PhD (with Distinction): University of Genova, Italy/ visiting research scholar Southern Methodist University, USA
Utilization of Lipids, Polymers / Materials Chemistry
2019 - ASTech Awards Finalists for the 30th Annual ASTech Innovation Awards.
2018 - ALES Research and Innovation Award for outstanding research contributions.
2012 - “Rising Star in Global Health” Awarded by Grand Challenges Canada.
Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
Since their introduction at the beginning of the 20th century, the global production of petroleum-based plastics has continuously been increasing. It is almost impossible to imagine our future without the use of the plastics. Polymers have applications in very different areas such as packaging, automotive, aerospace, construction, electronics, medical, and other industrial fields. In the recent years, the development of the polymer nanocomposites has further improved their properties and broadened their applications. More recently, due to depleting petroleum resources and environmental concerns, the research efforts have been directed towards the utilization of the polymeric material from biodegradable and renewable resources as an environment friendly and sustainable alternative for the plastic production. However, the development of the enabling technologies to transform renewable resources into monomers and biopolymers and improvements in their physical properties are among the most pressing challenges and extremely important to be addressed for these materials to be used in wide range of applications. Exploitation of nanotechnology in the field of biopolymers is an emerging and cutting-edge research with future potential to address challenges to the bio-based polymeric materials.
Our major research interests are on the synthesis of monomers, biopolymers, nano-engineered biopolymers, nano-biocomposites and bioconjugates from renewable lipid resources for various applications. More specifically the research is focussed on: (1) the development of renewable monomers from lipids and preparation of biopolymers and biopolymer based nanocomposites for high performance industrial applications, (2) utilization of lipid and protein biopolymers for the preparation of bioconjugates and nano-structured biomaterials for water remediation and biodegradable packaging, (3) modification of lipids for therapeutic and cosmetic applications.
Dr Ullah is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.
For full list of publications, please visit Utilization of Lipids - Polymers/Materials Chemistry Research Group
AFNS 510 - Renewable Biomaterials:
This course deals with fundamentals in bio-based materials development, characterization, and various industrial applications. Current research, recent literature, and real-life applications of biomaterials/bionanomaterials in various industries are discussed throughout the course.
NUFS 201 - Physical Principles of Food Structure and Functionality:
Theory and application of physical principles important to understanding agri-food structure and physical functionality. Topics include food materials science, flow, and mechanical properties of foods. Physical concepts examined include mechanics, temperature, heat and thermodynamics.
NUFS 372/373 - Food Chemistry:
The chemistry of the major and minor food components.
Applicants with strong academic backgrounds, communication skills, and training in polymer chemistry and chemical/material engineering are of particular interest. Currently no funded positions are available but candidates with external scholarships funding will be considered with priority. Please feel free to contact Dr. Ullah for more information on current projects or to inquire about positions available in lab.
We thank all applicants for their interests in advance but only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Biological, biochemical, chemical, and technological aspects of the processing of cereals and oilseeds. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 406. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Fundamentals in bio-based materials development, characterization, and applications. Sources and classification of biomaterials, synthesis of renewable polymeric biomaterials, their characterization using different techniques, and industrial applications will be discussed. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to safety concerns about foods. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 427. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Theory and application of the principles of physics important to understanding food structure and physical functionality. Topics include food materials science, flow, mechanical and physical properties of foods. Physics concepts examined include mechanics, temperature, heat and thermodynamics. Labs are problem solving sessions. Prerequisite: CHEM 102.
The fundamental chemistry of major and minor components of food and food additives. The relationship between chemistry and function in food systems is discussed. Laboratory emphasizes analytical techniques. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 373. Prerequisites: CHEM 102, (CHEM 164 or CHEM 261) and CHEM 263.
The fundamental chemistry of major and minor components of food and food additives. The relationship between chemistry and function in food systems is discussed. The project component emphasizes current topics in food chemistry. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 372. Prerequisite: (CHEM 164 or CHEM 261) and CHEM 263. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 102.
Biological, biochemical, chemical, and technological aspects of the processing of cereals and oilseeds. Prerequisite: *3 in introductory Biochemistry or Biological Science, or NU FS 374.
Provides students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to safety concerns about foods. Prerequisites: *60 and *3 BIOCH.
Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to the metabolic consequences of exposure to food borne chemicals and therapeutic agents, and to safety concerns about foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 427, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 527, AFNS 527 or NU FS 427. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.