Publications

2021

84. U.Y. Qazi, R. Javaid, M. Zahid, N. Tahir, A. Afzal, X.-M. Lin, Bimetallic NiCo-NiCoO2 nano-heterostructures embedded on copper foam as a self-supported bifunctional electrode for water oxidation and hydrogen production in alkaline media, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2021: in press, DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.03.046.

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83. A. Rehman, M.A. Ehsan, A. Afzal, A. Ali, N. Iqbal, Aerosol-assisted nanostructuring of nickel/cobalt oxide thin films for viable electrochemical hydrazine sensing, Analyst, 2021: in press, DOI:10.1039/D1AN00222H.

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82. F.A. Abuilaiwi, M. Awais, U.Y. Qazi, A. Afzal*, Al3+ doping reduces the electron/hole recombination in photoluminescent copper ferrite (CuFe2-xAlxO4) nanocrystallites, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Cerámica y Vidrio (Bulletin of the Spanish Society of Ceramics and Glass), 2021: in press, DOI:10.1016/j.bsecv.2020.11.007.

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81. Y. Yang, N. Ishfaq, A. Said, F. Ali, Z. Ali, N. Ali, A. Afzal, M. Bilal, Fabrication, characterization, morphological and thermal investigations of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes reinforced epoxy nanocomposites, Progress in Organic Coatings, 2021: 150, 105962.

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2020

80. N. Ali, F. Ali, R. Khurshid, Ikramullah, Z. Ali, A. Afzal et al., TiO2 nanoparticles and epoxy-TiO2 nanocomposites: A review of synthesis, modification strategies, and photocatalytic potentialities, Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2020: 30, 4829.

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79. U.Y. Qazi, R. Javaid, N. Tahir, A. Jamil, A. Afzal, Design of advanced self-supported electrode by surface modification of copper foam with transition metals for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2020: 45, 33396.

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78. A. Afzal*, Molecular diagnostic technologies for COVID-19: Limitations and challenges, Journal of Advanced Research, 2020: 26, 149.

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77. A. Afzal* et al. Enhanced high-temperature (600°C) NO2 response of ZnFe2O4 nanoparticle-based exhaust gas sensors, Nanomaterials, 10, 2133.

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76. U. Arshad, A. Mujahid, P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal* et al., Molecularly imprinted polymeric coatings for sensitive and selective gravimetric detection of artemether, RSC Advances, 2020: 10, 34355.

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75. F. Ali, M. Waseem, R. Khurshid, A. Afzal*, TiO­2 reinforced high-performance epoxy-co-polyamide composites coatings, Progress in Organic Coatings, 2020: 146, 105726.

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74. A. Afzal* et al., Solid-state synthesis of heterogeneous Ni0.5Cu0.5-xZnxFe2O4 spinel oxides with controlled morphology and tunable dielectric properties. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 2020: 31, 14261.

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73. A. Khan, A. Habib, A. Afzal*, High permittivity, breakdown strength, and energy storage density of polythiophene encapsulated BaTiO3 nanoparticles, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 2020: 11, 1190.

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72. A. Mujahid, A. Maryam, A. Afzal et al. Molecularly imprinted poly(methyl methacrylate)-nickel sulfide hybrid membranes for adsorptive desulfurization of dibenzothiophene, Separation and Purification Technology, 2020: 237, 116453.

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2019

71. A. Afzal*, β-Ga2O3 nanowires and thin films for metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors: Sensing mechanisms and performance enhancement strategies, Journal of Materiomics, 2019: 5, 542.

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70. A. Mujahid, A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, An overview of high-frequency acoustic sensors – QCMs, SAWs, and FBARs – Chemical and biochemical applications, Sensors, 2019: 19, 4395.

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69. A. Afzal* et al. Polymer-particulate composites with differential interfaces: Synthesis, characterization and mathematical modeling to evaluate interface-yield strength correlations, Colloid and Polymer Science, 2019: 297, 545.

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68. A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Molecularly imprinted polymer-silica hybrid particles for biomimetic recognition of target drugs, Advances in Polymer Technology, 2019: 2019, 9432412.

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67. R. Khurshid, F. Ali, A. Afzal* et al. Polyol- mediated coprecipitation and aminosilane grafting of superparamagnetic, spinel ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles for room-temperature ethanol sensors, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2019: 166, B258.

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2018

66. M. Irshad, A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. A miniaturized electronic sensor for instant monitoring of ethanol in gasohol fuel blends, RSC Advances, 2018: 8, 22952.

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65. A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Imprinted oxide and MIP/oxide hybrid nanomaterials for chemical sensors, Nanomaterials, 2018: 8, 257.

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64. A. Mujahid, I. Haq, T. Hussain, S.Z. Bajwa, A. Afzal, Tailoring molecular imprinted polymers as biomimetic recognition coatings for anti-diabetic drugs, Proceedings of 17th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, July 15-19, 2018, IMCS 2018, P2BM.6, 696-697. DOI: 10.5162/IMCS2018/P2BM.6.

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2017

63. A. Afzal* et al. Polypyrrole/carbon nanotube supercapacitors: Technological advances and challenges, Journal of Power Sources, 2017: 352, 174.

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62. A. Afzal* et al. Gravimetric viral diagnostics: QCM based biosensors for early detection of viruses, Chemosensors, 2017: 5, 7.

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61. A. Afzal et al. ZrO2 nanoparticles and their effect on strength and stability of epoxy polymers, European Polymer Federation Conference – EPF Lyon 2017, 2-7 Jul 2017, Lyon, France.

2016

60. A. Afzal* et al. A collaborative effect of imprinted polymers and Au nanoparticles on bioanalogous detection of organic vapors, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2016: 231, 431.

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59. M.D. Khan, S. Hameed, N. Haider, A. Afzal et al. Deposition of morphology-tailored PbS thin films by surfactant-enhanced aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 2016: 46, 39.

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2015

58. A. Afzal* et al. Electrochemical deposition of gold on indium zirconate (InZrOx with In/Zr atomic ratio of 1.0) for high-temperature automobile exhaust gas sensors, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 2015: 19, 2859.

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57. I. Haq, A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Developing imprinted polymer nanoparticles for selective separation of antidiabetic drugs, Journal of Separation Science, 2015: 38, 3469.

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56. A. Afzal* et al. Au/In2O3 and Au/ZrO2 composite nanoparticles via in situ sacrificial gold electrolysis, Materials Express, 2015: 5, 171.

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The article was selected to appear on the front cover of Materials Express.

55. A.F. Khan, A. Afzal* et al. (Hydroxypropyl)methylcellulose mediated synthesis of highly porous composite scaffolds for trabecular bone repair applications, Science of Advanced Materials, 2015: 6, 1177.

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54. A. Mujahid, A.I. Khan, A. Afzal et al. Molecularly imprinted titania nanoparticles for the selective recognition of uric acid, Applied Nanoscience, 2015: 5, 527.

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53. T. Naz, A. Afzal* et al. 2-Aminoethanol-mediated wet chemical synthesis of ZnO nanostructures, Applied Nanoscience, 2015: 5, 425.

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52. A. Afzal*, Epoxy/silica nanohybrids or nanocomposites: An AFM and XPS study of the processing-structure-property relationship, Spectroscopy Letters, 2015: 48, 411.

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51. A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Tailoring imprinted polymers for selective recognition of fluorinated drug Sitagliptin, 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference, 11-16 Jan 2015, Florida, USA.

2014

50. A. Mujahid, Y. Ali, A. Afzal et al. Rapid assay of the comparative degradation of acetaminophen in binary and ternary combinations, Arabian Journal of Chemistry, 2014: 7, 522.

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49. N. Iqbal, A. Afzal*, A. Mujahid, Layer-by-layer assembly of low-temperature-imprinted poly(methacrylic acid)/gold nanoparticle hybrids for gaseous formaldehyde mass sensing, RSC Advances, 2014: 4, 43121.

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48. A. Monopoli, A. Afzal* et al. Design of novel indium oxide supported gold nanocatalysts and their application in homocoupling of arylboronic acids, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical (now published as: Molecular Catalysis), 2014: 386, 101.

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47. Z. Rubab, A. Afzal* et al. Augmenting thermal and mechanical properties of epoxy thermosets: The role of thermally treated vs. surface-modified TiO2 nanoparticles, Materials Express, 2014: 4, 54.

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46. A. Afzal*, Implantable zirconia bioceramics for bone repair and replacement: A chronological review, Materials Express, 2014: 4, 1.

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The article was selected to appear on the front cover of Materials Express.

45. A.F. Khan, M. Saleem, A. Afzal* et al. Bioactive behavior of silicon substituted calcium phosphate-based bioceramics for bone regeneration, Material Science and Engineering C, 2014: 35, 245.

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44. Z. Rubab, A. Afzal* et al. Preparation, characterization, and enhanced thermal and mechanical properties of epoxy-titania composites, The Scientific World Journal, 2014: 2014, Art. ID. 515739, pp. 7.

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43. A. Mujahid, F. Amin, T. Hussain, N. Iqbal, A.T. Shah, A. Afzal, Synthesis of imprinted polysiloxanes for immobilization of metal ions, MRS Symposium Proceedings, 2014: vol. 1675, mrss-14-1675-rr06-32 (DOI: 10.1557/opl.2014.867).

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42. A. Afzal et al. Indoor air monitoring with LbL assembled MIP/AuNP hybrid sensors, 1st International Conference on Functional Integrated Nano Systems – NanoFIS 2014, 03-05 Dec 2014, Graz, Austria.

2013

41. A. Mujahid, N. Iqbal, A. Afzal*, Bioimprinting strategies: From soft-lithography to biomimetic sensors and beyond, Biotechnology Advances, 2013: 31, 1435.

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40. M. Irshad, N. Iqbal, A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Molecularly imprinted nanomaterials for sensor applications, Nanomaterials, 2013: 3, 615.

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39. N. Iqbal, A. Afzal*, Imprinted polyurethane-gold nanoparticle composite films for rapid mass-sensitive detection of organic vapors, Science of Advanced Materials, 2013: 5, 939.

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38. Q. Mehmood, A. Afzal* et al. Sol-gel synthesis of tetragonal ZrO2 nanoparticles stabilized by crystallite size and oxygen vacancies, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2013: 67, 670.

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37. A. Afzal* et al. Advanced vapor recognition materials for selective and fast responsive surface acoustic wave sensors: A review, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2013: 787, 36.

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36. N. Iqbal, A. Afzal* et al. NOx sensing one- and two-dimensional carbon nanostructures and nanohybrids: progress and perspectives, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2013: 181, 9.

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35. A. Afzal* et al. Exploring resin viscosity effects in solventless processing of nano-SiO2/epoxy polymer hybrids, RSC Advances, 2013: 3, 3885.

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34. H.M. Siddiqi, A. Afzal* et al. Preparation, characterization, and thermal-oxidative stability of rigid epoxy polymers cured from aromatic mono- and di-amines, Journal of Polymer Research, 2013: 20, 41.

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33. A. Afzal* et al. The effect of SiO2 filler content and its organic compatibility on thermal stability of epoxy resins, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2013: 111, 247.

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32. N. Amin, H.M. Siddiqi, H. Wazir, A. Afzal, A. Habib, Synthesis and characterization of epoxies blend-TiO2 nanocomposites, Conference on Emerging Materials, 22-24 Aug 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2012

31. A. Afzal* et al. NOx sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures: progress and perspectives, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2012: 171-172, 25.

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The article was listed among the Top 25 Sensors & Actuators B hot articles of the year 2012.

30. A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Structurally modified poly(vinyl alcohol) ionic composites as efficient humidity indicators, Polymer Composites, 2012: 33, 1018.

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29. Q. Mahmood, A. Afzal et al. Size- and shape-controlled synthesis of phase pure ZrO2 nanoparticles via sol-gel method, Pak-US Workshop on Applications of Nanotechnology, 29-30 May 2012, Karachi, Pakistan.

First prize and the Best Poster award at Pak-US Workshop on Applications of Nanotechnology.

28. A. Afzal* et al. AFM substantiation of the fracture behavior and mechanical properties of sol-gel derived silica packed epoxy networks, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2012: 61, 44.

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27. M. Faheem, A. Afzal et al. Template directed synthesis, growth, and assembly of ZnO nanoparticles to flower-like ZnO nanorods, National Symposium on Frontiers in Nanotechnology, 19th May 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan.

26. Q. Mahmood, A. Afzal et al. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of phase-pure tetragonal ZrO2 nanoparticles, National Symposium on Frontiers in Nanotechnology, 19th May 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2011

25. A. Afzal* et al. The influence of epoxy functionalized silica nanoparticles on stress dispersion and crack resistance in epoxy-based hybrids, Materials Express, 2011: 1, 299.

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24. T. Nazir, A. Afzal* et al. The influence of temperature and interface strength on microstructure and performance of sol-gel silica-epoxy nanocomposites, Polymer Bulletin, 2011: 67, 1539.

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23. U. Latif, A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Dual and tetra electrode QCMs using imprinted polymers as receptors for ions and neutral analytes, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2011: 400, 2507.

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22. A. Afzal*, H.M. Siddiqi, A comprehensive study of the bicontinuous epoxy-silica hybrid polymers: I. Synthesis, characterization and glass transition, Polymer, 2011: 52, 1345.

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21. A. Afzal et al. Core-shell gold nanoparticles and gold-decorated metal oxides for gas sensing applications, Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces, 2011: p. 125-128 (DOI: 10.1109/IWASI.2011.6004701).

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20. A. Elia, C. Di Franco, A. Afzal et al. Advanced NOx sensors for mechatronic applications. In: Advances in Mechatronics, edited by H. Martinez-Alfaro, 2011: p. 247-270. InTech Open, Croatia (ISBN: 9789533073736).

19. A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors for chemical applications. In: Chemical Sensors: Comprehensive Sensor Technology, Vol. 4: Solid-State Sensors, edited by G. Korotcenkov, 2011: p. 447-485. Momentum Press, New Jersey, USA (ISBN: 9781606502334).

18. M. Atta, H.M. Siddiqi, A. Afzal, A. Habib, Synthesis and characterization of epoxy-amine-titania composites using glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxysilane as a coupling agent, 10th International and 22nd National Chemistry Conference, 21-23 Nov 2011, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

17. A. Afzal et al. Synthesis and characterization of composite nanomaterials for NOx sensors, XXIV National Congress of the Italian Chemical Society, 11-16 Sep 2011, Lecce, Italy.

16. A. Afzal et al. Synthesis and characterization of novel nanomaterials for NOx sensors, 6th Conference on Analytical Sciences, 21-22 Feb 2011, Dublin, Ireland.

15. H.M. Siddiqi, T. Nazir, A. Afzal et al. Metal oxide/epoxy-amine hybrids: Synthesis, morphology and thermal properties, 9th International and 21st National Chemistry Conference, 7-9 Feb 2011, Karachi, Pakistan.

Before 2011

14. T. Nazir, A. Afzal et al. Thermally and mechanically superior hybrid epoxy-silica polymer films via sol-gel method, Progress in Organic Coatings, 2010: 69, 100.

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13. A. Mujahid, A. Afzal et al. Imprinted sol-gel materials for monitoring degradation products in automotive oils by shear transverse wave, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2010: 675, 53.

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12. A. Afzal et al. Thermo-mechanical property benefits of chemically bonded interpenetrating epoxy-silica hybrid materials, Frontiers in Polymer Science, 7-9 Jun 2009, Mainz, Germany.

11. A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Imprinting – a nanotechnology for chemical sensors. In: Nanotechnological Applications of Novel Polymers, edited by M. Adeli, 2009: 37/661 (2). Transworld Research Network, Kerala, India (ISBN: 9788178954127).

10. P.A. Lieberzeit, K. Halikias, A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Polymers imprinted with PAH mixtures – comparing fluorescence and QCM sensors, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2008: 392, 1405.

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9. P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal et al. Bioanalogous recognition with sol-gel thin films and nanoparticles in harsh environments. MRS Symposium Proceedings, 2008: vol. 1094E, DD05-08 (DOI: 10.1557/PROC-1094-DD05-08).

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8. A. Afzal et al. Detection of cells and viruses with mass-sensitive devices – applications of synthetic antibodies. In: Commercial and Pre-Commercial Cell Detection Technologies for Defense against Bioterror – Technology, Market, and Society, edited by LM. Lechuga, FP. Milanovich, P. Skládal, O. Ignatov, 2008: 39/60-76. IOS Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands (ISBN: 9781586038588).

7. P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal et al. Nanoparticles for detecting pollutants and degradation processes with mass-sensitive sensors, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2007: 127, 132.

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6. P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal et al. Molecularly imprinted sol-gel nanoparticles for mass-sensitive engine oil degradation sensing, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2007: 389, 441.

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5. P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal et al. Printing materials in micro-and nano-scale systems for process control, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2007: 126, 153.

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4. P.A. Lieberzeit, G. Glanzing, A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Nano-strukturierte sensormaterialien für die Überwachung oxidativer Abbauprozesse in Motorenölen, Anakon, 27-30 Mar 2007, Jena, Germany.

3. P.A. Lieberzeit, A. Afzal et al. Nanoparticles for detecting pollutants and degradation processes with mass-sensitive sensors, 20th Eurosensors Conference, 17-20 Sep 2006, Goeteborg, Sweden.

2. P.A. Lieberzeit, G. Glanzing, A. Afzal, F.L. Dickert, Nanostrategies to monitor oil degradation, International Congress on Analytical Sciences, 25-30 Jun 2006, Moscow, Russia.

1. A. Afzal et al. Synthesis and characterization of epoxy-based interpenetrating organic-inorganic hybrid materials, 5th International and 15th National Chemistry Conference, 24-27 Nov 2004, Islamabad, Pakistan.