Our staff and researchers

Our research group is structured into three principal foci: composites engineering (fibres or particles embedded in a matrix), civil and structural materials (composites, concrete and steel) and structural integrity (composites, metals and alloys).  Staff who work in these areas are listed below.

We also have a number of visiting researchers and research degree students.  They are listed below, detailing the projects they are working on.  

Composites engineering staff

Research degree candidates

Mohammed Al-Bahrani (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced October 2015)

The manufacture and mechanical properties of nanoparticle metal matrix composites

Supervisors: Alistair Cree, Jasper Graham-Jones and Sourajyoti Basu (Iraqi Ministry of Oil funding).

Muhsin Ali Marie Aljuboury (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced April 2015) 

Development of co-bonded composite laminate flange connections for offshore/marine pipelines

Supervisors: Jahir Rizvi, Stephen Grove and Richard Cullen (Iraq Higher Committee for Education Development)

Aissa Bouaissi (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced October 2016)

Development of a new concrete for marine environment using high volume of industrial by-products 

Supervisors: Long-yuan Li and Dave Easterbrook

Sahar Elaiwi (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced April 2015)

Analysis and design of castellated beams 

Supervisors: Long-yuan Li and Boksun Kim

Kunjie Fan (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced January 2016)

Fire performance assessment of concrete materials with supplemental cementitious materials

Supervisors: Long-yuan Li and Dave Easterbrook (Chinese Scholarship)

Jak Chaos (candidate for ResM Mechanical Engineering - commenced October 2017)

Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor: Alistair Cree

Jie Ji (candidate for MPhil/PhD Civil Engineering - commenced October 2017)

Fatigue analysis of reinforced concrete in the marine environment

Supervisor: Shanshan Cheng

Nanting Yu (candidate for MPhil/PhD Civil Engineering - commenced October 2017)

Civil engineering

Supervisor: Boksun Kim

Dayang Habibah binti Abang Ismawi Hassim (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced April 2015)

Fatigue properties of novel recycled rubber compounds

Supervisors: Frank Abraham and John Summerscales (Malaysian Rubber Board funding)

Hossein Mohammad Khanlou (candidate for PhD at Griffith University - Australia)

The sensitivity of biocomposites to environmental conditions

Supervisors: Wayne Hall (GU), Peter Woodfield (GU) and John Summerscales (PU)

Gintare Laboviciute
(candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced October 2012)

Use of advanced techniques to characterise crack tip shielding

Supervisors: Colin Christopher (School of Computing and Mathematics) and Neil James (Faculty scholarship)

Matthias Wimmer (candidate for MPhil/PhD - commenced April 2015)

FlexForCfK: development of a form flexible tooling system for the production of curved CFRP parts

Supervisors: Christoph Maurer and Frank Abraham (PU Munich Node)


Aitor Hernandez Michelena (candidate for PhD) 

Effect of fibre treatment on the properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites

Supervisors: John Summerscales, Wayne Hall (Griffith University - Australia) and Jasper Graham-Jones (in collaboration with Acciona Windpower/Nordex and University of Zargoza).

Visiting researchers

Ibtihal Al-Namie, Assistant Professor at Bagdad University of Technology (hosted by Alistair Cree)

The manufacture and microstructural and mechanical property characterization of Al–nano hybrid composites

From 5 December 2016 for one year.

Guillaume Kerhino, stage placement student from Université Bretagne Sud-Lorient  (hosted by John Summerscales)

End-of-Life marine vessel disposal options

From 20 March to 2 June 2017

Yang Bing Yang, visiting Chinese scholar (hosted by Neil James)

Fatigue crack growth in titanium

From 6 December 2016 for twelve months.

Ewen Le Roux and Yves Henry, stage placement students from The University of Western Brittany (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UBO Brest) (hosted by Richard Cullen and Richard Pemberton)

Effect of cavitation on composite materials.

From 11 April to 9 June 2017