Dr. Falak Sher is currently working as an Associate Professor (tenured) at the Department of Chemistry, SBA School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), LUMS. Before joining LUMS in October 2008, he was a faculty member at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Nilore, Islamabad. Dr. Sher completed his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2005. Prior to this, he received his MS Nuclear Engineering degree from the PIEAS (2nd position) in 1999 and M.Sc. Chemistry degree from the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab in 1996. Dr. Sher also gained the Postdoctoral Research Experience on two different occasions from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and the University of Cambridge (2007-2008). His research has been published in reputed international journals like Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Review B etc.

Dr. Sher’s research group focuses on synthesis and characterization of functional transition metal oxides with interesting properties and applications. Typically, we investigate perovskite oxides (ABO3) for their potential applications in spintronics, thermoelectric devices, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and photocatalysis for environmental remediation. Samples are synthesized by the conventional solid state chemistry and other soft chemistry methods, and characterized by the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) etc. Physical properties such as magnetic, electronic transport, thermal transport etc. are measured by the available facilities at SBASSE and through collaborations with various national and international research groups. Properties of these materials are correlated with their chemical nature and crystal structures, and various strategies are devised to fine tune and optimize their properties.xoxo   

Title Publication Author Year
Bubbles Templated Interconnected Porous Metallic Materials: Synthesis, Surface Modification, and their Electrocatalytic Applications for Water Splitting and Alcohols Oxidation ChemistrySelect 2022
Fabrication of NiCu interconnected porous nanostructures for highly selective methanol oxidation coupled with hydrogen evolution reaction International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2022
Improved High-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Dual-Doped Ca<inf>3</inf>Co<inf>4</inf>O<inf>9</inf> ACS Omega 2022
Multifunctional porous NiCo bimetallic foams toward water splitting and methanol oxidation-assisted hydrogen production Energy Conversion and Management 2022
Microwave-assisted growth of spherical core-shell NiFe LDH@Cu<inf>x</inf>O nanostructures for electrocatalytic water oxidation reaction International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2022
Antibacterial metal complexes of o-sulfamoylbenzoic acid: Synthesis, characterization, and DFT study Applied Organometallic Chemistry 2022
Ba<inf>2- x</inf>Bi<inf>x</inf>CoRuO<inf>6</inf>(0.0 ??? x ??? 0.6) Hexagonal Double-Perovskite-Type Oxides as Promising p-Type Thermoelectric Materials Inorganic Chemistry 2021
Recent Advances in Electrocatalysts toward Alcohol-Assisted, Energy-Saving Hydrogen Production ACS Applied Energy Materials 2021
Investigation of the Crystal Structure and Ionic Pathways of the Hexagonal Perovskite Derivative Ba<inf>3- x</inf>VMoO<inf>8.5- x</inf> Inorganic Chemistry 2021
Synthesis of randomly oriented self-assembled WO<inf>3</inf> and WO<inf>3</inf>-WS<inf>2</inf> nanoplates for selective oxygen sensing Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society 2021
Fluoride detection in drinking water using evanescent fiber cavity ring down spectroscopy Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 2021
The relationship between oxide-ion conductivity and cation vacancy order in the hybrid hexagonal perovskite Ba<inf>3</inf>VWO<inf>8.5</inf> Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2020
Formulation of zeolite supported nano-metallic catalyst and applications in textile effluent treatment Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 2020
Controlled development of higher-dimensional nanostructured copper oxide thin films as binder free electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2020
Controlled engineering of nickel carbide induced N-enriched carbon nanotubes for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions in wide pH range Electrochimica Acta 2020
Development of high performance Bi<inf>5</inf>Ti<inf>3</inf>FeO<inf>15</inf> layered perovskite oxygen gas sensor and its dielectric behavior Materials Research Express 2019
Selective Oxygen Sensor Prepared Using Ni-doped Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles Journal of Electronic Materials 2019
Thermoelectric Properties of Dual Doped Bi<inf>2</inf>Sr<inf>2</inf>Co<inf>2</inf>O<inf>y</inf>-Based Ceramics Journal of Electronic Materials 2019
Nickel Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles Based Humidity Sensors Journal of Electronic Materials 2019
Electrical, magnetic and magnetotransport properties of Na and Mo doped Ca<inf>3</inf>Co<inf>4</inf>O<inf>9</inf> materials RSC Advances 2019
Structural, magnetic and high-temperature thermoelectric properties of La<inf>0.4</inf>Bi<inf>0.4</inf>Ca<inf>0.2</inf>Mn<inf>1???</inf><inf>x</inf>Co<inf>x</inf>O<inf>3</inf> (0?????????x?????????0.3) perovskites Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2018
Zinc modified cadmium titanite nanoparticles: Electrical and room temperature methanol sensing properties Ceramics International 2018
High-temperature thermoelectric properties of Na- and W-Doped Ca<inf>3</inf>Co<inf>4</inf>O<inf>9</inf> system RSC Advances 2018
An investigation of the electronic, structural and magnetic properties of the ruddlesden-popper phase Sr<inf>3</inf>RuCoO<inf>7</inf> Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2017
Large relative cooling power of Bi-doped La<inf>0.8???x</inf>Bi<inf>x</inf>Sr<inf>0.08</inf>(Ca<inf>0.55</inf>Ba<inf>0.45</inf>)<inf>0.12</inf>MnO<inf>3</inf> (x=0.0, 0.1 and 0.3) perovskites: Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties Ceramics International 2017