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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.


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

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Research Output 2009 2019

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
Plastic films
Natural fibers

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

Natural fibers
Raw materials
Composite materials
Cost effectiveness
1 Citation (Scopus)

A facile approach of developing micro crystalline cellulose reinforced cementitious composites with improved microstructure and mechanical performance

Silva, L., Parveen, S., Filho, A., Zottis, A., Rana, S., Vanderlei, R. & Fangueiro, R., 1 Oct 2018, In : Powder Technology. 338, p. 654-663 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crystalline materials
Composite materials
5 Citations (Scopus)

A green approach of improving interface and performance of plant fibre composites using microcrystalline cellulose

Pichandi, S., Rana, S., Parveen, S. & Fangueiro, R., 1 Oct 2018, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 197, p. 137-146 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Jute fibers
Composite materials
Epoxy Resins
6 Citations (Scopus)
Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes
Mechanical properties

Activities 2012 2016

  • 2 Oral presentation

A Review on the Advancement of Nanocellulose as Reinforcement of Polymer Matrix

Shama Parveen (Speaker), Sohel Rana (Speaker), Raul Fangueiro (Speaker), Maria Conceicao Paiva (Speaker)
25 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Natural Fiber Composites for Structural Applications

Shama Parveen (Speaker), Sohel Rana (Speaker), Raul Fangueiro (Speaker)
18 Jun 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation