Dr. Fida Mohammad

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Dr. Fida Mohammad

Associate Professor

Qualifications: PhD(University of California-Davis, USA)
Research Interests: Atmospheric Chemistry, Science Teaching at School and College Level


Dr. Fida’s research interests are in the area of laser photolysis of carbonyl compounds in the gas phase which are of atmospheric importance. He has extensively worked in setting up high vacuum line for handling gas phase systems. He has used various lasers including Excimer lasers and YAG laser for the photolysis of organic compounds and has used Tunable infrared diode lasers for detection of photoproducts on parts per billion level. The photolysis of carbonyl compounds in which Dr. Fida is interested are ketones and aldehydes which are constituents of the atmosphere. These compounds when photolyzed in the atmosphere by solar radiation produce reactive species which are responsible for changing the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere. Upper troposphere at an altitude band of 14 to 16 Km is the worst affected part and is of great concern to the atmospheric community. Dr. Fida is collaborating with the University of Duisburg – Essen in Germany for these studies.


– Ph. D., University of California Davis, USA (1986-1993)

– MSc.,Chemistry University of Peshawar (1969)

-BS., Islamia College Peshawar (1967)

Work Experience

  • DEAN Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, GIK Institute (Current)
  • PostDoc at Goettingen University , Germany
  • PostDoc at Duisburg-Essen University, Germany
  • PostDoc at NIMC- Tskuba, Japan
  • Associate Professor, National Center for Excellence in Physical Chemistry, University of Peshawar (1974-2007)
  • Chief Executive Main Library, University of Peshawar, (2004-2007)
  • Permanent Resource Person, Frontiers Education Academy 
Representative Publications

  • H. Somnitz, M. Fida, T. Ufer and R. Zellner; Pressure Dependence for the CO Quantum Yield in the Photolysis of Acetone at 248 nm: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study. (Royal Society of Chemistry), Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, (2005)3342-3352.
  • H. Reinhardt, M. Fida and R. Zellner; DRIFTS – Studies for the Interactions of HNO3 with Ice and HCl (HNO3) – Hydrate Surfaces at Temperatures around 165K. (Elsevier), Journal of Molecular Structure 661-662 (2003) 567-577.
  • W. M. Jackson, V. Blunt, H. Lin, M. Green, G. Olevira, W. H. Fink, Y. Bao, R.S. Urdahl, F. Mohammad, M. Zahedi; Non-adiabatic Interactions in Excited C2H Molecules and their Relationship to C2 Formation in Comets. (Kluwer Academic Publishers), Astrophysics and Space Sciences 236: 29-47, 1996.
  • V. R. Moris, Fida Mohammad, L. Valdry, W. M. Jackson; Steric Effects on Nascent Vibrational Distributions of the HCN Product Produced in Radical Reactions with Ethane, Propane and Chloroform. (Elsevier), Chem. Phys. Lett. 220, 448-454 (1994).
  • Fida Mohammad, V. R. Morris, W. H. Fink, W. M. Jackson; On the Mechanism and Branching Ration of the CN + O2à CO + NO Reaction Channel using Transient IR Emission Spectroscopy. (American Chemical Society), J.Phys.Chem. 97, 11590-11598 (1993).
  • Fida Mohammad, V. R. Morris, A. C. Jones, W. M. Jackson; Internal Excitation of CH3 Radicals Produced in the Photolysis of Acetone at 193 nm and the Collisional Enhancement of the Infrared Emission Intensity in the V3 Spectral Region. (American Chemical Society) J.Phys. Chem. 97, 6974-6978 (1993).
  • L. R. Copeland, Fida Mohammad, M. Zahedi, D. H. Volman, W. M. Jackson; Rate Constant for the CN Reactions with Hydrocarbons and the Product HCN Vibrational Populations. (American Institute of Physics) J.Chem. Phys. 96, 5817-5826.