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
Synthesis of randomly oriented self-assembled WO3 and WO3-WS2 nanoplates for selective oxygen sensing Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society Siddique F., Fareed S., Jamil A., Afsar M.F., Rafiq M.A., Sher F., 2021
Investigation of the Crystal Structure and Ionic Pathways of the Hexagonal Perovskite Derivative Ba3- xVMoO8.5- x Inorganic Chemistry Tawse D.N., Gilane A., Fop S., Martinez-Felipe A., Sher F., Smith R.I., McLaughlin A.C., 2021
Fluoride detection in drinking water using evanescent fiber cavity ring down spectroscopy Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE Ullah U., Syed M.H., Ghauri D., Sher F., Imran Cheema M., 2021
The relationship between oxide-ion conductivity and cation vacancy order in the hybrid hexagonal perovskite Ba3VWO8.5 Journal of Materials Chemistry A Gilane A., Fop S., Sher F., Smith R.I., McLaughlin A.C., 2020
Formulation of zeolite supported nano-metallic catalyst and applications in textile effluent treatment Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering Rashid T., Iqbal D., Hazafa A., Hussain S., Sher F., Sher F., 2020
Controlled development of higher-dimensional nanostructured copper oxide thin films as binder free electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Arshad F., Munir A., Kashif Q.Q., Haq T.U., Iqbal J., Sher F., Hussain I., 2020
Controlled engineering of nickel carbide induced N-enriched carbon nanotubes for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions in wide pH range Electrochimica Acta Munir A., Haq T.U., Saleem M., Qurashi A., Hussain S.Z., Sher F., Ul-Hamid A., Jilani A., Hussain I., 2020
Development of high performance Bi5Ti3FeO15 layered perovskite oxygen gas sensor and its dielectric behavior Materials Research Express Jamil A., Fareed S., Afsar F., Siddique F., Sher F., Rafiq M.A., 2019
Selective Oxygen Sensor Prepared Using Ni-doped Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles Journal of Electronic Materials Fareed S., Jamil A., Afsar F., Sher F., Li C., Xu X., Rafiq M.A., 2019
Thermoelectric Properties of Dual Doped Bi2Sr2Co2Oy-Based Ceramics Journal of Electronic Materials Hira U., Pryds N., Sher F., 2019
Nickel Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles Based Humidity Sensors Journal of Electronic Materials Farooq Y., Fareed S., Rafiq M.A., Sher F., 2019
Electrical, magnetic and magnetotransport properties of Na and Mo doped Ca3Co4O9 materials RSC Advances Hira U., Grivel J.-C., Christensen D.V., Pryds N., Sher F., 2019
Structural, magnetic and high-temperature thermoelectric properties of La0.4Bi0.4Ca0.2Mn1???xCoxO3 (0?????????x?????????0.3) perovskites Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Hira U., Sher F., 2018
Zinc modified cadmium titanite nanoparticles: Electrical and room temperature methanol sensing properties Ceramics International Fareed S., Jamil A., Rafiq M.A., Sher F., 2018
High-temperature thermoelectric properties of Na- and W-Doped Ca3Co4O9 system RSC Advances Hira U., Han L., Norrman K., Christensen D.V., Pryds N., Sher F., 2018
An investigation of the electronic, structural and magnetic properties of the ruddlesden-popper phase Sr3RuCoO7 Journal of Solid State Chemistry Hopper H.A., Wildman E.J., Macphee D.E., Sher F., Ritter C., Lledos M., Stenning G., McLaughlin A.C., 2017
Large relative cooling power of Bi-doped La0.8???xBixSr0.08(Ca0.55Ba0.45)0.12MnO3 (x=0.0, 0.1 and 0.3) perovskites: Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties Ceramics International Khan A.A., Hira U., Sher F., 2017
Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of CoFe2???xMoxO4 (0.0???x???0.3) ferrites Ceramics International Khan A.A., Hira U., Iqbal Z., Usman M., Sher F., 2017
Room temperature ferromagnetism in single-phase Zn1???xMnxS diluted magnetic semiconductors fabricated by co-precipitation technique Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing Hassan M., Younas S., Sher F., Husain S.S., Riaz S., Naseem S., 2017
Temperature and composition dependent density of states extracted using overlapping large polaron tunnelling model in MnxCo1???xFe2O4 (x=0.25, 0.5, 0.75) nanoparticles Physica B: Condensed Matter Jamil A., Afsar M.F., Sher F., Rafiq M.A., 2017
Determination of density of states, conduction mechanisms and dielectric properties of nickel disulfide nanoparticles AIP Advances Jamil A., Batool S.S., Sher F., Rafiq M.A., 2016
Metal complexes of benzimidazole derived sulfonamide: Synthesis, molecular structures and antimicrobial activity Inorganica Chimica Acta Ashraf A., Siddiqui W.A., Akbar J., Mustafa G., Krautscheid H., Ullah N., Mirza B., Sher F., Hanif M., Hartinger C.G., 2016
Absence of colossal magnetoresistance in the oxypnictide PrMnAsO0.95F0.05 Inorganic Chemistry Wildman E.J., Sher F., McLaughlin A.C., 2015
Synthesis of cellulose-metal nanoparticle composites: Development and comparison of different protocols Cellulose Ashraf S., Saif-ur-Rehman, Sher F., Khalid Z.M., Mehmood M., Hussain I., 2014
Association of microstructure and electric heterogeneity in BiFeO 3 Materials Chemistry and Physics Makhdoom A.R., Akhtar M.J., Khan R.T.A., Rafiq M.A., Hasan M.M., Sher F., Fitch A.N., 2013