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
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Quantum ChemistryFall Semester 2014-151401
Chemical Problems & ReportsFall Semester 2014-151401
Special Topics in Physical ChemistrySpring Semester 2014-151402
Independent StudySpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Chemical ThermodynamicsSpring Semester 2014-151402
Chemistry Literature SeminarSpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2014-151403
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Quantum ChemistryFall Semester 2015-161501
Analytical Chemistry IFall Semester 2015-161501
Advanced Physical Chemistry-IFall Semester 2015-161501
Selected Topics in Physical ChemistryFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2015-161501
Statistical MechanicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Chemical Problems & ReportsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Chemical ThermodynamicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Advanced Statistical MechanicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2015-161502
The Physics of Planets Our Current and Future HomesSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2015-161503
Quantum ChemistryFall Semester 2016-171601
Advanced Physical Chemistry-IFall Semester 2016-171601
Selected Topics in Physical ChemistryFall Semester 2016-171601
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2016-171601
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2016-171601
Chemical ThermodynamicsSpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2016-171602
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2016-171603
Quantum ChemistryFall Semester 2017-181701
Advanced Physical Chemistry-IFall Semester 2017-181701
Selected Topics in Physical ChemistryFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    Principles of Chemistry 2Winter Qtr 2008-09802
    Electronic MaterialsSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Principles of ChemistryFall Semester 2009-10901
    Experimental ChemistrySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Energetics and Chemical EquilibriaSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Nanoscale Science and Colloidal ChemistryFall Semester 2010-111001
    Principles of ChemistryFall Semester 2010-111001
    Energetics and Chemical EquilibriaSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Quantum Mechanics-Applications in ChemistryFall Semester 2011-121101
    Analytical Techniques and Data AnalysisFall Semester 2011-121101
    Energetics and Chemical EquilibriaSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Quantum Mechanics-Applications in ChemistryFall Semester 2012-131201
    Physical Chemistry LabFall Semester 2012-131201
    Principles of ChemistryFall Semester 2012-131201
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Functional Materials for Modern DevicesSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Quantum ChemistryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Analytical Chemistry IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Advanced Physical Chemistry-IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Chemical Problems & ReportsFall Semester 2013-141301
    Selected Topics in Physical ChemistryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Chemistry SeminarSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Chemical ThermodynamicsSpring Semester 2013-141302