Dr. Irshad Ahmad

Dr. Irshad Ahmad

Associate Professor – Chemistry

Office No.: C21
Phone: Tel. Ext. 1270
Biography

Dr. Irshad Ahmad joined the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in spring 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He received the master’s degree in chemistry from Jiwaji University in 1999. Subsequently acquired significant pharmaceutical industrial experience and developed cardio-selective beta-blocker drug molecule. He joined Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute and Bhavnagar University under the sponsored project of DST and CSIR as a senior research fellow and received his PhD degree in chemistry in 2006. Subsequently, he accepted an invited scientist position in Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, South Korea and contributed his expertise in the field of Nanotechnology. Dr. Irshad is a recipient of prestigious European fellowships (NWO-Rubicon & FCT) and he joined Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands as a NWO Rubicon fellow (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the Dutch Science Foundation), he acquired expertise in the field of supramolecular chemistry.

Afterward, he moved to the Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification, Leipzig, Germany under the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Grant. Dr. Irshad developed “Novel ultra-fast metathesis catalyst” for the production of high quality alternating copolymers. Subsequently Dr. Irshad, joined Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Stephenson Life Science Research Center, University of Oklahoma, USA as a postdoctoral research associate.  He developed strategies for the novel environmentally friendly reactions for the production of value added chemicals from biomass.

Dr. Irshad specialized in the area of chemistry, bridging the traditional disciplines of inorganic, organic and bio-organic chemistry. He contributed US and European patent for green and clean technology development. He has published peer-reviewed international research articles in the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Cambridge, Elsevier Science, Wiley, and Springer journals. He has presented his research at several scientific conferences worldwide and received awards.

Research and Publication

Research Interest:

Asymmetric catalysis, Biotechnology, Metathesis, Material science, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Renewable energy and Supramolecular chemistry

Book:

Asymmetric Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts: An Approach to the Synthesis of Chiral Drug Intermediates by Scholars Press, Germany. 2013, ISBN: 978-3-639-51138-3

Membership:   

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), USA
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK

Patents:

  • United States Patent 7,235,676, H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, S. Singh, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra, P. K. Ghosh, ‘Catalytic process for the preparation of epoxides from alkenes.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) WO/2005/095370, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, S. Singh, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra, P. K. Ghosh. An improved catalytic process for the preparation of epoxides from alkenes.
  • European Patent EP 1732910 A1, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, S. SinghA, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra, P. K. Ghosh, An improved catalytic process for the preparation of epoxides from alkenes. 

Publications:

  • Pramoda, U. Gupta, I. Ahmad, R. Kumar, C.N.R. Rao, Assemblies of Covalently Cross-linked Nanosheets of MoS2 and of MoS2-RGO: Synthesis and Novel Properties, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, 2016, 8989.
  • Shagufta, I. Ahmad, Recent insight into the biological activities of synthetic xanthone derivatives, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 116, 2016, 267.
  • Ahmad, Shagufta, Recent Development in Steroidal and Non-steroidal Aromatase Inhibitors for the Chemoprevention of Estrogen dependent Breast Cancer, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 102, 2015, 375.
  • Ahmad, Shagufta, Sulfones: An important class of organic compounds with diverse biological activities, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 7, 3, 2015, 19.
  • Kumar, K. Gopalakrishnan, I. Ahmad, and C. N. R. Rao, BN-Graphene Composites Generated by Covalent Cross-Linking with Organic Linkers, Advanced Functional Materials, 25, 37, 2015, 5910.
  • Kumar, D. Raut, I. Ahmad,   U. Ramamurty,   T. K. Maji and   C. N. R. Rao. Functionality preservation with enhanced mechanical integrity in the nanocomposites of the metal–organic framework, ZIF-8, with BN nanosheets, Materials Horizons, 1, 2014, 513.
  • R. Buchmeiser, I. Ahmad, V. Gurram and P. S. Kumar, Pseudo-Halide and Nitrate Derivatives of Grubbs and Grubbs_Hoveyda Initiators: Some Structural Features Related to the Alternating Ring-Opening Metathesis Copolymerization of Norborn-2-ene with Cyclic Olefins, Macromolecule, 44 (11), 2011, 4098.
  • Ahmad, G. Chapman and K. M. Nicholas, Sulfite-Driven, Oxorhenium-Catalyzed Deoxydehydration of Glycols, Organometallics, 30 (10), 2011, 2810.
  • Vkuturi, G. Chapman, I. Ahmad, K. M. Nicholas, Rhenium-Catalyzed Deoxydehydration of Glycols by Sulfite, Inorganic Chemistry, 49, 2010, 4744.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, K. Pathak, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, H. C. Bajaj, Solvent- free microwave synthesis of aryloxypropanolamines by ring opening of aryloxy epoxides, Research Letters in Organic Chemistry, 2009, Article ID 109717, doi:10.1155/2009/109717.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, K. Pathak, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, R. V. Jasra, Sulfonic acid functionalized mesoporous SBA-15 as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the synthesis of chromenes from chromanols, Catalysis Communications 10, 2009, 572.
  • Pathak, I. Ahmad, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, R. V. Jasra, The synthesis of silica-supported chiral BINOL: Application in Ti-catalyzed asymmetric addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical 280, 2008, 106.
  • Kluwer, I. Ahmad, J. N. H. Reek, Improved synthesis of monodentate and bidentate 2- and 3-pyridylphosphines, Tetrahedron Letter 48, 2007, 2999.
  • Pathak, I. Ahmad, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, R. V. Jasra, Oxidative Kinetic Resolution of racemic Secondary Alcohols catalyzed by recyclable Dimeric Mn(III) salen catalysts, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical 274, 2007, 120.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, K. Pathak, R. V. Jasra, Easily Recyclable Chiral Polymeric Mn (salen) Complex for Oxidative Kinetic resolution of Racemic Secondary Alcohols, Chirality, 19, 2007, 352.
  • Pathak, A. P. Bhatt, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra, Enantioselective phenylacetylene addition to aromatic aldehydes and ketones catalyzed by recyclable polymeric Zn(II) salen complex, Chirality, 19, 2007, 1.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, K. Pathak, R. V. Jasra, Chiral Mn (III) salen complexes covalently bonded on modified MCM-41 and SBA-15 as efficient catalysts for enantioselective epoxidation of non- functionalized alkenes, Journal of Catalysis A-Chemical, 238, 2006, 134.
  • Pathak, A. P. Bhatt, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra Enantioselective addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes using immobilized chiral BINOL-Ti complex on ordered mesoporous silicas, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry,17, 2006, 1506.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, K. Pathak, R. V. Jasra, Encapsulation of chiral MnIII (salen) complex in ordered mesoporous silicas: An approach Towards heterogenizing asymmetric Epoxidation catalysts for non-Functionalized alkenes, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 16, 2005, 3562.
  • I. Kureshy, I. Ahmad, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, S. Singh, P. H. Pandia, R. V. Jasra, New immobilized chiral Mn(III) salen complexes on pyridine N-Oxide Modified MCM-41as effective catalysts for epoxidation of nonfunctionalized Alkenes, Journal of Catalysis A- Chemical 235 , 2005, 28.
  • Pathak, A. P. Bhatt, S. H. R. Abdi, R. I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra Enantioselective addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes using immobilized chiral BINOL-Ti complex on ordered mesoporous silicas, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry,17, 2006, 1506.
  • I. Kureshy, S. Singh, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, I. Ahmad, A. Bhatt, R. V. Jasra, Improved catalytic activity of homochiral dimeric cobalt salen hydrolytic kinetic resolution of terminal racemic epoxides, Chirality, 17, 2005, 1.
  • I. Kureshy, S. Singh, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi , I. Ahmad, .Bhatt, R. V. Jasra, Environment friendly protocol for enantioselective epoxidation of non-functionalized Alkenes catalyzed by recyclable homochiral dimeric Mn(III)salen complexes with hydrogen peroxide and UHP adduct as Oxidants, Catalysis Letters, 107, 2005, 127.
  • I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, I. Ahmad, S. Singh, and R. V. Jasra, Dicationic chiral Mn (III) Salen complex exchange in the interlayers of Montmorillonite clay: a heterogeneous enantioselective catalyst for epoxidation of non-functionalised alkenes, Journal of Catalysis, 221, 2004, 234.
  • I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, S. Singh, I. Ahmad, R. V. Jasra, Catalytic asymmetric epoxidation of non-functionalised alkenes using polymeric Mn(III)Salen as catalysts and NaOCl as oxidant, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical, 218, 2004, 141.
  • I. Kureshy, N.H. Khan, S.H. R. Abdi, A. P. Vyas, I. Ahmad, S. Singh, R. V. Jasra, Enantioselective Epoxidation of Non-Functionalised Alkenes catalysed by recyclable new Homo Chiral Dimeric Mn(III) Salen complexes, Journal of Catalysis, 224, 2004, 229.
  • I. Kureshy, N. H. Khan, S. H. R. Abdi, I. Ahmad, S. Singh, and R. V. Jasra, Immobilization of dicationic Mn(III) salen in the interlayers of montmorrillonite Clay for enantioselective epoxidation of non-functionalised alkenes, Catalysis Letters, 91, 2003, 207.

Selected International Events:

  • Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC), November 9-11, 2016, Barcelona, SPAIN.
  • 2nd International Conference on Smart Material Research (ICSMR), September 22-24, 2016, Istanbul, TURKEY.
  • Emirates Foundation’s Think Science Competition, April 17-19, 2016, World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE.
  • SSL Visiting Fellow 2013-15 at the International Centre for Materials Science, JNCASR, SSL, Bangalore, INDIA.
  • Global Conference on Materials Sciences (GC-MAS-2014), November 13-15, 2014, Antalya, TURKEY.
  • 5th Annual International Workshop on Advanced Material (IWAM 2013), organized by Ras Al Khaimah Center for Advance Materials (RAK CAM), Feb. 24-26, 2013 at Al Hamra Fort Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
  • Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions workshop organized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA)- 2nd May 2011, Alghurair University campus, Dubai, UAE.
  • 45th American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest Regional meeting, Oct. 27-30, 2010, Wichita, Kansas, USA.
  • 55th Annual American Chemical Society (ACS) PentaSectional Meeting- Biofuel, April 10, 2010, organized by American Chemical Society (ACS), Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
  • 18th International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis and Related Chemistry (ISOM XVIII), Organized by the Leibniz-Institute for Surface modification (IOM), August 2-7, 2009, Leipzig, GERMANY.
  • 16th International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC-XVI), July 6-11, 2008, Organized by the Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM) of the Italian Research Council (CNR) held in Florence, ITALY.
  • European IDECAT Summer School on Computational Methods for Catalysis and Materials Science, 15-22 September 2007, Porquerolles, FRANCE.
  • 8th Netherland’s Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC), March 5-7, 2007, Noordwijkerhout, The NETHERLANDS.
  • 7th International Symposium on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals organized by German Catalysis Society and Dechema. Oct 23-27, 2005, Bingen -Mainz, GERMANY.
  • 1st Indo- German Conference on Catalysis-A Cross Disciplinary Vision, February 6-8, 2003, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, INDIA.

 

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