Dr.ir. Y. Mosleh
Biography and prior works
Yasmine joined the Biobased Structures and Materials group as assistant professor in 2021. She obtained her PhD in the field of Materials Science, more specifically on composite materials, from KU Leuven in Belgium in 2018. Her research focuses mainly on polymers and fibre reinforced composite materials (both bio-based and synthetic). In her previous research experiences, she worked on thermo-responsive shape memory composites. She investigated the impact resistant potential of fine steel fibre reinforced polymer composites and their hybridisation effect with carbon fibres. Also, she studied silk fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites for low velocity impact applications. Yasmine developed a novel design of polymer foam liner for head protection in crash helmets during oblique impacts. During her PhD thesis, she was involved in developing an oblique impact set-up for testing dummy heads as well as an in-house combined shear-compression set-up for biaxial testing of cellular materials. Additionally, she has experience in unlocking ageing mechanisms as well as physical and mechanical characterisation of adhesives and consolidants through her research as post-doctoral fellow in the Adhesion Institute of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. Furthermore, she was involved in the identification and characterisation of historic protein-based adhesives sampled from 17th century wooden artefacts from Rijksmuseum collections through a project funded by NICAS (Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science). She took part in characterisation and composition analysis of epoxy mortars used for construction of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Furthermore, she works with Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), on various adhesive formulations for canvas lining and restoration of canvas paintings.
Yasmine is intrigued by ageing mechanisms (mechanical, environmental) in organic materials used in high performance engineering structures at different levels of material/structural hierarchy (micro, meso, and macro). These materials include polymers, adhesives, fibre reinforced polymer composites, and wood.
In this research line she aims for:
- Developing standardised accelerated ageing methods for different materials and structures in the lab for lifetime prediction
- Studying the interaction between mechanical and hygrothermal ageing
- Improving the durability of materials and structures
Another research line is to introduce partially or fully bio-based polymers, and fibre reinforced composite materials for more sustainable engineering structures in different engineering disciplines.
Improving strength, toughness and impact resistance of structures through bio-inspired design at different levels of material hierarchy is yet her other research interest.
Yasmine teaches the students about morphology and physical and mechanical behaviour of polymer matrices, synthetic and bio-based fibre reinforced polymer composites, and lignocellulosic materials (e.g. timber and plant fibres), through the MSc course ‘CIE5124 Biobased Structures and Materials’.