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Dr. Sohel Rana is currently a Lecturer in Technical Textiles in the School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK. Previously, he worked as a Senior Researcher and Leader of Composite Materials at the Fibrous Materials Research Group (Fibrenamics), University of Minho, Portugal (2010-2018). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Textile Technology from University of Calcutta, India (2002), and Master’s degree (2005) and Ph.D. in Fibre Science and Technology (2011) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Delhi), India.

Dr. Rana is actively involved in the research and development of smart fibrous and composite materials, nanocomposites, bio-composites, natural fibres, electrospinning, etc. He has been a key researcher in developing ‘multi-functional and bio-based hierarchical composites’ and high performance ‘auxetic structures and composites’ for personal protection applications. He has been a mentor for several PhD and Post-doc students at the University of Minho. Benefited from his long experience, Dr. Rana has edited a number of books on advanced textile and composite materials with the leading publishers, among which “Advanced Composites in Aerospace Engineering” (Woodhead Publishing), “Braided Structures and Composites” (CRC Press), “Fibrous and Textile Materials for Composite Applications” (Springer) received well recognition within the scientific community. To his credit, Dr. Rana has published over 35 papers in peer reviewed international journals and contributed to 14 book chapters and more than 60 papers in international conferences.

Dr. Rana is a former member of the European Society for Composite Materials and served as the member of organizing and scientific committee of many international conferences (e.g. ICNF 2015, ICNF 2017, ICNF 2019, etc.). He has been invited to deliver keynote and invited talks in several international conferences and meetings focused on fibre science and composite materials. He also participates in the guest editorial board of several scientific journals (e.g. Journal of Nanomaterials, Key Engineering Materials, International Journal of Polymer Science, Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, Advances in Polymer Technology, etc.) and is a potential reviewer for numerous scientific journals including Green Chemistry, Carbohydrate Polymers, Composite Science and Technology, Composites Part A & B, Dyes and Pigments, RSC Advances, Composite Interfaces, Journal of Composite Materials, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Powder Technology, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Fibres and Polymers, and so on.

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Technical Textiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Fibres
  • Fabric structures
  • fibre-reinforced composite
  • Nanotechnology

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Research Output

Nanofinishing of textiles for sportswear

Ghosh, S., Smith, T., Rana, S. & Goswami, P., 10 Jul 2020, Future Materials, 2020, 3/4, p. 44-49 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Accelerated weathering of textile waste nonwovens used as sustainable agricultural mulching

    Abidi, H., Rana, S., Chaouch, W., Azouz, B., Ben Aissa, I., Ben Hassen, M. & Fangueiro, R., 9 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Industrial Textiles.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Novel Multi-Scale Cementitious Composites Developed Using Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC) and Sisal Fibers

    De Souza Filho, A. G., Parveen, S., Rana, S., Vanderlei, R. D. & Fangueiro, R., 15 Jul 2019, Advanced Materials for Defense: 1st World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense. Fangueiro, R. & Rana, S. (eds.). Trans Tech Publications Ltd, p. 100-106 7 p. (Key Engineering Materials; vol. 812 ).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Advances in Natural Fibre Composites: Raw Materials, Processing and Analysis

    Fangueiro, R. (ed.) & Rana, S. (ed.), 2018, 1 ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 280 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    4th International Conference on Natural Fibres

    Sohel Rana (Member of programme committee)

    1 Jul 20193 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Advanced nonwoven composites for meeting industrial needs

    Sohel Rana (Speaker)

    21 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    1st World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense

    Sohel Rana (Member of programme committee)

    3 Sep 20184 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Auxetic Materials: Potential for defense applications

    Sohel Rana (Speaker)

    3 Sep 20184 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk