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Dr Seyed Ghaffar
Senior Lecturer – Admissions Tutor Department of CEE


Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE). He is the Admissions Tutor and the Industry Training Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr Ghaffar is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Dr Ghaffar is the Principal Investigator of the £300K project funded from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on 'High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HPCSB): A New Generation of Building Materials'.

He is the leader of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Construction research group (AMTC). The focus of AMTC is on valorising construction and demolition waste using materials science and innovative technologies (i.e. 3D printing) for achieving the circular economy goals of sustainable construction. A multidisciplinary synergic effort is recognised for fine-tuning the system, from material formulations to digital models and mechanical adaptations in advanced robotic 3D printers.

Dr Ghaffar is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Results in Engineering (Elsevier) and the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings (ICE Publishing).  

During his PhD, Dr Ghaffar 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 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.

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


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


  1. Admissions Tutor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  
  2. Industry Training Tutor / Placement Convenor
  3. Employability Champion
  4. Departmental Year 1 Coordinator
  5. Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Academic Coordinator
  6. Civil Engineering Laboratory Coordinator

Newest selected publications

Ghaffar, SH. (2019) 'Wheat Straw Bio-Refinery for Agricultural Waste Valorisation'. Green Materials. pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2049-1220 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH., Burman, M. and Braimah, N. (2019) 'Pathways to circular construction: An integrated management of construction and demolition waste for resource recovery'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244. pp. 118710 - 118710. ISSN: 0959-6526 Open Access Link

Journal article

Al-Kheetan, MJ., Ghaffar, SH., Madyan, OA. and Rahman, MM. (2019) 'Development of low absorption and high-resistant sodium acetate concrete for severe environmental conditions'. Construction and Building Materials, 230 (10). pp. 117057 - 117057. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ghaffar, S. and Ewens, P. (2019) 'Interfacial Bonding Improvement of Natural Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Composites'.ICNF 2019 - 4th International Conference on Natural Fibers. Porto, Portugal. Materials Today: Proceedings. ISSN: 2214-7853 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Ghaffar, S. (2019) 'Additive Manufacturing Technology in Construction'.International Conference on Civil, Architecture and Marine Engineering. Osaka, Japan.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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