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Dr. Ishrat Khan
Department of Chemistry
Clark Atlanta University
Office: 404-880-6847
Fax: 404-880-6890


1979 B.A. Chemistry, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA
1984 Ph.D. Organic Polymers, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Interest

Research efforts center on developing biofunctional macromolecules for medical, therapeutic, biomimetic applications. In order to accomplish this, we are developing synthetic macromolecules with higher structural orders (e.g., helices) and functional macromolecules in the nanoscale (lessthen 100 nm) range with relevant biological properties/functions/specificity. 



Sodium Poly(a,L-glutamate)/Ethylene Oxide-Propylene Oxide (Block and Random) Copolymer Macromolecular Complexes. Method of Preparation and Structure of Complex, K.P. Pemawansa , I. M. Khan, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics202,  3342 (2001)

 K.P. Pemawansa and I.M. Khan, Non-Covalent Adducts of Sodium Poly(a,L-   glutamate) with poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone): Methods of preparation and Structure. Macromolecular Bioscience, 4, 245  (2002).[Cover Article]
Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility studies of modified polythiophenes, M. Waugaman, B. Sannigrahi, P. McGeady, I. Khan, Eur. Polym. J. 39, 1405 (2003)
Helical Poly(3-methyl-4-vinylpyridine)/Amino Acid Complexes. Preparation, characterization and biocompatibility studies, Biswajit Sannigrahi, Paul McGeady and Ishrat M. Khan, Macromolecular Bioscience, 6, 999-1007, 2004, [Cover Article]
Pemawansa, Kariyawasam P.; Khan, Ishrat M.   Water soluble and water stable non-covalent adducts of sodium poly(α ,L-glutamate) / poly(ethylene glycol). Method of preparation and characterization of structure.    Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry43, 45-56 (2006)Non-covalent adducts of co-poly(ester amide) and poly(ethylene glycol): preparation, characterization and model drug release studies, I. Legashvili, N. Nepharidze, R. Katsarava, B. Sannigrahi and I. Khan.,J. Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition, 18, 673-685, 2007.
Synthesis and Characterization of α, ω-bi [2, 4-dinitrophenyl (DNP)] poly (2-methoxystyrene) Functional Polymers. Preliminary Evaluation of the Interaction of the Functional Polymers with RBL Mast Cells, Biswajit Sannigrahi, Ishrat M. Khan, Dwaipayan Sil, Barbara Baird, J. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A, 45 (8), 664 – 671, 2008.
Summer Institute to Improve University Science Teaching, C. Pfund, S. Miller, K. Brenner, P. Bruns, A. Chang, D. Ebert-May, A. Fagen, J. Gentile, S. Gossens, I. Khan, J. Labov, C. Maidl Pribbenow, M Susman, L. Tong, R. Wright, W. Wood, R.T. Yuan, Jo Handelsman, Science, 324, 470-471, 2009.
Synthesis of Optically Active Helical Poly (2-methoxystyrene). Enhancement of HeLa and Osteoblast Cell Growth on Optically Active Helical Poly(2-methoxystyrene) Surfaces, Keith Gordon, Biswajit Sannigrahi, Paul McGeady, X. Q. Wang, Juana Mendenhall and I.M. Khan, Journal of Biomaterials Science 202055–2072, 2009.
Chiral asymmetry of helical polymer nanowires, Olayinka O. Ogunro, Kayode Karunwi, Ishrat M. Khan, and Xiao-Qian Wang, J. Phys. Chem. Lett1, 704-707, 2010.