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Prof Ahmed Elmarakbi

Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

I have been involved in higher education (HE) for 25 years, leading research teams, teaching programmes, business engagement, and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects in many countries worldwide. I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada in September 2004. After three years as a NSERC/JSPS fellow in Canada and Japan, I moved to the University of Sunderland in 2007 (Senior Lecture 2007-2011; Reader, 20011-20012; Professor 2012-2018). Recently, I moved to Northumbria University as Professor of Automotive Composites and Head of Subject (Mechanical Engineering). I am also a Visiting Professor of Vehicle Lightweighting at Hunan University.

My research work focuses on developing robust, reliable and sustainable material solutions (based on graphene and related materials) and implementing new concepts and technologies in industrial scale. It aims to establish and strengthen the link between the development of novel advanced nanocomposites with unique synthesis and functionalities, and the improvement of the modelling capability and the need for securing refined results for the design of real structural components and energy conversion/storage systems. My work outcomes are recognised both nationally and internationally as evident from over 90+ plenary lectures, invited talks, keynotes and presentations; over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and patents. I have received many prestigious awards and grants, including EPSRC (UK), NSERC and OGS (Canada), JSPS (Japan), FP7, Horizon2020, and Graphene Flagship (EU), and several direct national and international projects. 

I am also part of the €1bn European Graphene Flagship and leading composites for structural application task. The pioneering project is exploring how graphene can be used to create lighter, stronger, safer and more energy-efficient aerospace and automotive structures. My role leading the graphene structural application in the flagship – alongside partners in Italy, Spain and Germany has created many opportunities to network and engage around the world. In my role, I combine novel ‘concept’ materials with the latest safety design approaches through the development of advanced ultra-light graphene-based polymer materials, efficient fabrication and manufacturing processes, and life-cycle analysis to reduce the environmental impact of future structures.

In addition, my work has come to the attention of the Chinese Government via Hunan University. I am one of only ten professors worldwide invited to join the prestigious Talents-111 project. This Chinese Government led initiative selects leading scientists and funds intensive laboratory-based research projects. The project into vehicle body lightweighting is led by Hunan University and will run for four years from 2016-2020.

I recognise the importance of engaging in professional activities for advancing my career and serving my profession. Therefore, I have been involved in various professional activities: Expert Reviewer for FP7, Horizon2020, EPSRC, Ontario Research Fund and Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation; European Science Foundation Expert; Founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Automotive Composites; Editorial-board member, and reviewer, of high-impact journals; Organiser of international conferences; and Chairman of the International Conference on Automotive Composites. I am also member of CSME, ASME, SAE, JSAE, FISITA, IMechE, Engineering Council (CEng), and Member of the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (UKRI FLF) programme Peer Review College (PRC).

Campus Address

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Qualifications

  • Mechanical Engineering PhD November 18 2004
  • Civil Engineering MSc July 01 2000
  • Civil Engineering BSc May 01 1987
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers MIMechE 2011
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers FIMechE 2018
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) SFHEA 2018
  • Chartered Engineer CEng 2011

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests, within my several research teams, lie in the area of advanced nanocomposite materials, graphene related materials, energy materials including batteries, fuel cell and catalysts, energy conversion/storage systems, multi-functional materials modelling and design, and impact and crashworthiness analysis.

 

Currently, I am working on developing novel hybrid polymer/metal-doped graphene nanocomposites for sustainable energy storage systems; lightweight hierarchical graphene-based nanocomposites with novel concepts and intelligent components that integrate multi-functionality; and conductive adhesives with self-healing ability. In addition, I am working on potential aerospace and automotive applications of multi-functional graphene-based polymer composites, devoting to design, creation, and development of new multifunctional smart materials and improved performances that will underlie the technologies of the future. I face the challenges related to the development, processing and integration of smart graphene-based materials, with new functionalities, and devices in industrially compatible manufacturing processes.

 

In addition, I am also working on the development of smart lightweight hierarchical graphene-based bulk nanocomposite materials based on a novel concept for intelligent components with nacre nanolaminated architectures that integrate self-healing functionality and high damping performance. This smart material with enhanced structures and its integrated functionality enable easier communication and interaction with their surroundings, and accurate reactions to external spurs. I am also interested in developing unique hierarchy mesocrystals with high-dense exposure facets and anisotropic interfaces and in Synthesis of Nitrogen-Graphene/Metal Oxide Nanostructured Electrodes for Enhanced Performance Fuel Cells.

 

I aim to produce new technologies and techniques and advance their development approach in a unique direction to create, fabricate, process and model the novel advanced materials to be used in the transport sector (aerospace and automotive industries), in particular, and could be used in other industries (e.g. marine, defence, petrochemicals, oil and gas, energy).

 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Multiscale simulation of the interlaminar failure of graphene nanoplatelets reinforced fibers laminate composite materials, Basso, M., Azoti, W., Elmarakbi, H., Elmarakbi, A. 5 Jul 2019, In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • A multiscale approach for the nonlinear mechanical response of 3-phases fiber reinforced graphene nanoplatelets polymer composite materials, Azoti, W., Elmarakbi, A. 1 Jul 2019, In: Macromolecular Theory and Simulations
  • 3-Phase Hierarchical Graphene-based Epoxy Nanocomposite Laminates for Automotive Applications, Elmarakbi, A., Karagiannidis, P., Ciappa, A., Innocente, F., Galise, F., Martorana, B., Bertocchi, F., Cristiano, F., Villaro Ábalos, E., Gómez, J. 29 May 2019, In: Journal of Materials Science and Technology
  • Anisotropic N-Graphene-diffused Co3O4 nanocrystals with dense upper-zone top-on-plane exposure facets as effective ORR electrocatalysts, Hassen, D., Shenashen, M., El-Safty, A., Elmarakbi, A., El-Safty, S. 1 Dec 2018, In: Scientific Reports
  • State of the Art on Graphene Lightweighting Nanocomposites for Automotive Applications, Elmarakbi, A., Azoti, W. 23 Mar 2018, Experimental Characterization, Predictive Mechanical and Thermal Modeling of Nanostructures and their Polymer Composites, Elsevier
  • Method of Forming Graphene Nanoplatelets, Graphene Nanoplatelets So-Obtained and Composites Comprising Said Nanoplatelets, Elmarakbi, A., Bertocchi, F., Cristiano, F., Ciappa , A., Innocente, F., Villaro, E. 22 Mar 2018
  • Mechanical Prediction of Graphene-Based Polymer Nanocomposites for Energy-Efficient and Safe Vehicles, Elmarakbi, A., Azoti, W. 10 Mar 2018, Experimental Characterization, Predictive Mechanical and Thermal Modeling of Nanostructures and their Polymer Composites, Elsevier
  • Eco-friendly design of superhydrophobic nano-magnetite/silicone composites for marine foul-release paints, Selim, M., Elmarakbi, A., Azzam, A., Shenashen, M., EL-Saeed, A., El-Safty, S. Mar 2018, In: Progress in Organic Coatings
  • Thermal runaway detection of cylindrical 18650 lithium-ion battery under quasi-static loading conditions, Sheikh, M., Elmarakbi, A., Elkady, M. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal of Power Sources
  • In Situ Fabrication of One-Dimensional-Based Lotus-Like Silicone/ϒ–Al2O3 Nanocomposites for Marine Fouling Release Coatings, Selim, M., Shenashen, M., Fatthallah, N., Elmarakbi, A., El-Safty, S. 23 Oct 2017, In: ChemistrySelect

Further Information

  • I have been involved in higher education (HE) for 25 years, leading research teams, teaching programmes, business engagement, and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects in many countries worldwide. I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada in September 2004. After three years as a NSERC/JSPS fellow in Canada and Japan, I moved to the University of Sunderland in 2007 (Senior Lecture 2007-2011; Reader, 20011-20012; Professor 2012-2018). Recently, I moved to Northumbria University as Professor of Automotive Composites and Head of Subject (Mechanical Engineering). I am also a Visiting Professor of Vehicle Lightweighting at Hunan University.

     

    My research work focuses on developing robust, reliable and sustainable material solutions (based on graphene and related materials) and implementing new concepts and technologies in industrial scale. It aims to establish and strengthen the link between the development of novel advanced nanocomposites with unique synthesis and functionalities, and the improvement of the modelling capability and the need for securing refined results for the design of real structural components and energy conversion/storage systems. My work outcomes are recognised both nationally and internationally as evident from over 90+ plenary lectures, invited talks, keynotes and presentations; over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and patents. I have received many prestigious awards and grants, including EPSRC (UK), NSERC and OGS (Canada), JSPS (Japan), FP7, Horizon2020, and Graphene Flagship (EU), and several direct national and international projects.

     

    I am also part of the €1bn European Graphene Flagship and leading composites for structural application task. The pioneering project is exploring how graphene can be used to create lighter, stronger, safer and more energy-efficient aerospace and automotive structures. My role leading the graphene structural application in the flagship – alongside partners in Italy, Spain and Germany has created many opportunities to network and engage around the world. In my role, I combine novel ‘concept’ materials with the latest safety design approaches through the development of advanced ultra-light graphene-based polymer materials, efficient fabrication and manufacturing processes, and life-cycle analysis to reduce the environmental impact of future structures.

     

    In addition, my work has come to the attention of the Chinese Government via Hunan University. I am one of only ten professors worldwide invited to join the prestigious Talents-111 project. This Chinese Government led initiative selects leading scientists and funds intensive laboratory-based research projects. The project into vehicle body lightweighting is led by Hunan University and will run for four years from 2016-2020.

     

    I recognise the importance of engaging in professional activities for advancing my career and serving my profession. Therefore, I have been involved in various professional activities: Expert Reviewer for FP7, Horizon2020, EPSRC, Ontario Research Fund and Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation; European Science Foundation Expert; Founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Automotive Composites; Editorial-board member, and reviewer, of high-impact journals; Organiser of international conferences; and Chairman of the International Conference on Automotive Composites. I am also member of CSME, ASME, SAE, JSAE, FISITA, IMechE, Engineering Council (CEng), and Member of the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (UKRI FLF) programme Peer Review College (PRC).

     

  • JSPS - Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Visit Grant); Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, Japan.

    Institutional Newton Fund Official Development Assistance (ODA) Grant, UK

    International Collaborative Project: 111-Project, China

    EU Graphene Flagship; H2020 GRAPHENE FPA: Graphene-based revolutions in ICT and beyond

    EU Graphene Flagship; H2020  Graphene Core 1: Graphene-based disruptive technologies

    EU Graphene Flagship; FP7-ICT GRAPHENE: Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT And Beyond

    Collaborative Research Grant; Nihon Nano Tech Limited, Japan

    Newton Research Grant- in collaboration with the AUC, Egypt

    EPSRC Industrial grants  

    Research Grant, UK Local Government - One North East, UK

    Research grant, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Scientific Grant, Japan

    NSERC-JSPS, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, Japan

    NSERC-IRF, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Scholarship-Industrial Research Fellowship, Canada

    NSERC-PGS B, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Scholarship-Postgraduate Scholarship, Canada

    FISITA Fellowship, Barcelona, Spain

    University of Toronto Fellowships, Canada

    Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), Canada

    Dr. Lois K. Smedick Graduate Award for outstanding graduate student, University of Windsor, Canada

    National and international projects with partners from USA, China, Japan, EU, UK, and Egypt

  • I have established a number of fruitful national and international collaborations with major aerospace industries, including: Airbus, Aernnova ITRB and Italian Space Agency; and automotive industries, including: BMW VOLVO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Porsche Rolls-Royce, Ford, and Nissan.

     

    I have worked with a number of highly respected researchers in world-leading laboratories including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mascotech Co., National Crash Analysis Center, and George Washington University in the USA; Kyoto University, Institute for Material Research (IMR), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Space Structure Laboratory, Tohoku University and Chiba University in Japan; Vibration and Computational Dynamics Laboratory, University of Toronto Ryerson University (NCE Auto21) and Engineering Service Inc. (ESI) in Canada; Applus IDIADA Automotive Technology, Tecnalia, InterQuímica CIDAUT and CTAG in Spain; CNR, Nanesa, DeltaTech, and Adler in Italy; Cambridge, AVID Vehicles, Hyperdrive, HilTech and Tallent Automotive Ltd, Gestamp Automoción, FAR Composites, NetComposites, S3Transportation and AGM in the UK; DynaMore, TGM, Fraunhofer LBF and ICT in Germany; IRTJV and Bertrandt S.A.S. in France; TNO in Holland; Inxidse in Sweden; Hunan, Zhejiang and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities in China; University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and many more worldwide.

  • Press ,  News Release and Features

    Graphene Flagship yields breakthrough in composites technology for structural applications

    Reinforced Plastics, Vol. 62, Issue 3, May–June 2018, Pages 132-137. (Feature)

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034361718300985

     

    World’s first prototype composite component

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spQ6l7kbPaA

     

    A spotlight on the EC's graphene-enhanced composites for automotive project

    https://www.graphene-info.com/spotlight-ecs-graphene-enhanced-composites-automotive-project

     

    Why the future of the car could have a lot to do with pencils than you think

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/future-car-could-lot-pencils-14146474

     

    WORLD’S FIRST GRAPHENE FOR VEHICLES PROTOTYPE UNVEILED

    https://neconnected.co.uk/worlds-first-graphene-vehicles-prototype-unveiled/

     

    UK Researcher Unveils World’s First Automotive Graphene Composite Component Prototype

    http://compositesmanufacturingmagazine.com/2018/01/uk-researcher-unveils-worlds-first-automotive-graphene-composite-component-prototype/

     

    A prototype of a car bumper made of graphene composite

    http://www.jeccomposites.com/knowledge/international-composites-news/prototype-car-bumper-made-graphene-composite

     

    Prototype of a Car Bumper Made of Graphene Composite

    https://plastics.com/plastic-news-automotive-materials-design-prototype-car-bumper-made-graphene-composite/

     

    Modelling the Crashworthiness of Graphene Composites- Materials Today

    http://www.materialstoday.com/carbon/news/the-crashworthiness-of-graphene-composites/

     

    Improving Composites with ‘Wonder Material’- Materials Today

    http://www.materialstoday.com/carbon-fiber/features/improving-composites-with-wonder-material/

     

    CKNW Morning News - July 7 - The Future of Cars

    https://soundcloud.com/cknw/cknw-morning-news-july-7-the-future-of-cars

    http://www.cknw.com/2014/07/07/the-cknw-morning-news-july-7-2014-rundown/

     

    The Independent: Working in Graphene Wonderland.

     

    Automotive World Magazine: Automotive Grade Graphene: The Clock is Ticking

    This article appeared in the Q2 2015 issue of Automotive Megatrends Magazine

    http://www.automotiveworld.com/megatrends-articles/automotive-grade-graphene-clock-ticking/

     

    SAE International-Automotive Engineering Magazine:Graphene Composites for Cars

    http://articles.sae.org/13441/

     

     

    the ENGINEER: Graphene Car Components Enhance Energy Efficiency

    http://www.theengineer.co.uk/automotive/news/graphene-car-components-enhance-energy-efficiency/1018926.article

     

    TheJournal: University of Sunderland in Cutting Edge Graphene Project

    http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/university-sunderland-cutting-edge-graphene-7325116

     

    SAE INDIA-MOBILTY ENGINEERING:  Automotive Materials- Graphene Composites for Cars

    http://saeindia.org/uploads/5.DECEMBER%202014.pdf

     

    Green Car Congress: European Consortium Investigating Graphene-based Materials for Lightweight Cars; Energy-Efficient and Safe Vehicles

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/06/20140630-igcauto.html

     

    E&E Engineering and Technology Magazine: Project to examine potential of graphene for car industry

    http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/jun/graphene-in-cars.cfm

     

    Sunderland Eco: Sunderland University Developing New ‘Wonder Material’ to Make Cars Safer and More Efficient

    http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/business/sunderland-university-developing-new-wonder-material-to-make-cars-safer-and-more-efficient-1-6694403

     

    BIG ONLINE NEWS:  ‘Wonder Material’ Hopes to Revolutionize Automotive Industry

    http://bigonlinenews.com/wonder-material-hopes-to-revolutionize-automotive-industry/

     

    EAI:  Graphene Car Components Enhance Energy Efficiency

    http://www.eai.in/360/news/pages/12923

     

    BRIGIT: NEW Graphene Composites for Cars

    http://www.brigit-project.eu/detalle_noticia.php?no_id=3576

     

    SCIENCE CODEX: Fiat Drives Forward ‘Wonder Material’ to Revolutionize Automotive Industry

    http://www.sciencecodex.com/fiat_drives_forward_wonder_material_to_revolutionize_automotive_industry-136574

     

    Global Automotive Technology:  Graphene Car Components Enhance Energy Efficiency

    http://www.autotechglobal.com/knowledge-share/news/graphene-car-components-enhance-energy-efficiency.php

     

PGR Supervision

Ahmed Elmasry Start: 01/03/2019


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