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Behzad Abedi

Molecular Analytical Science MSc student. Funded by the EPSRC through the Molecular Analytical Science Centre for Doctoral Training.

MAS MSc Mini-Project 1

"Electroactive polymer nanocomposites for energy harvesting: experiments and modelling" under the supervision of Dr Ɓukasz Figiel from International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM), WMG, University of Warwick.
Dielectric elastomers are promising electroactive, highly-stretchable and light-weight material candidates for harvesting and conversion of mechanical energy into electricity to power various devices for use in biomedical, automotive and/or robotics sectors.

Excellent dielectric properties are required to store greater amounts of charge, and enable more electrical energy to be harvested. Therefore, blending polymers with high dielectric constant, increasing the polarity of polymer chains, and incorporating electrically-conductive nanoparticles are the main routes for enhancing dielectric properties of elastomers for energy harvesting.

The main task of this project is to find a feasable way to measure the dielectric constants whist the material is under stress. For this pupose, the biaxial stretching adopter has been employed.

This research is part of an existing project funded by EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science and Technology with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on light-weight polymer nanocomposites for energy harvesting.

MAS MSc Mini-Project 2

The blending of components is a critical step in the production of pharmaceutical products. In the pharmaceutical industry, the decision to move forward towards a consumer product is dependent upon the equal and uniform blending of drugs. Uniformity of the blend must be kept under control to ensure correct dosages and concentrations in each individual tablet or pill. Homogeneity and uniformity of the blends are also mentioned by the Food and Drug Administration and The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency with strict limits in place.

AstraZeneca identified a gap in their capability to monitor pharmaceutical solid blends in real-time.
Blending is a simple procedure with complicated outcomes, hence, real-time data collection and analysis would be the ideal scenario. The aim of this investigation was to explore alternative ways to process and analyse the collected data in order to more accurately identify and monitor the blending end-point.


Address: Behzad Abedi, MOAC DTC, Top Floor, Senate House, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7AL.