Associate Professor

Ph.D. Environmental Analytical Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2012

Fellow-Advance HE (FHEA), Higher Education Academy, UK

Certified Circular Economy Specialist (CCES), École des Ponts ParisTech, France

MS, Analytical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan


Dr. Jibran Iqbal is a Chemist with a focus on Green, Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry. His PhD dissertation focused on the development of novel green and sustainable Chemistry tools and techniques for highly sensitive environmental pollutants analysis. His approach to teaching is to help students build and discover how disciplines and concepts are interconnected. He is motivated and passionate about working with students as they apply concepts to new situations and are challenged to develop creative problem-solving skills. Dr. Jibran's research is highly interdisciplinary, focused on the interface between Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Materials and Nanotechnology for the development of sustainable water solutions and trace analysis of heavy metals and emerging organic pollutants. He has keen interest in developing nanocomposite, nanoporous and 2D materials for potential applications in catalysis, separations, SERS, sensing and clean energy. He directs research and development of circular Chemistry to enable a circular economy. His research emphasizes a strong link to societal needs and real-life environmental challenges. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles in reputed Scopus journals such as Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (IF=24.3), Chemical Engineering Journal (IF=16.7), Journal of Hazardous Materials (IF=14.2), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=11.0), Environmental Pollution (IF=9.98), Chemosphere (IF=8.94) and so on. Dr. Jibran has participated in several professional trainings such as ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems and ISO 17025 Laboratory Management Systems. 


August 2019 – Present: Associate Professor, College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

August 2015 – July 2019: Assistant Professor, College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

February 2013 – July 2015: Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Pakistan

July 2012 – Jan. 2013, R&D Scientist, Shanghai Celludye Imaging Colorants Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi Campus, FF1-1-021



Teaching Areas

  • Science Communication and Writing (ENV601)
  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity (ISU206)
  • Earth Systems (ISU201)
  • Deriving Insights from Evidence (IDS204)
  • General Chemistry I, II + Laboratory (CHE201, CHE202)
  • Environmental Chemistry + Laboratory (CHE471)
  • Analytical Chemistry + Laboratory (CHEM351)
  • Instrumental Analysis + Laboratory (CHEM721)
  • Principles of Sustainability (ENV240)
  • Research Methods (ENV466)
  • Internship (ENV490)
  • Senior Project (ENV491)
  • Water Sustainability
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Circular Economy 
  • Sustainable Materials Management


  • 2022 – The Role of Presence in Blended and Online Courses, CEI, Zayed University, UAE
  • 2022 – Blended Learning Essentials, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2022 – How to Implement Active Learning in Classroom, Canada
  • 2018 – Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Technology, CEI, Zayed University, UAE
  • 2017 – Developing Meaningful Assessments, CEI, Zayed University, UAE

Research and Professional Activities


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

  • Member of the Chinese Chemical Society, China


  • 2022 – Circular Economy - Sustainable Materials Management, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2022 – British Safety Council Certificate in Environmental Sustainability, UK
  • 2022 – Introduction to Sustainability, University of Illinois, USA
  • 2022 – Effective Leadership Skills in the Workplace, Zayed University, UAE
  • 2022 – Nanotechnology: A Maker's Course, Duke University, USA
  • 2022 – Chemicals and Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • 2021 – Environmental Risk Assessment Expert, Sustainable Development Institute, UAE
  • 2021 – Understanding Research Methods, University of London, UK
  • 2016 – NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work, UK
  • 2015 – ISO 17025: Laboratory Accreditation
  • 2014 – ISO 9001-2008: Quality Management Systems


  • Sustainable Water Solutions and Water Security
  • Circular Chemistry to Enable a Circular Economy
  • Analysis of Trace Heavy Metals and Emerging Contaminants
  • Environmental Catalysis
  • Zerovalent Metal Technology
  • Advanced Oxidation Tecchnologies for Wastewater Treatment
  • Assessment of Air Quality
  • Analytical Method Development: Separations, Electrochemistry, Spectroscopy
  • Advanced Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Environmental and Energy Applications
  • Clean Energy


  • 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

  • 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

  • 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • 13 Climate Action

Total Scopus Publications: 157
h-index: 45
i-10 index: 104
Citations > 5900

Google Scholar





  • Jibran Iqbal, Heba Taha M. Abdelghani, Grzegorz Boczkaj, (2024) Hydroxyl and sulfate radical-based degradation of ciprofloxacin using UV-C and/or Fe2+-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate: Effects of process parameters and toxicity evaluation, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 447, 115246.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Noor S. Shah, Mohamed A. Habila, Grzegorz Boczkaj, Fares Howari, (2023) Bimetallic Bi/Cu0-catalyzed persulfate-based advanced oxidation processes towards clofibric acid degradation in wastewater, Water Resources and Industry, 30,100226.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, Fares Howari, (2022) Efficient removal of norfloxacin using nano zerovalent cerium composite biochar-catalyzed peroxydisulfate, Journal of Cleaner Production, 134405.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Aman Ullah, Yousef Nazzal, Fares Howari, (2022) Visible light driven doped CeO2 for the treatment of pharmaceuticals in wastewater: A review, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 49, 103130.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Rasool, K.; Howari, F.; Nazzal, Y.; Sarkar, T., Shahzad, (2022) A Hydrofluoric Acid-Free Green Synthesis of Magnetic M.Ti2CTx Nanostructures for the Sequestration of Cesium and Strontium Radionuclide, Nanomaterials, 12, 3253.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Buthaina Al Hajeri, Kenesha Wilson, Cijo Xavier, Jwaher Shaalan, Ahmed A. Al-Taani, Fares Howari, Yousef Nazzal, (2022) Preparation of H3PO4 modified Sidr biochar for the enhanced removal of ciprofloxacin from water, International Journal of Phytoremediation, 24, 12, 1231-1242.
  • Jibran Iqbal, Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, Fares Howari, (2021) Nano-zerovalent manganese/biochar composite for the adsorptive and oxidative removal of Congo-red dye from aqueous solutions, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 403, 123854.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Fares M. Howari, Abdel-Mohsen O. Mohamed, Evan K. Paleologos, (2021) Chapter 20 Assessment of radiation pollution from nuclear power plants, Pollution Assessment for Sustainable Practices in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Butterworth-Heinemann,1027-1053.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Ahmed A. Al-Taani, Fares Howari, Yousef Nazzal, (2021) Exploring the potential of nano-zerovalent copper modified biochar for the removal of ciprofloxacin from water, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management, 2021, 100604.
  • Jibran Iqbal, Muhammad Naseem, Fares M. Howari, Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, (2020) Synthesis of nitrogen-doped Ceria nanoparticles in deep eutectic solvent for the degradation of sulfamethaxazole under solar irradiation and additional antibacterial activities, Chemical Engineering Journal, 394, 124869.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Howari, F.M., Nazzal, Y., Xavier, C., Polychronopoulou, K., (2020) Deep eutectic solvent-mediated synthesis of ceria nanoparticles with the enhanced yield for photocatalytic degradation of flumequine under UV-C, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 33,101012.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Sayed, M., Imran, M., Muhammad, N., Howari, F.M., Alkhoori, A., (2019) Synergistic effects of activated carbon and nano-zerovalent copper on the performance of hydroxyapatite-alginate beads for the removal of As3+ from aqueous solution, Journal of Cleaner Production, 235, 875-886.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Muhammad N., Rahim A., Ahmad P., (2019) COSMO-RS predictions, hydrogen bond basicity values and experimental evaluation of amino acid-based ionic liquids for lignocellulosic biomass dissolution, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 271, 215-221.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Nazzal Y., Howari F., Xavier C., (2018) Hydrochemical processes determining the groundwater quality for irrigation use in an arid environment: The case of Liwa Aquifer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 07, 212-219.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Du, Y., Howari, F., Bataineh, M., & Muhammed, N. (2017) Simultaneous Enrichment and On-line Detection of Low-Concentration Copper, Cobalt, and Nickel Ions in Water by Near-Infrared Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy Combined with Chemometrics. Journal of AOAC International, 100, 560-565.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Changhai Yin, Yiping, Du (2012). Ultra-Sensitive Spectrophotometric Determination of Nickel in Water after Complexation and Membrane Filtration. Microchimica Acta, 177, 195-200.

  • Jibran Iqbal, Zhang Xuan, Yiping, Du (2012). On-line Determination of Trace Copper in Water Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Fluidized Bed Enrichment. Advanced Science Letters, 17, 257-260.