Department of Chemical Engineering Senior Lecturer, Dr Mahabubur Rahman Chowdhury, has been appointed as an editorial board member of the prestigious Journal of Frontiers in Micro- and Nano-Scale Sensors.

Being appointed as an editorial board member is a testament to the recognition of Chowdhury’s expertise and quality of work. The duration of his appointment is two years. There are no specific set of requirements to be appointed, “it has to do with one’s recognition as an expert in the field by his peers”, says Chowdhury.

“This is a prestigious achievement. My research interest and expertise is in the rational design and engineering of functional nanomaterial.” He also studies the physical chemistry of Nanomaterials, their structural and functional assessment, and their deployment in various applications such as electrochemical biosensors, water treatment, and many more.

His recent study from his lab was published in one of the top international journals.

Chowdhury’s paper on the electrochemical sensor for glucose detection (Binderless Solution-Processed Zn Doped Co3O4 Film on FTO for Rapid and Selective Non‐enzymatic Glucose Detection) was one of the top 25 most downloaded papers in the Journal of Electroanalysis by Wiley.

“Research is my passion and I do it for the beauty of it.”

Chowdhury is a highly skilled researcher who has developed the nanomaterial scene from scratch at CPUT. “Because of my research and effort, CPUT has made it to the list of universities that do research in nanomaterial. Before 2014 there was no quantifiable nanomaterial research at CPUT. And in 2020 we published in top journals.

“As an editorial board member, I will make sure the science that goes out through the journal goes through a rigorous process of quality check.” He says effective time management is the key to his achievement. However, he concedes that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everybody, and “we are all adjusting/have adjusted to the new normal”.