Dr Seyed Ghaffar is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Civil Engineering and Environmental Materials. One of the main emphases of Seyed's research is on the environmentally friendly and industrially effective pre-treatments for the industrial production of bio-composites/bio-based construction materials.
During his PhD, Seyed 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 interests of Seyed's research. In this framework, in 2015, Seyed 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.
In his academic career, Seyed has been intimately involved in numerous research and editorial activities bridging various disciplines of material science & engineering.
Additive manufacturing technology in construction is also one of Seyed'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 Seyed'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.