B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD., FTI, CText, Cert Ed.

Professor of Fibre Science & Technology

Professional Biography

Mohsen obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Manchester University (UMIST) between the years (1977 to 1986). Working under Professor J.W. Hearle for his Ph.D., he made major contribution to understanding of flexural fatigue phenomena in synthetic materials.

In 1987 he joined University of Reading as a senior research fellow and worked on an industrially sponsored project investigating micro-fibrillation characteristics of stretched PTFE films/fibres. In 1990 he joined University of Bolton and undertook research and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Working in collaboration with industry, Mohsen secured substantial government and industrial funding to initiate, develop and to finally patent a number of novel biomaterials intended for wound dressings, medical textiles and recycling. Similarly, he initiated and developed the very first acoustic underlay made from 100% carpet waste, now commercially produced.

Mohsen has over 80 refereed and conference publications and has authored, co-authored and edited at least 8 text books in medical textile area as well as technical textile field. He is an editorial member of the Journal of Industrial Textiles as well as a referee member of Carbohydrate Polymer Journal. Mohsen currently leads the IMRI flagship M.Sc. programme in Advanced Materials and carries out regular consultancy work for local and national industry. He has also led the management and technical development of the UK section of a prestigious Marie Currie European consortium project on Tendon Regeneration in 2012-14 (£1.3 million). This has resulted in a unique extrusion system whereby continuous collagen fibres are produced for medical/clinical applications. 

Current research interests:

Mohsen's current research interests are in the area of Medical/Technical Textiles and Recycling of polymeric/textile materials. The following are some of the recent and current projects that have been carried out within the Centre:

  • Development of polysaccharide based biomaterials
  • Multi-functional development of wound dressings
  • Acoustic underlays made from carpet waste
  • Novel application of fibrous waste in soil/concrete
  • Technical application of specialty fibres/materials
  • Electrospinning of natural and manmade polymers
  • Development of novel nano-based structures
  • Production and processing of continuous collagen fibres for tendon and other biomedical applications
  • Design and development of Prosthetic veins

Most recent publications:

  1. Sweeney, I.R., Miraftab, M. , Collyer, G. , Absorbent alginate fibres modified with hydrolysed chitosan for wound care dressings-II. Pilot scale development, Carbohydrate Polymers 2014, Volume 102, Issue 1, 15 February 2014, pages 920-927.
  2. Miraftab M., Masood, R. Edward-Jones, V., A new carbohydrate-based wound dressing fibre with superior absorption and antimicrobial potency, Carbohydrate Polymers, Volume 101, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 1184-1190.
  3. Hamzeh, S., Miraftab, M., Yoosefinejad, A., Study of electrospun nanofibre formation process and their electrostatic analysis, Journal of Industrial Textiles, Volume 44, Issue 1, July 2014, Pages 147-158. 

  4. Masood, R. Miraftab, M., Novel materials for moist wound management: Alginate-psyllium hybrid fibres, Journal of Wound Care, Volume 23, Issue 3, March 2014, Pages 153-159
  5. Mirzababaaei, M., Inibong, E., Mohamed, M., Miraftab, M., Behavior of strip footing on fiber-reinforced model slopes, Geotechnical Special Publication, Issue 238 GSP, 2014, Pages 425-434. 

  6. Barnabas, J. Miraftab, M., Qinand, Y., Changiun, Z., Evaluating the antibacterial properties of chitosan fibres embedded with copper ions for wound dressing applications, Journal of Industrial Textiles, Volume 44, Issue 2, 1 September 2014, Pages 232-244. 
  7. Mirzababaaei, M., Miraftab, M., Mohamed, M., McMahon, P, Unconfined compression strength of reinforced clays with carpet waste fibers, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Volume 139, Issue 3, 2013, Pages 483-493

  8. Sweeney, I.R., Miraftab, M. and Collyer, G., A critical review of modern and emerging absorbent dressings used to treat exuding wounds, International Wound Journal, 2012 Jan 17. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2011.00923
  9. Ahmad M., Luo, J.K., Purnawali, H., Huang, W.M., King, P.J., Chalker, P.R., Miraftab, M., Geng, J., Making shape memory polymers reprocessable and reusable by a simple chemical method, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Volume 22, Issue 17, 7 May 2012, Pages 8192-8194.
  10. M.Mirzababaei, M., M. Miraftab, P. McMahon and M.Mohamed, Impact of waste fibres on swelling properties of compacted clays, Journal of Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Geotech Geol Eng(2013) 31:173–182.
  11. M. Ahmad, J.K. Luo and M. Miraftab, Application of Shape Memory Polymer as a Pressure Actuator for Venous Leg Ulcer Treatment, Polymer Degradation and Stability (2011) 1-8
  12. M.Ahmed, J.K. Luo, B.Xu, H. Purnawali, P.J. King, P. Chalker, Y.Q. Fu. W. MHuang and M. Miraftab, Synthesis and characterization of Polyurethane-based shape memory polymer for tailored Tg around Body Temperature for medical applications, ;Molecu.Chem. & Phys.2011, 212
  13. Yimin Qin, Chanjun, Jie Chen and Mohsen Miraftab, Chitosan fibres with enhanced antimicrobial properties, Chemical Fibres International, March 2009, pages 154-156.
  14. Mohsen Miraftab and Ann Lickfold, Utilisation of carpet waste in reinforcement of substandard soils, Journal of Industrial Textiles, Volume 38, Number 2/October 2008, p167-174.
  15. M.Miraftab, I. Rushforth and Kirill Horoshenkov, Acoustic Underlay Manufactured from Carpet Tile Wastes; Part 2: Comparative study of optimised underlay with commercial products of similar calibre in accordance to universal standards,AUTEX Research Journal, Vol. 6, No.1, March 2006.
  16. Mohsen Miraftab, Ian Rushforth and Kirill Horoshenkov, Acoustic underlay manufactured from carpet tile wastes; Part 1: Effect of variation  in granular/fibre dry ratio, binder concentration, and waste particle size on impact sound insulation of the produced underlays, AUTEX Research Journal, Vol. 5,No2, June 2005.
  17. Rushforth I., Horoshenkov K.Miraftab M. and Swift M.,Impact Sound Reduction and Visoelastic Properties of Underlay Manufactured from Recycled Carpet Waste, Applied Acoustics, 66 (2005) 731-749.

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