Manzar Abbas, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Interests

​Dr. Manzar Abbas’s research focusses on the synthesis of functional short peptides, supramolecular chemistry, light based cancer treatment like photodynamic and photo-thermal therapy. His research is interdisciplinary as best combination of Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine and Material Science, and potential application in stimuli responsive drug delivery and third generation -based nanomaterials for diagnostic and phototherapies.

Selected Publications

Self-assembled peptide-based hydrogels for intratumoral delivery of photosensitizers and photodynamic therapy
M. Abbas, R. Xing, N. Zhang, Q. Zou, X. Yan
ACS Applied materials and interfaces (In Press)

Self-assembly of biomimetic light-harvesting complexes capable of hydrogen evolution
K. Liu, M. Abbas, Q. Zou, X. Yan
Green Energy & Environment, 2, 58-63, 2017

Self-assembled peptide- and protein-based nanomaterials for antitumor photodynamic and photothermal therapy
M. Abbas, Q. Zou, S. Li, and X. Yan
Advanced Materials Wiley, 29, 1605021, 2017

Biological photothermal nanodots based on self-assembly of peptide-porphyrin conjugates for antitumor therapy
Q. Zou, M. Abbas, L. Zhao, S. Li, G. Shen, and X. Yan
Journal of American Chemical Society, 139, 1921−1927, 2017

Peptide-modulated self-assembly of chromophores toward biomimetic light-harvesting nanoarchitectonics
Q. Zou, K. Liu, M. Abbas, and X. Yan
Advanced Materials Wiley, 28, 1031–1043, 2016

One-step nanoengineering of hydrophobic photosensitive drugs for the photodynamic therapy
C. Zhou, M. Abbas, M. Zhang, Q. Zou, G. Shen, Ch. Chen, H. Peng, and X. Yan
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 15, 10141–10148, 2015


  • ​Ph.D., Material Sciences/Applied Chemistry, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, Beijing, China, 2017
  • M.Phil., Chemistry, Bauddin Zakaryia University, Multan, Punjab Pakistan 2013
  • M.Sc., Chemistry Bauddin Zakaryia University, Multan, Punjab Pakistan 201

Professional Profile

  • ​2017 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member of CAS Chemical Society


  • ​UCAS Scholarship for PhD 2014-2017
  • CAS Excellent International Student Award 2016
  • CAS Excellent International Graduate Award 2017