Chemistry is all around us. From the very clothes on our back to the products we use every day, chemistry has been involved in their development. As it is a multi-faceted and ever-evolving subject, providing endless fascination, there are constantly new challenges and questions which must be answered. As a science of matter and its properties, Chemistry can be applied to almost any situation from forensics through medicine to environmental sustainability. With the current need for alternative fuels, and rising levels of global pollution, chemistry now more than ever is essential for the future. This is one of the reasons why I wish to study chemistry at degree level. The opportunity to be involved in something which makes a difference to the world is something I greatly desire.
In 2009, I have completed my BS Hons degree with double major Subjects, Chemistry as a 1st major and Microbiology 2nd major from Govt. College University Lahore, Pakistan. In Chemistry, I went through the relevant lecturers, orientations, experiments and practical of all the major disciplines of Chemistry like Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry Chemistry, Material Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry.While in Microbiology, I studied Industrial Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Food and Dairy Microbiology, Fundamentals of Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Virology and Mycology, Control of Microbes, Microbial Genetics, Microbial Taxonomy, Pollution and Public Health.
I have studied both above subjects Chemistry and Microbiology in parallel for first three years of BS Hons Degree with all others elective subjects. But in part four, I had to choose one out of two majors’ subjects for research thesis and final degree. I attended various seminars, lectures, demonstration, and practical exposure, visited to some relevant industries in our area just to have a deep inside of practical exposure. I was very much confused between the selections of major one out of both subjects because there were some portions of both subjects that were attracted my interest as well.
Finally, in the end, I chosed the Chemistry as major for degree and research purpose, because it is the most important among all the sciences today. It is this practical side of Chemistry that has made me want to study it at university with research. I found my real interest was in chemistry. This interest led me to be fascinated with all the subjects related to it. I am particularly interested in Organic and Synthetic Chemistry; I enjoy working out the outcomes of various reactions and naming the products with systematic nomenclature. Others aspect of Chemistry that I am interested in is Forensic Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environment Chemistry, Applied Chemistry and nano-Chemistry.
My studies in Environmental Sciences as interdisciplinary course have stimulated an interest in Green Chemistry and solid waste management. I feel that this is very important due to climate change and other environmental issues that affect us. Research in making processes more sustainable and less harmful to the environment is crucial to contributing to the future of planet.
The interface of chemistry with other subjects such as Microbiology and Biochemistry is another reason why I wish to study it at degree level. I greatly enjoy these subjects as well, as they are intellectually challenging and problem solving orientated. The biological evaluation and medicinal application of the newly discovered and synthesized compounds carry out with the help of these biological subjects. So I can utilize my exposures and experiences of these biological subjects easily in the field of chemistry.
I have excelled at all of my chosen subjects and have demonstrated a commitment and ability to work above the average level in each one.
My studies in Microbiology and Biochemistry both provide me with subject matter, problem solving and biological evaluation skills that support my primary interest in Chemistry. I believed that the most important task as an undergraduate was to lay a firm groundwork in terms of the basic knowledge and experimental techniques so that more advanced studies could be pursued. Based on this awareness, I decided that a good job in all the core courses, including experiment courses, was primary. I tried to understand the principle underlying each chemical phenomenon and how each principle was derived. To do so, I had to understand the textbooks thoroughly and supplement my classroom education with information from the Internet, the library, the lectures and other sources. This way of learning allowed me to become familiar not only with the core courses like Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry etc. but also with quite courses not offered to students of majoring in chemistry such as Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics, Spectroscopy Analysis, Chromatography Analysis and Fine Chemicals Synthesis.
My dedicated academic efforts paid off—in 2006, I was awarded scholarships for four years (2005-09) by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for bachelor degree under “The President Talent Forming Scholarship Scheme” (only available to top 10% all over the Pakistan).
During my bachelor degree, I demonstrated a strong practical ability and achieved full marks for my practical skills. This reflects my ability to work independently and my competence at handling lab apparatus. I also volunteer to help out in a chemistry lesson once a week; this is an excellent opportunity to help others and put my knowledge and expertise to practical use.
My bachelor research thesis entitled was “Synthesis and X-Ray Characterization of different novel derivatives of Benzisothiazole” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Chairperson, department of Chemistry GCU Lahore, Pakistan. The underlying principle behind my research was to synthesis the new derivatives of the Benzisothiazole compounds. Thin Layer Chromatographic (TLC) technique was used to monitor the reactions throughout their progression. The synthesized molecules were purified by recrystallization, and characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR) and X-Ray diffractometer analysis.
As part of the requirements of the thesis, I was responsible for planning and carrying out all of my own experimentation and successfully defending my thesis before a committee of chemistry faculty. In addition to facilitating adequate reaction, under the guidance of my advisor, I enhanced my research ability and broadened my academic vision. During the twelve months I spent preparing my thesis, I developed strong critical thinking and research skills, and working closely with my professors on this project showed me the importance of collaborative research. The panel that evaluated my thesis rated it as “first-class”, commenting on it as “clearly reasoned, with detailed and complete experimental data, demonstrating a thorough grasp of professional knowledge.”
So based on the finding of my bachelor search thesis, I had published three research papers in international journals of UK and this was the major reason for my nomination in my class as “Distinctive Researcher” by Dun-cliff chemical society, Department of Chemistry, G.C .University, Lahore,
I have finished my master degree (M.Phil-2010-2012) in Chemistry) from same university in Pakistan with research thesis entitled: “Synthesis, Characterization and biological evaluation of some different novel derivatives of L-Asparagine”, from same department under the supervision of Dean, Faculty of science and technology. This research resulted in the form of publication of my full-length paper. The main objectives of this research were to synthesis the new compounds of Sulfa-drugs which were the derivative of the amino acid, L-Asparagine. I had synthesized the ten to twelve new compounds, separate and purified them, crystallized and characterized them by NMR, IR, MS and X-ray analysis.
I had to formulate research plan, consult technical literature, set up the laboratory, procure necessary equipment, and fix technical problems. My experiments examined the effect of such factors as reaction temperature, PH value, duration, ratio of biomass/water, crystallizations of the compounds, the chemical composition of the raw material and yield of the products.
Here, the major work was focused on the crystalline studies of these newly formed compounds, their crystal structures, symmetry, molecular conformation and π–π stacking and robust packing that were evaluated.
After characterization, these new compounds were tested to determine their biological potential because Sulfa-drugs reported in the literature to possessed high potential value of biological activity against microbes. So based on their reported biological potential, an enzyme inhibition activity of these compounds was planned and Bovine Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibition Assay of synthesized compounds was performed. As results some compounds showed high biological activity, a few showed moderate and few showed minimum value.
Initially in 2009, I had joined the secondary and higher secondary level school as a senior science teacher and taught the chemistry and biology to secondary and higher secondary level school students.
In 2011, I joined Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), Lahore Pakistan as a forensic latent fingerprint expert or junior forensic scientist. Punjab Forensic Science Agency comprises of the fourteen forensic departments under single roof. PFSA is not only the 2nd largest crime laboratory of its kind in the world but also a 1st largest Forensic crime Laboratory all over the Asian Region including Pakistan and follows the international standard operating protocols. It has collaboration with Australian Federal Police, National Center for forensic studies, Australia, Interpol, FBI and others local and international law enforcement agencies.
I have got very intensive training in the field of forensic latent fingerprints from the Latent Fingerprints department of PFSA according to the international standard of any accrylated forensic laboratory in the world like Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Interpol and Australian Federal Police (AFP). I have attended the orientations and theoretical lectures on all the major forensic fields which provided me more exposure, learning and developed my keen interest in forensics studies especially in Chemistry.
I have validate all the existing latest physical and chemical techniques for processing and development of latent finger marks on all types of the substrates, then cleared the proficiency of comparisons of latent and patent fingerprints. Finally, I am successfully trained to final competency.
My major job responsibilities are Fingerprint analysis using ACE-V methodology, Fingerprint Comparison, Fingerprint Expert Verification and Consultation, Cross Examination, Expert Testimony, Forensic Fingerprint Expert Legal Consultancy, Fingerprinting Examination for Frauds and Forgery Fingerprints Matching on Forged Documents, Paper, WILL, Property Papers, Gift Deed Etc, Process all kind of crime scenes for development and lifting of fingerprints, Collection, preservations, study and evaluation of fingerprints, palm prints and often footprints as part of crime scene investigations, Analyzing latent fingerprints, palm prints, and other fragmentary impressions, Fingerprint Development, Lifting in case robbery, Theft, Burglary, Accidents, Theft Misuse, Photographing, processing and enhancement latent prints on various substrates by using all kinds of physical and chemical techniques Writing detailed narrative reports and Performing specialized administrative duties
After that, I had started case work on real crime scene cases, civil cases and completed cases around 150 within two years. Most of the time, Processing of various kinds of crime scenes is always very much appealing to me toward enhancement of my professional, technical and scientific knowledge and skills.
So here, after getting forensic training in the field of latent fingerprints and exposure to different fields of forensics, again I am very much impressed by exposing to direct application of chemistry in such a broad spectrum of forensics like development and enhancement of latent fingerprints by using physical and chemical techniques, study and analysis of toxins, biological sample in forensic toxicology by using different analytical instruments, study of caffeine, heroin, chars and different types of drugs in forensic narcotics and so on.
The knowledge of my subject, research experiences of my thesis work in both BS Hons and M.Phil helped me very much in training of the latent fingerprinting as a forensic scientist.
Being as forensic scientist, broad theoretical experiences of various disciplines of forensic sciences, expertise and technical skills of using all latest reported physical and chemical methods for development of latent fingerprints on all types of surfaces has increased my interest especially in the enhancement of finger marks and organic Chemistry.
I am deeply interested in Chemistry as a lifelong career and I am determined to develop myself into a well-trained research scientist. Yet I am clearly aware the immense efforts I have to make in order to fulfill this aspiration. This constitutes the very motivation behind my present application for a Ph. D. program from National University of Science and Technology (NUS).There are some important reasons for my choosing NUS University. Its curriculum is scientifically designed, requiring students not only to focus on core subjects within their own discipline but also go beyond their discipline to attend courses in other departments in order to develop a broad ken of knowledge. All those make me believe that I will receive the best education I can expect.
While I have specific interests in organic chemistry, nanotechnology, I find many areas of Chemistry fascinating. The flexibility of the PhD program at the National University of Science and Technology (NUS) is appealing to me because it will allow me to explore the desired field while still having the option to rotate in other Chemistry labs. In particular, I find the work of Dr. Ouyang Jianyong Associate Professor, Department of Material science and engineering on (i) Organic Electronic Materials and Devices (ii) Nanometer Materials and of Professor LU Yixin (i) Amino catalysis promoted by primary amino acids/amines (ii) Amino acid-derived novel tertiary amine-thiourea bifunctional catalysts and (iii) Novel amino acid-incorporating multifunctional catalysts more interesting and wonderful. I also find the work of Associate Professor YIP Hon Kay, John on (i) Nanoscopic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ii) Molecular Wires (iii) Inorganic and Organometallic Photochemistry equally fascinating. I feel that doctoral studies at National University of Singapore can provide me with the education and training that I need to have a successful career in the field of Chemistry.
I want to excel in multidisciplinary research projects and working in NUS would provide me a splendid opportunity to grow in this area along with contributing to scientific community. I always aimed my research for benefiting ailing humanity and ultimately my home country as well. Working for research scientist provides me a drive towards my future research. That is why I am applying for Ph.D. position in NUS research setup. I enjoy working for new research development problems and applying research methods for their solution.
In filing this application of mine, I believe that I am well-grounded, well-motivated, clearly-focused and I am perfect for this position. It has been my long-cherished expectation to enter into Singa prestigious university for a Ph.D. program that will make possible even more fruitful career development in the future.
So based on my scientific, academic research experiences, and professional technical skills, I firmly believe that, if I could get a chance to further cultivate my potential in this research group, it would definitely contribute to my scientific knowledge and will help me to excel in scientific research. I would be grateful for your consideration to my humble request, to be a part of your research environment.

Thanks

Mubashar
It is too long, and you should avoid long boring lists of subject areas or courses. Also avoid repeating the same idea over and over. You can convey all the essential ideas with half the number of words, maybe less. Do not repeat what is detailed in your transcript or in your CV.
There are many grammatical errors.