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Dr Zahid Majeed

Environmental Biotechnology

University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Dr Zahid Majeed is an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. He received his PhD (2016) in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering from the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. His area of research excellence encompasses environmental biotechnology with focus on renewable biopolymers derived nano-/bio-materials for chemicals’ controlled or targeted delivery.

In particular, his research focuses on areas including: biopolymer-derived nano-/bio-biomaterials synthesis, characterization and application; renewable biopolymer-based nano-/bio-biomaterials for high value commercial applications; biopolymer-derived nano-/bio-biomaterials for controlled release and targeted delivery of drugs, pesticides and fertilizers; biodegradability and biodegradation reaction kinetics of biopolymer-based nano-/bio-biomaterials in liquid and soil media; the use of nano-/biomaterials for sustainable environmental management; and manipulating genomic information and functions of natural microorganisms using CRISPR/Cas-9, a genome editing technique, for cleaning up environmental waste.

He has supervised three undergraduate chemical engineering theses on biodegradation of starch-based biodegradable polymeric hydrogels, which found applications in controlled release urea fertilizer. In addition, he has been invited as a reviewer for the Global Conference on Polymer and Composite Materials (PCM 2017), the 6th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (ICBEB 2017) and the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

Recently, as an invited keynote speaker, he has delivered his lectures in sessions on Technologies for Efficient Industrial Process and Biotechnology: Process and Applications for Industry at the 3rd Invention to Innovation Summit 2017, held at the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Currently, Zahid is a Principal Investigator for a national project funded by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Under this project, a plant derived biomaterial called “Rosin” is under research in order to prepare and test its applications in controlled and targeted delivery of urea/nano-urea fertilizers.