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

Howell Building 204

Summary

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 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 Associate Editor of the Journal of Results in Engineering (Elsevier) and the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings (ICE Publishing).  

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 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.

Qualifications

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

Responsibility

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

Newest selected publications

Chougan, M., Ghaffar, SH., Mijowska, E., Kukułka, W. and Sikora, P. (2022) 'High-performance polylactic acid compressed strawboard using pre-treated and functionalised wheat straw'. Industrial Crops and Products, 184. pp. 114996 - 114996. ISSN: 0926-6690

Journal article

Sikora, P., Woliński, P., Chougan, M., Madraszewski, S., Węgrzyński, W., Papis, BK., et al. (2022) 'A systematic experimental study on biochar-cementitious composites: Towards carbon sequestration'. Industrial Crops and Products, 184. pp. 115103 - 115103. ISSN: 0926-6690

Journal article

Yousuf, H., Al-Kheetan, MJ., Rahman, MM., Ghaffar, SH., Braimah, N. and Chamberlain, DA. (2022) 'Introducing a novel concept of wick drainage in masonry structures'. Journal of Building Engineering, 51. pp. 104332 - 104332. ISSN: 2352-7102

Journal article

Awad, S., Ghaffar, SH., Hamouda, T., Midani, M., Katsou, E. and Fan, M. (Accepted) 'Critical evaluation of date palm sheath fibre characteristics as a reinforcement for developing sustainable cementitious composites from waste materials'. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. ISSN: 2190-6815

Journal article

Bong, SH., Nematollahi, B., Xia, M., Ghaffar, SH., Pan, J. and Dai, JG. (2022) 'Properties of additively manufactured geopolymer incorporating mineral wollastonite microfibers'. Construction and Building Materials, 331. pp. 127282 - 127282. ISSN: 0950-0618

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