My research interests lie in the wide and interdisciplinary areas of soft polymeric and active functional materials from experiments to computational modelling. I have been active in the areas of biological tissue modelling and polymeric material characterizations. Recently I am interested in responsive gels (e.g. hydrogels, ferrogels) and self-healing soft materials. I have obtained research grants from industry for energy harvesting using electro-active polymers from Ocean Waves in the Wales Coast. 

Research interests:

  • Modelling composite materials
  • Experimental mechanics
  • Electro- and magneto-active polymers
  • Homogenization
  • Numerical methods for solid mechanics


  1. Lu, H., Xing, Z., Hossain, M., Fu, Y. Modeling strategy for dynamic-modal mechanophore in double-network hydrogel composites with self-growing and tailorable mechanical strength Composites Part B: Engineering 107528
  2. Liao, Z., Hossain, M. Experimental characterisation and constitutive modelling of transparent polyurrethane UKACM Annual Conference 2019 28 1
  3. Hossain, M., Liao, Z. Towards thermo-viscoelastic experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of VHB polymer 8th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics for Young Scientists from Academia and Industry, 2019 8 1
  4. Liao, Z., Hossain, M., Yao, X., Mehnert, M., Steinmann, P. On thermo-viscoelastic experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of VHB polymer International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics 103263
  5. A. Alshammari , B., S. Al-Mubaddel, F., Karim , M., Hossain, M., S. Al-Mutairi, A., Wilkinson , A. Addition of Graphite Filler to Enhance Electrical, Morphological, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties in Poly (Ethylene Terephthalate): Experimental Characterization and Material Modeling Polymers 11 9 1141

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  • Reliability Analysis of an Elastomeric Membrane Wave Energy Converter (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Masters
    Other supervisor: Dr Mokarram Hossain
  • Experimental Investigations and Modelling of the Anisotropic Viscoelastic behaviour of Soft Tissues (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Djordje Peric
    Other supervisor: Dr Mokarram Hossain

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
February 2010 Ph.D University of Erlangen, Germany
September 2005 M.Sc Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
June 2000 B.Sc Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
October 2002 September 2005 Research assistant at Institute of Lightweight Structures Technical University of Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
October 2005 September 2008 PhD Student Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany
October 2008 August 2015 Research Associate University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
April 2013 July 2013 Teaching Assistant University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
September 2015 February 2017 Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Northumbria University, United Kingdom
December 2016 December 2016 Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship HEA Fellow, United Kingdom
March 2017 Present Senior Lecturer in College of Engineering Swansea University, United Kingdom

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2018 Mercator Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG)
2018 Selected to participate in the prestigious Welsh Crucible for highly talented researchers
1999 Educational Board Scholarship
2014 Best Post-Doctoral Paper

Key Grants and Projects

  • KESS II, European Social Fund (PI) 2018 - 2021

    , £54,250

  • Mercator Fellowship Mobility Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG) 2018 - 2020

    , £ 8,000

  • Grenoble (France) - Swansea Strategic Collaboration Fund (PI) 2018 - 2021

    , £80,000

  • Welsh Crucible Small Grants Scheme (Co-I), HEFCW 2018 - 2019

    , £6,000

  • Grant for EAPs Lab, Northumbria University 2016

  • Santander Staff Mobility Grant 2018

    , £1,000

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
December 2018 Electro-active polymers: When experiments meet modelling Department of Solid Mechanics, Technical University of Chemnitz
October 2018 Modelling the curing process in polymers under multiple fields Department of Applied Mechanics, Zhejiang University
September 2018 Modelling and Simulation of Electro Elasticity, and All the Rest: Experiments, Rate Effects and Coupling with Temperature
August 2018 Modelling in electro-active polymers (EAPs) Department of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics, University de Chile
July 2018 Experiments and computational modelling Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station
December 2017 Thermo-mechanics of electro-active polymers, ICCMS, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH)
November 2017 Recent trends in electro-mechanically coupled modelling of electro-active polymers, South China University of Technology, China
October 2017 Modelling electro-active polymers with a dispersion-type anisotropy, GACM Colloquium, 11- 13 October, 2017, Stuttgart, Germany
July 2016 On comprehensive electro-mechanically coupled characterization of electro-active polymers
August 2015 A comprehensive electro-mechanically coupled characterization of electro-active polymers

External Responsibilities

  • Co-organizer with Krishnendu Haldar: Smart and Active Material, 7th German Association on Computational Mechanics (GACM)

    2017 - Present

  • Co-organizer with George Chatzigeorgiou, Prashant Saxena, 6th European Conference on Computational Mechanics, Glasgow

    2018 - Present


  • GAMM, International Association of Applied Mathematics ands Mechanics
    2015 - Present
  • GACM, German Association of Computational Mechanics
    2015 - Present
  • ACME, Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering, UK
    2014 - Present
  • EUROMECH, European Mechanics Society
    2015 - Present
  • IEB, Institution of Engineers’ Bangladesh
    2002 - Present