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Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Instutution of Civil Engineers (MICE). He is the Admissions Tutor and also the Industry Training Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

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. 

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 with regards to 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. Level 2 Cohort Tutor 
  5. Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Academic Coordinator
  6. Civil Engineering Laboratory Coordinator

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., 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) '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 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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