Mohammad Atif Faiz Afzal

205 Furnas Hall • Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 262-5115 •


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
PhD, Chemical and Biological Engineering, GPA: 3.98, Dean’s List

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
BTech, Materials Science and Engineering, First Distinction


Graduate Research Assistant
University at Buffalo, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Johannes Hachmann
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University at Buffalo, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project Associate
IIT Kanpur, Nanosciences and Nanofabrication Laboratory
Advisor: Prof. Ashutosh Sharma
Undergraduate Research Assistant and Laboratory Coordinator
IIT Kanpur, Biomaterials Processing and Characterization Laboratory
Advisor: Prof. Kantesh Balani




  1. M. Afzal, C. Cheng, J. Hachmann, Computational and Data-driven Discovery of Novel, High-refractive Index Polyimides, Manuscript in Preparation (2016).
  2. M. Afzal, C. Cheng, J. Hachmann, Benchmarking Polarizability and Refractive Index of Polymers, Manuscript in Preparation (2016).
  3. M. Afzal, C. Cheng, J. Hachmann, Accurate Prediction of the Refractive Index of Polymers Using First-principles and Data Modelingls, Manuscript in Preparation (2016).
  4. S.K. Das, M. Afzal, S. Patil, A. Sharma, Enhanced Electrical Conductivity of Suspended Carbon Nanofibers: Effect of Hollow Structure and Improved Graphitization, Carbon 108 (2016), 135–145.
  5. M. Afzal, S. Kalmodia, P. Kesarwani, B.Basu, K.Balani, Bactericidal Effect of Silver Reinforced Carbon-Nanotube and Hydroxyapatite Composites, Journal of Biomaterials Applications 27 (2013), 967-968.
  6. M. Afzal, P. Kesarwani, S. Kalmodia, M. Reddy, B. Basu, K. Balani, Functionally Graded Hydroxyapatite-Alumina-Zirconia Biocomposite: Synergy of Toughness and Biocompatibility , Journal of the Material Science and Engineering C 32 (2012), 1164-1173.
  7. Summary: 74 citations; h-index: 2; i10-index: 2 (Source: Google Scholar)


  1. ChemHTPS - A virtual high-throughput screening program suite for the chemical and materials sciences, APS March Meeting, New Orleans (LA), March 2017. (talk)
  2. Accelerated Discovery of High-RI Polyimides, Synergies between Machine Learning and Physical Models, Institute for Pure and Applied Math (IPAM), Los Angeles (CA), December 2016. (poster)
  3. ChemLG – A Smart and Massively Parallel Molecule Library Generator, 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia (PA), August 2016. (talk)
  4. Accelerated Discovery of High-Refractive-Index Polymers Using First-Principles Modeling, Virtual High-Throughput Screening, and Data Mining, 48th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Pittsburgh (PA), June 2016. (Poster)
  5. Accurate Prediction of Refractive Index of Polymers Using First-Principles and Data Modeling, APS March Meeting, Baltimore (MD), March 2016. (poster)
  6. Accelerated Discovery of High Refractive Index Polyimides, 33rd Annual Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium, Buffalo (NY), May 2015. (poster)
  7. Computational Approach to Discovering Novel Monomers for High Refractive Index Organic Materials, 17th CBE Graduate Research Symposium, Buffalo (NY), Oct 2014. (poster)
  8. Thermodynamics of Surfactant Solutions, 16th CBE Graduate Research Symposium, Buffalo (NY), Sep 2013. (poster)
  9. Development of HA/SiC Composites via Thermal Plasma Route, International Conference and Workshop on Nanostructured Ceramics and other Nanomaterials, Delhi (India), Mar 2012. (poster)
  10. Structural, Mechanical, and Bactericidal Properties of Ag-Reinforced CNT/HA Composites, International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, Hyderabad (India), Jan 2012. (poster)
  11. Functionally-Stepped Hydroxyapatite-Alumina-Zirconia: Potential Bone-Implant, International Conference on Biomaterials and Implants, Kolkata (India), Jul 2011. (talk)