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Dr Seyed Ghaffar

Howell Building 204


Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering and Environmental Materials.One of the main emphases of Dr Ghaffar's research is on the environmentally friendly and industrially effective pre-treatments for the industrial production of bio-composites/bio-based construction materials.

Dr Ghaffar during his PhD, 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 Dr Ghaffar's research. In this framework, in 2015, Dr Ghaffar was appointed the Manager of the 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.

Additive manufacturing technology in construction is also one of Dr Ghaffar's research areas (AMTC). In AMTC research group, Multidisciplinary synergic effort is recognised for fine-tuning the system, from material formulations to digital models and mechanical adaptations in advanced robotic 3D printers. 

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 urban waste and environmental sustainability of the systems in construction. WasteValue evaluates and analyses the current technologies and strategies with regards to CDW management in UK and EU. 

Academic qualifications

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


  • Recipient of Graham Hawkes 2012, Best final year project, Brunel University.
  • Recipient of The Institute of Structural Engineers Thames Valley Regional Group Prize 2012, for the best structural engineering solution. 


Industry Training Tutor / Civil Engineering Placement Convenor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  

Web Champion for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Newest selected publications

Zhuang, J., Ghaffar, SH., Fan, M. and Corker, J. (2017) 'Restructure of expanded cork with fumed silica as novel core materials for vacuum insulation panels'. Composites Part B: Engineering, 127. pp. 215 - 221. ISSN: 1359-8368 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH. (Accepted) 'Detailed Analysis of Wheat Straw Node and Internode for their Prospective Efficient Utilisation'. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ISSN: 0021-8561 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH., Fan, M. and McVicar, B. (2017) 'Interfacial properties with bonding and failure mechanisms of wheat straw node and internode'. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 99. pp. 102 - 112. ISSN: 1359-835X

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH. and Fan, M. (2017) 'An aggregated understanding of physicochemical properties and surface functionalities of wheat straw node and internode'. Industrial Crops and Products, 95. pp. 207 - 215. ISSN: 0926-6690

Journal article

Ghaffar, SH. (2016) 'Straw fibre-based construction materials', inAdvanced High Strength Natural Fibre Composites in Construction. pp. 257 - 283. ISBN 13: 9780081004302.

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