Dr. Falak Sher is working as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE), LUMS. Before this, he worked in the same capacity for three years at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, PIEAS, Islamabad. He obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests are in the field of synthesis and properties of interesting magnetic and electronic metal oxides. He has a number of publications in the journals of international repute.
Solid State Chemistry
This 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.