Dr Karim is an Associate Professor at Centre for Print Research (CFPR), UWE Bristol, and currently leading a research team to investigate into graphene and other 2D materials-based technologies for developing next generation wearable electronic textiles, environmentally sustainable functional clothing, and fibre-reinforced composites. Prior to that, Dr. Karim was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow (graphene) at the National Graphene Institute of the University of Manchester. He has about 13 years of industry and academic experiences in graphene and textile-related technologies, and a passion for getting research out of the lab and into real world applications.
His current research interests include wearable electronic textiles (sensors, energy generating and storage devices), printed graphene and other 2D heterostructure-based electronics, sustainable and functional protective clothing, recycled materials-based textiles and composites, smart fibre-based composites and natural fibre composites.
Dr Karim is part of a group of world-leading scientists investigating novel applications and related technologies deriving from new materials, including graphene and other graphene-like, two-dimensional materials.
Their research spans wearable technologies, sustainable clothing and smart composites. They are researching the development of next generation wearable electronic textiles, that can generate and store energy, and continuously monitor vital medical signs, including body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. Despite their novelty, such textiles can be washed, worn and produced like any other piece of clothing.
By developing sustainable clothing from recycled plastics, their research is addressing one of society’s most pressing environmental issues: plastic pollution. They are also exploring how graphene could be used to create stronger, lighter, more sustainable composite materials with added functionalities. The potential applications of such composites are vast in number and could benefit a wide range of sectors such as transport and the environment.
Thus, their academic expertise could be applied for various industrial sectors including healthcare, textiles, advanced materials and composites.
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