I am a Lecturer in Civil Engineering and Environmental Materials in the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.
One of the main emphases of my research is on the environmentally friendly and industrially effective pre-treatments for the industrial production of bio-composites with wheat straw, hemp, flax, sisal and jute.
During my PhD, I 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 my research. In this framework, in 2015, I was appointed as the Manager of the Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence, 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.