Visiting Academic from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia
PPRC was pleased to host Dr Martini Muhammed from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin in Malaysia this summer as a visiting Academic. Martini spent a few months with us evaluating the potential of biomass waste from Malaysia as high-value reinforcing fibre in thermoplastic polymers, particularly in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polypropylene (PE) for automotive applications. The focus of her project was to incorporate natural fibres into thermoplastic polymers using conventional melt processing techniques and then to assess this natural fibre composite in additive manufacturing processes.
Martini had been a PhD student of Professor Peter Hornsby in SMAE in 2013 where she studied cellulose nanofibre reinforced polymers before joining Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin as a lecturer in the Faculty of Innovative Design and Technology.