Professor of Polymer Science

Professional Biography

Tahir Shah is currently Professor of Polymer Science at the Institute of Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), University of Bolton, UK. He has extensive research and development background and international project management experience in both the academia and industry. He holds degrees of PhD in Polymer Chemistry and BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Salford and has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow both at Salford University and UMIST. Professor Shah also worked as a Senior Research Associate with ICI and Section Head of the Materials Science at the British Textile Technology Group (BTTG) where he initiated and managed several projects related to the development of thermoplastic elastomers, fibre-matrix interactions in composite materials, novel bonding methods in nonwovens, degradation and thermal characterisation of polymer. Before joining the University of Bolton, Professor Shah worked as a Research Advisor with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SABIC is one of the largest producers of thermoplastic polymers in the world and has established a world class research and development centre in Riyadh.

Professor Shah’s current research interests include: smart and intelligent materials, responsive micro/nanogels, novel fibrous structures, novel energy harvesting hybrid materials, medical devices and technical textiles. Dr. Shah has published more than hundred research papers and has made numerous conference presentations related to polymer science and technology, smart materials, energy harvesting and technical textiles.

His research interests also include controlling polymer structure and morphology in order to manipulate material properties.

Current research interests:

  • Structure–Property Relationships of polymers
  • Investigations of the durability of polymers
  • Elastomers for medical device applications
  • Materials chemistry
  • Smart materials and systems for thermophysiological comfort applications
  • Multi-responsive nanogels
  • Polymer-based drug release systems
  • Technical textiles
  • Conducting polymers and their applications in wearable electronics/Microsystems
  • Novel devices for cancer detection
  • Novel textile finishing, including plasma coatings
  • Durability of geotextiles and geocomposites

Selected publications:

Authored more than hundred publications

    1. Bonaldi, R; Siores, E; Shah, T; (2013), Characterization of electromagnetic shielding fabrics obtained from carbon nanotube composite coatings, Synthetic Metals Synthetic Metals (2014), 187: 1– 8
    2. Prekas, K., Shah, T., Soin, N., Rangoussi, M., Vassiliadis, S., Siores, E., Sedimentation behaviour in electrorheological fluids based on suspension of zeolites in silicone oil, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, (2013), 401:58-64
    3. Rawal, A; Sayeed, M; Saraswat, H; Shah, T; (2013), A comparison of wide-width tensile strength to its axi-symmetric tensile strength of hybrid needlepunched nonwoven geotextiles, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 36, 66-70
    4. Uzun, M., Anand, S,C., Shah, T., (2012), The Effect of Wound Dressings on the pH Stability of Fluids, U. Uzun, S.C.Anand, T. Shah, Journal of Wound Care, Vol. 21, No.2.
    5. Vatansever, D., Siores, E., Shah, T., Hadimani, R., (2012), Piezoelectric Behaviour of PVDF Based Films in Vacuum and at Elevated Temperatures, Smart Materials and Structures, 21:8 (2012)
    6. Mistik, S., Shah, T., Siores, E., Compression and Thermal Conductivity Characteristics of Magnetorheological Fluid-Spacer Fabric Smart Structures, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 23:11, 1277-83 (2012)
    7. Vatansever, D., Siores, E., Shah, T., (2011), An investigation of energy harvesting from renewable sources with PVDF and PZT, Smart Materials and Structures: 20 (7)
    8. Patel, I., Shah, T. Siores, E., (2010), Utilisation of smart polymers and ceramic based piezoelectric materials for scavenging wasted energy, Sensors and Actuators, A159, 213-218.
    9. Rawal, A., Shah, T. and Anand, S.C (2009), Extrusion of polyethylene through a square slot in rotating die systems, Textile Research Journal: 79 (6), 483-494
    10. Rawal, A. Majumdar, A., Anand, S. and Shah, T., (2009) Predicting the Properties of Needlepunched Nonwovens Using Artificial Neural Network, J. Applied Polymer Science, 112, 3575-3581
    11. Binici, H., Shah, T., Aksogan, O., Kaplan, H. (2008), Durability of concrete made with granite and marble as recycle aggregates, Journal of Materials Processing Technology: 208 (March), 299-308.
    12. Ohbi, D., Shah, T., Siores, E. (2008), Crosslinking reaction mechanism of diisopropyl xanthogen polysulfide accelerator in bromobutyl elastomer for medical device applications Journal of Applied Polymer Science: 107 (6), 4013-20.