Dr Umar Khan

Principal Investigator 

Department of Life Science, School of Science

Lecturer in Chemistry

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Dr Umar Khan completed his PhD in 2008 from the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.

After completing his PhD, he worked in Trinity College until June 2016. In June 2016 he joined IT Sligo and is currently working as a Chemistry Lecturer.

Dr Khan work involves exfoliation of nano-graphene and many other nanomaterials. Other aspect of his work is commercial application of these materials in the field of biomedical devices, sensors, polymer reinforcement, stretchable/wearable electronics, and printed electronics.

Dr Khan has published more than 50 publication in international journals including Nature and Science. He has H-index of 37 (Web of Science). His work is reported in national and international media on various occasions.

Dr Khan was listed among in Top 1% of Scientists in 2019 by Web of Science. “Recognizing the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science”.

His paper “Small but strong: A review of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotube-polymer composites” in the Journal Carbon was most cited paper from year 2006 to 2010. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008622306001229)


Dr Khan was the winner of four Innovation awards (CRANN Trinity College Dublin).

He has Supervised and co-supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students.

Dr Khan is co-inventor of 5 patent applications.

Dr Khan has worked on various multimillion euro project with industrial partner (HP, Thomas Swan, Sab Miller, RCSI).


Some of Dr Khan’s papers listed below: