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  • Mohammad Waqar Ashraf, Ph.D.

  • Job Title :

    Dean College of Sciences & Human Studies

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    College of Sciences and Human Studies

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    Core Program

Dr.Muhammad Waqar Ashraf joined PMU in 2007 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Earlier, he worked at Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He earned his Ph.D in Chemistry from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His research interests include Analytical Environmental Chemistry and Waste Effluents Treatment. He is author of over 50 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. Dr.Ashraf is an active member of Environmental Technology & Management Association (ETMA) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Saudi Arabian Chapter. Currently, he is Chairman for Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences and Acting Dean for the Core Curriculum. He is the member of various university committees and Secretary General of the Scientific Council.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • WaqarAshraf and A.Salam, "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in vegetable and fruits produced in Saudi Arabia", Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology, 88, 543-547 (2012).
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • Waqar Ashraf, “Preconcentration and analytical separation of silver (Ag+), copper (Cu++) and zinc (Zn++) ions using supported liquid membranes, Analytical Chemistry,11(4), 155-161,(2012)
  • WaqarAshraf and A.A.Mian, "Total petroleum hydrocarbon burden in fish tissues from the Arabian Gulf", Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry,92(1), 61-66 (2010).
  • 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).
  • WaqarAshraf 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).
  • A.Isab, M.I.M.Wazir, WaqarAshraf, "Cadmium cyanide complexes with heterocyclic thiones: Solid state and solution NMR studies" Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 72, 218-221 (2009).
  • Waqar Ashraf and Sufyan Akram, " Characterization of Saudi Arabian floral honeys by their physicochemical characteristics and heavy metal contents" Fresensius Environment Bulletin, 17(7b), 877-881 (2008).
  • 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).
  • WaqarAshraf and A.Bokhari,"Recovery of cadmium (II) by supported liquid membrane using triethanolamine as carrier:" Environmental Science, 3(2), 143-147 (2008).
  • WaqarAshraf and A.Bukhari, “Separation of organic species from wastewater using a polyol supported liquid membrane” Polish Journal of Chemistry, 81,1621-1628, (2007).
  • Waqar Ashraf and A.Bukhari, “Separation of textile dye (thioflavin  T) by using supported liquid membranes.” Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 16(6), 685-689, (2007).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, " Levels of selected heavy metals  in  tuna fish",  Arabian Journal of Science & Engineering, 31(1A), 89-93, (2006).
  • M.S.Hussain, S.A.Awan, Z.S.Seddigi, WaqarAshraf & 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).
  • A.Isab, M.I.M.Wazeer, M.Fettouhi, WaqarAshraf, “Synthesis and characterization of mercury (II) complexes of selones: X-ray structures, CP MAS and solution NMR studies” Polyhedron, 25(13),2629-2636 (2006).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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).
  • 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, "Accumulation of heavy metals in kidney and heart tissues of Epinephelus microdon fish from the arabian gulf",  Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, 101,311-316, (2005).
  • A.Isab, WaqarAshraf, "Oxidation of diselenide bond with sodiumtetracloroaurate(III): Significance in chemotherapy"  Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 8(4), 358-360 (2005).
  • A.Isab, S.Ahmad, WaqarAshraf, "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).
  • 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, Saeed Ahmad, A.A.Isab, " Silver Cyanide Hetrocyclic Thione Complexes",  Transition Metal Chemistry,29, 4, 400-404 (2004).
  • WaqarAshraf, “Heavy metal contents in canned tuna fish from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, International Journal of Environmental  Studies, 60(4),310, (2003). 
  • A.A.Isab, A.Saeed, WaqarAshraf, “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.  
  •  WaqarAshraf, 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). 
  • WaqarAshraf, 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.
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, K.Masud, “Lead contamination of animal milk”  Journal of Scientific & Industrial  Research43(1), 33-37 (2000).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Supported liquid membrane   base  removal of phenol from industrial waste   effluents” International Journal of Environmental Studies,56(3) 233-234 (1999).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Concentrations of selected metals in scalp hair of an occupationally exposed population segment of Pakistan” International Journal of Environmental Studies51, 313-321(1997).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Age and sex dependence of copper, nickel, lead and zinc in scalp hair of urban Pakistani population”  Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research38, 3-4, 164-166 (1995).
  •  WaqarAshraf,  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).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Comparison of trace metal levels in hair of Pakistani urban and rural adult male Population” International Journal of Environmental Studies47, 63-68(1995).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Levels of selected trace metals in hair of urban and rural adult male population of Pakistan” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology54(2), 203-207(1995).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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 Pollution87, 61-64(1995).
  • WaqarAshraf, M.Jaffar, “Trace metal contamination study on scalp hair of occupationally exposed workers” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology53(4),516-523(1994).
  • WaqarAshraf, 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).
  • WaqarAshraf,  M.Jaffar, Farman Hussain, “Comparative levels of selected trace metals in scalp hair of urban adult population of Pakistan” Science International6(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.

  • Chairman, Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences.
  • Member, Council of Graduate Studies & Research
  • Member, University Scientific Council
  • Member, Continuing Education Committee
  • Member, College of Arts & Sciences Council

  • Chemistry for Engineers
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Coordination Chemistry

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


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