Dr. Hassan Tharwat


I am a Research Associate in the School of Civil Engineering with a focus on geopolymers technology for construction purposes. I am part of the research group of Prof. Susan Bernal Lopez, working on the formulation of geopolymeric materials from natural alumino-silicate precursors.

Prior to joinig the University of Leeds, I undertook PhD research at the University of Nottingham in the School of Chemistry. My PhD project focused on the synthesis of non-conventional geopolymers from natural heterogeneous materials for environmental applications. 

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • The use of natural and industrial materials in geopolymer synthesis.
  • Characterization of the novel low-carbon cementitious materials.
  • Surface and structural modification of geopolymers and minerals.
  • Smart geopolymer composites for energy, construction, and environmental applications.
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  • PhD in Chemistry (Materials)
  • MSc in Geosciences (Geochemistry & Minerals Chemistry)
  • BSc in Geosciences (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • European Association of Geochemistry
  • Geochemical Society
  • International Water Association
  • International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Research groups and institutes

  • Materials and Structures