Professor Hom Dhakal
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
I am Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portsmouth. I lead the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Research Group. I'm also a Docent (Visiting) Professor of Biobased Composite Materials at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business at the University of Borås, Sweden.
My expertise include the design and development of sustainable lightweight composite materials, and their testing and characterisation. My research has benefited many industries through the development of a range of new sustainable materials, formulations and manufacturing processes.
I'm published in over 150 international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. I've been a guest editor for a number of journals and I'm a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Composites Science, Journal of Research on Engineering Structures & Materials, and the Material Chemistry section of the Journal of Molecules. I also serve as a member of scientific committees and as an evaluator for various research projects.
After the successful publication of the first book I co-authored in 2018, entitled Repair of Polymer Composites: Methodology, Techniques and Challenges, my second co-authored book Sustainable Composites for Lightweight Applications will be published in October 2020 by Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier Ltd).
I'm a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of the American Society for Composites (ASC), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) (FIMMM).
I have over 30 years of teaching and research experience in the field of mechanical engineering, materials and manufacturing. I became a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in February 2019.
In recognition of my work, I was a Visiting Professor with the University of Toronto, Canada in 2017, where I worked in the Faculty of Forestry, undertaking research work in the field of composites and biocomposites. This research collaboration is ongoing.
Before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2008, I was a Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering at the University of Plymouth. I was also a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Nepal for over five years. In addition to my academic career, I have many years of experience working with various manufacturing companies.
I've also served as the external panel member for MSC courses and Engineering Doctorate Programmes associated with different universities in the UK. I've been the external examiner for MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing (on-campus and online learning) at the University of Derby since September 2016.
My main research interest is the development of sustainable bio-based lightweight composite materials and hybrid composites, investigating their mechanical, thermal and environmental properties for engineering applications.
I'm currently leading multiple research projects within the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Research Group, with particular interest in the development of sustainable lightweight composites and biocomposites. Current projects include Interreg SeaBioComp and Interreg FLOWER.
I'm also involved with multiple Knowledge Transfer Partnerships into packaging design, composition and sustainability.
I've coordinated and chaired a number of international conferences and presented invited and keynote talks in the field of sustainable composites and biocomposites.
PhD Research Supervision
I've supervised 9 PhDs to successful completion as the Director of Study. I've also served as an internal and external examiner for over 40 PhDs at different universities in the UK and overseas.
I welcome enquiries and applications from students looking for a PhD supervisor. Current opportunities are:
- Development of New Design and Manufacturing Strategy for Additive Manufacturing 3D Metal Printing
- Phase field modelling of selective laser melting (SLM) process coupled with CFD simulation
I currently teach and coordinate two modules:
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Management for all engineering courses, third-year undergraduate students.
- Strategies for Resources and Environmental Management, MSc Engineering Management module.
In addition to the above, I led and coordinated the following modules in the past 10 years:
- Introduction to Materials and Manufacture, undergraduate
- Operations and Quality Management, postgraduate
I was the Course Leader for BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) for over 5 years.