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Novel Development of Polymer Aerogel Composites

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Expertise & Capabilities

  • Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites
  • Multi-scale Material Modelling
  • Aerogel composites
  • Composites Recycling
  • Composites Interface
  • Reinforcement Fibres
  • Surface Coating
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Polymer and Elastomer 
  • Thermomechanical Analysis

Research Interests

Current research activities focus on 

Composites recycling and reuse (This work includes the development of economically viable routes to recycling fibre reinforced composites and reusing recyclates in new industrial applications) 

Composites interface (This work centres around fibre-matrix physicochemcial interactions through surface characterisation, coating development, and fibre-matrix adhesion engineering)

Aerogel composites (This work includes the design and development of ultralight, strong, superinsulating aerogel composites for energy saving applicaitons)

Self-healing elastomer  (This work centres on the chemical design and material engineering of elastomer materials for improving wear resistance and damage self-mitigation)

Multi-scale material modelling (This work revolves around understanding and engineering of structure-property relationship through multi-scale material modelling) 

Teaching Interests

ME16232 Engineering Mechanics: Structural Mechanics

ME523 Polymer and Polymer Composites

Industrial Relevance

Industrial Links

  • PPG Industries (The Netherlands)
  • 3B Fibreglass (Belgium)
  • Blueshift International Materials (USA)
  • BOSCH (Germany)
  • Sain-Gobain (France)
  • Weir Group PLC (UK)
  • Composites Scaffolding Company (UK)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master in Science, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007


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