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Research at the Azam Group

Multicomponent hybrid materials for achieving increased complexity and functionality in nanomaterials have attracted enormous attention from researchers in recent years. These nanomaterials are composed of discrete domains of different components and thus can exhibit the properties of different components in the same assembly. Our multidisciplinary research is focused on the development of new multifunctional materials for energy, health and environment. We synthesize surface tailored size-controlled inorganic nanoparticles and polymeric materials as well as investigate their properties and potential applications.

The research projects that we are currently working on are:

- Synthesize functionalized quantum dots (QDs) for the detection of biomolecules and ions

- Develop novel recyclable antibacterial materials

- Develop reusable ion-imprinted polymers for selective removal of toxic ions

- Synthesize cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)-polymer composites to develop a filter for the removal of toxic metal ions and dyes

- Develop paper supported functional polymers for biomolecule extraction

Due to our collaboration with University of Alberta we are able to characterize our samples employing some state of the art surface spectroscopic and imaging techniques such as XPS, TEM and AFM in addition to our traditional characterization techniques like SEM, EDS, XRD, FT-IR, UV-Vis etc. that are available at BUET.

Funding and Grants

We thankfully acknowledge the following national and international organizations for funding our research.

  The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Individual Grant
  for funding our universal testing machine (UTM), centrifuge
  machine, vortex and water bath.

      Special Allocation from the Ministry of Science and
      Technology, Govt of the People's Republic of Bangladesh,
      Bangladesh for funding our research on graphene-
      crosslinked biodegradable polymers.

        Committee for Advanced Studies & Research (CASR),
        Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology for
        funding several projects on synthesizing and investigating
                         multifunctional nanomaterials.


Our Collaborators

Hongbo Zeng, Ph.D.

Hongbo Zeng is a professor at the department of chemical & materials engineering, University of Alberta, Canada.

Julianne Gibbs, Ph.D.

Juli Gibbs is a professor at the department of chemistry, University of Alberta, Canada.

Md. Tofazzal Islam, Ph.D.

Md. Tofazzal Islam is a professor at the department of biotechnolgy, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mohammad A. Halim, Ph.D.

Mohammad A. Halim is Founder and CEO at Green Research Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently working at Atomic Energy & Alternative Energy Commission,  French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

Yong Sik Ok, Ph.D.

Yong Sik Ok is a professor in the division of environmental science & ecological engineering at Korea University, Seul, Korea.


Highlights of Ongoing Research

Quantum Dots (QDs) for Detection of Biomolecules and Ions

We synthesize functionalized silicon and graphene QDs for the detection of melamine and mercury.  Fluorescence spectroscopy is employed to investigate the detection.


Silicon Quantum Dots (SiQDs):
Research @ Azam Group

Magnetic Graphene- and Carbon Nanotube-Based Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis

We fabricate various types of composite nanomaterials based on graphene oxide and carbon nanotube (CNT). We then employ silver, Ga2O3 or gold nanoparticles to introduce photocatalytic properties into the scaffold.


TEM Images of Catalytic Nanomaterials: Research @ Azam Group

Graphene Crosslinked Biodegradable Polylactic Acid for Enhanced Mechanical Strentgh

We fabricate 2D graphene crosslinker for the biodegradable polymers like PLA and synthesize the crosslinked polymers with enhanced mechanical strength.


AFM Images of PLA and Graphene Crosslinker: Research @ Azam Group

Antibacterial Materials

In one project we chemically modify paper and deposit Ag-nanoparticles on it. These papers exhibit excellent antibacterial properties due to the presence of Ag-nanoparticles immobilized on the paper.

Antibacterial paper azam

In another project we develope novel recyclable magnetic N-halamine based antibacterial materials employing mussel-inspired dopamine chemistry.

Antibacterial Materials: Research @ Azam Group

Multiresponsive Hydrogel

In Azam group we synthesize multiresponsive hydrogel where we exploit the magnetic behavior of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in introducing magneto-responsive property to other stimuli-responsive systems such as thermo- and pH- responsive polymers. This project is funded by the world academy of science (TWAS).
azam multiresponsive hydrogel

Magnetic Nanomaterials for Dye Removal

In another project we make the most of the magnetic properties of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in developing magnetically separable adsorbents based on cellulose nanocrystal and different polymers. Magnetic nanoparticles remain covalently bonded to the polymeric network resulting in excellent regenerability of the adsorbents even after applying magnetic field during separation.

azam magnetic nanomaterials

Cellulose Nanocrystal from Waste Sawdust

We extract cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) from waste sawdust by following a modified literaure procedure in our lab. The extracted cellulose nanocrystals are further chemically modified and added to other systems to introduce new properties, which are expected due to very high dispersion of CNC.

azam cnc


Contact Information

Md. Shafiul Azam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Office: OAB 246


Phone: 02 55167228-57
Ext. 7119 (Office), 7900 (Res.)

Cell Phone: +8801535495622