Dr Hom Dhakal
Reader in Composite Materials, Senior Lecturer
I am a Reader in Composite Materials. I have more than 27 years of teaching and research experience in the field of mechanical engineering, materials and manufacturing, operations, and project management. My research interests include polymer composites and nanocomposites, sustainable hybrid composites, and bio-based materials and investigating their mechanical, thermal and environmental properties for engineering applications.
I have more than 15 years of experiences in composite materials and have publications in numerous peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. I have successfully supervised and completed many PhDs as the Director of Studies (first supervisor) and also several PhDs as an external examiner. I have also served as a member of scientific committees and as a guest editor for scientific journals and a member of an editorial board and an evaluator for research projects. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of the American Society for Composites (ASC).
Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I worked with the University of Plymouth as a Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering. Before that, I worked for many years as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition to the academic experience, I have many years of experience working with various manufacturing companies. I have collaborative links with different universities located in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, India, France and Canada.
I am the coordinator of the Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group, School of Engineering at the University of Portsmouth. My research focuses on the characterisation, analysis, design, manufacturing and evaluation of various properties of these advanced and modern materials. I supervise numerous undergraduate, MSc and PhD research projects in the areas of sustainable composites and nanocomposites, metallic and non-metallic materials, lean manufacturing (LM) and total quality management (TQM). My current research projects include developing light materials using renewable resins based on natural fibre reinforcements and investigating their mechanical, thermal and environmental properties for a variety of applications.