Muhammad Bilal Khan Niazi

Muhammad Bilal Khan Niazi
National University of Sciences and Technology | NUST · Department of Chemical Engineering

PhD Chemical Engineering

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August 2018 - present
National University of Sciences and Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2016 - February 2017
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Position
  • Post Doctorate
May 2013 - present
National University of Sciences and Technology
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (117)
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There is a pressing need for the development of sustainable and high-use efficiency nitrogen (N) fertilizer formulations to ensure food security and climate change mitigation. Recently, nanotechnology has shown a potential to contribute to sustainable agrochemicals production by the coating of organic and inorganic nanomaterials. Here we explored t...
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Background Azo dyes are recalcitrant organic pollutants present in textile industry effluents. Conventional treatment methods to remove them come with a range of disadvantages. Nanoparticles and their nanocomposites offer more efficient, less expensive and easy to handle wastewater treatment alternative. Methods In this study, nanoparticles of nic...
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The rise in global population, urbanization, and desertification pushes the farming community toward intensive cropping to meet the augmented food demands with consequent exhaustion of soil’s nutritional status and fertility. In recent times, environmental pollution and cost of crop production have been enhanced due to excessive and inefficient use...
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Background: Multidrug resistant MDR bacterial strains are causing fatal infections, such as mastitis. Thus, there is a need for the development of new target-oriented antimicrobials. Nanomaterials have many advantages over traditional antibiotics, including improved stability, controlled antibiotic release, targeted administration, enhanced bioava...
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Membrane-based gas separation has a great potential for reducing environmentally hazardous carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. The polymeric membranes developed for CO2 capturing have some limitations in their selectivity and permeability. There is a need to overcome these issues and developed such membranes having high-performance CO2 capture with cost-effe...
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The research encompasses on a comparative study of biodegradable membranes based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), starch (St), graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for food packaging application. Four different concentrations, i.e., 10, 20, 30 and 40 mg, of GO and rGO were incorporated in membranes using in situ and ex situ reduction t...
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Biogas up-gradation is a useful method to control CO2 emission and enhance the green process. The demand for renewable sources is increasing due to the depletion of fossil fuels. Thin-film nanocomposites functionalized with tunable molecular-sieving nanomaterials have been employed to tailor membranes with enhanced permeability and selectivity. In...
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Stainless steel is the metal of choice for medical implants owing to excellent mechanical properties, hemocompatibility and flexibility; nevertheless, heavy metals like nickel, chromium and molybdenum are a point of concern because of their ability to evoke inflammatory and coagulation cascades resulting in implant failure. In present study, stainl...
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In this paper, MgO and CuO/MgO nanomaterials were green-synthesized by Opuntia monacantha plant extract. Phytochemical analysis of methanolic extract of the plant showed the presence of terpenoids and flavonoids which are responsible for the synthesis of nanoparticles. XRD revealed the crystalline nature of cubical MgO and CuO/MgO nanocomposite tha...
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Slow release urea has been widely tested in recent past as an effective method to enhance the crop productivity with fewer environmental concerns. However, very few research studies have been performed using micronutrients as a source of slow release of urea nitrogen. A laboratory and field study were carried out to check the agronomic effects of z...
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Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) are synthesized for efficient CO2 separation released from various anthropogenic sources, which are due to global environmental concerns. The synergetic effect of porous nitrogen-rich, CO2-philic filler and polymer in mixed matrix-based membranes (MMMs) can separate CO2 competent. The development of various loadings of...
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The rising population is increasing food demand, yet actual crop production is limited by the poor efficiency of classical fertilizers. In particular, only about 40–60% of fertilizer nitrogen, 15–20% of phosphorus and 50–60% of potassium are used by crop plants, the rest ending polluting the environment. Nanofertilizers are promising alternatives....
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The CO2 capturing is much more important not only in fuel upgrading but also for controlling global warming issues. Although much Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) based mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) exhibited great potential, the interfacial fine-tuning of inorganic MOF and organic membrane matrix was still a big obstacle. Herein, a novel bimetallic P...
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This state of the art provides a new platform to resource algal metabolites for tailoring catalytic efficiency at the nanoscale. Alg-Co3O4 (311) nanocatalysts (0.158 eV/Å2), derived from algal biomass containing catalytically active stepped sites and catering efficient chemisorption of carbon atoms, executed 43.4% methane decomposition as opposed t...
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The multidrug resistance (MDR) Escherichia coli having Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) genes and the capacity to create a biofilm acts as a major reduction in the therapeutic effectiveness of antimicrobials. In search of a novel nanocarrier (NC) for targeted delivery of antibiotics, carbon dots (CDs) coated calcium carbonate nanocarriers (C...
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Polymer materials are vulnerable to damages, failures, and degradations, making them economically unreliable. Self-healing polymers, on the other hand, are multifunctional materials with superior properties of autonomic recovery from physical damages. These materials are suitable for biomedical and tissue engineering in terms of cost and durability...
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A rapid increase in population worldwide is giving rise to the severe problem of safe drinking water availability, necessitating the search for solutions that are effective and economical. For this purpose, membrane technology has shown a lot of promise but faces the challenge of fouling, leading to a reduction in its lifetime. In this study, ultra...
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Currently, the global agriculture productivity is heavily relied on the use of chemical fertilizers. However, the low nutrient utilization efficiency (NUE) is the main obstacle for attaining higher crop productivity and reducing nutrients losses from these fertilizers to the environment. Coating fertilizer with micronutrients and biopolymer can off...
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Nanocomposite membranes promoted by mimic enzyme was developed and optimized for biogas upgrading at moderately high pressure applications up to 15 bar. Zn based mimic enzyme (Zn-cyclen) was synthesized. Different concentrations of selected mimic enzyme were added in nanocomposite membranes containing 1% crystalline nanocellulose (CNC) and 2% polyv...
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Hydrogel is the most emblematic soft material which possesses significantly tunable and programmable characteristics. Polymer hydrogels possess significant advantages including, biocompatible, simple, reliable and low cost. Therefore, research on the development of hydrogel for biomedical applications has been grown intensely. However, hydrogel dev...
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Bio-nanocomposites-based packaging materials have gained significance due to their prospective application in rising areas of packaged food. This research aims to fabricate biodegradable packaging films based upon polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and starch integrated with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) or organic additives. MOFs offer unique features in t...
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The low nitrogen utilization efficiency (NUE) of commercial fertilizers is one of the main hurdles in higher crop production and reduction of fertilizer N losses to the environment. However, interactions between most the macronutrients could have synergistic outcomes that affect crop NUE. The coating of urea with macronutrients and biopolymers may...
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Agro-Wastes are identified as to manufacture potential valuable organic biochar fertilizer product economically while also managing the waste. Biochar (BC) produced from agriculture waste is helps to improve the soil because of its neutral pH, addition of organic carbon to the soil and lower salt index values. This study focused on the development...
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Only 47% nitrogen of fertilizer is taken up by a plant whereas more than 40% nitrogen of total applied fertilizer is lost to the environment that causes several environmental as well as economic consequences. Slow-release fertilizers are considered as a possible large-scale solution for nitrogen loss. The present study aims to stabilize urea by coa...
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Membranes with zeolites are encouraging for performing blood dialysis because zeolites can eliminate uremic toxins through molecular sieving. Although the addition of various pore-gen and adsorbent in the membrane can certainly impact the membrane production along with creatinine adsorption, however, it is not directed which pore-gen along with zeo...
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We investigated different combinations of polymers (5% each) (i) starch, gelatin (polymer coating; PC-1), (ii) polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), gum Arabica (PC-2), (iii) PVA, gelatin (PC-3), (iv) starch, gum Arabica (PC-4), (v) gelatin, gum Arabica (PC-5), (vi) starch, PVA (PC-6), for coating NPK (17, 17:17) in a fluidized bed granulator. Morphological cha...
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In this study, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and novel gold nanoformulations loaded with diosgenin (Dio-AuNPs) were synthesized through green approach using algal extract from Dictyosphaerium sp. strain DHM2 (LC159306) as a reducing agent. AuNPs and Dio-AuNPs synthesized were characterized through UV–vis spectroscopy, zeta potential analysis, FT-IR sp...
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-induced mastitis is one of the biggest animal welfare issues and economic burdens worldwide. As a possible effective treatment, ciprofloxacin (CIP)-loaded cerium oxide (CeO2)/chitosan (CS) nanocomposite was synthesized using an eco-friendly approach, characterized, and evaluated. From 350 mastitis-...
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The rise in energy requirements and its shortfall in developing countries have affected socioeconomic life. Communities in remote mountainous regions in Asia are among the most affected by energy deprivation. This study presents the feasibility of an alternate strategy of supplying clean energy to the areas consisting of pristine mountains and fore...
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Low nitrogen (N) use efficiency from urea fertilizers due to environmental losses results in high cost of fertilizers for agricultural productions. Coating of urea with biodegradable polymers makes them effective for control and efficient N release. In this study, starch and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) were used in combination with acrylic acid (AA), c...
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Hemodialysis considered as therapy of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) for the separation of protein and uremic toxins based on their molecular weights using semi-permeable membranes. Cellulose Acetate (CA) hemodialysis membrane has been widely used in the biomedical field particularly for hemodialysis applications. The main issue of CA membrane is l...
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The negative effects of salinity on plant growth and physiology are well-established, which is one of the major threats to food security in semi-arid and arid regions of the world. The current research focuses on biosynthesis of copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) from a bacterial strain NST2, which was genetically identified as Klebsiella pneu-moniae bas...
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To improve the efficacy of existing classes of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin), allow dose reduction, and minimize related toxicity, this study was executed becausenew target-oriented livestock antimicrobials are greatly needed to battle infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains. The present study aims to green synthesize a biocompatible n...
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Disinfection is considered as a vital step to ensure the supply of clean and safe drinking water. Various approaches are adopted for this purpose; however, chlorination is highly preferred all over the world. This method is opted owing to its several advantages. However, it leads to the formation of certain by-products. These chlorination disinfect...
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Introduction: Candida albicans is a major opportunistic pathogen that causes a wide range of human infections. Currently available therapeutic agents are limited for treating these fungal infections due to multidrug resistance as well as their nonbiodegradability, poor biocompatibility and toxicity. In order to battle these limitations, we have sy...
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Engineered materials are crucial for the higher efficiency of supercapacitors. Current work presents roughly shaped spherical NiFe2O4 nanoparticles dispersed in the SiO2 matrix NiFe2O4/SiO2 as a newfangled electrode material for supercapacitors with remarkable performance. Designing the NiFe2O4/SiO2 nanostructure with a sol-gel method followed by t...
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Wound care has come through various trials and errors with primitive cultures applying old age techniques and knowledge. Recent research has shown that the moist environment promotes wound healing than the dry. In the present research, hydrogel membranes were fabricated by esterification of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) with starch and glutaraldehyde as...
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Dechlorane Plus (DP) is an unregulated, highly chlorinated flame retardant. It has been manufactured from past 40 years but its presence in the environment was initially reported in 2006. Later, it has been found in various biotic and abiotic environmental matrices. However, little attention has been paid to monitor its presence in Asia. Many studi...
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An active and intelligent starch-based biodegradable food packaging system is developed in this work. The growing environmental protection concerns have motivated researchers to look for biodegradable yet sustainable products for food packaging. The packaging is able to resist against undesirable bacterial attack and color-change response due to pH...
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Low nitrogen (N) utilization efficiency due to environmental N losses from fertilizers results in high-cost on-farm production. Urea coating with biodegradable polymers can prevent these losses by controlling the N release of fertilizers. We calculated N release kinetics of coated granular with various biodegradable polymeric materials and its impa...
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In this work, high pressure selective CO2/CH4 adsorption over functionalized covalent triazine based frameworks (CTF-NH) have been reported at high-pressure (1-20 bar) and different temperatures. The findings revealed that the successive incorporation of amine functionalities to the CTF leads to the enhancement of CO2 and CH4 adsorption capacities...
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The world is using lot of fossil fuels due to increase in energy demand. This results in high production of CO2 which is the main reason for global warming and harmful for the environment. These issues have driven the scientists to develop environment friendly alternative energies to replace these harmful fuels. Hydrogen has become one of the most...
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A novel crystalline nano cellulose (CNC) and polyvinyl amine (PVAm) based nanocomposite membranes were synthesized and evaluated for biogas upgrading. Different concentrations of CNC was incorporated in 3 wt % PVAm solution on commercial polysulfone (PSf) sheet using dip coating method. The effect of feed pressure (5, 10 and 15 bar) was investigate...
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This research endeavor aims to develop polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) based films capable of blends with silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) for improved antibacterial properties and good mechanical strength to widen its scope in the field of wound dressing and bandages. This study reports synthesis of propylamine-substituted PVA (PA-PVA), Ag-NPs via chemical a...
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The illegal disposal of waste from textile industries having recalcitrant pollutants is a worldwide problem with more severity in developing nations. We used an ecofriendly method to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from a locally-isolated bacterial strain Bacillus marisflavi TEZ7 and employed them as photocatalysts to degrade not only synth...
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The intensive applications of chlorpyrifos (CPF) in agricultural production have resulted in lethal effects on the environment, particularly on aquatic fauna. Thus, present study was aimed to assess the haematological responses, antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase [SOD] and catalase [CAT]) activity, acetylcholinesterase enzyme (AChE) inhibiti...
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Due to the heavy reliance of people on the limited fossil fuel as energy resources, global warming has increased to severe levels due to huge CO2 emission into the atmosphere. To mitigate this situation, a green method is presented here for the conversion of CO2/H2O into sustainable hydrocarbon fuels via electrolysis in eutectic molten salts ((KCl-...
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The application of urea-based fertilizers in developing countries has gained significant momentum over time. urea usage is to meet demand and supply gap of food resources as world population is increasing at a fast pace. urea contains largest content of nitrogen (46%) among all the solid nitrogenous fertilizers. However, main drawback of urea is it...
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Deca-dodecasil 3 Rhombohedral (DDR3) membrane has received much attention in CO2 separation from small gas molecules because of its molecular sieving property and stable characteristics. Therefore, present work is focusing on utilization of previously fabricated membrane (synthesized in 3 days as reported in our previous work) to study the effect o...
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In this work, the effect of Zn-cyclen mimic enzyme on the properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/cellulose nanocrystals (PVA/CNC) nanocomposite membranes have been studied at three different relative humilities (0%RH, 53%RH and 93%RH). Different amounts of mimic enzyme were incorporated, and membranes were prepared by solution casting. The fabricated na...
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Carboxymethyl fibers (CMF) of cellulose are renewable biopolymer and have shown strong reinforcing properties when added to a compatible polymer matrix. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of CMF on the mechanical, thermal and swelling properties of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes. The PVA/CMF composite membranes with differ...
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The mechanistic role of green copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) in cadmium (Cd) toxicity alleviation in plants is poorly understood. Here, the CuNPs, synthesized by using a bacterium Shigella flexneri SNT22, were confirmed through UV-vis spectroscopy with a characteristic peak at 334.50 nm. Moreover, FT-IR, XRD, SEM, and TEM techniques revealed that the...
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Formaldehyde is an important industrial chemical that is a strong-smelling and colorless gas. It is used in a number of processes such as making household products and building materials, glues and adhesives, resins, certain insulation materials, etc. Formaldehyde can be produced industrially using air and methanol as raw materials in the presence...
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Green nanomaterials have gained much attention due to their potential use as therapeutic agents. The present study investigated the production of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from a silver-resistant Bacillus safensis TEN12 strain, which was isolated from metal contaminated soil and taxonomically identified through 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The form...
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Hydrogen production via water dissociation under exposure to sunlight has emanated as an environmentally friendly, highly productive and expedient process to overcome the energy production and consumption gap, while evading the challenges of fossil fuel depletion and ecological contamination. Various classes of materials are being explored as viabl...
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Presently, about 200 million tons of urea fertilizer is produced worldwide to meet supply and demand. However, a quarter of the urea applied to soils is lost to the environment due to poor efficiency. Poor efficiency can be prevented by slowing the release of urea - nitrogen. One mechanism to do this is ‘Encapsulation’. Encapsulation allows for hig...
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The present study was focused on the fabrication and characterization of polymeric wound dressings, composed of PVA and Starch. Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) was incorporated as a filler and Silver deposited-Titania nanoparticles ([email protected]2 NPs) as an antibacterial agent. The hydrogel membranes were fabricated by solution casting under...
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Amongst serious biotic factors deteriorating crop yield, the most destructive pathogen of rice is Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), which causes bacterial leaf blight (BLB) disease. This study involved targeted use of biogenic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to control BLB in order to cope with the disadvantages of chemical disease control. AgNPs w...