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Department of Chemistry
Ms. Saleem's research is centered on the use of X-ray diffractometers to carry out combinatorial studies of chemical systems. By using this equipment, her research students can routinely determine crystal structures and can follow reactions involving solids in situ. Her current interests include (1) Searching for reusable SO2 adsorbers to combat acid-rain. To this end, she has carried out a detailed study of the structure and reactivity of microporous manganese complexes. This work has recently been extended to include related iron and vanadyl compounds. (2) Hydrogen peroxide, an environmentally friendly bleach. Her group is attempting to synthesize novel perhydrates and hydrogen-peroxide catalysts. This work has already led to the discovery of several new compounds, including two new ligands, which we isolated by applying fractional crystallization techniques to low-purity off-the-shelf reagents. Earlier, Ms. Saleem obtained her M.Sc. by Research in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, England (UK) with first class in 2013. She had previously worked on X-ray Studies of Novel Perhydrates, water treatment, natural product chemistry and analytical chemistry.
Ms. Saleem is keen to explore the collaborative endeavors across the universities to advance the scientific output and is always willing to help the students.