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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

After completing my PhD at Cardiff School of Engineering, I joined Bridgend College of Technology as a Lecturer. Prior to my research studies, I worked as a Site Engineer on various infrastructure and regeneration projects. Waste Management and the Built Environment are of particular interest to me as far as research is concerned. I have a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and continue to work in this respect.

I have been collaborating with the construction industry to embed R&D and enhance productivity while promoting sustainability and circular economy for waste-derived construction materials. In the past, I have developed and delivered an award-winning Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, which lead to patents and End of Waste certifications. I am working on the effective use of various industrial by-products in order to divert waste from landfills.

My research interests are:
Sustainable Construction Materials – Assessing ways to meet the demand for low-cost housing in low-income countries. Seeking to incorporate both organic and inert waste into various construction materials such as concrete and soil building blocks. Research that extends beyond traditional laboratory experiments, employing advanced materials studies and finite element analysis to evaluate the microstructural characteristic of construction materials.

Geo-Environmental Engineering – Development and evaluation of soil remediation strategies, focused on efficient remediation of complex hydrocarbon-based contaminants, utilising low-cost, and environment-friendly techniques.

Waste and Resource Management – Composting, treatment of organic and catering wastes, recycling and reuse of construction and demolition wastes. A key area of interest is the development of markets for waste-derived products including compostable plastic packaging.

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK

Fallen autumn leaves are a valuable resource – here's how to make the most of them

Nov 25, 2023 07:39 am UTC| Nature

Towards the end of autumn the days get colder and shorter. This triggers the reduction of the plant hormone auxin in most deciduous trees, which start to shed their leaves. In natural woodlands, this isnt an issue....

Biodegradable plastic in clothing doesn't break down nearly as quickly as hoped – new research

May 25, 2023 14:27 pm UTC| Science

Plastic pollution has emerged as one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Over 100 million tonnes of plastic enters the environment each year, with more than 10 million tonnes ending up in our oceans....

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Politics

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Science

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Technology

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Amid the semiconductor industrys tight competition, Huawei is rumored to have developed a chipset rivaling Apples M1, despite facing significant production and technological constraints. The Kirin 9006C, Huaweis covert 5nm...
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