Faculty Profile

Dr. Irshad Hussain

Associate Professor

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Dr. Hussain is among the founding members of SBA School of Science & Engineering (SSE) and has played a key role to lead the development of Chemistry Department at LUMS. He is leading department of Chemistry at LUMS since 2009 that is now one of the best Chemistry departments in the region especially with reference to the placement of over 90% of the undergraduate students in the fully funded graduate programs in the world best universities including MIT, Princeton, Yale, Chicago, Cornell, Rice, UIUC, John Hopkins, University of California and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the quality of research. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr. Hussain spearheaded research and development program in Nanobiotechnology at National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan, and developed a Nanobiotech group/facility for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and explore their applications in biotechnology and advanced materials fabrication, which is now among the few best such facilities in Pakistan. Dr. Hussain has published ~70 research articles in prominent journals including Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie - Int. Ed., Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Small, ChemCommun, Langmuir, and Nanoscale. He has delivered several invited/keynote/plenary 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. Dr. Hussain has developed several effective research collaborations with the leading research groups in USA, Europe, China (HUST), Saudi Arabia (KAUST) and several National Institutions in Pakistan. He has got several competitive National/International research grants to explore the applications of metal nanoparticles/ nanoclusters in Chemical/Biomedical Sciences and Renewable Energy Technologies. Notably, Dr. Hussain has got highly competitive Pak-US collaborative research grant (~600,000 USD) funded by HEC and US National Academy of Sciences, Pak-German collaborative research grant (~50,000 Euro) funded by DAAD, Germany, and EPSRC global fund (92,000 GBP) funded by EPSRC-UK. These projects are in collaboration with Prof. Vincent M. Rotello at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, Prof. Wolfgang J. Parak at the Philipps University, Marburg, and Prof. Antonis G. Kanaras at the University of Southampton, UK, respectively and are meant to explore the applications of functional nanomaterials in bacteria detection, bio-imaging/bio-sensing, catalysis and multidrug resistance. In addition, more recently Dr. Hussain has also got 02 more research grants in collaboration with US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) at the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar, to explore the applications of nanomaterials in solar cells and fuel cells that are funded by KPK provincial Govt. and USAID respectively.

In 2007, Dr. Hussain was awarded a Professor Atta-ur-Rehman Gold Medal/Prize in chemistry and more recently (2014) he is also awarded Gold Medal in Chemistry by Pakistan Academy of Sciences to acknowledge his achievements in the field of Chemistry. Dr. Hussain is also the Fellow of the Chemical Society of Pakistan and has served as the Chair of National Nanotech Foresight Committee constituted by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) in 2014. Recently Dr. Hussain was also awarded Charles Wallace visiting fellowship to visit the University of Cambridge, UK, in Summer 2016 to develop linkages.

    • Article
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Rational and combinatorial design of peptide capping ligands for gold nanoparticles . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Aligned two-and three-dimensional structures by directional freezing of polymers and nanoparticles . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Size-controlled synthesis of near-monodisperse gold nanoparticles in the 1-4 nm range using polymeric stabilizers . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Preparation of acrylate-stabilized gold and silver hydrosols and gold-polymer composite films . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Design of polymeric stabilizers for size-controlled synthesis of monodisperse gold nanoparticles in water . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Formation of spherical nanostructures by the controlled aggregation of gold colloids . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Emulsion-Templated Gold Beads Using Gold Nanoparticles as Building Blocks . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). A Pt/Ru nanoparticulate system to study the bifunctional mechanism of electrocatalysis . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Photoreductive synthesis of water-soluble fluorescent metal nanoclusters . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Controlled step growth of molecularly linked gold nanoparticles: from metallic monomers to dimers to polymeric nanoparticle chains . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Site-Specific Ligation of DNA-Modified Gold Nanoparticles Activated by the Restriction Enzyme StyI . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Highly water-soluble magnetic iron oxide (Fe 3 O 4) nanoparticles for drug delivery: enhanced in vitro therapeutic efficacy of doxorubicin and MION conjugates . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Electron microscopy studies of the thermal stability of gold nanoparticle arrays. . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Facile preparation of highly blue fluorescent metal nanoclusters in organic media . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) seed oil: A potential non-food oil source for biodiesel production . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Freeze-Align and Heat-Fuse: Microwires and Networks from Nanoparticle Suspensions . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). A scalable synthesis of highly stable and water dispersible Ag 44 (SR) 30 nanoclusters . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Facile preparation of size-controlled gold nanoparticles using versatile and end-functionalized thioether polymer ligands . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Protein-mediated synthesis, pH-induced reversible agglomeration, toxicity and cellular interaction of silver nanoparticles . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). In situ growth of gold nanoparticles on latent fingerprints-from forensic applications to inkjet printed nanoparticle patterns . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Paper and board mill effluent treatment with the combined biological-coagulation-filtration pilot scale reactor . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Control of surface tension at liquid-liquid interfaces using nanoparticles and nanoparticle-protein complexes . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Polyhexamethylene biguanide functionalized cationic silver nanoparticles for enhanced antimicrobial activity . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis and use of self-assembled rhamnolipid microtubules as templates for gold nanoparticles assembly to form gold microstructures . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis of hierarchically porous inorganic-metal site-isolated nanocomposites . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Carriers-mediated ferromagnetic enhancement in Al-doped ZnMnO dilute magnetic semiconductors . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Emulsions-directed assembly of gold nanoparticles to molecularly-linked and size-controlled spherical aggregates . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Fullerene-linked Pt nanoparticle assemblies . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis of ultraviolet-curable modified polysiloxane and its surface properties . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Living fungal hyphae-templated porous gold microwires using nanoparticles as building blocks . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Novel POSS-based organic-inorganic hybrid porous materials by low cost strategies . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Hydrogen storage and PL properties of novel Cd/CdO shelled hollow microspheres prepared under NH 3 gas environment . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Voltammetric detection of As (III) with Porphyridium cruentum based modified carbon paste electrode biosensor . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Photocatalytic degradation of textile dyes on Cu2O-CuO/TiO2 anatase powders . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Controlled synthesis of uniform palladium nanoparticles on novel micro-porous carbon as a recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for the Heck reaction . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Atomically Monodisperse Nickel Nanoclusters as Highly Active Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidation . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Amelioration of NPK on metals polluted bare and vegetated sites of trelogan mine . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). From porous gold nanocups to porous nanospheres and solid particles-A new synthetic approach . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of lecithin-based nanocarriers for the enhanced pharmacological and oral pharmacokinetic profile of amphotericin B . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Effects of NaCl salinity on seed germination, growth and yield of two varieties of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Lecithin-gold hybrid nanocarriers as efficient and pH selective vehicles for oral delivery of diacerein-In-vitro and in-vivo study . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Design and Utility of Metal/Metal Oxide Nanoparticles Mediated by Thioether End-Functionalized Polymeric Ligands . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Gold nanoparticles supported on fibrous silica nanospheres (KCC-1) as efficient heterogeneous catalysts for CO oxidation . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Polysaccharide based superabsorbent hydrogel from Mimosa pudica: swelling-deswelling and drug release . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Metal nanoparticle assisted polymerase chain reaction for strain typing of Salmonella Typhi . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Facile synthesis of metallized nanocontainers for the entrapment and controlled release of hydrophobic compounds . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Eggshell membrane-templated porous gold membranes using nanoparticles as building blocks . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Assessment of zinc tolerance of pasture and mine populations of Anthoxanthum odoratum by charcoal staining method . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Detection of DNA damage by the Comet assay in MCL-5 cells exposed to urban air particulate matter. . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Hydrophilic Nanoparticles Packed in Oral Tablets Can Improve the Plasma Profile of Short Half-Life Hydrophobic Drugs . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Folate Grafted Thiolated Chitosan Enveloped Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Oral Bioavailability and Anticancer Activity of Docetaxel . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Catalysis by multifunctional polyelectrolyte capsules . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). In-situ synthesis of bi-modal hydrophobic silica nanoparticles for oil-water separation . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Dielectric studies of composite paper reinforced with polypyrrole coated pulp fibers from wasted egg holders . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). POLY 97-Combinatorial design of polymeric stabilizers for size-controlled synthesis of monodisperse gold nanoparticles in water . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis of Porous Materials via Multiscale Templating Approaches: Emulsions, Nanoparticles, Supercritical Fluids, and Directional Freezing . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). COMBINATORIAL DESIGN OF POLYMERIC STABILIZERS FOR SIZE-CONTROLLED SYNTHESIS OF MONODISPERSE GOLD NANOPARTICLES IN WATER . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). What are the limitations in the characterization of self-assembled metamaterials using advanced microscopy techniques? . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Synthesis of metal nanoparticles and their applications in advanced materials fabrication . ,
      • Hussain, I. .(1999). Fundamental sintering studies of 2-dimensional gold nanoparticle arrays . ,
    • Research Paper
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Lysozyme-coated silver nanoparticles for differentiating bacterial strains on the basis of antibacterial activity . Nanoscale Research Letters , SpringerOpen , pp. 565
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Voltammetric detection of As(III) with Porphyridium cruentum based modified carbon paste electrode biosensor . Biosensors and Bioelectronics , Elsevier , pp. 8
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Multifunctional microporous organic polymers . Journal of Materials Chemistry A , Royal Society of Chemistry , pp. 11
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Hollow microporous organic capsules loaded with highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles for catalytic applications . Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics , Wiley InterScience , pp. 8
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Synthesis of cellulose-metal nanoparticle composites: Development and comparison of different protocols . Cellulose , Springer , pp. 12
    • Review
      • Hussain, I. .(2014). Metal ions in the context of nanoparticles toward biological applications . Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering , Science Direct , pp. 10
TitleSemesterCode
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2014-151401
Advanced Organic Chemistry-IFall Semester 2014-151401
Chemical Problems & ReportsFall Semester 2014-151401
Selected Topics in Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2014-151401
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2014-151402
Directed Research ProjectSpring Semester 2014-151402
Chemistry Literature SeminarSpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2014-151403
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Principles of ChemistryFall Semester 2015-161501
Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2015-161501
Advanced Organic Chemistry-IFall Semester 2015-161501
Selected Topics in Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2015-161502
Chemical Problems & ReportsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2015-161503
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Principles of ChemistryFall Semester 2016-171601
Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2016-171601
Advanced Organic Chemistry-IFall Semester 2016-171601
Selected Topics in Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2016-171601
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2016-171601
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2016-171602
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2016-171603
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Principles of Chemistry 2Winter Qtr 2008-09802
    Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2009-10901
    Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2009-10902
    Nanoscale Science and Colloidal ChemistryFall Semester 2010-111001
    Chemistry of the Organic Functional GroupsFall Semester 2010-111001
    Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2010-111001
    Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2010-111002
    Chemistry of the Organic Functional GroupsFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Chemistry of the Organic Functional GroupsFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Advanced Organic Chemistry-IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Chemical Problems & ReportsFall Semester 2013-141301
    Selected Topics in Organic ChemistryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Organic Chemistry Lab ISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Chemistry SeminarSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2013-141303