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
Fast, Sensitive, and Selective Hydrogen Sensing of Silver-Doped Bismuth Sulfide Nanobelts Journal of Electronic Materials Ali S., Kazmi S.M.T., Sher F., Nigah A., Bilal M., Rafiq M.A., 2024
Substantially low thermal conductivity and high thermoelectric figure-of-merit in Bi-doped Sr<inf>2</inf>CoRuO<inf>6</inf> double perovskites Journal of Alloys and Compounds Hira U., Bos J.-W.G., Ali S.S., Sher F., 2024
Advances in selective electrochemical methanol upgrading and energy-saving hydrogen production: Mechanism, progress, and prospects International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Arshad F., Tahir A., Haq T.U., Qayyum S., Hussain I., Sher F., 2024
Diode paremeters extraction and study of space charge limited current in (Ag, Au)/CoS<inf>2</inf> Schottky diodes Physica B: Condensed Matter Kazmi S.M.T., Zahoor Z., Yusra N.T., Bhatti M.H., Afsar M.F., Sher F., Rashid H.-U., Rafiq M.A., 2023
Electronic and Structural Modification of Three-Dimensional Porous NiCo@NF as a Robust Electrocatalyst for CO<inf>2</inf> Emission-Free Methanol Upgradation to Boost Hydrogen Co-production Energy and Fuels Arshad F., Tahir A., Haq T.U., Duran H., Hussain I., Sher F., 2023
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 Arshad F., Munir A., Tahir A., Hussain S.Z., Jilani A., Hussain A., Ullah N., Sher F., Hussain I., 2023
Arsenic detection in drinking water using evanescent fiber cavity ring down spectroscopy Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE Ullah U., Ghauri D., Sher F., Imran Cheema M., 2023
Bubbles Templated Interconnected Porous Metallic Materials: Synthesis, Surface Modification, and their Electrocatalytic Applications for Water Splitting and Alcohols Oxidation ChemistrySelect Arshad F., Tahir A., Haq T.U., Munir A., Hussain I., Sher F., 2022
Fabrication of NiCu interconnected porous nanostructures for highly selective methanol oxidation coupled with hydrogen evolution reaction International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Arshad F., Tahir A., Haq T.U., Duran H., Hussain I., Sher F., 2022
Improved High-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Dual-Doped Ca<inf>3</inf>Co<inf>4</inf>O<inf>9</inf> ACS Omega Hira U., Ali S.S., Latif S., Pryds N., Sher F., 2022
Multifunctional porous NiCo bimetallic foams toward water splitting and methanol oxidation-assisted hydrogen production Energy Conversion and Management Arshad F., ul Haq T., Khan A., Haik Y., Hussain I., Sher F., 2022
Antibacterial metal complexes of o-sulfamoylbenzoic acid: Synthesis, characterization, and DFT study Applied Organometallic Chemistry Siddiqui W.A., Khalid M., Ashraf A., Shafiq I., Parvez M., Imran M., Irfan A., Hanif M., Khan M.U., Sher F., Ali A., 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 Hira U., Bos J.-W.G., Missyul A., Fauth F., Pryds N., Sher F., 2021
Recent Advances in Electrocatalysts toward Alcohol-Assisted, Energy-Saving Hydrogen Production ACS Applied Energy Materials Arshad F., Haq T.U., Hussain I., Sher F., 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 Tawse D.N., Gilane A., Fop S., Martinez-Felipe A., Sher F., Smith R.I., McLaughlin A.C., 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 Siddique F., Fareed S., Jamil A., Afsar M.F., Rafiq M.A., Sher F., 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 Ba<inf>3</inf>VWO<inf>8.5</inf> 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 Bi<inf>5</inf>Ti<inf>3</inf>FeO<inf>15</inf> 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 Bi<inf>2</inf>Sr<inf>2</inf>Co<inf>2</inf>O<inf>y</inf>-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