Zafar Iqbal

Contact Info

Office: 304- Microelectronics Bldg
Phone: 973-596-8571
Dept: Chemistry and Environmental Science

About Me

Before joining the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Dr. Zafar Iqbal was Senior Principal Scientist/Program Manager at Honeywell´s Corporate Research Laboratory in Morristown, New Jersey. He obtained his Ph.D in Physics from the University of Cambridge, England in 1967 and was a Science Research Council Fellow in Molecular Sciences at the University of Warwick, England between 1967-69.  In 1969 he joined the US Army´s Feltman Research Laboratory in Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, as a research scientist where he remained till 1977. Prior to joining Honeywell (then AlliedSignal) in 1983 he was a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany (1977-79), and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry in the University of Zurich, Switzerland and guest Research Professor at the Laboratory for Solid State Physics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (1979-83). He received the US Army Science Paul A. Siple Medal, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and numerous research and development awards from both Picatinny Arsenal and Honeywell-AlliedSignal. He has published over 250 papers in refereed journals, including articles in Science, Nature and Scientific Reports-Nature with 10,920 Google Scholar citations to date and H index of 42. He has edited two monographs, and is currently completing a book on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Cambridge University Press. He holds 25 US patents and 1 South Korean patent, on a wide range of technologies. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


  • Ph.D (1967) Surface/Condensed Matter Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of  Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • MS (1962)- Inorganic/Physical Chemistry, University of Dacca, Dacca, now Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • BS (1960)- Chemistry (Honors) with Physics and Mathematics as minors, University of Dacca, Dacca, now Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Interests

  • Scaled up thermal and plasma-enhanced growth and growth mechanisms of single wall carbon nanotubes and in-situ grown nanotube/metal, diamond and polymer composites
  • Chemical and biochemical functionalization of carbon nanotubes using electrochemical and microwave-assisted techniques (in collaboration with Prof. Mitra´s group)
  • Hydrogen storage in electrochemically modified carbon nanotubes and biofuel cells with enzyme-functionalized nanotube/porous silicon electrodes
  • Functional nanotubes and nanotube arrays for bio-applications and for surface-enhanced single molecule Raman sensing


Selected Recent Publications

  • “Vertically Oriented Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Enzyme on Silicon as Biosensor Electrode”, Y. Wang and Z. Iqbal, J. Minerals, Metals and Materials, 58, 27 (2005).  
  •  “Microwave-induced Rapid Chemical Functionalization of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, Y. Wang, Z. Iqbal and S. Mitra, Carbon 43, 1015 (2005).
  • “Hydrogen Adsorption/Storage in Pure and Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes”, Y. Wang and Z. Iqbal, Materials Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 837, 125 (2005).  
  • “Carbon Nanotubes/Nanofibers and Carbon Fibers”, Z. Iqbal and A. Goyal, in Functional Fillers for Plastics, M. Xanthos (Editor), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany (2005), pp. 175-192.
  • “A Parametric Study of High-Quality Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized by Microwave Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition” M.R. Maschmann, P.B. Amama, A. Goyal, Z. Iqbal, T.S. Fisher, R.Gat, Carbon 44, 10 (2006).
  • “Rapidly Functionalized, Water-Dispersed Carbon Nanotubes at High Concentrations”, Y. Wang, Z. Iqbal and S. Mitra, Jour. Amer. Chem. Soc. 128, 95 (2006).
  • “Enhanced Yield Strength in Iron Nanocomposite with In-situ Grown Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes”, A. Goyal, D. Wiegand, F.J. Owens and Z. Iqbal, Jour. Mater. Research 21, 2 (2006).