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Message by the HoD

Dr Abdur Rahman Khan
Department of Chemistry

It is a matter of immense pleasure and honour for me being the Head of this Department. The vision of this department is to attain a respectable position among world leading institutions of chemistry through excellence in education and cutting edge research & innovation. The department is striving hard to produce high quality manpower for the exploitation of not only the medicinal plant of therapeutic values and minerals of national importance besides other fields of chemical sciences and conservation of habitat and provision of know-how for industrial products.

It is also a matter of pride for all the faculty of this department that chemistry graduates are being equipped with the updated knowledge by inculcating research expertise necessary for understanding advancement in chemical sciences of the modern world. Students are provided opportunities to work in different research areas such as; Natural Product Chemistry, Material Chemistry, Organic and Biological Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, Applied & Analytical Chemistry. Interdisciplinary areas of research including nanoscience, pharmaceutical science, environmental and earth sciences are also offered in collaboration with other departments. Department of Chemistry is presently offering MS and PhD programmes in the CIIT Abbottabad campus.

The department consists of 28 full time faculty holding doctoral degree from distinguished universities of the world and number of faculty is still increasing. The faculty is dedicated to impart training to students in their respective areas of expertise and make them capable team members in the relevant research group. In addition to imparting knowledge to students, the faculty is also actively publishing their research work in the world leading journals of high impact factors including Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Organic letters, Angewandte Chemie- Int. Ed., Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Science, Chemistry A- European Journal, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of Membrane Science, Tetrahedron, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, etc. Moreover, number of books, book chapters, posters and presentations are also on their credit.

Faculty of this department have a large number of research projects sponsored by different funding agencies like; Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Commission on Science and Technology (COMSTECH), International Foundation for Science Sweden (IFS), UNICEF and CIIT research grants. All these grants involve students to conduct novel and cutting edge research. A large number of students are getting benefit from these projects in the form of financial support. Current projects involve syntheses of new anti-cancer agents; establishing new bioassays for biomolecules, encapsulated drug delivery systems; advanced food preservation methods; green chemistry methodologies; synthesis and characterization of nano-materials, advanced Polymers, composite materials, sensors and liquid crystal; drinking water and waste water sustainable treatment; isolation of natural products, computational studies of challenging molecules etc. The graduates can access the following major expertise from their research:

  1. Modern and comprehensive knowledge in the specialized field
  2. In depth knowledge to interpret sophisticated analytical data from instruments such as NMR, FTIR, UV/Visible, GC-MS, HPLC, XRD, SEM, TEM, etc
  3. Ability to understand and optimize the new research methodologies
  4. Understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities as a scientist as well as awareness of contemporary global issues

In the Faculty of Science of COMSATS, this department is among the top contributors in terms of research publications. The department is facilitated with well-equipped and state of the art laboratories, conducive and enabling environment with capable management which always support and encourage to contribute more. It is my firm belief that whosoever believe in quality education and excellence in research should opt for this department to secure their future Prof. Dr. Abdur Rahman Khan Chairman and Head of Departmen.