Faculty Profile

Dr. Falak Sher

Associate Professor

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.   

    • Article
      • Sher, F. .(2015). Metal complexes of benzimidazole derived sulfonamide: Synthesis, molecular structures and antimicrobial activity . Inorganica Chimica Acta , Elsevier
      • Sher, F. .(2014). Synthesis of cellulose-metal nanoparticle composites: Development and comparison of different protocols . , Cellulose , pp. 12
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Negative lattice expansion from the superconductivity-antiferromagnetism crossover in ruthenium copper oxides . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Oxygen assisted deposition of Sr2FeMoO6 thin films on SrTiO3 (100) . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Experimental difficulties and artefacts in multiferroic and magnetoelectric thin films of BiFeO3, Bi0.6Tb0.3La0.1FeO3 and BiMnO3 . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Cation size variance effects in magnetoresistive Sr2FeMoO6 double perovskites . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Chemical tuning of positive and negative magnetoresistances, and superconductivity in 1222-type ruthenocuprates . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of Two New Ruddlesden-Popper Phase Analogues of SFMO (Sr2FeMoO6) . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Association of microstructure and electric heterogeneity in BiFeO3 . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Structural, Magnetic, and Electrical Properties of Bi1-x La x MnO3 (x= 0.0, 0.1, and 0.2) Solid Solutions . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Ba2CrMoO6 . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). High Curie temperature in B-site ordered Sr2CrWO6 epitaxial thin films . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Cation, Vacancy, and Spin Ordered 15R-Superstructures in Sr(Cr1-xFex)O3-y (0.4<= x<= 0.6) Perovskites . ,
      • Sher, F. .(1999). Determination of density of states, conduction mechanisms and dielectric properties of nickel disulfide nanoparticles . ,
    • Journal Articles
      • Sher, F. .(2015). Absence of Colossal Magnetoresistance in the Oxypnictide PrMnAsO0.95F0.05 . , Inorganic Chemistry , pp. 2536–2542
Fall Semester 2017-18Master's Thesis1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Doctoral Thesis Research1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Advanced Physical Chemistry-I1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Quantum Chemistry1701
Summer Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1603
Spring Semester 2016-17Master's Thesis II1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Chemical Thermodynamics1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Master's Thesis I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Advanced Physical Chemistry-I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Quantum Chemistry1601
Summer Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1503
Spring Semester 2015-16The Physics of Planets Our Current and Future Homes1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Advanced Statistical Mechanics1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Chemical Thermodynamics1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Chemical Problems & Reports1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Statistical Mechanics1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Advanced Physical Chemistry-I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Analytical Chemistry I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Quantum Chemistry1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Summer Semester 2014-15Doctoral Thesis Research1403
Spring Semester 2014-15Chemistry Literature Seminar1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Chemical Thermodynamics1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Independent Study1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Special Topics in Physical Chemistry1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Chemical Problems & Reports1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Quantum Chemistry1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1401
  • Past Courses
    Spring Semester 2013-14Chemical Thermodynamics1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Chemistry Seminar1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Senior Project II1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Chemical Problems & Reports1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Advanced Physical Chemistry-I1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Analytical Chemistry I1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Quantum Chemistry1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13Functional Materials for Modern Devices1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Independent Study1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Principles of Chemistry1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Physical Chemistry Lab1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Quantum Mechanics-Applications in Chemistry1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12Energetics and Chemical Equilibria1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Analytical Techniques and Data Analysis1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Quantum Mechanics-Applications in Chemistry1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Energetics and Chemical Equilibria1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Principles of Chemistry1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Nanoscale Science and Colloidal Chemistry1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10Energetics and Chemical Equilibria902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Experimental Chemistry902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Principles of Chemistry901
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Electronic Materials803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Principles of Chemistry 2802