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M. Ishaque Khan

M. Ishaque Khan, Ph.D.

M. Ishaque Khan
Professor of Chemistry
Executive Associate Chair for Chemistry
Co-Chair, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Director, Materials Chemistry Program






204 Life Sciences Building


Ph.D. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Research & Accomplishments 

Dr. Khan’s research interests include design, development and properties of advanced materials including functional nanomaterials with applications in chemical sensing, energy storage, and biomedical usage, and as catalysts for detection and removal of toxic gases from industrial exhaust and flue gas streams, selective oxidation (of hydrocarbons into useful industrial feed-stocks) and hydrotreating catalysis. His research work has been published in the form of 85 research papers in refereed top tier international journals, six Monograph Chapters and review articles, and three US Patents. It has been highlighted in Science, Science News, and Chemical and Engineering News. Some of the work has also been incorporated in premier chemistry textbooks.

His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Department of Defense, Argonne National Laboratory, IIT Research Institute, and Industry.

Dr. Khan has been active in higher education curriculum development. He pioneered the Professional Program in Materials Chemistry—the first such graduate degree program that combines modern materials’ design and synthesis strategies with innovative characterization techniques, computational & simulation methods, environmental regulations, project management, technical communication, and intellectual property management. The multi-media based program fills a gap in the higher education curriculum and viewed as a model program.


Dr. Khan has been engaged in teaching and research and related professional activities at national and international levels for over 25 years. Along the way he has been in considerable academic leadership positions, serving as Chair of the Chemistry Division, Associate Chairman of the department, Director of Professional Science Master’s Program, and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Letters at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Khan has been Plenary, Keynote, Invited or Commencement speaker to over 100 international and national conferences, National Laboratories, Industry, and Universities around the World. He has been Organizer and Chair of over a dozen international & national conferences, symposia, and workshops.

He is reviewer of articles for numerous top tier international journals such as Science, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Inorg. Chem., Angew. Chem., J. Solid St. Chem., Chem. Reviews,J. Mol. Str., J. Phys. Chem, Mater. Res. Bulletin, Dalton Trans., Crystal Growth and Design, Catalysis Letters, and Applied Catalysis. He is also reviewer of research Grant Proposals to National and International Funding Agencies. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Research Letters in Inorganic Chemistry, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Arabian Journal of Chemistry.


Design, synthesis, and properties of molecular and extended structure materials of fundamental and current technological interest. Emphasis is on materials of controllable properties and functions for applications in chemical sensing, energy storage, and biomedical usage, and catalysis (for selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, hydrotreating catalysis, and detection and catalytic removal of toxic gases from industrial exhaust and flue gas stream). The interdisciplinary research program, which emphasizes molecular approach to materials design & development, lies at the interface of materials-, environmental-, computational-, and biological chemistry. It makes use of modern materials design and synthetic methods and employs a variety of materials characterization techniques. The program occupies a central position in a collaborative network of research universities, research centers, Argonne National Laboratory, and industry.


  • National Scholarship
  • German Academic Exchange Fellowship
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship
  • Member, Editorial Board, Research Letters in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Arabian Journal of Chemistry


Three US Patents


Expert Chapters in the following Monographs:

• “New and Future Developments in Catalysis. Hybrid Materials, Composites, and Organocatalysts”; S. Suib; Ed., Elsevier: Dordrecht, 2013
Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Nano-Composite Design, Kluwer Academic: New York, 2002.
Polyoxometalate Chemistry. From Topology via Self-Assembly to Applications, Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, 2001.
Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1996.
Early Transition Metal Clusters with P-Donor Ligands, VCH: New York, 1995.



M. I. Khan and L.Swenson Open-Framework Hybrid Materials and Composites from Polyoxometalates In “New and Future Developments in Catalysis. Hybrid Materials, Composites, and Organocatalysts”; S. Suib; Ed., Elsevier: Dordrecht, 2013. Chapter 2, pp 27-54

M. I. Khan, N. R. Putrevu, S. Ayesh, E. H. Yohannes, B. Cage, R. J. Doedens Crystalline Framework Material Containing Arrays of Vanadium Oxide Nanoclusters: A Polyoxovanadate Framework with Room Temperature NOx Sensing Properties. Crystal Growth & Design, 2013, 13, 4667-4672. DOI: 10.1021/cg4007444

M. I. Khan, K. Aydemir, M. R. H. Siddiqui, A. A. Alwarthan, J. A. Kaduk, C. L. Marshall Effect of γ-Ray Irradiation on the Properties of Nanostructured Oxovanadate Based Oxidative Dehydrogenation Catalysts. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 2013, 88, pp 56-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.radphyschem.2013.02.040

M. I. Khan, K. Aydemir, J. McNeely, B. Cage, R. J. Doedens A Mixed-Valence Vanadate as Model for the Vanadium Mineral Melanovanadite: Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Properties of MgVV2VIV2O10•4H2O Crystal Growth & Design, 2012, 12, 3656-3660.

M. I. Khan, K. Aydemir, M. R. Siddiqui, A. A. Alwarthan, C. L. Marshall Oxidative Dehydrogenation Properties of Novel Nanostructured Polyoxovanadate Based Materials. Catalysis Letters, 2011, 141, 538.

M. I. Khan, S. Deb, K. Aydemir, A. Alwarthan, S. Chattopadhyay, J. T. Miller C. L. Marshall. "Vanadium oxide based nanostructured materials for catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation of propane: Effect of heterometallic centers on the catalyst performance", Catalysis Letters, 2010, 135, 282-290.

M. I. Khan, S.Deb, C. L. Marshall. "Vanadium Oxide Based Nanostructured Materials: Novel Oxidative Dehydrogenation Catalysts", Catalysis Letters, 2009, 128, 256.

M. I. Khan, E. Yohannes, V. O. Golub, C. J. O'Connor, R. J. Doedens, "Mixed-Valence and Neutral Framework Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Magnetic Properties of [{Co(N(CH)4N)}(V2O5)2] and [{Co(N(CH)4N)}V2O6]", Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 4890-95.

M. I. Khan, S. Tabussum, C. Marshall, M. Neyleon, "Catalytic deNOx properties of novel vanadium oxide based open framework materials", Catalysis Letters. 2006, 112, 1-12.

M. I. Khan, E. Yohannes, R. J. Doedens, V. O. Golub, C. J. O'Connor, "Templated synthesis of a chiral solid: Synthesis and characterization of {Co(H2N(CH2)2NH2) 3}[V3O9]·H2O, containing a new type of chiral vanadium oxide chain", Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2005, 8, 841-845.

M. I. Khan, S. Ayesh, R. J. Doedens, M. Yu, C. J. O'Connor, "Synthesis and characterization of a polyoxovanadate cluster representing a new topology", Chem. Commun. 2005, 4658-4660.

M. I. Khan, S. Tabussum, R. J. Doedens, V. O. Golub, C. J. O'Connor, "Functionalized Metal Oxide Clusters: Synthesis, Characterization, Crystal Structures, and Magnetic Properties of a Novel Series of Fully Reduced Heteropolyoxovanadium Cationic Clusters Decorated with Organic Ligands- [MV6O6{(OCH2CH2) 2N(CH2CH2OH)}6]X", Inorg. Chem. 2004, 43, 5850-5859.

M. I. Khan, "Novel Extended Solids Composed of Transition Metal Oxide Cluster", J. Solid State Chem. 2000152, 105. (For highlights of this work see perspective articles "The Simplicity of Complexity- Rational Design of Giant Pores". Science, February 9, 2001291,994-995. "Living Through Holey Chemistry". Science News, June 23, 200159, p. 398-402.)

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