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Dr Seyed Ghaffar
Senior Lecturer – Senior Tutor & Admissions Tutor Department of CEE


Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Civil Engineering. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE), a Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology (MICT) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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) to achieve the circular economy goals of sustainable construction. In line with the aims of the AMTC group, Dr Ghaffar, as the Principal Investigator, has been successful in securing a €220K project funded by the H2020 EU Commission on ''Digital fabrication and integration of Material reuse for environmentally friendly cementitious composite building blocks (DigiMat)''.

Dr Ghaffar is also the Principal Investigator of the £300K project funded by the British Council (Institutional Links) on 'Direct Writing of Cementitious Inks to Scaffolds with Complex Microarchitectures (DiWoCIS)'. 

Dr Ghaffar's research covers a number of construction materials, with a focus on the development of low carbon technologies suitable for new and retrofitting applications. He is the Principal Investigator of the £300K project funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on 'High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HPCSB): A New Generation of Building Materials'.

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 (2012-2016), Dr Ghaffar was simultaneously working as a research associate on several European research projects, i.e. Grow2Build, VIP4ALL, REWOBIOREF and GELCLAD.

Natural fibre composite production, formulation and characterisation are part of Dr Ghaffar's research expertise. In 2015, he was appointed Manager of Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence (Grow2Build), which serves as a permanent focal point for local manufacturers, industries and research centres interested in bio-based building products, providing technical support and innovation for utilisation of bio-based products in the construction industry.

Moreover, construction waste management and valorisation (WasteValue) is another of Dr Ghaffar's research interests. This research aims to study the feasibility of the circular economy (cradle to cradle) management of waste and environmental sustainability of the systems in construction. WasteValue evaluates and analyses current technologies and strategies concerning construction and demolition waste management in the UK.


  • PhD in Civil Engineering - Material Science, Brunel University (2016)
  • BEng in Civil Engineering (1st Class Hons.), Brunel University (2012)


  1. Admissions Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering   
  2. Senior Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. Placement Coordinator / Employability Champion
  4. Departmental Year 1 Coordinator
  5. Civil Engineering Laboratory Coordinator

Newest selected publications

Lamastra, FR., Chougan, M., Marotta, E., Ciattini, S., Ghaffar, SH., Caporali, S., et al. (2021) 'Toward a better understanding of multifunctional cement-based materials: The impact of graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs)'. Ceramics International. ISSN: 0272-8842

Journal article

Chougan, M., Ghaffar, SH., Sikora, P., Chung, S-Y., Rucinska, T., Stephan, D., et al. (2021) 'Investigation of additive incorporation on rheological, microstructural and mechanical properties of 3D printable alkali-activated materials'. Materials and Design, 0. pp. 1 - 45. ISSN: 0261-3069 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mullett, P., Ghaffar, S. and Perry, P. (Accepted) 'Discussion: Commentary: 3D printing set to transform the construction industry'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings. pp. 1 - 2. ISSN: 0965-0911

Journal article

Najafi Kani, E., Rafiean, AH., Alishah, A., Hojjati Astani, S. and Ghaffar, SH. (2021) 'The effects of Nano-Fe2O3 on the mechanical, physical and microstructure of cementitious composites'. Construction and Building Materials, 266. pp. 121137 - 121137. ISSN: 0950-0618

Journal article

Al‐Kheetan, MJ., Al‐Tarawneh, M., Ghaffar, SH., Chougan, M. and Rahman, MM. (2021) 'Resistance of hydrophobic concrete with different moisture contents to advanced freeze–thaw cycles'. Structural Concrete, 22 (S1). pp. E1050 - E1061. ISSN: 1464-4177

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