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Dr Sameer S Rahatekar earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge and then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA.

He joined Cranfield University, Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre as a research lecturer in Manufacturing in Oct 2016, where he is working on developing advanced textiles from renewable polymers like Cellulose (derived from wood pulp and crop waste), Alginate (derived from seaweed) and chitosan (derived from seafood waste). He is a world-leading expert in sustainable polymer fibres, nanocomposites, and sustainable composites manufacturing (leading a research group with 10 PhD and 2 MSc by research students). He has a strong publication record with 53 journal papers (2341 citations; H index 27. Source: Google Scholar)

He is a project co-investigator a part of the UKRI circular economy hub on textiles, Textiles Circularity Centre (link) on manufacturing regenerated natural polymer fibres. In total, he has secured research funding of more than £4 Million as Principal investigator and Co-investigator from EPSRC, Innovate UK, the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and industrial research funding.

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