Dr. Tokeer Ahmad shaping futures at Jamia


He has supervised seven Ph.D, 42 post-graduate students and is currently supervising and guiding five Ph.D students…writes Zeeshan Ashrafi (Scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia)

From the bylanes of Roorkee to reaching the prestigious campus of the Indian Institute of Technology of the city, Dr. Tokeer Ahmad was destined to be a scholar and teacher of a high degree. His academic journey did not stop at IIT- Roorkee but reached new heights at IIT-Delhi.

The residue of genius in studies took an organic shape as an academician in the field of science where he now shapes the brightest of minds. After his initial schooling and graduation in Roorkee, he pursued Masters in Chemistry from IIT-Roorkee, and then went on to complete Ph.D on Thrust Areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from IIT, Delhi in 2006.

Soon after PhD, Dr. Ahmad joined Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. In addition to his extensive research interest in the chemistry of nanomaterials, Dr. Ahmed is inclined toward the development of functional nanomaterials for photocatalytic and energy applications.

He has supervised seven Ph.D, 42 post-graduate students and is currently supervising and guiding five Ph.D students.

Dr. Ahmed has received seven research projects from DST, CSIR, UGC, JMI Innovative Program and one international project from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ahmed’s current research citation dates back to 1928. Dr. Ahmed has been an active life member of various national and international academic societies including the American Nano-Society.

He has given 54 invited lectures and presented 96 research papers on national and international platforms. He has also been appointed as the coordinator of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) e-learning program of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Currently Professor at JMI, Dr. Ahmed has also received the DST-DFG award from Govt. Recognition of Distinguished Inspired Teacher from India (2009), ISCAS Medal (2011) for significant contribution in Solid State Chemistry and allied fields especially Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the President of India in 2015. Dr. Ahmed is honored with the ‘Distinguished Scientist Award’ for the year 2019 by the Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists.

Dr. Ahmad has also co-authored, with MA Shah, book titled ‘Nano Science & Technology’. The book explains the scientific basis governing the functionality of nanostructures and introduces the reader to several basic phenomena. It is written keeping in mind the latest trends and provides a solid understanding of the subject; with important features as the historical background of the material in a concise and concise manner, basic concepts of nanomaterials explained in a simple way, and detailed discussion on preparation methods. The book also throws light on characterization techniques with schematic diagrams and definitions of important terms of nanotechnology. It comprises 300 questions and 100 MCQs for practice.
With all these unique features, this book is found to be a useful resource for beginners. The book is designed as a nanoscience course that can be offered by chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, medicine, and agriculture streams in various departments and nanotechnology centers across the world.

His research interest includes the development of advanced functional nanostructures for photo/electro-catalysis, nanocatalysis, gas sensing, and energy applications. Dr. Ahmad has published 116 research papers in peer-reviewed journals with a research citation of over 3,400 and an h-index of 34. Professor Ahmad has received the “Distinguished Scientist Award” for the year 2019 for outstanding contribution to the field of Chemistry and was also elected as a member of the very prestigious National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). Dr. Ahmad has also been included in the top 2% of scientists in the world by Stanford University, USA in 2021.

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