Anzar Khaliq, Ph.D.

Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor, Integrated Sciences and Mathematics, Director Playground, Center for Transdisciplinarity, Design & Innovation.
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France.
  • M.S in Nano-materials, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France.
  • B.S. in Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.

Awards & Honors

  • Best Scientific Poster Award and Best Student Talk, C-Nano Summer School ile de France.
  • Gold Medal in BS Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Best Student of the year Award, BZ University Multan, Pakistan.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Scientific Methods
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Advanced Physics Lab

Research Interests

Educational Systems Research

  • Pedagogical Innovation
  • Design thinking
  • Design Research
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogical tools for modern educational needs

Scientific Research

  • Nanomaterials
  • Functional Surfaces
  • Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Semiconductors
  • Self-Assembled Nano systems


Dr. Khaliq is a physicist trained in surface sciences interested in studying the physical and chemical properties of organic-inorganic hybrids. He studies these materials using a range of experimental techniques including XPS, NEXAFS, STM and AFM, and is also trained in the usage of SEM, MBE, Raman Spectroscopy, XDR and FTIR. Most of this work is done on various synchrotron sources including SOLEIL, Elettra and Max Lab. He’s also extremely fond of teaching and has trained himself in a variety of pedagogical skills. Dr. Khaliq is a self-taught design thinker and has learned a variety of design research tools over the past 4 years. He is also the Founding Director of Playground, the Center for Transdisciplinarity, Design & Innovation at Habib University. He loves using design research methodologies in tandem with his scientific expertise to explore and solve various complex problems.

Selected Publications

  • A. Khaliq et al., “Charge Transfer and Energy Level Alignment at the Interface between Cyclopentene-Modified Si(001) and Tetracyanoquinodimethane,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118 (39), pp 22499–22508 (2014).
  • A. Khaliq et al., “Ene-Like Reaction of Cyclopentene on Si(001)–2×1: an XPS and NEXAFS Study,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 12680–12686 (2012).
  • Bournel, F. et al. “Hydrosilylation of Styrene on Water-Saturated Si(001)-2×1 at Room Temperature,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 14827-14833 (2011).
  • Gallet, J.-J. et al. “A Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Study of n-Propyltriethoxysilane Adsorption on Si(001)-2 × 1 at Room Temperature,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114, 21450-21456 (2010).
  • A. Khaliq et al., “Making in a Liberal Arts Institution, In the Global South,” International Symposium on Academic Maker Spaces, (2017).
  • A. Khaliq et al., “Making Engineers Relevant (again) in Our Neck of the Woods,” International Symposium on Academic Maker Spaces, (2017).

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