New materials pave the way to a greener and more sustainable future

We asked some questions to Pooria Khalili on the occasion of his upcoming lecture on 20 June.

You recently received the merit Associate Professor, congratulations!

What significance does this have for you?
Being recognised as an Associate Professor in this field validates my proficiency and research contributions, paving the way for future opportunities and advancements in my career. It also signifies a deeper understanding and innovation in the field of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, contributing to the overall growth and development of this field. In short, the attainment of this merit is a significant milestone in my academic and professional journey, symbolising excellence and achievement.

I am very motivated to further my work and research contributions at the Polymer Technology group at the University of Borås. I am very happy to work here as the area of research fits very well with my research background, which is in the field of textile-reinforced polymer composites. This expertise is available at the University of Borås, which makes it a unique university in Sweden.

What do find most interesting in your field of research, for the moment and also looking a few years in the future?
The area of natural fibre composites (also referred to as bio-composites) presents a significant domain of interest within academic circles. A fascinating aspect of this field pertains to the utilisation of sustainable and natural materials, such as cellulose, lignin, and other agricultural wastes, in the creation of composites that can match the mechanical properties of traditional synthetic materials. This avenue of research has immense potential in developing eco-friendly materials to meet the ever-growing demand for robust yet sustainable products for industrial and consumer utilisation. As a result, natural fibre composites have the potential to revolutionise the manufacturing industry, resulting in a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Why is this research important for society?
Natural fibre composites research is important for society because it offers a sustainable alternative to traditional composite materials while also reducing carbon emissions. By using renewable resources, such as plant fibres, in the manufacturing process, it helps to conserve natural resources and reduce waste. Furthermore, these composites have the potential to be used in a variety of industries such as automotive, aerospace, and construction, providing a strong and lightweight material that can replace traditional materials and reduce the carbon footprint of these industries.

You have worked at the University of Nottingham and Chalmers University of Technology. How would you describe the research environment within SCRR at University of Borås?
The Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery has a highly advanced research environment which focuses on innovative solutions for the sustainable future. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art labs, research facilities and a highly skilled team of experts who work toward the development of efficient and sustainable technology for the recycling of various resources. The centre strives to contribute toward a circular economy and reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes.

Pooria Khalili is a researcher at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery and was recently appointed Associate Professor of Polymer Technology with focus on Composite Materials. He has worked at the University Nottingham and Chalmers University of Technology and has been involved in several major research projects. 

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