Faculty Profile

Dr. Falak Sher

Associate Professor

Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Dr. Falak Sher is currently working as an Associate Professor (tenured) at the Department of Chemistry, SBA School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), LUMS. Before joining LUMS in October 2008, he was a faculty member at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Nilore, Islamabad. Dr. Sher completed his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2005. Prior to this, he received his MS Nuclear Engineering degree from the PIEAS (2nd position) in 1999 and M.Sc. Chemistry degree from the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab in 1996. Dr. Sher also gained the Postdoctoral Research Experience on two different occasions from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and the University of Cambridge (2007-2008). His research has been published in reputed international journals like Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Review B etc.

Dr. Sher’s research group focuses on synthesis and characterization of functional transition metal oxides with interesting properties and applications. Typically, we investigate perovskite oxides (ABO3) for their potential applications in spintronics, thermoelectric devices, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and photocatalysis for environmental remediation. Samples are synthesized by the conventional solid state chemistry and other soft chemistry methods, and characterized by the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) etc. Physical properties such as magnetic, electronic transport, thermal transport etc. are measured by the available facilities at SBASSE and through collaborations with various national and international research groups. Properties of these materials are correlated with their chemical nature and crystal structures, and various strategies are devised to fine tune and optimize their properties.   

Title Publication Author Year
Structural, magnetic and high-temperature thermoelectric properties of La0.4Bi0.4Ca0.2Mn1???xCoxO3(0?????????x?????????0.3) perovskites Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Hira U., Sher F. 2018
Zinc modified cadmium titanite nanoparticles: Electrical and room temperature methanol sensing properties Ceramics International Fareed S., Jamil A., Rafiq M.A., Sher F. 2018
High-temperature thermoelectric properties of Na- and W-Doped Ca3Co4O9system RSC Advances Hira U., Han L., Norrman K., Christensen D.V., Pryds N., Sher F. 2018
An investigation of the electronic, structural and magnetic properties of the ruddlesden-popper phase Sr3RuCoO7 Journal of Solid State Chemistry Hopper H.A., Wildman E.J., Macphee D.E., Sher F., Ritter C., Lledos M., Stenning G., McLaughlin A.C. 2017
Large relative cooling power of Bi-doped La0.8???xBixSr0.08(Ca0.55Ba0.45)0.12MnO3(x=0.0, 0.1 and 0.3) perovskites: Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties Ceramics International Khan A.A., Hira U., Sher F. 2017
Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of CoFe2???xMoxO4(0.0???x???0.3) ferrites Ceramics International Khan A.A., Hira U., Iqbal Z., Usman M., Sher F. 2017
Room temperature ferromagnetism in single-phase Zn1???xMnxS diluted magnetic semiconductors fabricated by co-precipitation technique Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing Hassan M., Younas S., Sher F., Husain S.S., Riaz S., Naseem S. 2017
Temperature and composition dependent density of states extracted using overlapping large polaron tunnelling model in MnxCo1???xFe2O4 (x=0.25, 0.5, 0.75) nanoparticles Physica B: Condensed Matter Jamil A., Afsar M.F., Sher F., Rafiq M.A. 2017
Determination of density of states, conduction mechanisms and dielectric properties of nickel disulfide nanoparticles AIP Advances Jamil A., Batool S.S., Sher F., Rafiq M.A. 2016
Metal complexes of benzimidazole derived sulfonamide: Synthesis, molecular structures and antimicrobial activity Inorganica Chimica Acta Ashraf A., Siddiqui W.A., Akbar J., Mustafa G., Krautscheid H., Ullah N., Mirza B., Sher F., Hanif M., Hartinger C.G. 2016
Absence of colossal magnetoresistance in the oxypnictide PrMnAsO0.95F0.05 Inorganic Chemistry Wildman E.J., Sher F., McLaughlin A.C. 2015
Synthesis of cellulose-metal nanoparticle composites: Development and comparison of different protocols Cellulose Ashraf S., Saif-ur-Rehman, Sher F., Khalid Z.M., Mehmood M., Hussain I. 2014
Association of microstructure and electric heterogeneity in BiFeO3 Materials Chemistry and Physics Makhdoom A.R., Akhtar M.J., Khan R.T.A., Rafiq M.A., Hasan M.M., Sher F., Fitch A.N. 2013
Cation, vacancy, and spin ordered 15R-superstructures in Sr(Cr 1-xFex)O3-y (0.4 ??? x ??? 0.6) perovskites Chemistry of Materials Arevalo-Lopez A.M., Sher F., Farnham J., Watson A.J., Attfield J.P. 2013
"Hard-soft" synthesis of SrCrO 3-?? superstructure phases Angewandte Chemie - International Edition Arevalo-Lopez A.M., Rodgers J.A., Senn M.S., Sher F., Farnham J., Gibbs W., Attfield J.P. 2012
Structural, magnetic, and electrical properties of Bi1-xLaxMnO3(x = 0.0, 0.1, and 0.2) solid solutions Chemistry of Materials Chen W.-T., Sher F., Mathur N.D., Kavanagh C.M., Morrison F.D., Attfield J.P. 2012
Induced antiferromagnetism and large magnetoresistance in Ru Sr2 (Nd,Y,Ce)2 Cu2 O10-?? ruthenocuprates Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Mclaughlin A.C., Sher F., Kimber S.A.J., Attfield J.P. 2007
Experimental difficulties and artefacts in multiferroic and magnetoelectric thin films of BiFeO3, Bi0.6Tb0.3La0.1FeO3 and BiMnO3 Philosophical Magazine Letters Eerenstein W., Morrison F.D., Sher F., Prieto J.L., Attfield J.P., Scott J.F., Mathur N.D. 2007
Chemical tuning of positive and negative magnetoresistances, and superconductivity in 1222-type ruthenocuprates Journal of the American Chemical Society Mclaughlin A.C., Begg L., Harrow C., Kimber S.A.J., Sher F., Attfield J.P. 2006
High Curie temperature in B-site ordered Sr2CrWO6epitaxial thin films Solid State Communications Venimadhav A., Sher F., Attfield J.P., Blamire M.G. 2006
Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Ba2CrMoO6 Solid State Sciences Sher F., Attfield J.P. 2006
Erratum (Retracted article): Negative lattice expansion from the superconductivity-antiferromagnetism crossover in ruthenium copper oxides (Nature (2005) 436 (829-832)) Nature McLaughlin A.C., Sher F., Attfield J.P. 2005
Negative lattice expansion from the superconductivity-antiferromagnetism crossover in ruthenium copper oxides Nature Mclaughlin A.C., Sher F., Attfield J.P. 2005
Structural, magnetic and transport properties of Sr2Fe1-xMgxMoO6(0???x???1) double perovskites Solid State Sciences Sher F., Venimadhav A., Blamire M.G., Dabrowski B., Kolesnik S., Attfield J.P. 2005
Doping studies of the magnetic cobaltocuprate CoSr2Y2-xCexCu2O9???? Journal of Solid State Chemistry McLaughlin A.C., Morrice D., Sher F. 2005
Semester Title Code
Fall Semester 2018-19 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry 1801
Fall Semester 2018-19 Advanced Physical Chemistry-I 1801
Fall Semester 2018-19 Quantum Chemistry 1801
Summer Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1703
Spring Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Chemical Thermodynamics 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Chemical Problems & Reports 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Advanced Physical Chemistry-I 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Quantum Chemistry 1701
Summer Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1603
Spring Semester 2016-17 Master's Thesis II 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Chemical Thermodynamics 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Master's Thesis I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Advanced Physical Chemistry-I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Quantum Chemistry 1601
Summer Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1503
Spring Semester 2015-16 The Physics of Planets Our Current and Future Homes 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Advanced Statistical Mechanics 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Chemical Thermodynamics 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Chemical Problems & Reports 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Statistical Mechanics 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Advanced Physical Chemistry-I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Analytical Chemistry I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Quantum Chemistry 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Summer Semester 2014-15 Doctoral Thesis Research 1403
Spring Semester 2014-15 Chemistry Literature Seminar 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Chemical Thermodynamics 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Chemical Problems & Reports 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Quantum Chemistry 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Chemical Thermodynamics 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Chemistry Seminar 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Senior Project II 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Chemical Problems & Reports 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Advanced Physical Chemistry-I 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Analytical Chemistry I 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Quantum Chemistry 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Functional Materials for Modern Devices 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Independent Study 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Principles of Chemistry 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Physical Chemistry Lab 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Quantum Mechanics-Applications in Chemistry 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Energetics and Chemical Equilibria 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Analytical Techniques and Data Analysis 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Quantum Mechanics-Applications in Chemistry 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Energetics and Chemical Equilibria 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Principles of Chemistry 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Nanoscale Science and Colloidal Chemistry 1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Energetics and Chemical Equilibria 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Experimental Chemistry 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Principles of Chemistry 901
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Electronic Materials 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Principles of Chemistry 2 802