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Dr. Waseem Haider Research Group

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Dr. Ali Nemati - Senior Research Scientist at Central Michigan University

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  • Ph.D. in Materials Science & Eng., from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA – 1994
  • M.Sc., Ceramic Engineering, from Science & Technology University of Iran - 1988
  • B.S., Ceramic Engineering, from Science & Technology University of Iran – 1985
My research interests mainly focus on ceramic products as well as advanced Materials, such as design and implementation of different ceramic products, synthesis and characterization of advanced structural and functional ceramic materials for different application. The following are the area in which I have lot of 
experience .




  • Biomaterials
  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Quantum Dots and Graphene containing composites
  • Electronic Materials


Dr. Ishraq Shabib - Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University

Dr. Ishraq Shabib holds a B.Sc in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. both in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University, Canada. After his Ph.D., he worked for two years as a post-doctoral visiting fellow at CANMET research laboratory of Natural Resources of Canada. In 2011, he joined the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso as a research assistant professor. Since 2013, he has been serving the
school of engineering and technology of Central Michigan University as an assistant professor. His research interest includes deformation of crystalline nanostructures, radiation induced damage of materials, defect structure and property relationship, and
atomistic & multiscale modeling.


Zia Ur Rahman - Doctoral Student, Science of Advanced Materials, Central Michigan University

Development of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Core-shell Nanoparticles and Its Applications in Modern Drug Delivery Systems
The focus of my present research project is the functionalization and tailoring of nanoparticle surfaces to perform specific tasks in a biological environment. The particles include superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, core-shell nanostructures and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanocomposites. The unique nanomaterials have been developed to address continued issues in cancer therapy, including cancer diagnosis and efficient drug delivery.

Various characterization tools are being used to study the size distribution, agglomeration, surface texture and magnetic properties of the nanoparticles. For this purpose, the Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Beta Sizer, Atomic Force microscopy and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer are included but not only for characterization. Furthermore, the release of various drugs as a function of time is the important objective to study. The project might be extended to identification and study of the various types of proteins accumulation on different nanoparticle factionalized and nonfunctionalized surfaces.


Umair Shah - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University

Umair ShahMy research is focused on the electrochemistry of nanostructures, anodization methods, sputtering techniques and various characterization tools. My current project is based on the spectroelectrochemistry of titanium dioxide nanotubes loaded with copper. The motivation behind this project is to develop a cost effective and more efficient photocatalyst that can be used to kill harmful pollutants from water. Previously, I was working on the investigation of the titanium oxidation mechanism using cyclic voltammetry. I have also worked on controlling the degradation of magnesium alloys using surface treatment like anodization, plasma arc oxidation and various coating techniques. Furthermore, one of my project was based on the effect of visible light on the water splitting capability of titanium dioxide nanostructures.


Syed Nabeel Ahmed - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University

Graphene/SPION-photocatalytic nanocomposites as nanosorbents for the water and wastewater treatment.

I am currently working on the photocatalytic nanocomposites for water and waste water treatment. This project is based upon the development of nanocomposite of graphene oxide with core-shell Fe3O4/ZnO/TiO2 nanoparticles as nanosorbents for the removal of toxic ions and bacteria from water and waste water. The nanostructure composite developed for this purpose will consist of a mixture of functionalized graphene oxide and core-shell nanoparticles of Fe2O3/ZnO/TiO2.

In the past years it has been shown that graphene has a very high electrical conductivity of electron knows as ballistic behavior. Combination of this character with being hydrophilic in nature, will provide higher efficiency of the water purification process. The Fe3O4, TiO2 and ZnO photocatalysts act as nanosorbents in UV-vis light and attract all the micro level impurities such as metal ions (e.g. Pb+2 and Cr+6) and dissolved minerals with chloride and sulfate ions. This nanocomposite is expected to be an excellent contribution in the field of water purification and separation.


Hassnain Asgar - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University

Potential of Graphene and Related Materials in Biomedical and Energy Applications

It comprises of two parts; biomedical and energy. I have successfully completed the first half of my thesis in which I coated functionalized graphene on titanium alloys to study the corrosion behavior and cyto-compatibility of alloys.

My current focus is on studying graphene and its derivatives as potential candidates for hydrogen storage materials. The project involving energy studies would cover both theoretical and experimental aspects. I have done the literature review for the existing theoretical studies about hydrogen adsorption on carbon materials and calculating the experimental values for adsorbed hydrogen using electrochemical techniques such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, galvano-static charge and 


discharge technique, linear sweep voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry. The next step in my project is to theoretically calculate the potential of hydrogen storage on doped graphene (doped with metallic ions i.e., copper, nickel etc.) using ab initio methods, mainly DFT. After obtaining the theoretical data, my plan is to perform experiments on doped graphene. Experimental validation for doped electrodes will be done using the same electrochemical techniques as mentioned above.
​Students using Transmission Electron Microscope



Muhammed Mudasser Khan - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University

Combinatorial development of bulk metallic glasses with potential applications for next-generation intracoronary drug-eluting stents
The focus of this project is to fabricate a quintessential novel biomaterial for new-generation intracoronary drug-eluting stents. Amorphous multicomponent thin films will be developed using RF/DC Magnetron co-sputtering. Compositional libraries will be synthesized through the variation of sputtering parameters and each composition will be extensively characterized to choose a system having incredible combination of biocorrosion resistance, biocompatibility, polymer-like formability and other mechanical properties desired for bioimplants. The chosen system will be both nanoimprinted and dealloyed via selective leaching for drug delivery purposes. Using a model drug, the drug-release-kinetics will be optimized via channelling the multiscale nanopatterns and induced nanoporosity.


Usman Riaz - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University

Study of Effect of Surface Treatment on Mechanical Properties and Degradation Rate of Magnesium Alloy Stents-An FEA Approach to simulate Experimental Effects
Magnesium Alloys found appreciation in the field of Biomaterials because of their ability of Biodegradation. The biodegradability of Magnesium Alloy Implants significantly reduces the surgical procedure. The only problem associated with the Magnesium Alloy Implants is the short degradation time providing insufficient scaffolding. In this study I am work on the magnesium alloy stent and investigating its performance on the basis of mechanical properties and degradation time. My project focuses on the surface treatment of magnesium alloys by anodization. Based on experimental results a surface treated magnesium alloy as our stent material is selected. Stent model was designed in SolidWorks 3D CAD Software. The stent is simulated in ANSYS for the mechanical behavior and degradation study. The purpose of this study is to investigate the mechanical response and effect on degradation time of stent by using the surface treated magnesium as stent material.


Jahangir Kahn Lodhi - Graduate Student, Central Michigan University 

Microstructural and Electrochemical Investigation of 3-D printed Stainless steel
I am currently working on the investigation of electrochemical and microstructural behavior of 3-D printed stainless steel. This project aims to investigate the electrochemical behavior of 3-D printed stainless steel as there is no literature available on this topic yet, As 3-D printing of metals is a recent trend in the modern world due to the fact of cost reduction, less energy consumption, design effective and mass production associated to it. This project is based on the electrochemical study of 3-D printed stainless steel in different electrolytes based on varying pH level and different concentration of Chloride ions in De-Ionized water. This electrochemical data of 3-D printed stainless steel will help to formulate an iso-Corrosion diagram for this system.


Andrew Auquier - Undergraduate Student, Central Michigan University

Electrochemical Hydrogen Storage on Graphene and Related Nanostructures
My research is aimed to study and explore a safe and efficient way to store hydrogen using electrodes prepared from carbon based materials, such as Graphene. The potential of hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) on synthesized electrodes will be studied using a three-electrode cell setup. 







Christina Hill - Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience and Pre-medical, Central Michigan University
The Effect of Voltage on the Diameter and Biocompatibility of Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes
Surface modification of alloy implants is a necessity to increase the durability and biocompatibility of orthopedic implants. Nanotubes are a development noted for their durability and strength, whose physical properties can be modified by differences in voltages and anodization times. It's hypothesized that by increasing the voltage during a 90 minute anodization time that the diameter of the nanotubes will increase, but the biocompatibility of these nanotubes must be examined to improve bodily acceptance of the implant with fewer adverse reactions. By examining cellular proliferation, apoptosis, and adhesion of pre-osteoblast cells the bodily acceptance of these implants with nanotube surface modification can be predicted and compared to current models used in orthopedics.



Madison Tahaney - Undergraduate Student, Central Michigan University

Titanium dioxide/ Zinc oxide coated iron (III) Oxide Nanoparticles
I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Waseem Haider. I am working with a group of students studying nanoparticles. My current task is to synthesize Iron (III) Oxide nanopaticles using a solvothermal synthesis method. I will then coat the nanoparticle with Titanium Dioxide.