Irshad Hussain received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 2005 on the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and their subsequent use as building blocks to design and fabricate new materials such as porous metals, nanocompsoites, nanochains and polyelectrolyte-metal nanoparticle films etc. Prior to his PhD, he had been working at the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan, to workout biotechnological solutions to various environmental problems. Dr. Hussain spearheaded research and development program in Nanobiotechnology in Pakistan, and has already established a Nanobiotech group at NIBGE to develop the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and explore their applications in biotechnology and advanced materials fabrication. He has published several research articles in prominent journals including Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Small, ChemCommun, Langmuir, Nanoscale and others. He has delivered several lectures at national and international forums to highlight the potential of nanotechnology in various disciplines with particular reference to his own research achievements in this emerging field. His current research interests include synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles to produce nanostructured materials and explore their applications in disease diagnostics and treatment, catalysis, biodiesel production, antimicrobial products, and environmental remediation etc. Dr. Hussain is a regular recipient of annual research productivity allowance/awards since 2006 based on yearly research publications and citations. In 2007, Dr. Hussain was awarded a Professor Atta-ur-Rehman Gold Medal/Prize in chemistry by Pakistan Academy of Sciences to acknowledge his achievements in this field.
Biography Updated on 21 May 2012