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Dr. Muhammad Akram Raza

Date of Birth:  April 1, 1976
Nationality: Pakistani
Contact No.: 92 308 7069 110, +92 336 4580 003
Postal Address: Center of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore-54960, Pakistan
E-mail: akramraza.cssp@pu.edu.pk , makraze@yahoo.com

Education
Ph.D  Physics (Experimental), Nanotechnology, Oct 2007- Feb 2012 Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials (PIN) group University of Twente, The Netherlands
Project title: Colloidal routes to functional substrates: From selective metallization to superhydrophobicity
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ir. Bene Poelsema and Dr. Stefan Kooij
M.Phil  Physics (Experimental), 2004 Physics Department, University of the Punjab, Lahore
Project title: Irradiation effects on microstructure and tensile behaviors of high purity nickel
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Khadum Hussain and Prof. Dr. Ijaz Mujtaba Ghauri
M.Sc  Physics, 2001, University of the Punjab
Special subject: Advanced Electronics
B.Sc.  1999, University of the Punjab
Majors: Physics, Mathematics
Research Experience
  • Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes.
  • Shape and size dependent antibacterial activity of nanoparticles.
  • Highly selective gold nanoparticles patterning on bare and structured surfaces using pure water by substrate immersion technique.
  • Selective metallization by seeded growth on patterned gold nanoparticle arrays by electroless deposition technique.
  • Self-assembling of mano- and multilayer arrays of different sized silica spheres (130nm, 440nm, 850nm) on silica substrates by spin coating.
  • Manufacturing of hierarchical roughness surfaces by adsorbing of gold nanoparticles on top of silica sphere arrays.
  • Surface chemistry modification of structured surfaces by functionalizing the gold and silica spheres with thiol-alkanes and fluoroalkylsilanes, respectively by solution based methods to achieve surface superhydrophobicity.
  • Study of droplet impact dynamics on surfaces with different surfaces wettability using high speed photography.
  • Sample preparation by mechanical polishing and chemical etching techniques to reveal the microstructure of high purity nickel.
  • Irradiation of samples by high energy electron beams ranging from 8MeV to 18MeV by linear accelerator for defects introduction into microstructure.
  • Study of mechanical properties (tensile behavior, yield stress and ductility) for both unirradiated and irradiated specimens at room temperature by a universal testing machine (UTM).
Experimental Skills

Have a hand-on and/or data analysis experience of the following.

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique.
  • Goniometer (Dataphysics OCA15+) for static, advanced and receding contact angle measurements.
  • High speed camera (Photron SA3) operated by Photron Fastcam Viewer3 software for high speed imaging during droplet impact studies.
  • Cary 300 UV-vis spectrophotometer (Varian Inc.) for optical characterization of synthesized gold colloids.
  • Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (Woollam, VASE) for optical characterization of prepared samples.
  • Spin coater (WS-400B-6NNP-Lite Spin Processor, Laurell-USA) for fabrication of silica spheres arrays.
  • Clean room facility and chemistry lab (fumed hood and glove box) for nanoparticle synthesis and chemical film deposition to modify the surface chemistry of prepared substrates.
  • Langmuir Blodgett trough (KSV Mini) to deposit mano/multilayer of silica spheres.
  • Centrifuge (Z36HK centrifuge, Hermle-Germany) for the centrifugation of micro/nanoparticles.
  • Universal testing machine (Autograph AG 1/Shimadzu -Japan) to study the tensile behavior of prepared samples.
  • High temperature furnace (Nabertherm-LHT-02/18-Germany) for annealing the sample to relieve internal stresses caused during sample preparation.
Professional Achievements
  • HEC Approved PhD Supervisor
  • HEC Overseas Scholarship for PhD study (2007)
  • Total Publications: 25 ( ISI listed Journals publications: 10, Chapters: 2, Conference papers: 13), Total Impact factor: 20.60, Citations: 97
  • Poster Presentations: 8 , Poster prizes: 2
  • Oral Presentations : 10 ( USA, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Pakistan)
  • Invited talks: 2
Research Interests
  • Antibacterial activity of nanoparticles
  • Nnanostructures fabrication, nanopatterning, selective metallization
  • Surface Science, self-assembly, colloidal synthesis and deposition
  • Wetting Physics, superhydrophobicity, self-cleaning surfaces
Research Projects
1. "Synthesis and optical characterization of gold nanospheres, nanostars and nanorods" Approved by HEC under Startup Research Grant Program (SRGP) for Assistant Professors Joining under IPFP/TTS (Worth: 0.5 million Rs., completed)
Courses taught (M. Phil and Ph.D Level)
  1. Experimental Characterization Techniques
  2. Characterization of Nanostructures
  3. Nanomaterials-A Theoretical Approach
  4. Chemical Synthesis & Simulation Lab
  5. Defects in Solids
M.Phil. Students Supervised
1 Maryam Nadeem NT ( 2014 -16) “Liquid phase synthesis characterization and antibacterial activity of nickel nanoparticles”
2 Zobia Arshad NT ( 2014 -16) “Solution based synthesis, characterization and antibacterial properties of gold nanoparticles”
3 Anum Rauf NT ( 2014 -16) “Liquid Based Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles”
Reviewer/Referee of International Journals
  • Journal of Materials Science (IF: 2.599), Publishers: Springer, Germany
  • Biofouling (IF: 3.08), Publishers: Taylor & Francis, UK
  • Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology (IF: 3.1), Publisher: Beilstein-Institut Zur Forderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften, Germany
Organizing International Conferences

Member of organizing committee:

  1. International Conference on Solid State Physics (ICSSP'13),
  2. held during December 02-06, 2013 at Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
    http://www.icssp13.org.pk/ http://www.icssp13.org.pk/index.php/committeess/organizingcommitteemembers

  3. International Conference on Solid State Physics (ICSSP'15),
  4. held during December 13 - 17, 2015 at Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of thePunjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
    http://www.icssp15.org.pk/index.php/committees.html

Administrative Responsibilities
  1. Member of Anti-dengue Team, Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab Lahore (2013- to date)
  2. Security Focal Person, Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab Lahore (2014- to date)
  3. Member of disciplinary Committee and Allotment Committee of Boys Hostel No.7, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan (2012-2013)
  4. Information Secretary of Pakistani Student Association University of Twente, The Netherlands. (2010-2011),
Courses/workshops attended
  • “National Training Workshop on Nanomaterials and One Day symposium on Nanotechnology Research in Pakistan”, on November 7-9, 2016, at National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad - Pakistan
  • PSF workshop on "Establishing and Leading Research Lab" on May 02-03, 2016, at Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS institute of Information Technology Lahore
  • "Capillarity and Wetting Phenomena course"by Prof.Dr. F. Mugele , University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • "Advanced Experimental Methods course" by Dr. R. van Gastel and Dr.Ir. H. Wormeester, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • "Surfaces and Thin Layers course" by Prof.Dr.Ir. B. Poelsema and Dr.Ir. H. Wormeester, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • "Surface Science course" by Prof.Dr.Ir. H.J.W. Zandvliet, Dr. R. van Gastel, Dr. E.S. Kooij and Dr.ir. H. Wormeester, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • PhD Network Workshop "Photons and Matter", June 29-July 4, 2008, Hollum, Ameland, The Netherlands
  • "Workshop on Contact Line Instability at the Lorentz Centre" January 4-8, 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands
Job Experience
  1. March 212 - Present
  2. Assistant Professor
    Centre of Excellence In Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan (Teaching and lab of MS-Nanotechnology)

  3. Jan 2006 - Sep 2007
  4. Research Officer/Lecturer
    Centre for advanced studies in Physics CASP), Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Pakistan

  5. April 2012 - June 2013
  6. Assistant Superintendent (Estate-Maintenance)
    Auranzeb Alamgir Hall, Boys Hostel No.7 University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan

Miscellaneous
  • Computer
  • 95/98/XP/Vista, Coral Draw, Photoshop, Excel, Origin Lab, MS Office.

  • Languages
  • English, Urdu, Punjabi, Dutch (basic )

  • Teamwork
  • Have experience of performing following responsibilities

  1. Member of Anti-dengue Team, Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab Lahore (2013- to date).
  2. Security Focal Person, Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab Lahore (2014- to date).
  3. Information Secretary of Pakistani Student Association University of Twente, The Netherlands. (2010-2011).
  4. Member of disciplinary Committee and Allotment Committee of Boys Hostel No.7, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan (2012-2013)
REFERENCES
  1. Prof. Dr. Shahzad Naseem
  2. Director, Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics University of the Punjab, QAC Lahore-54590, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-42-99231136; +92-42-35839387-9
    Fax: +92-42-99231139
    E-mail: director@cssp.pu.edu.pk

  3. Prof. Dr. Ir. Bene Poelsema
  4. Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials (PIN) MESA+ Research Institute University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
    Tel.: +31 53 489 3060
    Email: b.poelsema@tnw.utwente.nl

  5. Dr. Stefan. Kooij
  6. Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials (PIN) MESA+ Research Institute University of Twente P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
    Tel: +31534893148, +31 53 489 3106
    Email: e.s.kooij@tnw.utwente.nl

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