Farzana Aslam

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Farzana Aslam
Born Wah Cantonment, Punjab province, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Residence Manchester, England, and Lahore, Punjab Province
Citizenship Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Fields Physics and Astronomy
Institutions University of Manchester (UM)
Coventry University (CU)
University of the Punjab (PU)
Institute of Physics (IP)
Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA)
Alma mater School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester (SPAUM)
University of the Punjab (PU)
Quaid-i-Azam University (Qau)
Doctoral advisor David J. Blinks and Paul O'Brian
Known for Her work in polymer composite sensitised with semiconductor nanoparticles, photon and laser sciences
Notable awards Institute of Physics Commendation Award (2004)
Institute of Physics Commendation award for Photon Physics (2006)

Farzana Aslam is a Pakistani physicist and astronomer. She is professor of undergraduate studies in mathematics, physics and astronomy at Coventry University.[1] Previously, she served as a visiting professor of physics and astronomy at the Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics at Karachi University, Pakistan.


Aslam was born in Wah Cantt, a small city-town famous for its peaceful atmosphere, having the highest literacy rate. Farzana Aslam attended at Wah Cantt Engineering College.[2] She took a transfer to the University of the Punjab and gained her first degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in physics.[3] She then moved to Islamabad where she attended Quaid-i-Azam University, where she was awarded master's degree (M.Sc.) in physics.

After her M.Sc., she later received her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Laser and Quantum Physics from the same institute. Farazan then travelled to United Kingdom to attend the University of Manchester. In 2005, she received her double PhDs in physics and astronomy from School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. In 2005, she joined a vibrant physics group "Photon Physics Group" at the School of Physics and Astronomy where she specialised in Two-photon physics and Laser Photonics.[4] She received her Ph.D. in laser physics in 2005.[5]

Career in physics[edit]

After her master's degree in physics, Aslam joined University of the Punjab as a lecturer where she has taught undergraduate and post-graduate level physics.[6] Since she has joined School of Physics and Astronomy at the Manchester University, she has been a vital researcher to the field of polymer composite sensitised with semiconductor nanoparticles, in order to achieve high response rate and diffraction efficiency as required for applications as data storage and processing. She has also taught undergraduate level mathematics and tutoring mathematics and physics to the university students.[7]

Furthermore, she has also been actively involved in the outreach program through the Ogden Teaching Fellowship for the widening participation in engineering and physical sciences scheme of the University of Manchester. The purpose of this fellowship is to involve working scientists as role models for kids into the UK government schools to encourage young generation to study science and engineering. Due to her contribution, she was awarded a commendation award at the Photon 04 conference held by Institute of Physics at Glasgow from 5–9 September 2004.

Views on Pakistani women[edit]

Farzana believes strongly that Pakistani women have great intellect and potential to participate in every profession. They can contribute positively towards the development of society and can play a vital role to build it on healthier and stronger foundations. They should realise their full potential in all spheres of life, especially personal, social, economic and political and should realise that they can attain all these along with maintaining their Islamic values.


Research papers[edit]

  • Spectroscopic studies of nanoparticle-sensitised photorefractive polymers 17 by Farzana Aslam; David J. Binks; Steve Daniels; Nigel Pickett; Paul O'Brien. Journal of Chemical Physics volume 316, 2005, P. 17
  • Photorefractive performance of polymer composite sensitised by CdSe nanoparticles passivated by 1-hexadecylamine, by David J. Binks, Mark D. Rahn and David P. West, Paul O’Brien and Nigel Pickett. Journal of Modern Optics, Volume52 ( 7), 2005, P 945-953.
  • Photorefractive performance of a CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanoparticle sensitised polymer. Journal of Chemical Physics volume 316, 2005, P 171-
  • Effect of nanoparticle composition on the performance of photorefractive polymers, by F. Aslam, J.Stevenson-Hill, David J. Binks, Steve Daniels, Nigel Pickett and Paul O’ Brien. Chemical Physics Volume 333, 2007, P- 42


  1. ^ Dr. Farzana Aslam, The Staff. "Dr Farzana Aslam". Coventry University. 
  2. ^ Pride of Pakistan (2004), Pride of Pakistan: Farzana Aslam, retrieved 2010  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester, Farzana Aslam (Faculty of Engineering and Physics Sciences) 
  4. ^ http://www.prideofpakistan.com:8080/maincontroller?requestId=4&userId=184
  5. ^ Pakistan Defence Journal, See Farzana Aslam, A Tribute to the Women of Pakistan 
  6. ^ See Farzana Aslam (4 February 2010). "Former Ogden Trust Teaching Fellows at Manchester". The Ogden Trust. Retrieved 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Unknown. "Lay out: Postgraduate Brochure 2005/06" (pdf). School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Manchester University. [permanent dead link]

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