Dr Tanvir Qureshi

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Dr. Tanvir Qureshi is a Visiting Fellow at UWE and working as a Senior Scientist in the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, accorded in recognition of high-level research excellence. He was a former Associate Head of Department (AHoD): Civil Engineering and a senior lecturer at UWE Bristol. He is a fellow of higher education academy (FHEA) in the UK. He holds a bachelor degree in civil & environmental engineering, masters in civil engineering from Cardiff University (UK) and a PhD from University of Cambridge (UK). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto (Canada) prior to joining at UWE Bristol. A broad objective of Dr. Qureshis' research is to sustainable smart material and structural technologies by investigating new types of construction materials with multi-functionality to reduce environmental impact, smart response, improve economic feasibility, achieve desired plastic and mechanical properties, and improve long-term durability performance. Examples of his studies include self-healing concrete and repairing materials and structures, low carbon footprint materials, graphene based nano composite materials for smart structural applications, industrial by-products, SCM, and durability performance of concrete resulting from coupled degradation mechanisms. The applications range from adaptive building and future infrastructure system and are sometimes inspired by systems that evolved in biology, art or architecture.

Dr. Qureshi has lead and collaborated on several major R&D projects. He was a lead postdoc, and engaged in establishing a new Multi-disciplinary Centre for 2D Materials funded by prestigious deans' strategic grant that was squired in 2019 at the University of Toronto. He acquired prestigious NSERC Engage grant in 2018, and a MITCAS Accelerate grant in 2020 to progress his research on multifunctional composites using graphene 2D nanomaterials for smart infrastructure. Dr. Qureshi also worked on a multi-year funded research project on the durability of steam curing concrete structure funded by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) in Canada. Dr. Qureshi was one of the first doctorate students at the University of Cambridge worked on self-healing concrete and infrastructure system, with support from a prestigious fully funded IDB-Cambridge commonwealth and international trust PhD scholarship. He had extensively collaborated with the EPSRC funded Materials for Life (M4L) research project (£2.8 m) led by the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and the University of Bath.

Dr. Qureshi is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Ontario, Canada. He is an active member of Institute of Concrete Technology (MICT) in the UK, RILEM's technical committee for 269-IAM: Damage Assessment in Consideration of Repair/ Retrofit-Recovery in Concrete and Masonry Structures by Means of Innovative NDT, member of Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE), member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

If you are interested in a consultation or studying for a research degree in one of his areas of research, please email him.

Area of expertise


  • Nano-engineered multifunctional materials
  • 2D nanomaterials, graphene and derivatives, carbon nanotube (CNT)
  • Self-healing concrete, repairing and retrofitting of concrete structures
  • Advanced characterisation techniques to study the micro- and nanostructure
  • Long-term durability performance of steam curing concrete structures
  • Use of recycled waste, supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) and low-cost materials for sustainable infrastructure development 


  • Module leader: Advanced Construction Materials and Technology (UBGMSR-15-M)
  • Module leader: Construction and Environmental Materials (UBGMY9-15-1)
  • Engineering Principles for Civil Engineering (UBGMXQ-30-1)
  • Individual Civil Engineering Project (UBGMQP-30-3)


  • FS17 - Decarbonisation of Bridges and Viaducts
  • Development of a self-sensing cement-based composite using hybrid network of nanomaterials of graphene and carbon nanotubes, funded by VC-ECR award UWE 


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