Dr Iqbal Parvez MSci, PhD

Dr Iqbal Parvez

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Parvez Iqbal is a Research Fellow who has published over 20 research papers in well-established scientific journals as well as contributing to chapters in the theme of nanotechnology.

He is a diligent and enthusiastic researcher in the fields of nanotechnology and microencapsulation. Who has acquired skills in organic and inorganic chemistry both synthetic and characterisation of materials. Furthermore, he is an effective communicator in the theme of nanotechnology and has given talks to various groups at both local and national level.


  • PhD in Chemistry 2007, University of Birmingham
  • MSci (Hons) in Chemistry 2002, University of Birmingham


Parvez Iqbal qualified with MSci (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham in 2002. He subsequently went on to study for his PhD in the field of nanotechnology and published a thesis entitled “Novel Approaches Towards the Chemical Manipulation and Patterning on Ultrathin Films” at the same institute.

Since obtaining his PhD, Parvez has been a research fellow at the university of Birmingham, researching on a wide range of projects based on enhancing development of nanotechnology. These projects include gene delivery, surface ordering within self-assembled monolayers, synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles for environmental exposure studies and organic-inorganic hybrid electronic and photonic sensors. Recently, in 2014 he began researching in microencapsulation of water soluble herbicides.


Research interest

  • Formulation of micro-particles: microencapsulation, stabilisation and control release.
  • Synthesis and characterisation of metallic/bimetallic nanoparticles.
  • Gene-therapy; combination dual responsive polypeptide vectors for enhanced gene delivery.
  • Chemical Manipulation and Patterning on ultrathin films via exposure to x-ray, electron beam etc.
  • Fabrication of Ultrathin films e.g. self-assembly monolayers, Langmuir Blodgett films etc.
  • Supramolecular Chemistry


  • Iqbal. P, Critchley, K., Begum. S, Attwood, D., Evans, I.P. Jones, S.D., and Preece, J.A. (2006), Novel 3, 4-disubstituted thiophenes for weak passivation of gold nanoparticles, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, 1: 143-164.
  • Diegoli, S., Mendes, P.M., Baguley, S.R., Leigh, S.J., Iqbal, P., Garcia, Y.R., Diaz, Begum, S., Critchley, K.,  Hammond, G.D., Evans, S.D.,  Attwood, D., Jones, I.P. and Preece, J.A. (2006), pH-Dependent gold nanoparticle self-organization on functionalized Si/SiO2 surfaces, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, 1: 333-353.
  • Iqbal, P., Critchley, K., Bowen, J., Attwood, D., Tunnicliffe, D., Evans, S.D. and Preece, J.A. (2007) Fabrication of a nanoparticle gradient substrate by thermochemical manipulation of an ester functionalized SAM, J. Mater. Chem., 17: 5097–5110.
  • Iqbal, P., Critchley, K., Attwood, D., Tunnicliffe, D.,  Evans, S.D. and Preece, J.A. (2008), Chemical manipulation by x-rays of functionalised thiolate self-assembled monolayers on Au, Langmuir,24: 13969-13976.
  • Iqbal, P., Sun, S., Hanwell, M.D., Attwood, D., Leggett, G.J., Richardson, T.H., Tunnicliffe, D. and Preece, J.A. (2008), Photochemical fabrication of three-dimensional micro- and nano-structured surfaces from a C60 monoadduct, J. Mater. Chem., 18: 1–7.
  • Nasanit, R., Iqbal, P.,Soliman, M., Spencer, N., Allen, S., Davies, M.C., Briggs, S.S., Seymour, L.W., Preece, J.A. and Alexander, C. (2008), Combination dual responsive polypeptide vectors for enhanced gene delivery, Mol. BioSyst., 4: 741–745.
  • Bowen, J., Manickam, M., Iqbal, P., Evans, S.D.,  Critchley, K., Preece, J.A. and Kendall, K. (2009) The adhesive properties of pyridine-terminated self-assembled monolayers, Thin Film Solids, 517: 3806-3812.
  • Iqbal, P., Manickam, M., Childs, L.J., Hannon, M.J.,  Spencer, N., Ashton, P.R. and Preece, J.A. (2009), Preparation of novel banana-shaped triple helical liquid crystals by metal coordination, Materials, 2: 146-168.
  • Manickam, M., Iqbal, P., Spencer, N., Ashton, P.R., Kumar, S., Donovan, K.J. and Preece, J.A. (2010), Design and synthesis of novel calamitic and discotic materials based on the photorefractive carbazole unit, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 518: 84-100.
  • Yeung, C.L., Iqbal, P., Allan, M., Lashkor, M., Preece, J.A. and Mendes, P.M. (2010), Tuning specific biomolecular interactions using electro-switchable oligopeptide surfaces, Adv. Funct. Mater., 20: 2657–2663.
  • Iqbal, P., Preece, J.A. and Mendes, P.M. (2011),  Chapter 1: Nanotechnology; The “Top-Down” and “Bottom-Up” Approaches, Supramolecular Chemistry from molecules to nanomaterials, John Wiley and Sons, 1-10.
  • Manickam, M., Iqbal, P., Belloni, M., Kumar, S. and Preece, J.A. (2012), A Brief Review of Carbazole-Based Photorefractive Liquid Crystalline Materials, Isr. J. Chem., 52: 917–934.
  • Yeung, C.L., Charlesworth, S., Iqbal, P., Bowen, J., Preece, J.A. and Mendes, P.M. (2013), Different Formation Kinetics and Photoisomerization Behavior of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Thiols and Dithiolanes Bearing Azobenzene Moieties, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, 11014-11024
  • Leigh, S.J., Prieto, J.L., Bowen, J. Lewis, S., Robinson, A.P.G., Iqbal, P. and Preece, J.A. (2013), Controlling gold nanoparticle assembly on electron beam-reduced nitrophenyl self-assembled monolayers via electron dose, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 433: 181–190.
  • Stephenson-Brown, A., Wang, H.-C., Iqbal, P., Preece, J.A., Long, Y., Fossey, J.S., James, T.D. and Mendes, P.M. (2013), Glucose Selective SPR-Based Bis-Boronic Acid Surface Sensor, Analyst, 138: 7140-7145.
  • Iqbal, P., Rawson, F.J., Ho, W. K.-W., Lee, S.-F., Leung, K. C.-F., Wang, X., Beri, A., Preece, J.A., Ma, J. and Mendes, P.M. (2014), Surface Molecular Tailoring Using pH-Switchable Supramolecular Dendron Ligand Assemblies, Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 6: 6264-6274.
  • Gupta, G., Iqbal, P., Yin, F., Liu, J., Palmer, R.E., Sharma, S., Cham-Fai Leung, K., and Mendes, P. M. (2015),  Pt Diffusion Dynamics for the Formation Cr–Pt Core–Shell Nanoparticles, Langmuir, 31: 6917–6923.

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