Research Experience

Research Experience and advisors

High Pressure Water Cleaning of Degraded Polymer for Recycling (2006-2007)

  • This project was divided into two parts. The first part involved design and fabrication of high pressure water cleaning of LDPE and HDPE exposed to UV radiation. The second part of the project involved all specimens (before and after water cleaning) tested using DSC machine.

      • The project was supervised by Emeritus Professor Jim White from School of Chemistry, University of Newcastle, UK.

A Review of Waste Management Malaysia (2008-2009)

  • Waste management (or waste disposal) include the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This project reviews the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste, together with monitoring and regulation of the waste management process in Europe and Malaysia.

      • This project was supervised by Dr. David Bell, he is currently a Pro-Vice Chancellor at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.

The influence of alumina filler on impact properties of short glass fiber reinforced epoxy (2012-2013)

  • Impact resistance is one of the main consideration in measuring service life, liability and safety of polymer composite structures or products. Impact resistance of a composite material can be measured in terms of energy absorption, depth of penetration and total impact time. In this study, the influence of alumina on impact properties of short glass fiber reinforced polymer was investigated. The drop weight impact tests were performed in accordance to ASTM D7136 standard using Dynatup impact tester. Based on the results, the incorporation of micronsize alumina filler enhanced the energy absorbed during crushing, reduced the depth of penetration of the impactor and expanded the total impact time hence improved the impact properties of the composites.

  • This project was supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Aidah Jumahat from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She is currently the Director for Community of Research (CoRE) UiTM Shah Alam.

Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance of Polymer (2013-2014)

  • Environmental Stress Cracking. Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is a common cause of plastic product failure. ESC may be defined as the acceleration of stress cracking by contact with a liquid or vapor without chemical degradation of the plastic.

      • This project was supervised by Professor Dr. Ing. Alois Schlarb. He is currently serving as head of the Department of Composite Engineering (CCe) at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), he is a member of the Landesforschungsschwerpunkt OPTIMAS at TUK and a visiting professor at Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), PR China.

Mechanical properties of polyester nano-composites exposed to liquid media (2014-2017)

  • Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) offer excellent improvements in wide range of physical and engineering properties at low filler content. Due to their outstanding properties such as large aspect ratio, high surface area, flame retardant and good optical clarity, HNTs polymer nanocomposites are widely used in automotive, coating, packaging and medical devices. The results showed that the incorporation of halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) into polyester significantly improved dynamic mechanical properties of the nanocomposites including the glass transition temperature (Tg), storage moduli, microhardness, tensile properties, flexural properties and impact toughness.

  • This project was supervised by Professor Fawad Inam and Professor Dr. Islam Shyha.

      • Professor Fawad currently a Professor at University of East London (UEL). Prof Inam moved from Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) to East London in 2018 as the head of engineering and computing and professor of mechanical engineering. Prof Inam is in receipt of two accredited postgraduate teaching qualifications and recognised as one of the leaders in engineering curriculum design and technologies.

      • Prof. Islam Shyha is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University. Prof. Shyha has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. Prof. Shyha received his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice from Northumbria University, PhD from The University of Birmingham, MSc, and BSc from Alexandria University. He also worked at Northumbria University and was the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Prof. Shyha has been awarded several research projects funded by Newton Fund, Innovate UK, and industrial organisations. He teaches mechanical and manufacturing engineering courses and supervises MSc and PhD projects in the field of advanced manufacturing and materials.