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Dr Seyed Ghaffar

Howell Building 204


Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Civil Engineering and Environmental Materials.One of the main emphases of Seyed's research is on the environmentally friendly and industrially effective pre-treatments for the industrial production of bio-composites/bio-based construction materials.

During his PhD, Seyed was simultaneously working as a research associate since 2014 on several European projects, i.e. Grow2Build, VIP4ALL, REWOBIOREF and GELCLAD. Natural fibre composite production, formulation and characterisation have been the main interest of Seyed's research. In this framework, in 2015, Seyed was appointed the Manager of the Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence (Grow2Build), which serves as a permanent focal point for local manufactures, industries and research centres interested in bio-based building products, providing technical support and innovation for utilisation of bio-products in the construction industry.

In his academic career, Seyed has been intimately involved in numerous research and editorial activities bridging various disciplines of material science & engineering.

Additive manufacturing technology in construction is also one of Seyed's research areas (AMTC). In AMTC research group, multidisciplinary synergic effort is recognised for fine-tuning the system, from material formulations to digital models and mechanical adaptations in advanced robotic 3D printers. 

Construction waste management and valorisation (WasteValue) is another interest of Seyed's research. The research group aims at the feasibility of circular economy (Cradle to Cradle) management of urban waste and environmental sustainability of the systems in construction. WasteValue evaluates and analyses the current technologies and strategies with regards to CDW management in UK and EU. 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Civil Engineering - Material Science, Brunel University
  • BEng in Civil Engineering (1st Class Hons.), Brunel University


  • Recipient of Graham Hawkes 2012, Best final year project, Brunel University.
  • Recipient of The Institute of Structural Engineers Thames Valley Regional Group Prize 2012, for the best structural engineering solution. 


  1. Admissions Tutor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  
  2. Industry Training Tutor / Placement Convenor
  3. Level 2 Cohort tutor
  4. Peer Assisted Learnign (PAL) Academic Coordinator
  5. Web Champion

Newest selected publications

Ghaffar, SH. (2018) '3D Printing Set to Transform the Construction Industry'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings, 171 (10). pp. 737 - 738. ISSN: 0965-0911 Open Access Link

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Ghaffar, SH. (2018) 'Understanding the effects of hooked-end steel fibre geometry on the uniaxial tensile behaviour of self-compacting concrete'. Construction and Building Materials, 178. pp. 484 - 494. ISSN: 0950-0618

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH., Omar Abo Madyan., Mizi Fan. and Jorge Corker. (2018) 'The Influence of Additives on the Interfacial Bonding Mechanisms Between Natural Fibre and Biopolymer Composites'. Macromolecular Research, 17 (158). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1598-5032 Open Access Link

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Ghaffar, SH. (2018) 'Additive manufacturing technology and its implementation in construction as an eco-innovative solution'. Automation in Construction, 93. pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 0926-5805 Open Access Link

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Ghaffar, SH. (2017) 'Detailed Analysis of Wheat Straw Node and Internode for their Prospective Efficient Utilisation'. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65 (41). pp. 9069 - 9077. ISSN: 0021-8561 Open Access Link

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