M. Ishaque Khan

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Director, Materials Chemistry Program


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

M.S. Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Research Interests

The research work in Dr. Khan’s group focuses on the design and development of new materials including nanomaterials of desirable properties and functions suitable for applications in such areas as catalysis, chemical and biochemical sensing, energy storage, and biomedical usages. Emphasis is on inexpensive and environmentally benign ‘sustainable’ materials. A major objective is to gain an insight of the fundamental structure-properties relationships in materials and controlling their architecture at the atomic and molecular level. The interdisciplinary research program provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, industrial researchers, and high school and college Teachers to working in a collaborative environment involving universities, Argonne National Laboratory and Industry. It uses modern synthesis approach and employs a variety of materials characterization techniques in combination with modeling and computational methods. Dr. Khan’s scholarly work has appeared in ~100 publications and been featured at many national and international conferences as well as in leading publications like Science, Science News, and Chemical and Engineering News Magazines. It has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Argonne National Laboratory, IIT Research Institute, Illinois Institute of Technology, Pritzker-Galvin Challenge Grant, and Industry.

Dr. Khan’s passion for education extends beyond his teaching and research work to also include curriculum development. At Illinois Tech he has pioneered innovative professional programs that combine the rigors of science education with business principles, preparing graduates for various science careers post-graduation. Dr. Khan has also been a key contributor in designing several undergraduate and graduate level courses.

In addition to his role as a professor, lead Researcher, and Mentor, Dr. Khan has also served in numerous academic leadership positions including: Program Director, Department Chair, and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Letters at Illinois Tech and a visiting Scientist at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Division, Center for Nanoscale Materials.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Chemical Society

American Ceramic Society

North American Catalysis Society


  • German Academic Exchange Fellowship, Germany
  • Winner of the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship
  • National Scholarship
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Served as Member of the Editorial Board and Advisory Board of professional Journals and Research Centers


From a list of ~ 100 refereed journal publications, review articles, patents, and book chapters:

Damola T. Shuaib, LaSalle Swenson, James A. Kaduk, Tieyan Chang, Yu-Sheng Chen, James McNeely, M. Ishaque Khan

Organo-Functionalized Lacunary Double Cubane Type Oxometallates: Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of [(MIICl)2(VIVO)2{((HOCH2CH2)(H)N(CH2CH2O))(HN(CH2CH2O)2)}2] (M = Co, Zn). Chemistry- A Eur. J.2023, e202301389. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202301389.

J. C. Orozco, D. T. Shuaib, C. L. Marshall, M. I. Khan.

Divanadium Substituted Keggin [PV2W10O40] on Non-Reducible Supports- Al2O3 and SiO2: Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Properties for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane. Reac Kinet., Mech., and Cat. (2020) DOI: 10.1007/s11144-020-01893-7

L. Swenson and M. I. Khan, Electrochemical Properties of Polyoxometalate Composite Materials Containing Multiple Redox Centers, Chemical Papers, 2019, 73(10), 2611-17.

N. R. Putrevu, S. B. Darling, C. U. Segre, H. Ganegoda, M. I. Khan

Structure-Property Relationships in NOx Sensor Materials Composed of Arrays of Vanadium Oxide Nanoclusters. Solid State Sciences, 2017, 74, 1-7.

H. Li, L. Swenson, R. J. Doedens, M. I. Khan

An Organo-Functionalized Metal-Oxide Cluster, [VIV6O6{(OCH2CH2)2N(CH2CH2OH)}6], with Anderson-like Structure. Dalton Transactions, 2016, 45, 16511-16518.

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, 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, 27-54

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


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

312.567.3431 312.567.3289 106 Robert A. Pritzker Science Center