Dr. Muhammad Arif Khan


Dr. Muhammad Arif Khan

Assistant Professor


Arif Khan is serving as Assistant Professor at Department of IT and Computer Science, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Center for sustainable Nanomaterials (CSNano), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia. Earlier, he received his M.Phil. and M.Sc. in Physics from the Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan. Prior to joining Pak-Austria Fachhochschule, he worked for 3 years as a Post-doctoral fellow at Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia. He also served about 6 years as an Assistant Professor at International Islamic University Islamabad and Riphah International University Islamabad, Pakistan. He is HEC approved PhD supervisor. He taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduates’ students. He has several publications in highly reputed journals and also acts as a reviewer for many international journals. Dr. Arif has successfully carried out several funded research projects related to Science & Technology. He has presented his research work at various renowned international conferences and won several awards such as “Best Paper Award” at IEEE International Conference on Sensor & Nanotechnology, “Best Poster Award” at International workshop on 2D Materials & Quantum Effect Devices, and “Bronze Award” for category Science and Technology for Research Exhibition Competition. His research interests are focus on applied physics instrumentation ‘Micro and Nanofabrication, Thin Film Materials and Devices, surface science at the Nano-scale and metal oxide semiconductor Nanowires and its heterostructures for current transport properties, Nano-catalysis and metal oxide gas sensor and bio-sensing applications.

He also possessed various excellent administrative and societies activities positions such as Director Sport & Co-Curricular activities, President of International Student Society and member of Executive Committee for organizing international conferences and Session Chair. He is able to work in a managerial role or as part of team and having the proven ability to work successfully to tight schedules and deadlines.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of IT and CS, PAF-IAST, Oct 2023
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia, 2019-2022
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan, 2018-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Riphah International University, Islamabad Pakistan,2008-2013
  • Senior Lecturer (Medical Physics), Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi Pakistan, 2007-2008


  • Ph.D. in Physics (Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology), University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 2017
  • MS in Physics (Thin Films Technology), Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan), 2007
  • MSc in Physics, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan), 2005

Research Interests:

  • Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology
  • Micro and Nanofabrication
  • Thin Film Materials and Devices
  • Surface science at the Nano-scale and metal oxide semiconductor Nanowires and its heterostructures for current transport properties, Nano-catalysis and metal oxide gas sensor and bio-sensing applications.


  1. Catalyst Free Fabrication of Novel ZnO/CuO Core-Shell Nanowires Heterojunction: Control Growth, Structural and optoelectronic Properties, Applied Surface Science 2018, (IF 6.7)


  1. Surface Study of CuO Nanopetals by Advanced Nanocharacterization Techniques with Enhanced Optical and Catalytic Properties, Nanomaterials 2020, (IF 5.3)


  1. ZnO Nanowires Based Schottky Contacts of Rh/ZnO Interfaces for the Enhanced Performance of Electronic Devices, Surfaces and Interfaces 2020, (IF 6.2)


  1. Interface Study of Hybrid CuO Nanoparticles Embedded ZnO Nanowires Heterojunction Synthesized by Controlled Vapor Deposition Approach for Optoelectronic Devices, Optical Materials 2021, (IF 3.9)


  1. Advanced Nanoscale Surface Characterization of CuO Nanoflowers for Significant Enhancement of Catalytic Properties, Molecules 2021, (IF 4.6)



  • Metal Oxide Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics and Photocatalytic applications Project No: 21-2018/SRGP/R&D//HEC/2018,0.5M
  • Growth Mechanism and properties of ZnO Nanorods / Nanotubes Synthesis by a very High Frequency PECVD method, FRGS; Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Project No. R.J130000.7809.4F322, RM 100100

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Paper Award” at IEEE International Conference on Sensor & Nanotechnology 2021 for Nano-track, Malaysia IEEE Chapter, 22-24 September 2021.
  • Travel Grant, HEC, 2019
  • Outstanding Performance award in Poster presented at “International Workshop on 2D Materials and Quantum Devices” Organized by Pakistan Institute of Engineering & applied Sciences (PIEAS) Nilore, Islamabad Pakistan on 14 November 2018 at Department of Physics and Mathematics
  • Second Position “CEMP 2017 NUST POSTER COMPETITION” Conference on Emerging Materials and Processes (CEMP 2017) Organized by School of Chemical of Chemical & Material Engineering NUST Islamabad, Pakistan on 13-14 November 2017 at SCME Hall, NUST
  • Bronze Award “SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY” 1st GRADUATE RESEARCH EXHIBITION COMPETITION (GREx COM 2017) Organized by SPS on 19 September 2017 at Convention Hall, Faculty of BUILT Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  • UTM International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) Awards for Session 20142015 &20152016

           Ref: UTM.J.10.01/13.14/1/128 (201304M10005).

  • Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) scholar under program “Partial Support for PhD Studies Abroad”, at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Ref:1-8/HEC/HRD/2015/5050 (k)
  • Excellent Oral Presentation’’ award at The Twelfth Regional Annual Fundamental Science Symposium 2014 (12th RAFSS 2014) 10th September 2014 Persada Johor International Conventional Centre Organized by Ibnu Sinu Institute for Fundamental Science Studies UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia in Collaboration with OSAKA UNIVERSITY Graduate School of Engineering Science, Graduate School of Science Japan.
  • Fellowship Award for M.Phil / M.S Degree Program in Physics for semester 1st & 2nd, Department of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan, 2005-2006.
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