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  • Muhammad Waqar Ashraf, Ph.D.

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    Dean College of Sciences & Human Studies

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    College of Sciences and Human Studies

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Dr.Muhammad Waqar Ashraf is Professor & Dean of College of Sciences & Human Studies at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. Prior to joining PMU, he worked at Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research interests include Analytical Chemistry, Organo-metallic Chemistry, Sustainability & Waste Effluents Treatment technologies. He is author of over 80 research publications and a book. Dr. Ashraf has successfully carried out funded research projects related to environmental issues in the Kingdom, funded by King Abdulaziz City of Science & Technology (KACST) and SABIC. He has presented his research work at various renowned international conferences held at England, Italy, Canada, Greece and the Netherland. He acts as a reviewer for KACST and other reputed scientific journals. He has been member of editorial boards and chaired conference organizational committees. Dr.Ashraf is an active member of Environmental Technology & Management Association (ETMA) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Saudi Arabian Chapter. Currently, he is Assistant to Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is the member of various university committees and Secretary General of the Scientific Council.

MS, M.Phil, PhD

Papers in Refereed Journals

  1. Waqar Ashraf, Faisal Alanezi, Incorporation of Sustainability Concepts into the Engineering Core Program by adopting a Micro Curriculum Approach: A case study in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability, 12(7), 2901; 2020.
  2. Mir A.M, Waqar Ashraf, “Antimicrobial, antifungal and hrbc membrane hemolysis and membrane stabilization properties of various extracts of justicia gendarussa”. Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research, (4),  10, 687-690, 2020.
  3. Waqar Ashraf et al., “Estimation of Metal Ions in Various Soil Samples in  relation to Crop Production (Wheat, Mustard, Barley) at Different Region of Dehradun. Journal of Environmental Treatment Techniques, (9), Issue 1, 17-23, 2020.
  4. Nawaf N. H., W.A. Khan, Waqar Ashraf, and B. N. Hamadneh “Artificial Neural Networks for Prediction of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia”. Computers, Materials & Continua. 2020. 
  5. Waqar Ashraf, A.A Mian, “Levels of mercury and arsenic contamination in popular fish and shrimp brands consumed in Saudi Arabia. Bulletin of Chemical Society of Ethiopia. 33(3), 573-578, 2019.
  6. Waqar Ashraf, A.M.S Ali, Nidal Abulibdeh, “Levels and toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in black tea varieties consumed in Saudi Arabia” Current Topics in Toxicology, 2019.
  7. Waqar Ashraf, Nidal Abulibdeh, Abdus Salam, “Selecteive removal of malachite green dye from aqueous solutions by supported liquid membrane technology” International Journal of Environmental research, 16, 3484, 2019.
  8. Waqar Ashraf, Nidal Abulibdeh and Abdus Salam,“Adsorption Studies of Textile Dye (Chrysoidine) from Aqueous Solutions Using Activated Sawdust”. International Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/9728156
  9. Waqar Ashraf *& Abdus Salam, “Levels of Cadmium and Lead in Canned Meat Consumed in Saudi Arabia” Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 27/5A, 3419-3424, 2018.
  10. Waqar Ashraf* & Abdus Salam, “Levels of Organotin compounds in selected fish species from the Arabian Gulf”. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology, DOI 10.1007/s00128-017-2083-9, 2017.
  11. Waqar Ashraf*, “Levels of selected heavy metals and risk assessment of selected tea products consumed in Saudi Arabia” Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 26/8, 4946, 2017.
  12. Waqar Ashraf*, “Removal of methylene blue dye from wastewater by using Supported Liquid  Membrane technology”. Polish Journal of Chemical Technology. 18(2), 26-30, 2016.
  13. M. Atif, M. Nadeem,  M. Siddiquec and Waqar Ashraf,  “Investigation on the structural, dielectric and impedance analysis of manganese substituted cobalt ferrite i.e., Co1-xMnxFe2O4 (0.0≤x≤0.4). Royal Society of Chemistry Advances., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5RA20621A.
  14. Waqar Ashraf* & Abdus Salam, “Accumulation of selected heavy metals in kidney, heart, liver and muscle tissue of Lethrinus Miniatus fish from the Arabian Gulf. Research Journal of Fisheries & Hydrobiology, 11(2), 5-9, 2016.
  15. M. Aslam, M. T. Qamar, M. T. Soomro, I. M.I. Ismail, R. Z. Ahmed, Waqar Ashraf and A. Hameed, “The effect of cerium alteration on the photocatalytic performance of WO3 in sunlight exposure for water decontamination” Royal Society of Chemistry Advances., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5RA22002E.
  16. M.Aslam, M.T.Somro, Numan salah, M.Waqar Ashraf, Huda A.Qari, A.Hameed, “The performance of silver modified tungsten oxide for the removal 2-CP and 2-NP in sunlight exposure: Optical, electrochemical and photocatalytic properties. Arabian Journal of Chemistry. 2015, doi:10.1016/j.arabjc.2015.05.001.
  17. Waqar Ashraf*, “Levels of Selected Heavy Metals in Varieties of Vegetable oils Consumed in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Health Risk Assessment of Local Population” Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan (JCSP) 36(4), 691- 698  , (2014).
  18. Waqar Ashraf, S.I.H. Taqvi, A.R.Solangi, U.A. Qurashi, “Distribution and risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in vegetables grown in Pakistan”. Journal of Chemistry, DOI 10.1155/2013/873959, 2013.
  19. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Salam, "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in vegetable and fruits produced in Saudi Arabia", Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology,88, 543-547 (2012).
  20. Waqar Ashraf*, "Determination of aflatoxin levels in some dairy products and dry nuts consumed in Saudi Arabia" Food & Public Health, 2(1), 39-42, (2012).
  21. Waqar Ashraf*, “Levels of metals in popular cigarette brands and exposure to these metals via smoking”. Scientific World Journal, doi:10.1100/2012/729430, (2012)
  22. Waqar Ashraf*, “Preconcentration and analytical separation of silver (Ag+), copper (Cu++) and zinc (Zn++) ions using supported liquid membranes. Journal of Analytical Chemistry 11(4), 155-161,(2012)
  23. Waqar Ashraf*, M.A.Iqbal, “Removal of cadmium (II) from aqueous waste effluents by using supported liquid membrane technology”. Scientific Journal of Environmental Sciences, 1(3), 30-39 (2012).
  24. Waqar Ashraf* and A.A.Mian, "Total petroleum hydrocarbon burden in fish tissues from the Arabian Gulf", Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, 92(1), 61-66 (2010).
  25. Waqar Ashraf* and Z.Nazir, "Heavy metals burden in kidney and heart tissues of scarus ghobban fish from Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia" Bulletin of Chemical Society of Ethiopia, 24(1), 139-143, (2010).
  26. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Bukhari, " The elimination of cadmium(II) from aqueous environment by Supported Liquid Membrane method using the basic carrier" Polish Journal of Chemistry, 83, 19-30 (2009).
  27. A.Isab, M.I.M.Wazir, Waqar Ashraf, "Cadmium cyanide complexes with heterocyclic thiones: Solid state and solution NMR studies" Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 72, 218-221 (2009).
  28. Waqar Ashraf* and Sufyan Akram, " Characterization of Saudi Arabian floral honeys by their physicochemical characteristics and heavy metal contents" Fresenius Environment Bulletin, 17(7b), 877-881 (2008).
  29. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Mian, "Levels of selected heavy metals in Black Tea varieties consumed in Saudi Arabia" Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology, 81, 101-104, (2008).
  30. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Bokhari,"Recovery of cadmium (II) by supported liquid membrane using triethanolamine as carrier:" Environmental Science, 3(2), 143-147 (2008).
  31. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Bukhari, “Separation of organic species from wastewater using a polyol supported liquid membrane” Polish Journal of Chemistry, 81,1621-1628, (2007).
  32. Waqar Ashraf* and A.Bukhari, “Separation of textile dye (thioflavin  T) by using supported liquid membranes.” Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 16(6), 685-689, (2007).
  33. Waqar Ashraf* and Atif Fazal, "Studies on transport of Pb(II) ions using different crown ethers", Polish Journal of Chemistry, 80(6), 881-887 (2006).
  34. Waqar Ashraf* and Atiq Mian, "Selective separation and preconcentration studies of chromium(VI) with alamine 336 supported liquid membranes"  Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, 88(2), 187-196 (2006).
  35. Waqar Ashraf*, Zaki Seddigi, A.Abulkibash, Mazen Khalid, "Levels of selected heavy metals in canned fish consumed in Saudi Arabia" Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, 117(1-3), 271-279 (2006).
  36. Waqar Ashraf*, "Levels of selected heavy metals  in  tuna fish",  Arabian Journal of Science & Engineering, 31(1A), 89-93, (2006).
  37. M.S.Hussain, S.A.Awan, Z.S.Seddigi, Waqar Ashraf & M.A Khan, “Chain transfer in pulsed laser polymerization of methylmethacrylate in the presence of different cobalt (II) catalysts” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 184, 58-65 (2006).
  38. A.Isab, M.I.M.Wazeer, M.Fettouhi, Waqar Ashraf, “Synthesis and characterization of mercury (II) complexes of selones: X-ray structures, CP MAS and solution NMR studies” Polyhedron, 25(13),2629-2636 (2006).
  39. Waqar Ashraf*, Mohammad H.Al-Malack, "Effect of membrane preparation method on performance of polyol supported membrane used for separation of phenol", Transport in Porous Media, 61,307-314 (2005).
  40. Waqar Ashraf*, Mohammad H.Al-Malack , "Separation of selective organic acids from wastewater through polyol supported liquid membrane" International Journal of Environmental Studies, 62(3), 259 (2005).
  41. Waqar Ashraf*, "Accumulation of heavy metals in kidney and heart tissues of Epinephelus microdon fish from the arabian gulf",  Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, 101,311-316, (2005).
  42. A.Isab, Waqar Ashraf, "Oxidation of diselenide bond with sodiumtetracloroaurate(III): Significance in chemotherapy"  Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 8(4), 358-360 (2005).
  43. A.Isab, S.Ahmad, Waqar Ashraf, "13C NMR studies of the binding of 1,3-diazinane-2-selenone and 1,3-diazipine-2-selenone to gold (I) drugs", Transition Metal Chemistry, 30, 389-392(2005).
  44. Waqar Ashraf*, A.A.Al-Thukair, M.H.Al-Malack, "Selective transport of silver ions through crown ether supported liquid membranes"  Oriental Journal of Chemistry, 20(1), 1-6 (2004).
  45. Waqar Ashraf, A.A. Isab, " 31P NMR Studies of the Redox Reactions of Gold Phosphine Drugs with  Disulphide and Diselenide Ligands",  Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 57(4), 337-346 (2004).
  46. Waqar Ashraf, Saeed Ahmad, A.A.Isab, " Silver Cyanide Hetrocyclic Thione Complexes",  Transition Metal Chemistry ,29, 4, 400-404 (2004).
  47. Waqar Ashraf*, “Heavy metal contents in canned tuna fish from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, International Journal of Environmental  Studies, 60(4),310, (2003). 
  48. A.A.Isab, A.Saeed, Waqar Ashraf, “Multinuclear NMR (1H, 13C, 15N and 107Ag) studies of the silver cyanide complexes of thiourea and substituted thioureas” Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 816-819(5)  2002.  
  49.  Waqar Ashraf*, M.Jaffar, S.Nadeem, “Current status of heavy metal pollution due to traffic and its effect on roadside soil and vegetation in Pakistan.” International Journal of Environmental  Studies, 58(1), 1-2, (2001). 
  50. Waqar Ashraf*, M.Jaffar,K.Masud, “Heavy trace metal and  macronutrient levels in various soft drinks and juices” Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan , 22 (2), 2000.
  51. Waqar Ashraf*, M.Jaffar, K.Masud, “Lead contamination of animal milk”  Journal of Scientific & Industrial  Research 43(1), 33-37 (2000).
  52. Waqar Ashraf*, M.Jaffar, “Supported liquid membrane  based removal of phenol from industrial waste   effluents” International Journal of Environmental Studies, 56(3) 233-234 (1999).
  53. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Concentrations of selected metals in scalp hair of an occupationally exposed population segment of Pakistan” International Journal of Environmental Studies  51, 313-321(1997).
  54. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Levels of selected trace metals in the scalp hair of an industrially exposed population segment of Pakistan” Toxicological and Environment Chemistry  56, 75-83(1996).
  55. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Age and sex dependence of copper, nickel, lead and zinc in scalp hair of urban Pakistani population”  Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research  38, 3-4, 164-166 (1995).
  56.  Waqar Ashraf,  J.Iqbal, “Utilization of scalp hair for evaluating epilepsy in male and female groups of Pakistani population” Science of the Total Environment  164, 69-73(1995).
  57. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Comparison of trace metal levels in hair of Pakistani urban and rural adult male Population” International Journal of Environmental Studies  47, 63-68(1995).
  58. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Levels of selected trace metals in hair of urban and rural adult male population of Pakistan” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology  54(2), 203-207(1995).
  59. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Age and sex based comparative distribution of selected metals in the scalp hair of an urban population from two cities in Pakistan” Environmental Pollution  87, 61-64(1995).
  60. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, “Trace metal contamination study on scalp hair of occupationally exposed workers” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 53(4),516-523(1994).
  61. Waqar Ashraf, M.Jaffar, D.Mohammad, “Age and sex dependence of selected trace metals in scalp hair of urban population of Pakistan” Science of the Total Environment  151,227-233(1994).
  62. Waqar Ashraf,  M.Jaffar, Farman Hussain, “Comparative levels of selected trace metals in scalp hair of urban adult population of Pakistan” Science International   6(3), 213-214(1994).



Books Published


  • "Utilization of Supported Liquid Membrane Technique" by Mohammad Waqar Ashraf. Published by VDM Verlag (2009), Germany.ISBN 978-3-639-12996-0
  • "Experiments in General Chemistry" by Mohammad Waqar Ashraf. Published by PMU (2009).
  • Chapter in“Environmental Engineering & Sustainability” Published by ATINER Greece (2010). ISBN 978-960-6672-97-2.




  • Waqar Ashraf, S.A. Awan, "Pulsed Laser Polymerization of 2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DEM) in the presence of Cobalt(II) complexes acting as Catalytic Chain Transfer (CCT) Agents".
  • WaqarAshraf. "Levels of Cadmium and Lead in Canned Meat Consumed in Saudi Arabia"
  • WaqarAshraf. "Selective Removal of Methylene Blue dye from Industrial waste effluents by using Supported Liquid Membrane Technology", Expo on Biomass December 05-06, 2016 Dubai, UAE.
  • WaqarAshraf. "17th International Conference on Environmental, Biological", Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey September 28 - 29, 2015.
  • WaqarAshraf. (2014). "Magnetic Treatment of Irrigation Water and its effect on Water Salinity".International Conference on Food and Agriculture.
  • WaqarAshraf. (2014). Health Risk Assessment of Selected Heavy Metals in Seven varieties of Vegetable Oils consumed in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Singapore.
  • WaqarAshraf, "Separation of textile dye (thioflavin T) by using Supported Liquid Membranes" 5th Annual International Symposium on Environment, Athens, Greece,20-23 May, 2010.(Approved for presentation & publication).
  • WaqarAshraf, A.Bokhari, M.H.Malack, A.Mian. “Selective recovery of Cd(II) ions from industrial waste effluents using supported liquid membranes” Proc. EnviroArabia 2007, April 22-25, 2007, Manama, Bahrain.
  • WaqarAshraf, “Separation of Cr(VI) ions from industrial waste effluents by using supported liquid membranes" Presented at First European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences. Remini,Italy, 4-8 Oct. 2005.
  • WaqarAshraf, Mohammad H.Al-Malack, A.Bokhari, "Membrane separation of Pb(II) ions using different crown ethers" p-321, Proc.88th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference, 28thJune – 2nd July 2005, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • WaqarAshraf, M.H. Al-Malack, "Effect of membrane preparation on stability of supported liquid membrane" Second Saudi Science Conference, King Abdulaziz University, Jaddah, KSA p-83,15-17 March, 2004.
  • WaqarAshraf, "Selective separation of phenol from waste effluents using supported liquid membranes. Proc. PETROTECH (Bahrain) 2003, 29th Sept – 1st Oct. 2003.
  • A. Isab, WaqarAshraf,  and M. I. M. Wazeer, “Redox and Exchange Reactions Gold (I) Drugs with Disulphide and Diselenide in Aqueous Solutions” 228th American Chemical Society, 22-26, August 2004, Philadelphia, USA
  • A.A.Isab, Waqar Ashraf, Saeed Ahmad, M.I.M.Wazeer, "31P and 13C NMR studies of the redox and exchange reactions of gold(I) drugs with disulphides and diselenides" Second Saudi Science Conference, KAAU Jaddah, p-45,15-17 March, 2004.
  • Waqar Ashraf, Ahmad M.,"Effect of calibration standards on determination of molecular weights of rocket motor propellant binder (HTPB) using VPO and GPC. Advanced Materials-2001, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advanced Materials, 7th, Islamabad, Pakistan, 179-182, 2000. 
  • Waqar Ashraf, “Development of linkages between R&D organizations, Industry and End users”  Convention for Young Scientists and Technologists, Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad, 20-22 Oct. 1998.
  • Waqar Ashraf, S.Khalid, A.Rashid, “Polymer Blends: Function of compatiblizing agents” Proc. 2nd All Pakistan Science Conference, Lahore, Pakistan 94-98 (1993).
  • Waqar Ashraf, S.Khalid, M.Arshed, “Compatibility and characterization studies of fluoropolymers and polymethylmethacrylate blends” Proc. 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Materials, KRL, Pakistan 88-93 (1993).
  • WaqarAshraf, S.Khalid, “Inhibition of corrosion of mild steel by phosphate conversion coatings” Proc. 5th National Chemistry Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan 178-180 (1993).
  • WaqarAshraf, S.Khalid, “Insoluble phosphate coatings on mild steel and surface characterization using scanning electron microscopy” Proc. 3rd International Symposium on Advanced materials, KRL, Pakistan 438-443 (1993).
  • Waqar Ashraf, Naeem-ur-Rahman, Saleem Khalid, “Studies on levels of selected heavy trace metals in industrial waste effluents from industrial estate, Karachi”  214-217, Proc.NSMTCC 1997 on Environmental Pollution, Feb.24-26, 1997, Islamabad, Pakistan.


Technical Reports


  • "Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for Arab Bahrain pipeline project". (Submitted to ARAMCO EPA, 2007)
  • "Development and utilization of the supported liquid membrane technique for the removal of selected chemical species from industrial waste effluents" (Submitted to KACST, 2006).
  • "Supported liquid membrane technology for the separation of organic contaminants from industrial waste effluents" (Submitted to SABIC, 2005).
  • "NMR studies of redox and exchange reactions of Gold (I) drugs with bis(alkylthio) selenides of biological thiols". (Submitted to SABIC, 2004)
  • “Possibility of polymer waste recycling at Wah Nobel Chemicals” Wah Nobel Group of  Companies (Pvt.),Pakistan, 2000. (Submitted to Pakistan Ordnance Factories, EPD)


Articles in Local Press


  • “Scalp Hair: a mirror of the environment” 28th Nov. 2010. Arab News
  • “Honey: An environmental marker” 9th Jan.2011. Arab News.
  • “Tea: More than beverage” 5th March, 2011. Arab News.
  • “Smoking: a source of toxic metals in the environment” 31st July, 2011. Arab News.
  • “Fishing in troubled water” 7th Dec. 2011. Arab News.
  • “Aflatoxins: Occurance and health risks” 7th Nov.2012., Arab News.
  • “Perfumes and Fragrances: A Potential Health Hazard” 9th Jan 2013., Arab News.

  • Dean, College of Sciences & Human Studies
  • Member, Council of Graduate Studies & Research
  • Member, University Scientific Council
  • Member, Continuing Education Committee
  • Member, College of Arts & Sciences Council


Muhammad Waqar Ashraf






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  • Chemistry for Engineers
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Introduction to Sustainability

Environmental Monitoring & Assessment; Industrial wastes management; Sustainability


Environmental Monitoring & Assessment; Industrial wastes management; Occupational Health & Safety