Smart Hybrid Materials (SHMs)
مختبر شمس لعلوم النانو
Self-Assembled Nanomaterials for Biomedical, Sensing and Separation Applications


Mohammed Ikbal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow (Subgroup II: Sensing materials)​

Research Interests

  • Development of new type photochromic and photoswitchable organic materials and their applications
  • Design and synthesis of photoacidgenerators (PAGs) and photoresponsive polymers
  • Fabrication of photoresponsive fluorescent materials
  • Synthesis of functionalized AuNPs and their applications
  • Design and synthesis of photoresponisve nanocarrier for control release of active molecules

Selected Publications

  • Sanghamitra Atta, Manoranjan Bera, Tirthartha Chattopadhyay, Amrita Paul, Mohammed Ikbal, Mrinal K. Maiti and N. D. Pradeep Singh, “Nano-pesticide formulation based on fluorescent organic photoresponsive nanoparticles: for controlled release of 2,4-D and real time monitoring of morphological changes induced by 2,4-D in plant systems” RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 86990-86996
  • Sanghamitra Atta, Amrita Paul, Rakesh Banerjee, Manoranjan Bera, Mohammed Ikbal, Dibakar Dhara and N. D. Pradeep Singh, “Photoresponsive polymers based on coumarin moiety for the controlled release of pesticide 2,4-D” RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 99968-99975
  • Mohammed Ikbal, Rakesh Banerjee, Shrabani Barman, Sanghamitra Atta, Dibakar Dhara and N. D. Pradeep Singh, “1-Acetylferroceneoxime based photoacid generators: application towards sol-gel transformation and development of photoresponsive polymer for controlled wettability and patterned surfaces”, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 4622-4630
  • Mohammed Ikbal, Biswajit Saha, Shrabani Barman, Sanghamitra Atta, Debranjan Banerjee, Sudip Kumar Ghosh, and N. D. Pradeep Singh, “Benzo[a]acridinyl methyl esters as pH sensitive fluorescent photoactive precursors: synthesis, photophysical, pPhotochemical and biological applications”, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 3459-3469


  • ​Ph.D. in Organic Photochemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India, 2013
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur, India, 2007
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur, India, 2005

Professional Profile

  • ​2016-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)