Faculty Profile

Dr. Irshad Hussain

Associate Professor

Department Of 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.

Title Publication Author Year
Porous hypercrosslinked polymer-TiO 2 -graphene composite photocatalysts for visible-light-driven CO 2 conversion Nature Communications Wang S., Xu M., Peng T., Zhang C., Li T., Hussain I., Wang J., Tan B. 2019
Porous hypercrosslinked polymer-TiO 2 -graphene composite photocatalysts for visible-light-driven CO 2 conversion Nature Communications Wang S., Xu M., Peng T., Zhang C., Li T., Hussain I., Wang J., Tan B. 2019
Fabrication of Emulsion-Templated Poly(vinylsulfonic acid)-Ag Nanocomposite Beads with Hierarchical Multimodal Porosity for Water Cleanup Langmuir Mudassir M.A., Hussain S.Z., Asma S.T., Zhang H., Ansari T.M., Hussain I. 2019
Fabrication of Emulsion-Templated Poly(vinylsulfonic acid)-Ag Nanocomposite Beads with Hierarchical Multimodal Porosity for Water Cleanup Langmuir Mudassir M.A., Hussain S.Z., Asma S.T., Zhang H., Ansari T.M., Hussain I. 2019
Magnetic Hierarchically Macroporous Emulsion-Templated Poly(acrylic acid)-Iron Oxide Nanocomposite Beads for Water Remediation Langmuir Mudassir M.A., Hussain S.Z., Jilani A., Zhang H., Ansari T.M., Hussain I. 2019
Magnetic Hierarchically Macroporous Emulsion-Templated Poly(acrylic acid)-Iron Oxide Nanocomposite Beads for Water Remediation Langmuir Mudassir M.A., Hussain S.Z., Jilani A., Zhang H., Ansari T.M., Hussain I. 2019
Metal Nanoclusters: New Paradigm in Catalysis for Water Splitting, Solar and Chemical Energy Conversion ChemSusChem Munir A., Joya K.S., Ul haq T., Babar N.-U.-A., Hussain S.Z., Qurashi A., Ullah N., Hussain I. 2019
Metal Nanoclusters: New Paradigm in Catalysis for Water Splitting, Solar and Chemical Energy Conversion ChemSusChem Munir A., Joya K.S., Ul haq T., Babar N.-U.-A., Hussain S.Z., Qurashi A., Ullah N., Hussain I. 2019
Fabrication of PLA incorporated chitosan nanoparticles to create enhanced functional properties of cotton fabric Pigment and Resin Technology Ali Raza Z., Anwar F., Hussain I., Abid S., Masood R., Shahzad Maqsood H. 2019
Fabrication of PLA incorporated chitosan nanoparticles to create enhanced functional properties of cotton fabric Pigment and Resin Technology Ali Raza Z., Anwar F., Hussain I., Abid S., Masood R., Shahzad Maqsood H. 2019
Biosurfactant coated silver and iron oxide nanoparticles with enhanced anti-biofilm and anti-adhesive properties Journal of Hazardous Materials Khalid H.F., Tehseen B., Sarwar Y., Hussain S.Z., Khan W.S., Raza Z.A., Bajwa S.Z., Kanaras A.G., Hussain I., Rehman A. 2019
Biosurfactant coated silver and iron oxide nanoparticles with enhanced anti-biofilm and anti-adhesive properties Journal of Hazardous Materials Khalid H.F., Tehseen B., Sarwar Y., Hussain S.Z., Khan W.S., Raza Z.A., Bajwa S.Z., Kanaras A.G., Hussain I., Rehman A. 2019
Carbon-dot wrapped ZnO nanoparticle-based photoelectrochemical sensor for selective monitoring of H2O2 released from cancer cells Microchimica Acta Khan F., Akhtar N., Jalal N., Hussain I., Szmigielski R., Hayat M.Q., Ahmad H.B., El-Said W.A., Yang M., Janjua H.A. 2019
Carbon-dot wrapped ZnO nanoparticle-based photoelectrochemical sensor for selective monitoring of H2O2 released from cancer cells Microchimica Acta Khan F., Akhtar N., Jalal N., Hussain I., Szmigielski R., Hayat M.Q., Ahmad H.B., El-Said W.A., Yang M., Janjua H.A. 2019
Ultrasmall Ni/NiO nanoclusters on thiol-functionalized and-exfoliated graphene oxide nanosheets for durable oxygen evolution reaction ACS Applied Energy Materials Munir A., Haq T.U., Qurashi A., Rehman H.U., Ul-Hamid A., Hussain I. 2019
Ultrasmall Ni/NiO nanoclusters on thiol-functionalized and-exfoliated graphene oxide nanosheets for durable oxygen evolution reaction ACS Applied Energy Materials Munir A., Haq T.U., Qurashi A., Rehman H.U., Ul-Hamid A., Hussain I. 2019
PVP-templated highly luminescent copper nanoclusters for sensing trinitrophenol and living cell imaging Nanoscale Li Y., Feng L., Yan W., Hussain I., Su L., Tan B. 2019
Combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria using nanomaterials Chemical Society Reviews Gupta A., Mumtaz S., Li C.-H., Hussain I., Rotello V.M. 2019
Combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria using nanomaterials Chemical Society Reviews Gupta A., Mumtaz S., Li C.-H., Hussain I., Rotello V.M. 2019
PVP-templated highly luminescent copper nanoclusters for sensing trinitrophenol and living cell imaging Nanoscale Li Y., Feng L., Yan W., Hussain I., Su L., Tan B. 2019
Design, characterization and appraisal of chemically modified polysaccharide based mucilage from Ocimum basilicum (basil) seeds for the removal of Cd(II) from spiked high-hardness ground water Journal of Molecular Liquids Lodhi B.A., Abbas A., Hussain M.A., Hussain S.Z., Sher M., Hussain I. 2019
Design, characterization and appraisal of chemically modified polysaccharide based mucilage from Ocimum basilicum (basil) seeds for the removal of Cd(II) from spiked high-hardness ground water Journal of Molecular Liquids Lodhi B.A., Abbas A., Hussain M.A., Hussain S.Z., Sher M., Hussain I. 2019
Facile Synthesis of Hypercrosslinked Hollow Microporous Organic Capsules for Electrochemical Sensing of CuII Ions Chemistry - A European Journal Razzaque S., Wang K., Hussain I., Tan B. 2019
Facile Synthesis of Hypercrosslinked Hollow Microporous Organic Capsules for Electrochemical Sensing of CuII Ions Chemistry - A European Journal Razzaque S., Wang K., Hussain I., Tan B. 2019
Ultrasmall Co@Co(OH)2 Nanoclusters Embedded in N-Enriched Mesoporous Carbon Networks as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidation ChemSusChem Munir A., ul Haq T., Hussain I., Qurashi A., Ullah U., Iqbal M.J., Hussain I. 2019
Polysaccharide-based superporous, superabsorbent, and stimuli responsive hydrogel from sweet Basil: A novel material for sustained drug release Advances in Polymer Technology Lodhi B.A., Hussain M.A., Sher M., Haseeb M.T., Ashraf M.U., Hussain S.Z., Hussain I., Bukhari S.N.A. 2019
Hydrothermal synthesis of carbon nanodots from bovine gelatin and PHM3 microalgae strain for anticancer and bioimaging applications Nanoscale Advances Amjad M., Iqbal M., Faisal A., Junjua A.M., Hussain I., Hussain S.Z., Ghramh H.A., Khan K.A., Janjua H.A. 2019
Identification and evaluation of novel drug combinations of Aurora kinase inhibitor CCT137690 for enhanced efficacy in oral cancer cells Cell Cycle Furqan M., Huma Z., Ashfaq Z., Nasir A., Ullah R., Bilal A., Iqbal M., Khalid M.H., Hussain I., Faisal A. 2019
Sol-Gel Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica-Iron Composite: Kinetics, Equilibrium and Thermodynamics Studies for the Adsorption of Turquoise-Blue X-GB Dye Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie Tahir M.A., Bhatti H.N., Hussain I., Bhatti I.A., Asghar M. 2019
Polysaccharide-based superporous, superabsorbent, and stimuli responsive hydrogel from sweet Basil: A novel material for sustained drug release Advances in Polymer Technology Lodhi B.A., Hussain M.A., Sher M., Haseeb M.T., Ashraf M.U., Hussain S.Z., Hussain I., Bukhari S.N.A. 2019
Ultrasmall Co@Co(OH)2 Nanoclusters Embedded in N-Enriched Mesoporous Carbon Networks as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidation ChemSusChem Munir A., ul Haq T., Hussain I., Qurashi A., Ullah U., Iqbal M.J., Hussain I. 2019
A proactive model on innovative biomedical applications of gold nanoparticles Applied Nanoscience (Switzerland) Irshad A., Zahid M., Husnain T., Rao A.Q., Sarwar N., Hussain I. 2019
Sol-Gel Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica-Iron Composite: Kinetics, Equilibrium and Thermodynamics Studies for the Adsorption of Turquoise-Blue X-GB Dye Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie Tahir M.A., Bhatti H.N., Hussain I., Bhatti I.A., Asghar M. 2019
Isolation and molecular characterization of the indigenous Staphylococcus aureus strain K1 with the ability to reduce hexavalent chromium for its application in bioremediation of metal-contaminated sites PeerJ Tariq M., Waseem M., Rasool M.H., Zahoor M.A., Hussain I. 2019
Identification and evaluation of novel drug combinations of Aurora kinase inhibitor CCT137690 for enhanced efficacy in oral cancer cells Cell Cycle Furqan M., Huma Z., Ashfaq Z., Nasir A., Ullah R., Bilal A., Iqbal M., Khalid M.H., Hussain I., Faisal A. 2019
A proactive model on innovative biomedical applications of gold nanoparticles Applied Nanoscience (Switzerland) Irshad A., Zahid M., Husnain T., Rao A.Q., Sarwar N., Hussain I. 2019
Hydrothermal synthesis of carbon nanodots from bovine gelatin and PHM3 microalgae strain for anticancer and bioimaging applications Nanoscale Advances Amjad M., Iqbal M., Faisal A., Junjua A.M., Hussain I., Hussain S.Z., Ghramh H.A., Khan K.A., Janjua H.A. 2019
Isolation and molecular characterization of the indigenous Staphylococcus aureus strain K1 with the ability to reduce hexavalent chromium for its application in bioremediation of metal-contaminated sites PeerJ Tariq M., Waseem M., Rasool M.H., Zahoor M.A., Hussain I. 2019
Cationic silver nanoclusters as potent antimicrobials against multidrug-resistant bacteria ACS Omega Huma Z.-E., Gupta A., Javed I., Das R., Hussain S.Z., Mumtaz S., Hussain I., Rotello V.M. 2018
Cationic silver nanoclusters as potent antimicrobials against multidrug-resistant bacteria ACS Omega Huma Z.-E., Gupta A., Javed I., Das R., Hussain S.Z., Mumtaz S., Hussain I., Rotello V.M. 2018
Polymeric nanocapsules embedded with ultra-small silver nanoclusters for synergistic pharmacology and improved oral delivery of Docetaxel Scientific Reports Sohail M.F., Hussain S.Z., Saeed H., Javed I., Sarwar H.S., Nadhman A., Huma Z.-E., Rehman M., Jahan S., Hussain I., Shahnaz G. 2018
Polymeric nanocapsules embedded with ultra-small silver nanoclusters for synergistic pharmacology and improved oral delivery of Docetaxel Scientific Reports Sohail M.F., Hussain S.Z., Saeed H., Javed I., Sarwar H.S., Nadhman A., Huma Z.-E., Rehman M., Jahan S., Hussain I., Shahnaz G. 2018
Synthesis, characterization, DFT calculations and antimicrobial studies of cadmium(II) sulfate complexes of thioureas and 2-mercaptopyridine; X-ray structures of polymeric diaqua(N,N???-dimethylthiourea) sulfatocadmium(II) and bis(2-mercaptopyridine)sulfatocadmium(II) Polyhedron Ahmad S., Saleem M., Georgieva I., Ruffer T., Schaarschmidt D., Lang H., Murtaza G., Hussain I., Habib-ur-Rehman, Isab A.A., Malik M.R., Ali S. 2018
Synthesis, characterization, DFT calculations and antimicrobial studies of cadmium(II) sulfate complexes of thioureas and 2-mercaptopyridine; X-ray structures of polymeric diaqua(N,N???-dimethylthiourea) sulfatocadmium(II) and bis(2-mercaptopyridine)sulfatocadmium(II) Polyhedron Ahmad S., Saleem M., Georgieva I., Ruffer T., Schaarschmidt D., Lang H., Murtaza G., Hussain I., Habib-ur-Rehman, Isab A.A., Malik M.R., Ali S. 2018
Hollow mesoporous hydroxyapatite nanostructures; smart nanocarriers with high drug loading and controlled releasing features International Journal of Pharmaceutics Munir M.U., Ihsan A., Sarwar Y., Bajwa S.Z., Bano K., Tehseen B., Zeb N., Hussain I., Ansari M.T., Saeed M., Li J., Iqbal M.Z., Wu A., Khan W.S. 2018
Hollow mesoporous hydroxyapatite nanostructures; smart nanocarriers with high drug loading and controlled releasing features International Journal of Pharmaceutics Munir M.U., Ihsan A., Sarwar Y., Bajwa S.Z., Bano K., Tehseen B., Zeb N., Hussain I., Ansari M.T., Saeed M., Li J., Iqbal M.Z., Wu A., Khan W.S. 2018
Advancements in the oral delivery of docetaxel: Challenges, current state-of-the-art and future trends International Journal of Nanomedicine Sohail M.F., Rehman M., Sarwar H.S., Naveed S., Salman O., Bukhari N.I., Hussain I., Webster T.J., Shahnaz G. 2018
Advancements in the oral delivery of docetaxel: Challenges, current state-of-the-art and future trends International Journal of Nanomedicine Sohail M.F., Rehman M., Sarwar H.S., Naveed S., Salman O., Bukhari N.I., Hussain I., Webster T.J., Shahnaz G. 2018
Synthesis and crystal structure of [azido-bis(cis-1,2-diaminocyclohexane)copper(II)] chloride trihydrate Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences Nawaz S., Monim-Ul-Mehboob M., Tahir M.N., Hussain I., Habib-Ur-Rehman, Hussain S.Z., Ahmad S. 2018
Synthesis and crystal structure of [azido-bis(cis-1,2-diaminocyclohexane)copper(II)] chloride trihydrate Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences Nawaz S., Monim-Ul-Mehboob M., Tahir M.N., Hussain I., Habib-Ur-Rehman, Hussain S.Z., Ahmad S. 2018