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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 Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE), Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology (MICT) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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 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) to achieve the circular economy goals of sustainable construction. He is the Principal Investigator of the £250K project funded by the British Council (Institutional Links) on 'Direct Writing of Cementitious Inks to Scaffolds with Complex Microarchitectures (DiWoCIS)'.

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 in 2014 on several European projects, i.e. Grow2Build, VIP4ALL, REWOBIOREF and GELCLAD. Natural fibre composite production, formulation and characterisation have been the main interests 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 manufacturers, 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 a group in Dr Ghaffar's research team. The group 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

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

Chougan, M., Vivio, F., Hamidreza Ghaffar, S., Al-kheetan, MJ. and Bianco, A. (2020) 'High performance cementitious nanocomposites: The effectiveness of nano-Graphite (nG)'. Construction and Building Materials, 259. pp. 119687 - 119687. ISSN: 0950-0618

Journal article

Ghaffar, S. (2020) 'Wheat straw pre-treatments using eco-friendly strategies for enhancing the tensile properties of bio-based polylactic acid composites'. Industrial Crops and Products, 155 (1 November 2020). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0926-6690 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chougan, M., Hamidreza Ghaffar, S., Jahanzat, M., Albar, A., Mujaddedi, N. and Swash, R. (2020) 'The influence of nano-additives in strengthening mechanical performance of 3D printed multi-binder geopolymer composites'. Construction and Building Materials, 250. pp. 118928 - 118928. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article

Albar, A., Chougan, M., Al- Kheetan, MJ., Swash, MR. and Ghaffar, SH. (2020) 'Effective extrusion-based 3D printing system design for cementitious-based materials'. Results in Engineering, 6. pp. 100135 - 100135. ISSN: 2590-1230 Open Access Link

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