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FOREWORD

This website is primarily designed to present an overview of our research and on-going projects for possible future research collaborations with academic and industrial partners. Our research lies at the interface of chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology. We are interested in the questions related to the development of advanced materials and smart devices for improving environment, health, and lifestyle. Broadly, our work can be classified into four inter-connected research themes:

  • Nanomaterials

  • Chemical sensors

  • Polymers and nanocomposites

  • Biomedical materials and diagnostics

These research areas incorporate a significant component of synthetic materials chemistry, but we are also involved in the characterization, fabrication, and testing of a variety of materials including polymer networks, composites, nanoparticles, bioceramics etc. In addition, we are always enthused to explore new materials and applications. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to discuss collaborative research projects in related fields of chemistry, materials science, and-or nanotechnology.

To find out more about our research, please visit this LINK.

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS
  • Au/In2O3 and Au/ZrO2 composite nanoparticles via in situ sacrificial gold electrolysis

A. Afzal*, E. Mesto, C. Di Franco, N. Ditaranto, N. Cioffi*, F. Scordari, G. Scamarcio, L. Torsi
Materials Express 5: 171-179 (2015).


  • (Hydroxypropyl)methylcellulose mediated synthesis of highly porous composite scaffolds for bone repair applications

A.F. Khan*, A. Afzal*, A.A. Chaudhary, M. Saleem, L. Shahzadi, A. Jamal, M. Yar, A. Habib, I.U. Rehman
Science of Advanced Materials 6: 1177-1186 (2015).


  • Layer-by-layer assembly of low-temperature-imprinted poly(methacrylic acid)/gold nanoparticle hybrids for gaseous formaldehyde sensing

N. Iqbal, A. Afzal*, A. Mujahid
RSC Advances 4: 43121-43130 (2014).


  • Design of novel indium oxide supported gold nanocatalysts and their application in homocoupling of arylboronic acids

A. Monopoli, A. Afzal*, C. Di Franco, N. Ditaranto, N. Cioffi, A. Nacci*, G. Scamarcio, L. Torsi
Journal of Molecular Catalysis: A. Chemical 386: 101-107 (2014).


  • Bioimprinting strategies: From soft-lithography to biomimetic sensors and beyond

A. Mujahid, N. Iqbal, A. Afzal*
Biotechnology Advances 31: 1435-1447 (2013).


  • NOx sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures: Progress and perspectives

A. Afzal*, N. Cioffi*, L. Sabbatini, L. Torsi
Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical 171-172: 25-42 (2012).


Find a full list of publications HERE.


RECENT NEWS

Jun 2015
Our article is featured on the front cover of Materials Express
Afzal et al. (2015) Mater Express 5: 171-179.



Jun 2015

Au/In2O3 and Au/ZrO2 composite nanoparticles via in situ sacrificial gold electrolysis
Afzal et al. (2015) Mater Express 5: 171-179.

Jun 2015
(Hydroxypropyl)methylcellulose mediated synthesis of highly porous composite scaffolds for bone repair applications
Khan et al. (2015) Sci Adv Mater 6: 1177-1186.

Apr 2015
2-Aminoethanol mediated wet chemical synthesis of ZnO nanostructures
Naz et al. (2015) Appl Nanosci 5: 425-433.

Jan 2015
Epoxy-silica nanohybrids or nanocomposites: Atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigation of the processing-structure-property relationships
Afzal (2015) 48: 411-416.

 
 
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