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

Howell Building 204


Dr Seyed Ghaffar is an 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 the 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 3D printing to achieve the circular economy goals of sustainable construction. 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)' 2021-2023.

Dr Ghaffar is the Principal Investigator of a £300K project funded by the British Council (Institutional Links) on 'Direct Writing of Cementitious Inks to Scaffolds with Complex Microarchitectures (DiWoCIS)' 2020-2022. He is also the Principal Investigator of a £300K project funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on 'High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HP-CSB): A New Generation of Building Materials' 2018-2022.

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 by combining materials sciences and innovative technologies.

Dr Ghaffar is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Results in Engineering (Elsevier)  

He recently edited a book titled "Innovation in construction - A Practical Guide to Transforming the Construction Industry".

He is a Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and has been appointed as an expert evaluator for the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Dr Ghaffar has also acted as an expert evaluator on Horizon Europe HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-12: Breakthrough technologies supporting technological sovereignty in construction (RIA) (November 2021) and HORIZON-CL4-2022-RESILIENCE-01-16: Building and renovating by exploiting advanced materials for energy and resources efficient management (IA) (April 2022). 

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 the 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 the 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. Senior Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2020 - Present)
  2. Member of the Department Management board (2020- Present) 
  3. Departmental Year 1 Coordinator (2019 - Present)
  4. Admissions Tutor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2018-2022)  
  5. Placement Coordinator / Employability Champion (2017- 2021)
  6. Civil Engineering Laboratory Coordinator (2017-2021)

Newest selected publications

Chougan, M., Lamastra, FR., Caschera, D., Kaciulis, S., Bolli, E., Mazzuca, C., et al. (2023) 'Cementitious nanocomposites engineered with high-oxidized graphene oxide: Spotting the nano to macro correlation'. Ceramics International, 49 (1). pp. 964 - 973. ISSN: 0272-8842

Journal article

Kani, EN., Rafiean, AH., Tavakolzadeh, M. and Ghaffar, SH. (2022) 'Performance enhancement of cementitious soil stabilizers using incorporated nanosilica'. Results in Engineering, 16. pp. 100713 - 100713. ISSN: 2590-1230

Journal article

Al-Awabdeh, FW., Al-Kheetan, MJ., Jweihan, YS., Al-Hamaiedeh, H. and Ghaffar, SH. (2022) 'Comprehensive investigation of recycled waste glass in concrete using silane treatment for performance improvement'. Results in Engineering, 19. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2590-1230 Open Access Link

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Chougan, M., Hamidreza Ghaffar, S., Nematollahi, B., Sikora, P., Dorn, T., Stephan, D., et al. (2022) 'Effect of natural and calcined halloysite clay minerals as low-cost additives on the performance of 3D-printed alkali-activated materials'. Materials & Design, 223. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0264-1275 Open Access Link

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El-Seidy, E., Sambucci, M., Chougan, M., Al-Kheetan, MJ., Biblioteca, I., Valente, M. and et al. (2022) 'Mechanical and physical characteristics of alkali- activated mortars incorporated with recycled polyvinyl chloride and rubber aggregates'. Journal of Building Engineering, 60. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 2352-7102 Open Access Link

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