MBBR) for pretreatment of desizing wastewater February 01, 2020 Hafiz Muhammad Aamir Shahzad, Charel Baumann, Sher Jamal Khan, Harald Schönberger, Frank-Andreas Weber, Zeshan, Desalination and Water Treatment - Volume 181, Pages 123-130
Influence of Pseudomonas japonica and organic amendments on the growth and metal tolerance of Celosia argentea L. August 20, 2019 Ameena Iqbal, Muhammad Umair Mushtaq, Aqib Hassan Ali Khan, Ismat Nawaz, Sohail Yousaf, Zeshan, Mazhar Iqbal, Environmental Science and Pollution Research - -
Effect of inoculum type and organic loading on biogas production of sunflower meal and wheat straw March 19, 2019 Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan Sheikh, Sustainable Environment Research - Volume 29, Issue 4
Synergistic effect of alkaline pretreatment and magnetite nanoparticle application on biogas production from rice straw March 01, 2019 Muhammad Junaid Khalid, Zeshan, Adeel Waqas, Ismat Nawaz, Bioresource Technology - Volume 275, Pages 288-296
Thermal and electrical management of photovoltaic panels using phase change materials - A review September 30, 2018 Adeel Waqas Ahmad , Jie Ji, Lijie Xu, Majid Ali, Zeshan, Jahanzeb Alvi, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews - Volume 92, Pages 254-271
Effect of thermal pretreatment on chemical composition, physical structure and biogas production kinetics of wheat straw September 01, 2018 Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan Sheikh, Chettiyappan Visvanathan, Journal of Environmental Management - NULL
Combined application of biochar, compost, and bacterial consortia with Italian ryegrass enhanced phytoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil September 01, 2018 Fida Hussain, Imran Hussain, Aqib Hassan Ali Khan, Yousaf Shad Muhammad, Mazhar Iqbal, Gerhard Soja, Thomas Gerhard Reichenauer, Zeshan, Sohail Yousaf, Environmental and Experimental Botany - NULL
Thermal management of conventional photovoltaic module using phase change materials?An experimental investigation December 01, 2017 Adeel Waqas, Jie Ji, Ali Bahadar, Lijie Xu, Zeshan, Mawufemo Modjinou, Energy Exploration & Exploitation - Volume 37, Issue 5, Pages 1516-1540
Effect of Chelators and Substrates on Phytoremediation of Synthetic Leachate for Removal of Trace Elements February 06, 2017 Ammara Batool, Zeshan Sheikh, Soil and Sediment Contamination - Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Pages: 220-233 Published: 2017
Photocatalytic degradation of textile dyes on Cu2O-CuO/TiO2 anatase powders June 01, 2016 A. Ajmal, I. Majeed, R.N. Malik, M. Iqbal, M. Arif Nadeem, I. Hussain, S. Yousaf, Zeshan, G. Mustafaa, M.I. Zafar, M. Amtiaz Nadeem, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering - Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 2138-2146
Effect of mixing ratio of food waste and rice husk co-digestion and substrate to inoculum ratio on biogas production August 01, 2015 Muhammad Rizwan Haider, Zeshan, Sohail Yousaf, Riffat Naseem Malik, Chettiyappan Visvanathan, Bioresource Technology - Volume 190, Pages 451-457
Effect of C/N ratio and ammonia-N accumulation in a pilot-scale thermophilic dry anaerobic digester June 01, 2012 Zeshan, Obuli. P. Karthikeyan, Chettiyappan Visvanathan, Bioresource Technology - Volume 113, Pages 294-302, Special Issue SI
Assessment of Algae-assisted Microbial fuel Cell Performance for Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery Using Two Different Wastewaters as Catholyte September 12, 2022 - September 15, 2022 Zia Ullah, Zeshan, 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection, (SEEP2022)
Wastewater Treatment and Simultaneous Production of Biogas and Electricity Generation by Algae-assisted Microbial Feul Cell August 17, 2022 - August 18, 2022 Shanza Shabbir, Zeshan, 2nd International Conference on Water, Energy and Environment for Sustainability, (ICWEES2022)
Assessment of the Performance of Microbial Fuel Cell for Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery August 17, 2022 - August 18, 2022 Zia Ullah, Zeshan, 2nd International Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment for Sustainability, (IC-WEES-2022)
Operation of Inclined Porous Substrate Bioreactor for Wastewater Treatment Using Microalgae and Sustainable Biodiesel-Lipid Production September 13, 2021 - September 16, 2021 Sahar Saleem, Zeshan, Rashid Iftikhar, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Hassan, 13th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection, University of Natural Resources and Life Science
Analysis of Physico-chemical Characteristics of Rice Straw Pretreated with Sodium Hydroxide February 21, 2018 - February 23, 2018 Muhammad Junaiid Khalid, Zeshan, 2nd International Conference on Energy Systems for Sustainable Development, (ESSD 2018)
Hand Driven Energy Efficient Reactor for Biogas Production From Organic Solid Waste March 10, 2017 - March 11, 2017 Shiza Aslam, Rimsha Zafar, Nauman Akber, Zeshan Sheikh, First International Conference on Emerging Trends in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Effect of substrates on phytoremediation of trace metals from solid waste leachate February 22, 2017 - February 23, 2017 Ammara Batool, Zeshan, Muhammad Arshad, Sher Jamal Khan, International Conference on Bio Approaches for Environment and sustainability, NUST, Islamabad
Start-Up of Thermophilic Dry Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste December 22, 2015 - December 23, 2015 Zeshan, C. Visvanathan, 2nd Conference on Emerging Materials and Processes (CEMP-2015), , SCME, NUST, Islamabad
Continuous high solids co-digestion of food waste and rice husk under mesophilic conditions at pilot scale October 12, 2014 - October 16, 2014 Maliha Jabeen, Zeshan, Sohail Yousaf, 7th Annual Conference on the Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE 2014), Johor Bahru
Digestate management from perspectives of GHG emissions October 29, 2013 - November 02, 2013 Zeshan, C. Visvanathan, 6th Annual Conference on the Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE 2013)
Dry anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste: Potentials and problems April 26, 2012 - April 26, 2012 Zeshan, C. Visvanathan, 2nd International Conference on Anaerobic Digestion for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Bangkok
Ammonia inhibition in dry thermophilic anaerobic digestion of organic fraction of municipal solid waste September 25, 2011 - September 30, 2011 Zeshan, C. Visvanathan, Presented in 4th International Conference on Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE 2011), Tainan
CSR activities in Thailand August 19, 2010 - August 23, 2010 Zeshan, Sheelva Shakya, Young environmental leaders summit 2010
Associate Professor IESE, NUST December 14, 2020 - February 23, 2023
Assistant Professor IESE, NUST June 30, 2015 - August 13, 2020
Assistant Professor Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad February 15, 2013 - February 15, 2015