M. Ishaque Khan

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Director, Materials Chemistry Program


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

Research Interests

Dr. Khan’s research interests include nanoscale science and technology and materials chemistry with emphasis on functional materials for applications in sensing, energy storage, biomedical usage, environmental cleanup and industrial catalysis. He has published some 85 research papers in refereed international journals, monograph chapters, review articles, and three US Patents. His research work has been highlighted in Science, Science News, and Chemical and Engineering News and incorporated in premier chemistry textbooks.

Dr. Khan has a track-record in education and curriculum development. As the founding Director of the Materials Chemistry Program at IIT, he pioneered the Professional Science Master’s Program in Materials Chemistry which is viewed as a model program combining modern materials design and synthesis strategies with innovative characterization techniques, computational & simulation methods, project management, scientific communication, and intellectual property management. The program, offered throughout the US and Canada, fills a gap in higher education curricula.

Professor Khan has been a Plenary-, Keynote-, Invited-, and Commencement speaker to over 100 international and national conferences, National Laboratories, Industry, and Universities around the World. He has been Organizer & Chair of over a dozen international & national conferences, symposia, and workshops. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of two academic institutions and the Advisory Board and Editorial Board of three Professional Journals in Chemistry. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, North American Catalysis Society, and Chicago Catalysis Club. He has been a German Academic Exchange Fellow and winner of the Academic Staff Fellowship. He received his Master of Science degree from the Aligarh Muslim University, Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and postdoctoral training at the Syracuse University.

Throughout his academic career Dr. Khan has been involved in graduate and undergraduate level teaching and research and a wide range of professional activities at national and international levels. Along the way, he has been in considerable academic leadership positions, serving as Chairman of the Chemistry Department, Co-Chairman of the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Letters at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Chemical Society

American Ceramic Society

North American Catalysis Society

Chicago Catalysis Club

Sigma Chi


  • National Scholarship
  • German Academic Exchange Fellowship
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship


The following are a list of Dr. Khan's representative publications:

  • L. Swenson, J. C. Orozco, M. I. Khan, Porous Materials, Containing Polyoxometalates and their Applications in Catalysis. In “Trends in Polyoxometalates Research”; D. Schaming and L. Ruhlmann; Eds., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015.
  • M. I. Khan,Y. Zheng,H. Li, L. Swenson, A. Basha, R. J. Doedens, Organo-Functionalized Metal-Oxide Clusters: Synthesis and Characterization of the Reduced Cationic Species [NaVIV6O6{(OCH2CH2)2NH}6]+ Dalton Transactions, 2014, 43(43), 16509-16514.
  • 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.2000, 152, 105. (For highlights of this work see perspective articles "The Simplicity of Complexity- Rational Design of Giant Pores". Science, February 9, 2001, 291,994-995. "Living Through Holey Chemistry". Science News, June 23, 2001, 59, p. 398-402.)


Design, synthesis, and properties of materials of fundamental and technological interest. Currently, Dr. Khan's emphasis is on functional materials for applications in chemical sensing, energy storage, biomedical usage, and catalysis. Interdisciplinary research projects in Dr. Khan's research program involve a molecular approach to materials design and development, employing modern materials design and synthetic methods along with a variety of materials characterization techniques. Dr. Khan's research program occupies a prominent place in a collaborative network of research universities and Argonne National Laboratory.


Expert Chapters in the following Monographs:

  • Trends in Polyoxometalates Research”; D. Schaming and L. Ruhlmann; Eds., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015.
  • “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.


Three US Patents

M Ishaque Khan

Contact Information

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