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Shahed Khan

Associate Professor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Chemistry & Biochemistry

302 D Mellon Hall
Phone: 412.396.1647
khan@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Chemistry, Flinders University of South Australia, 1977
M.Phil., Chemistry, Islamabad University, 1971
M.Sc., Chemistry, Dhaka University, 1968
B.Sc., Chemistry (Physics (Minor) and Mathematics (Minor)), Dhaka University, 1967
Biography

Expertise

  • Electrochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry

Higher Education:

  • University of Bonn, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1977-1979
  • Flinders University of South Australia, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 1977
  • Islamabad University, M. Phil. Physical Chemistry, 1970
  • Dhaka University, M.S. Physical Chemistry, 1968
  • Dhaka University, B.S. Chemistry, minors in Physics and Mathematics, 1967

Work History:

  • Academic Positions:
    • Associate professor of Chemistry, Duquesne University, 1992 to date
    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Duquesne University, 1984-1992
    • Lecturer of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, 1983-1984
    • Research Associate, Texas A&M University, 1980-1983
    • Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany, 1977-1979
  • Additional Professional Positions:
    • Oakridge University Consultant Faculty Fellow, National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/DOE, 2009 - 2011. Consulting on Research Project: Development of Photo-release Sorbents for CO2.
    • Oakridge University Consultant Faculty Fellow, National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/DOE, 2008-2009. Consulted on Research Project: CO2 Re-use by its Solar Conversion to Methanol Fuel and its Dynamic Sequestration.
    • Oakridge University Summer Faculty Fellow, National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/DOE, 2002. Research Performed on Electroadsorption of Dendrimer on TiO2 Nanoparticles for Carbon Dioxide Capture.
    • Oakridge University Summer Faculty Fellow, National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/DOE, 2001. Performed Research on Electroadsorption of Secondary Amines on Carbon Nanotubes for the Capture of Carbon Dioxide in the Flue Gas.
    • Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) Summer Research Fellow, 2000. Performed Research on -Room Temperature Electrodeposition of Aluminum in Non-aqueous AlBr3 Solution.
    • Western University Summer Faculty Fellow, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1993. Performed Research on Modeling of dual Photoelectrodes for Efficient Detoxification of Polluted Water.
    • Oakridge University Summer Faculty Fellow, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (PETC)/ DOE, 1986. Performed Research on Electroadsorption of Floatation Agents on Coal Pyrite Surface.
    • Oakridge University Summer Faculty Fellow, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (PETC)/ DOE, 1985. Performed Research on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study of Electroadsorption of Xanthate on Coal Pyrite Surface.
Publications

Books

129.   S.U.M Khan, "Photochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry of Photoactive Materials for Energy and Environment", in Preparation.

128.   J.O'M Bockris and S.U. M. Khan, "Surface Electrochemistry", Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1993, Total pages: 1014.

127.   J.O'M Bockris and S.U.M. Khan, "Quantum Electrochemistry", Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1979Total pages: 518.

Editorial Work

126.   S.U.M. Khan, Editorial Board Member of Global Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2010.

125.   S.U.M. Khan, Guest editor's note,  J. Solid State Electrochem., 13 (2009) 975-976.

124.   S.U.M. Khan, Guest Edited Special Volume of Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, Vol. 13, P- 975-1145, 2009.

123.   S.U.M. Khan, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Photoenergy, 2008.

122.   S.U.M. Khan, Editorial Board Member of The Open Journal of Electrochemistry, 2008.

121. "Comprehensive Treatise of Electrochemistry, Volume 7: Kinetics and Mechanism of Electrode Processes", edited by B. E. Conway, J. O'M Bockris, E. Yeager, S.U.M Khan and  R.E. White, Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, , 1983, Total pages: pp. 788.

Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

120.   S.U.M Khan, M. Frites and W. B. Ingler  Jr., "Efficient Anode and Cathode Materials for Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Driven all Solar Electrolysis of Water" Green, 1 (2011) 97-103.

119.   Y.A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, "Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water to H2 and O2 at Nanocrystalline Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films" in "Solid State Chemistry and Photocatalysis of Titanium Dioxide" edited by M..K.  Nowotny and J. Nowotny Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland, 2010.

118.   S.U.M. Khan, "Materials for Photoelectrochemical Devices" in "Materials for Energy Conversion Devices" edited by C.C. Sorrel and Nowotny, Woodhead Publisher, Cambridge, England, p-35-62, 2005

117.   S.U.M. Khan, "Quantum Mechanical Treatments in Electrode Kinetics" in "Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry", eds., J. O'M Bockris, B.E. Conway and R.E. White, Vol. 31, Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1997

116.   S.U.M. Khan, Quantum Oriented Electrochemistry, in Royal Society of Chemistry Reports,  Book C: Electrochemistry (1992- 1995), Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1996.

115.   S.U.M. Khan, Quantum Mechanical Formalisms of Electron Transfer Reactions at Electrode Electrolyte Interfaces, in "Electrochemistry" in "Transition from the 20th  to the 21st Century" edited by Srinivasan and O. Murphy, Plenum Press, 1987.

114.   S.U.M. Khan and J. O'M Bockris, "Fundamental Aspects of Electron Transfer at Interfaces" in "Modern Bioelectrochemistry", eds., F. Gutmann and H. Keyzer,  Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1986.

113.   S.U.M. Khan and J. O'M Bockris, "Molecular Aspects of Quantum Electrode Kinetics" in "Comprehensive Treatise of Electrochemistry", eds., J. O'M Bockris, B.E. Conway, E. E. Yeager and S.U.M. Khan and R.E. White, vol.  7, Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1983.

112.   S.U.M. Khan, "Fundamental Aspects of Electrode Processes" in "Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry", eds., J. O'M Bockris, B.E. Conway and R.E. White, Vol. l5, Plenum Pub.  Corp.,  New York, 1983.

111.   S.U.M. Khan and J. O'M Bockris, "Semiconductor Photoelectrochemical Kinetics and Related Devices" in "Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry", eds., J. O'M. Bockris, B.E. Conway and  R E. White, Vol. l4, Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1982.

Original Scientific Articles

(Articles having seminal contributions are indicated by *)

110.   M. Frites, W.B. Ingler Jr. and S. U. M. Khan, Efficient Anode and Cathode Materials for Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Driven all Solar Electrolysis of Water-,  Green, 1 (2011) 97-103.

109.   B. Ashead and S.U.M. Khan, 'Electrodeposition of Semiconductor  n-CdTe and p-CdTe in Aqueous         Medium and Aluminum Metal in a Non-aqueous Medium,' , ECS Transaction 33 (18) (2011) 81-90. 

108.   M. Frites, W.B. Ingler Jr. and S. U. M. Khan, 'In Search of Efficient Anode and Cathode Materials for Double Junction Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Driven all Solar Electrolysis of Water to Hydrogen and Oxygen gases', ECS Transactions, 28 (2010) 133-140

107.   Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water to H2 and O2 at Nanocrystalline Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films -, Solid State Phenomena,  162 (2010) 179-201.

106.   M. Frites, W.B. Ingler and  S. U. M. Khan,  -Photoelectrolysis of Water in Tj-a-Si Solar Cell Biased CM-n-TiO2| | Pt and in Monolithic Self-Driven n-TiO2-MnO2 coated Tj-a-Si | | Pt Photoelectrochemical; Cells, ECS Transactions, 25 (2010) 73-82.

105.   Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water to H2 and O2 at Nanocrystalline Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 and CM-n-Fe2O3 Thin Films - Int. J. Nanotechnology, 7 (2010) 68-98.

104.   M. Frites, Y. A. Shaban and  S. U. M. Khan, 'Iron Oxide (n-Fe2O3) Nanowire Films and Carbon Modified (CM)-n-Fe2O3 Thin Films for Hydrogen Production by Photosplitting of Water-, Intl. J. Hydrogen Energy, 35 (2010) 4944-4948.

103.   M. Frites, W.B. Ingler Jr. and  S. U. M. Khan,  -Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 for Efficient Water Splitting to Hydrogen and Oxygen Gases Under Solar Simulated Light Illumination, Material. Science & Technology Transaction, 9 (2009) 442-450.

102.   M. Frites and S.U.M. Khan, 'Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water to H2 and O2 at n-Fe2O Nanowires and Nanocrystalline Fe2O3 Thin Films', ECS Trans. 19 (2009) 137-145.

101.   M. Frites and  S. U. M. Khan,  -Visible light Active Hydrogen Modified (HM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films for Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water-, Electrochemistry Communication, 11 (2009) 2257- 2260.

*100.   Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films for Efficient Water Splitting to H2 and O2 under Xenon Lamp Light and Natural Sunlight Illuminations', J. Solid State Electrochem, 13 (2009) 1025-1036.

99.   W. B. Ingler Jr., Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'An Efficient Self-Driven CM-n-TiO2 / P-GaInPPhotoelectrochemical cell for Water Splitting,' ECS Transaction, 16 (2008) 73-84.

98.   M. Frites, Y. A. Shaban and  S. U. M. Khan,   -Enhanced Photoresponse of Hydrogen Modified (HM)-n-TiO2 for Water Splitting Reaction,' ECS Transaction, 16 (2008) 85-94.

97.   Y. A. Shaban, S. U. M. Khan, 'A self-Driven CM-n-TiO2 /CM-p-WO3 Photoelectrochemical Cell for Water Splitting, ECS Transaction, 13(3) (2008) 65-72.

96.   Y. A. Shaban, S. U. M. Khan ,'Visible Light Active Carbon Modified n-TiO2 for Hydrogen Production by Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water- Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 33 (2008) 1118-1126.

*95.   Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan,  Surface Grooved Visible Light Active Carbon Modified (CM)-n- TiO2 Thin Films for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water, Chem. Phys., 339 (2007) 73-85.

94.   C. Xu, Y.A. Shaban, W. B. Ingler Jr., Shahed U.M. Khan,  Nanotube Enhanced Photoresponse of Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 for Efficient Water Splitting, Solar Energy Materials and Solar cells, 91 (2007) 938-943

93.   Y. A. Shaban and S.U.M. Khan, Effect of the combination of flame oxidation synthesis of Carbon Modified (CM)-n- TiO2 Thin Film Electrodes for Solar to hydrogen production efficiency from water. ECS Transactions, 11(5) (2007) 129-141.

92.   C. Xu and S.U.M. Khan, Photoresponse of Visible Light Active Carbon Modified n-TiO2 Thin Films, Electrochem. Solid State Letters, 10 (2007) B56-B59.

91.   Chengkun Xu, William B. Ingler Jr., Yasser A. Shaban, Maksudul Alam and Shahed U. M. Khan, Amorphous Si-Solar Cell Assisted Hydrogen Production by Photo-cleavage of Water in Carbon    Modified (CM)-n-TiO2/Pt Photoelectrochemical Cell, ECS Transactions, 6 (2) (2007) 83-92.

90.   C. Xu, R. Killmeyer, M. L. Gray and  S.U.M. Khan, Enhanced Carbon Doping of n-TiO2 Thin Films for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Electrochemistry Communication, 8 (2006) 1650-1654.

*89.   W. B. Ingler Jr. and S.U.M. Khan,  A Self Driven p/n-Fe2O3 Tandem Photoelectrochemical Cell for Water Splitting, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, 9 (2006) G144-G148.

*88.   C. Xu, R. Killmeyer, M. L. Gray and S.U.M. Khan, Photocatalytic Effect of Carbon Modified n-TiO2 Nanoparticles Under Visible Light Illumination, Applied Catalysis. B: Environmental, 64 (2006) 312-317.

87.   Y. A. Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'Carbon Modified (CM)-n-Fe2O3 Thin Films       for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water, in ECS Transaction, , 3(5) (2006) 87-94.        

86.   C. Xu, Y. A. Shaban, W. B. Ingler Jr., and  S.U.M. Khan, Visible Light Active Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Nanotubes for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water, in ECS Transaction, 3 (5) (2006) 65-73.

85.   Y. A.  Shaban and S. U. M. Khan, 'Effect of Surface Grooved Visible Light Active Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Film Electrodes on Photosplitting of Water,' in  ECS Transaction,  2 (5)  (2006) 181-186.

84.   C. Xu, R. Killmeyer, M. L. Gray and S.U.M. Khan, 'Fabrication of Carbon Modified Visible Light Active n-TiO2 Thin Films by Wet Process For Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting,' in ECS Transactions,  2 (5) (2006)  199-206.  

83.   W. B. Ingler Jr. and S. U. M. Khan,  Photoresponse of Spray Pyrolytically Synthesized Copper-doped p-Type iron (III) oxide Thin Films, Intl. J. Hydrogen Energy, 30 (2005) 821-827.

82.   C. Xu and S.U.M. Khan, Photocatalytic Activity of Visible Light Active Carbon Modified (CM)-n-            TiO2 Nanoparticles, ECS Transactions, 4 (2005) 461-470.  

*81.   W. B. Ingler, J. P. Baltrus and S.U.M. Khan, Photoresponse of Zinc-Doped p-Type Iron (III) Oxide Thin Films, J. Am. Chem. Soc.,  126 (2004) 10238- 10239.

Grants/Contracts

Research Grant Awards and Funding Received:

  1. US Department of Energy (DOE) (Federal Subcontract from SBIR/STTR Phase II support to InnoSense LLC by DOE)
    • Project Title: Direct Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol
    • PI at DU: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Subcontract Amounts and Dates: $225,000.00 (2010-2012)
    • Total Amounts: $750,000.00 to InnoSense LLC (2010-2012)
  2. National Science Foundation (NSF) (Equipment Grant, MRI)
    • Project title: SEM/EDS equipment
    • Jennifer Aitken (PI), Shahed U.M. Khan (Co-PI)
    • Amounts and Dates: $$339,000.00 (2009-2010)
  3. US Department of Energy (DOE) (Federal Subcontract from SBIR Phase I support to InnoSense LLC by DOE)
    • Project Title: Direct Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $33,000.00 (2009-2010)
  4. U.S. Air Force/Department of Defense (DOD) (Federal Subcontract from University of Toledo/USAF/DOD)
    • Project Title: Low Temperature Deposition of Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 on Triple Junction Amorphous Si Solar Cell for Self-Driven Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water to Hydrogen and Oxygen
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $65,000.00 (2008-2009)
  5. U.S. Air Force/Department of Defense (DOD) (Federal Subcontract from SBIR Phase I support to InnoSense LLC by US Air Force/DOD)
    • Project Title: Efficient Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production from Water Using Sensitizer Dye-Covered Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Photoanodes
    • Co-PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $32,910.00 (2006-2007)
  6. National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)/Department of Energy (DOE) (Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Efficient Photochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Water by a Chemically Modified n-TiO2
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $187,000.00 (2003-2005)
  7. Faculty Development Fund, Duquesne University
    • Project Title: Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water on n-TiO2 Thin Film and Quantum Wire Electrodes
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $10,000.00 (2001-2003)
  8. Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
    • Project Title: Determination of Aluminum Electrodeposition Rate from Aluminum Bromide at Room Temperature in Non-aqueous Solvent
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $35,000 (2000 - 2001)
  9. Pittsburgh Plate and Glass (PPG) Company
    • Project Title: Synthesis and Testing of Carbon Modified n-TiO2 for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $3,000.00 (2002-2003)
  10. Alleghany General Hospital
    • Project Title: Effect of Electrochemically Generated Ag+ and Cl2 Gas to Kill Bacteria Developed on Hip Joint Transplant
    • PI: Shahed U.M Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $3,500.00 ((2001-2002)
  11. Department of Energy (DOE) Center, University of Hawaii
    • Project Title: Deposition of Protective n-Fe2O3 Thin Film Semiconductor on Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell to Fabricate a Stable Water Splitting Photoelectrochemical Cell
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $4,500.00 (2000-2001)
  12. Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
    • Project Title: Electrochemical Deposition of Aluminum at Low Temperature in Non-aqueous Solvents
    • PI: Shahed U.M Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $5,000 (1999-2000)
  13. Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) Foundation
    • Project Title: Development of a Thin Film Photocatalyst System for the Efficient Detoxification of Organics Present in Polluted Water
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $7,500.00 (1997- 1998)
  14. Sandia National Laboratory/DOE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Federal subcontract)
    • Project Title: Development of p-Type Semiconductors and their Photoresponse towards Detoxification of Polluted Water in a Dual System Involving n-TiO2
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $10,000.00 (1995-1997)
  15. Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) Foundation
    • Project Title: Photoelectrochemical Production of Hydrogen from Water
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $7,500.00 (1994 - 1995)
  16. National Science Foundation (NSF) Hydrogen Center, Texas A&M University (DOE/SERI Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Multilayer Solar Cells and Materials
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $2,500.00 (1994 - 1995)
  17. National Science Foundation (NSF) Hydrogen Center, Texas A&M University (DOE/SERI Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Synthesis of Thin Film Semiconductors
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $68,000.00 (1992-1994)
  18. National Science Foundation (NSF) Hydrogen Center, Texas A&M University (DOE/SERI Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Theoretical Modeling of Multilayer Solar Cell Structures Using Organic Dyes
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $35,000.00, (1989 - 1992)
  19. National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/Department of Energy (DOE) (NETL/DOE Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Computerized AC Impedance System with Software and Digital Potentiostat/Galvanostat for the Measurements of Capacitance of Semiconductor Photoelectrodes
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $35,000.00 (1989-1990)
  20. Faculty Development Fund, Duquesne University
    • Project Title: Electrocatalytic Glucose Sensors
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $5,000.00 (1992 -1994)
  21. National Energy Technology Center (NETL)/Department of Energy (DOE) (Federal Subcontract)
    • Project Title: Analysis of Floatation agents on Coal pyrite Surfaces in the Presence of Specific Chemicals Specialty Chemicals
    • PI: Shahed U.M. Khan
    • Amounts and Dates: $10,000.00 (1990-1992)
  22. Link Foundation Energy Research Award
Teaching and Mentoring

Courses Taught: 

  • Undergraduate Courses
    • Physical Chemistry I/II
    • General Chemistry I/II
    • Core Chemistry
    • Fundamentals of Chemistry I/II
    • Principles of Chemistry
    • Undergraduate Senior Seminars
  • Graduate Level Courses
    • Thermodynamics and Statistical Thermodynamics
    • Statistical Mechanics
    • Chemical Kinetics
    • Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry
    • Thermodynamics and Kinetics II
    • Quantum Chemistry
    • Scientific Presentation

Teaching Related Scholarly Publications

  • J.O'M Bockris and S.U. M. Khan, "Surface Electrochemistry: A Molecular Level Approach", Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, 1993, Total pages: 1014. (Undergraduate/Graduate Level Text Book)
  • J. O'M Bockris and S.U.M. Khan, "Quantum Electrochemistry", Plenum Pub. Corp., New York, l979, Total pages: 5l8.. (Graduate Level Text Book)
  • S.U.M. Khan, "Organic Semiconductors," Magill's Survey of Science, 1992, p-2185-2190.
  • S.U.M. Khan, "Motivating Students in General Chemistry and Core Chemistry by Examining the Way Sunlight Can Split Water to Hydrogen: An Abundant and Renewable Source of Clean Energy," J. Chem. Education, (to be submitted after revision).
  • S.U.M. Khan, "Simple Methods of Synthesis of Second Generation Carbon and Nitrogen Doped Titanium Oxide and Iron Oxide Photocatalyst Nanoparticles," J. Chem. Education (in preparation).

Academic Advisement

  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associates Advised
    • C. Xu (2003), Project Title: Chemical Wet Process Synthesis and Fabrication of Visible Light Active Carbon Modified n-TiO2 Nanoparticles for Photochemical Degradation of Organic Pollutants and Thin Films for Water Splitting to Hydrogen.
    • S. Zhang (1990-1993) Project Title: Photoresponse of Electrochemically and Spray Pyrolytically Prepared Thin Films of CdTe Semiconductor.
    • Z. Y. Zhou (1988-1990), Project Title Photoresponse of Iron Oxide Electrode for Water Splitting Reactions and Theory of Non-Bond Breaking Electron Transfer Reactions at Electrodes.
    • M. S. Tunuli (1985-1987), Project Title: Non-bond Breaking Electron Transfer Reactions at Electrodes.
  • Ph.D. Students Advised
    • Mourad Frites (2008 - to date), Dissertation Title: Photoresponse of Visible Light Active Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 and CM-n-Fe2O3 Thin Films and Their Application as Corrosion Resistant Layers on Triple Junction a-Si Solar Cells for Efficient Water Splitting Reactions.
    • Yasser A. Shaban (2004 to 2008), Dissertation Title: Optimization of Synthesis if Carbon Modified Titanium Oxide, Iron Oxide and Tungsten Oxide for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Oxidation of Water to Hydrogen and Oxygen. (Received Ph.D. in the year, 2008).
    • Shayna Y. Smith (2001-2005), Project Title: Spray pyrolytic synthesis of Semi-Transparent Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films and p-type Copper Oxide for Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water. (Did not complete for personal reason).
    • M. Al-Shary (1998 - 2001), Project Title: Photochemical Splitting of Water at Chemically Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 Thin Films. (Did not complete for personal reason).
    • W. B. Ingler Jr., ( 2000 - 2005), Dissertation Title: Synthesis of p-Fe2O3, n-Fe2O3 and Carbon Modified (CM)-n-TiO2 and Their Application in Self-Driven Photoelectrochemical Cells: p-Fe2O3/n-Fe2O3, p-Fe2O3/CM-n-TiO2 and p-GaInP2/CM-n-TiO2 For Direct Water Photoelectrolysis. (Received Ph.D. degree in the year 2005)
    • J. Akikusa (1991 - 1996), Dissertation Title: Investigation of Thin Film n-TiO2, n-Fe2O3 and Single Crystal p-Si, p-SiC for Photosplitting of Water. (Received Ph.D. in the year 1996)
  • Ph.D. Students in Rotation Advised:
    • James Worthington (1998-2000), Project Title: Efficient Photoelectrochemical splitting of Water using Nanocrystalline Oxide and Non-Oxide Semiconductor Films.
    • Tamanna Sultana (1999-2001), Project Title: Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water on Semiconducting Quantum wire Electrodes.
  • Ph.D. Student's Dissertation Committee:
    • Johanna Burnett (2009 to date), Dissertation Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Diamond Like Semiconductors.
    • Carl Brunetta (2008 to date), Dissertation Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Chalcogeneide Semiconductors.
    • Pravin Iyer (2003-2005), Dissertation Title: Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Phosphines as Potential Oxygen 'scavengers in Future Jet Fuels.
    • Thomas Dick (2004 - 2007), Dissertation Title: A Computational Investigation of CO2 Sequestration.
  • M.S. Students Advised:
    • W. B. Ingler (1997-2000), Thesis Title: -Photocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical Detoxification Organics Present in Polluted Water.' (Received M.S. degree in the year 2000).
    • G. Liu (1986- 1988), Thesis Title: -The Solvent Effect on Electro-oxidation of Ferrocene and the Effect of Glucose on the Electroreduction of Phosphate in KRBP at a Platinum Electrode.- (Received M.S. degree in the year 1988).
    • S. A. Majumder (1986-1988), Thesis Title: -Photosplitting of Water at Surface Modified Single Crystal p-Si and at Thin Film n-Fe2O3 and n-CdS Photoelectrodes.' (Received M.S. degree in the year 1988).
  • M.S. Students Thesis Committee: 
    • Abdul Waheed (2000-2002). Thesis Title: Synthetic, Structural and Spectral Studies of the Homonuclear and Heteronuclear Linear Polymers of Cobalt (II), Nickel (II) and Zinc (II) Acetyleacetonates with Quinoxaline.
  • Undergraduate Research Students Advised:
    • Ashley Bansal (Spring 2010) carried out undergraduate research on -Photoelectrocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Water to Methanol Using Carbon Modified Second Generation Carbon Modified, CM-n- TiO2 as Photoanode and Cu Metal or Molybdenum Metal as a Cathode.
    • Conner McDonnell (Spring 2010) carried out research on -Fabrication of Compressed Photoactive Electrodes from Nanoparticles of CM-n-TiO2 and p-CuO using High Pressure under Vacuum Followed by Heating in an Electric Furnace at High Temperature (700- 800 oC) under Argon Gas Flow and also in Vacuum.
    • Richard Moso (Spring 2010) carried out research on synthesis of Photo-Release Sorbents, Carbon modified titanium oxide (CM-n-TiO2) and nitrogen doped titanium oxide (N-n-TiO2) for carbon dioxide capture and release by sunlight prior to sequestration.
    • Irma Araujo (Fall 2009-Spring 2010) carried out research on synthesis of Photo-Release Sorbents, Carbon Modified Titanium Oxide (CM-n-TiO2) and Nitrogen Doped Titanium Oxide (N-n-TiO2) for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Release by Sunlight Prior to Sequestration.
    • Icelyne Sweeney (Summer 2009) as summer REU student, carried out summer research on a challenging project on - photoelectrocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Water to Methanol using Second Generation Carbon Modified, CM-n- TiO2 as Photoanode and Cu Metal or Molybdenum Metal as Cathode.
    • Karl Wilson (Summer 2003 and 2004), Project Title: Summer REU student who worked on -Electroadsorption of Dendrimers on TiO2 Nanoparticles for Carbon Dioxide Capture from the Flue Gas.
    • John Angelik (Summer 2000), Project Title: Electrodeposition of Titanium Oxide.
    • Brian Ashead (1999-2000), Project Title: -Electrodeposition of Aluminum from Non-aqueous Solution of Aluminum Bromide at Room Temperature.
    • William Ingler Jr. (1997-1998), Project Title: Photocatalytic Detoxification of Polluted Water.
    • John Ramirez, (1987-1988) Project Title: Electron Transfer Reactions at a Metal Electrode-Solution Interface
Honors/Awards

Awards and Honors

  • Nominated for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Italgas prize for Energy and Environment, Milan, Italy
  • Received Duquesne University President's Awards for Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2005.                        
  • Received Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences (BSNES) Awards for Faculty Excellence for Research and Scholarship, 2005
  • Nominated for -Teacher of the Year- for 1996 by Duquesne's Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Duquesne University President's Merit Award for Writing and Publishing an Scholarly Scientific Article, 1992
  • Received Research Scholarship, Flinders University of South Australia, 1972-1976
  • Received Merit Scholarship,  Islamabad University, 1969-1972
  • Received Merit Scholarship, Dhaka University, 1964-1968