Jamal S. M. Zanjani is an assistant professor at the Surface Technology and Tribology (STT) group within the faculty of engineering technology. He holds a sectorplan position focusing on interface design for hybrid lightweight structures.

He obtained both his Bachelor's and Master's in Polymers Engineering and a PhD in Material science and Engineering with a research emphasis on the processing and mechanics of complex materials and composites.

He has received many awards and fellowships for his research activities, including¬†the best thesis award for his PhD thesis, several presentation awards, Marie SkŇāodowska-Curie individual fellowship and several project grants.¬†

His research focuses on creating correlations between processing, microstructure, properties, and product performance in multilateral hybrid structures. His group pays particular attention to the interphases and interfaces between the constituents as it is key to attain a reliable hybrid structure. His team develops experimental techniques as well as modelling tools to analyze and describe the physical mechanisms at the interface and exploit them for optimizing the short and long-term structural performances of hybrid structures.

His teaching activities cover different modules in mechanical engineering at undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also offering a graduate-level course on adhesion and bonding technologies.


  • Material Science

    • Composite Material
    • Fiber
    • Carbon Fiber
    • Graphene
    • Thermoplastics
    • Temperature
    • Polymer
    • Glass


Stationary contacts & bonding in hybrid structural materials 

Hybridization of materials is defined as the process of combining two or more materials to optimally serve a specific purpose. Hybridization of materials is a potent strategy for creating material systems with properties that do not exist in a single material. Hybridization includes joining similar or dissimilar entities e.g. polymer-polymer, polymer-metal, polymer-ceramic, etc to obtain lightweight, yet reliable, predictable and robust load-carrying structural materials. Hybridization offers many advantages including: 

  • Right properties at the right place
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved performance
  • Higher manufacturability¬†

The performance of hybrid structural materials is largely controlled by the interfaces between their constituents. Therefore, we pay particular attention to the interphases and interfaces between the constituents. Our team develops experimental techniques as well as modelling tools facilitating the interface design for the next generation of advanced lightweight hybrid structural materials. It covers process design, surface pre-treatment, surface characterization, bond performance, and joint design. The group is well versatile in surface pre-treatment techniques and associated surface and interface characterization methods to analyse, describe and optimise the interface formation between various material pairs. The focus is on creating correlations between processing, microstructure, properties, and product performance at the interface to optimise the short and long-term structural performance of hybrid structures. We look for innovative engineering solutions through hybridization and new manufacturing techniques covering: 

  • Surface pre-treatment (Physical, mechanical, chemical)
  • Surface/interface characterizations
  • Adhesive bonding, co-bonding, polymer welding
  • Additive manufacturing¬†of thermoplastics
  • Interface design for polymer-metal hybrids
  • Thermoset-thermoplastic interphases
  • Wind turbine production and maintenance¬†
  • Non-destructive testing/damage assessment¬†


Experimental and computational analysis of the polymerization overheating in thick glass/Elium¬ģ acrylic thermoplastic resin compositesComposites Part B: Engineering, 202, Article 108430. Han, N., Baran, I., Zanjani, J. S. M., Yuksel, O., An, L. L. & Akkerman, R.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.108430Characterization of interdiffusion mechanisms during co-bonding of unsaturated polyester resin to thermoplastics with different thermodynamic affinitiesPolymer, 209, Article 122991. Monfared Zanjani, J. S., Baran, I. & Akkerman, R.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.122991Combatting rain erosion of offshore wind turbine blades by co-bonded thermoplastic-thermoset hybrid compositesIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 942(1), Article 012024. Seyyed Monfared Zanjani, J., Baran, I. & Akkerman, R.https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/942/1/012024Development of waste tire-derived graphene reinforced polypropylene nanocomposites with controlled polymer grade, crystallization and mechanical characteristics via melt-mixingPolymer international, 69(9), 771-779. Zanjani, J. S. M., Poudeh, L. H., Ozunlu, B. G., Yagci, Y. E., Menceloglu, Y. & Saner Okan, B.https://doi.org/10.1002/pi.6012Damage mechanisms in CFRP/HNT laminates under flexural and in-plane shear loadings using experimental and numerical methodsComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 136, Article 105962. AlKhateab, B., Tabrizi, I. E., Zanjani, J. S. M., Rahimi, M. N., Poudeh, L. H., Kefal, A. & Yildiz, M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2020.1059623D printing of silver-doped polycaprolactone-poly(propylene succinate) composite scaffolds for skin tissue engineeringBiomedical materials (Bristol, England), 15(3), Article 035015. Afghah, F., Ullah, M., Seyyed Monfared Zanjani, J., Akkus Sut, P., Sen, O., Emanet, M., Saner Okan, B., Culha, M., Menceloglu, Y., Yildiz, M. & Koc, B.https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-605X/ab7417New hybrid nano additives for thermoplastic compounding: CVD grown carbon fiber on grapheneAIP conference proceedings, 2205(1), Article 020067. Sarac, E. C., Poudeh, L. H., Zanjani, J. S. M., Cebeci, F. Ç., Aydin, I., Menceloglu, Y. & Okan, B. S.https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5142982
Nano-engineering of high-performance PA6.6 nanocomposites by the integration of CVD-grown carbon fiber on graphene as a bicomponent reinforcement by melt-compoundingJournal of applied polymer science, 136(47), Article 48347. Cakal Sarac, E., Haghighi Poudeh, L., Seyyed Monfared Zanjani, J., Pehlivan, Z. S., Cebeci, F. Ç., Aydin, I., Menceloglu, Y. & Saner Okan, B.https://doi.org/10.1002/app.48347Determining tab material for tensile test of CFRP laminates with combined usage of digital image correlation and acoustic emission techniquesComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Article 105623. Tabrizi, I. E., Khan, R. M. A., Massarwa, E., Zanjani, J. S. M., Ali, H. Q., Demir, E. & Yildiz, M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105623Experimental study on dynamic behavior of woven carbon fabric laminates using in-house piezoelectric sensorsSmart Materials and Structures, 28(10), Article 105004. Ali, H. Q., Tabrizi, I. E., Awais Khan, R. M., Seyyed Monfared Zanjani, J., Yilmaz, C., Poudeh, L. H. & Yildiz, M.https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-665X/ab34f3Experimental and numerical investigation on fracture behavior of glass/carbon fiber hybrid composites using acoustic emission method and refined zigzag theoryComposite structures, 223, Article 110971. Tabrizi, I. E., Kefal, A., Zanjani, J. S. M., Akalin, C. & Yildiz, M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.110971

Research profiles

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

  • SectorPlan,¬†Interface optimization for metal -thermoplastic hybrids¬†
  • Super fluent pipes ‚Äď Pipes with ultralow fluid resistance
  • Integrated leading edge protection for offshore wind turbine blades at high speed


Finished projects

Additive manufacturing of thermoplastic composites

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Print2fly)

With rising environmental concerns and fuel costs, we urgently need to reduce the weight of commercial aircraft to enhance fuel efficiency. Within the Print2fly project, the capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM) are combined with room temperature polymerization chemistry to fabricate thermoplastic composites with significant weight reduction and high recyclability. The adaption of aerospace-grade thermoplastics for conventional AM processes is extremely challenging, considering the complications associated with their high processing temperatures and melt viscosity. Within Print2fly an extrusion-based AM method named Reactive Liquid Deposition Modelling (RLDM) is developed to fabricate reliable and high-performance continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites at room temperature. The RLDM technology replaces the conventional melt processing with photopolymerization of a liquid resin with tailored flow-ability and polymerization kinetics. The RLDM demonstrated promises to fabri-cate defect-free and first-time right parts by eliminating interface defects and voids. The RLDM technology extends the applicability of AM for printing large structures with customized design, reduced cost, and lower environmental impact.


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