Catalysis Research Center - People

Zafar, Iqbal

Catalyst-Related Research Activities of the Iqbal Research Group at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

  1. Novel catalyst support [for example, biogenic algae (see fig. 1 below) and in-situ synthesized MgO] for controlled and fluidized bed growth of single wall carbon nanotubes.
  2. Self-assembled single wall carbon nanotube sheets as support for nitrogen-based cathode and electrolessly deposited Pt catalyst for PEM fuel cells
  3. Immobilization of enzyme biocatalysts on porous silicon-carbon nanotube support for efficient, long life biofuel cells

External collaborations: Anatoly Frenkel (Yeshiva and Brookhaven) – in-situ EXAFS of catalyst in operating hydrogen- and bio-fuel cells; B.L. Ramakrishna (biogenic algae diatoms)

zafar iqbal crcBrief bio: Iqbal is currently Research Professor in Chemistry and in Materials Science at NJIT where his research ranges from nanotechnology to fuel cells. He has spent a large part of his career at Honeywell International Inc, Morristown, New Jersey with previous stints as visiting Professor at the ETH Zurich, Senior Fellow at the University of Zurich and Staff Scientist at Picatinny Arsenal. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
University, UK. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, 2 edited monographs and has 18 awarded and 5 pending US patents.