Name: Dr. Faroha Liaqat

Designation: Assistant Professor

HEC approved supervisor

Contact Details: +92 (0) 51-9064 2142



Educational Qualification:

    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow, UK

    James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, UK       (2015-2016)

    • PhD (Chemistry), Johannes Gutenberg University-Mainz, Germany

    Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Mainz                (2014)


    • Joint PhD (Chemistry), Seoul National University, South Korea
    • MPhil (Physical Chemistry), Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan          (2006-2008)

    (Distinction: Chancellor Medal, 1st position)

    • MSc (Physical Chemistry), Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan         (2004-2006)

    (Distinction: Chancellor Medal, 1st position)

    • Internship, The Energy and Research Institute, India                 (2009)


Physical Chemistry

Research Areas/Areas of Expertise:

  • Photonic Bragg Stacks and electrochromic devices
  • Phononic crystals and defects in crystal lattices
  • Structure-property relationships in hybrid layer-by-layer assemblies
  • Conducting polymeric nanocomposites – investigation of mechanical, dielectric and conducting properties
  • Computational studies: DFT (Gaussian, Amsterdam Density Functional, Turbomole), Molecular docking, Comsol Multiphysics, Dispersion, L-Edit.
  • Green Chemistry
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Inorganic nanostructures for various applications.
  • Photocatalysis
  • Lab-on-chip diagnostics; UV lithography

Awards and Grants:

  • Young Researcher representing Pakistan in the 59th Nobel Laureates Conference in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany (06-07/2009).
  • Fellowship fromInternational Research Training Group for Optoelectronics”, (2011-2014).
  • Fellowship fromInternational Max Planck Research School”, IMPRS and Graduate School of Excellence, MAINZ (2010-2011).
  • Awarded Magna cum Laude (very good) grade in PhD Chemistry (2014).
  • Chancellor’s Gold Medal for securing 1st position in M.Phil Chemistry (2007).
  • Chancellor’s Gold Medal for securing 1st position in M.Sc Chemistry (2005).
  • Roll of honor, BSc Chemistry, Punjab University, Pakistan (2003).
  • Quaid-i-Azam University, URF, 2018 – 2019.


Instrumentation Available (Focal Person):

  • Amsterdam Density Functional (ADF)
  • Turbomole
  • Gaussian


Highlighted Publications:

  • “High-Performance TiO2 Nanoparticle/DOPA- Polymer Composites”, Liaqat,, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2015, 36, 1129-1137 (IF = 4.608)
  • “Ultrastrong composites from Dopamine Modified-Polymer-Infiltrated Colloidal Crystals”, Liaqat et al. Mater. Horiz. 2015, 2, 434-441 (IF = 13.183)
  • “Engineering the Hypersonic Phononic Band Gap of Hybrid Bragg-Stacks”, D. Schneider, Liaqat, et al. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 3101 (IF = 13.77)
  • “Defect-Controlled Hypersound Propagation in Hybrid Superlattices”, D. Schneider, Liaqat, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013, 111, 164301 (IF = 8.839)
  • “Physical and Electrical Properties of Nanosized Mn- and Cr-Doped Strontium Y-Type Hexagonal Ferrites”, M.J. Iqbal and Liaqat, J. Am. Ceram.Soc, 2010, 93, 474 (IF = 2.956)
  • “Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of novel benzimidazole derivatives”, K. Mahmood, Z. Akhter, M. A. Asghar, B. Mirza, H. Ismail, F. Liaqat, S. Kalsoom, A. R. Ashraf, M. Shabbir, M. A. Qayyum, and V. McKee. Biomol. Struct Dyn. 201, DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2019.1617783 (IF = 3.107)
  • “Synthesis, DNA binding affinity, molecular docking study and antitumor activity of Cu(II), Pd(II) and Zn(II) metal complexes of benzimidazole Schiff base ligand”, K. Mahmood, Z. Akhter, B. Mirza, H. Ismail, Liaqat, S. Kalsoom, A. Raza. J. Chem.Soc.Pak., 2019, 41 (5) pp. 903-916 (IF = 0.393)
  • “Synthesis of New Pro-PYE Ligands as Co-Catalysts toward Pd-Catalyzed Heck-Mizoroki Cross Coupling Reactions”, N. Munir, S. Masood, F. Liaqat, M.N.Tahir, S. Yousuf, S.  Kalsoom, E. Mughal, S. H. Sumrra, A. Maalik, and M. N. Zafar, RSC Adv. 2019, 9, 37986 (IF = 3.049).



  • Young Researcher representing Pakistan in the 59th Nobel Laureates Conference in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany (06-07/2009).
  • Summer school on “Optoelectronics”, Cambridge, UK (08/2011).
  • Meeting of American Physics Society (APS), Boston, USA (02/2012).
  • 24th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), Mainz, Germany (08/2012).
  • Korea – Japan workshop, Seoul, South Korea (11/ 2012).
  • Oral presentation at IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey (08/2013) titled “Creating and Exploring Barriers: Phononic Band Gap in One-dimensional Periodic Bragg Stacks in Hypersonic region”.
  • Oral presentation, “A Bioinspired Strategy to Fabricate Bragg Stacks as Hard and Adhesive Coatings” at IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey (08/2013)
  • Poster at 8th German-Korean Polymer Workshop, Hamburg, Germany (08/ 2013).
  • Research Staff Conference, University of Glasgow, UK (03/2016)
  • 8th International and 20th National Chemistry Conference, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan (01/2010).
  • Oral presentation in National Seminar on “Policies & Strategies for Successful Implementation of Employment Generating Programs in Renewable Energies, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and ICTs”, COMSTECH Pakistan (08/2009).
  • National Meeting on “Challenges for Socio-Economic Development in Pakistan and the Role of Science & Technology”, COMSTECH Pakistan (10/2009).
  • Workshop on “Teacher Training Program”, PDC NUST, Pakistan (24-28 July, 2017).
  • Workshop on “Gaussian-09”, RCMS NUST, Pakistan (2017)
  • International Workshop on “Effective Implementation of Student Centered Learning: Engaging Listeners through Active Learning”, NUST and UTM Malaysia (2017)
  • International Conference on Chemical Sciences, QAU Pakistan (24-26 April, 2019)

Courses Taught:

  • Nanochemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Advanced Techniques in Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory