Jibran Iqbal

Associate Professor
AUH Campus

  • Ph.D. Environmental Analytical Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2012
  • Fellow-Advance HE (FHEA), Higher Education Academy, UK, 2021
  • Certified Circular Economy Specialist (CCES), École des Ponts ParisTech, France, 2022
  • MS, Analytical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan, 2008
  • Water Security
  • Circular Chemistry
  • Environmental Contaminants Analysis
  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Clean Energy
  • 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
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Chemistry (IF=3.2) (2022-2023)
  • External Reviewer, Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence (AARE), UAE (2021- Present
    • Chair College Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHS) (2017 – Present)
    • College Research committee (2022 – Present)
    • College Newsletter Editor (2017 – Present)
  • Chair of College Web Content Committee (2017 – Present)
  • R&D Scientist, Shanghai Celludye Imaging Colorants Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China (July 2012 – Jan. 2013.


  • 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


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • Member of the Chinese Chemical Society, China


  • Environmental Pollution (Q1 Journal)
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials (Q1 Journal)
  • Chemical Engineering Journal (Q1 Journal)
  • Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
  • Science of the Total Environment (STOLEN) (Q1 Journal)
  • International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (Q1 Journal)
  • Biochar (Q1)
  • Journal of Molecular Liquids (Q1)
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • International Journal of Phytoremediation
  • Jibran Iqbal, Noor S. Shah, Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, Fares Howari, (2022) Efficient removal of norfloxacin using nano zerovalent cerium composite biochar-catalyzed peroxydisulfate, Journal of Cleaner Production, 134405
  • Jibran Iqbal, Noor S. Shah, 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.
  • Featured scientist in Ministry of Education UAE newsletter, February 2021
  • Environment Health and Safety (EHS) award, Zayed University 2020
  • Supervised first position in UAE Think Science Competition 2019
  • Exceptional professor for the academic year 2017/2018
  • Fully funded Cultural Exchange Scholarship for PhD study in China (2008-2012)
  • ENV656 Instrumentation and Analytical Methods in Environmental Sciences
  • ENV699 MSc. Thesis in Environmental Science & Sustainability
  • ENV601 Science Communication and Writing
  • ENV650 Ecotoxicology