Dr. Sharif Ahmad (Retd.)
Department of Chemistry,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
Dr. Sharif Ahmad is currently a Professor of Materials Chemistry. He did his Masters (1976) and Doctoral (1981) degrees in Chemistry from AMU, Aligarh. In the recognition of his work, Prof. Ahmad was nominated as the member to prestigious American Chemical Society for three years (2015 - 2018) and also has a membership of Royal Chemical Society, UK.
Prof. Ahmad has been actively engaged in teaching & research in the frontier areas of Materials Chemistry for the last 38 years. He has made path breaking contributions particularly in vegetable sustainable biogradable polymers, Conducting Polymers, Hydrogels and Hyper branched Polymers as well as anti-corrosive polymeric coating materials, nanomaterials etc. To his credit, Prof. Ahmad has 214 research papers published in prestigious journals with Google Scholar Citations of 5984, h-index 44 and i10-index 134 (till 11th March, 2019). He has guided 27 PhD students for their doctoral work in his laboratory at JMI, New Delhi. Currently, he is guiding 6 more Ph.D. scholars. He has presented his work in 51 National Conferences and 52 International Conferences. He is a pioneer in designing, developing and initiating a PG course in Materials Chemistry in 1985 when the said branch was not formally recognized across the globe. Recently, in order to attract bright faculty (Foreign/National Fellows), he has been instrumental in starting the “Centre for Multidisciplinary Centre for Advance Research and Studies” at JMI, New Delhi.
Prof. Ahmad attracted research grant worth Rs. 68 Lakhs from various R&D agencies, like DRDO (ARDB, NRB), Nuclear Science Center, CSIR and UGC. He has successfully executed and completed sponsored research projects. Currently, as Co-P.I. running a DBT project of more than Rs. 64 Lakh. Prof. Ahmad regularly serves as the subject expert in national committees of prestigious academic bodies as well as universities (NIT Srinagar & Allahabad, BHU, DU, AMU). Besides, he is also PhD examiners of these universities and act as subject expert in interviews at CSIR, UPSC, and Uttrakhand PSC. Prof. Ahmad has long administrative experience and remains actively engaged in university administration as well as various national academic committees. He has been the Head, Department of Chemistry, JMI, New Delhi (2009 to 2012); Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences (March 2015-April 2018), JMI, New Delhi; acted as Superintendent for UG/PG examinations and entrance tests for different courses at JMI. He has also performed the job of Deputy Proctor (2009 to 2014); Assist Proctor (2001 to 2002); Tabulator of UG/PG Examinations (2002, 2004). He has been nominated as members of Board of Studies of many Departments, Faculty Committees, Academic Council, and Finance Committee, Executive Council and Council of Court in JMI and other universities.
His pioneering studies led to the development of volatile organic compounds-free green biogradable low molecular weight polymers/oligomers from vegetable seeds, which are still underutilized. Vegetable seed oil has wider applications in non-conventional biodiesel and polymer industries. His work on oil based polyester amides, epoxy, polyurethane, alkyds has potential scope in industries. Prof. Ahmad has also developed various oil-based polyols which have significant applications in hydrogels pertaining to drug delivery and green polymer industry. Furthermore, waterborne alkyds/polyesters are being developed and studied as high performance anti corrosive coating materials.