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Dr. Arif Nazir
Department of Chemistry
Dr. Arif Nazir earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from University of the Punjab, Lahore. He was awarded with the Roll of Honour in M.Sc. He has also participated in annual sports during M.Sc. and got 3rd position in Javelin Throw at Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, Lahore. He was selected for Graduate Engineers Training Programme at Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited during 2002-2003. This programme involved theoretical as well as practical training of Ammonia, Urea, Utilities Plants and various other technical services. He completed this programme with highest distinction. He served at Preston University, Lahore Campus as a Lecturer from September 2003 to December 2004. In 2005, He was awarded with HEC scholarship for his M.Phil. and Ph.D. studies in Chemistry. He completed his M.Phil. degree in 2007 from Department of Chemistry, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore.
Dr. Arif Nazir earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore-Pakistan in 2013. His research focuses on Biomarkers and Pyrolysis study to investigate Hydrocarbon Generating Potential of Cretaceous Sequences.
His domain of study was to investigate Cretaceous sequences in Pakistan for petroleum potential using diagnostic biomarkers and pyrolysis parameters. The Cretaceous is defined as the period between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, the last period of the Mesozoic Era, following the Jurassic and ending with the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Cretaceous (up to 3000 m thick) in Pakistan is spread over ≈ 300,000 km2 and extensively covers the Lower, Middle and western part of the Upper Indus Basins. Biomarkers are suite of complex organic compounds found in crude oils, bitumen, petroleum source rock and eventually show simplification in molecular structure from the parent organic molecules found in all living organisms. Biomarker compounds are typically analyzed using gas-chromatography and mass-spectrometry (Gc-Ms). Geologists and Geochemists use biomarkers traces found in crude oils and their related source rock to unravel the stratigraphic origin and migration pathways of presently existing petroleum deposits. In order to evaluate the source rocks, Rock–Eval pyrolysis has been extensively used, worldwide, for petroleum exploration in sedimentary basins.
Dr. Arif Nazir joined The University of Lahore (UOL), Lahore as a Lecturer in September 2010. Currently, he is serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences at UOL.
He has published research articles in well reputed impact factor national Journal (Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan) and international journals including the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (JPSE), Petroleum Science and Technology (PST) and Energy Sources Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental effects. He has presented research papers at several national level conferences. He has research interest in Organic Geochemistry, Sedimentary Processes and Biomarkers, Petroleum Chemistry and Petrochemicals, Natural Products Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Petroleum Geology.
He has an honour of being affiliate member of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for 2010-2011 and permanent member of Chemical Society of Pakistan since 2013.