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New PhD Student Joins Functional Coatings and Resins Team

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Tue, 11 February, 2020

A new PhD student has joined TWI’s Functional Coatings and Resins (FCR) Team. Mohammad Alghfeli has joined FCR under the auspices of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and the Non-Metallic Innovation Centre (NIC).

Mohammad’s three-year PhD programme will last from January 2020 until December 2022, during which time he will be working on the “Preliminary Development of HDPE - Silica Nanocomposites” project. Mohammad’s work will focus on developing a detailed understanding of the interface between high-density polyethylene and inorganic reinforcement agents. This work is expected to lead to new high performance nanocomposites for use in the oil and gas industry.

The project will be undertaken with assistance and guidance from TWI Technology Fellow, Professor Alan Taylor as industrial supervisor, while Cambridge University’s Dr Mick Mantle will provide academic supervision.

Mohammad previously studied for his BA and Master’s degrees with Arizona State University and is now studying at Cambridge University’s Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department, where he is part of the Magnetic Resonance Group.

Mohammad’s PhD continues to build upon the strong links forged between TWI and academia to develop original research for industry.

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