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Mohammed Rashid Iftkhar

PhD student

Mohammed Iftkhar is a scientist with over thirty-five years of global participation at senior level on catastrophic commercial losses, varying from but not limited to, to major flooding events, large scale fires in municipal buildings, hurricane damage, biological and chemical contamination to volcanic ash fall out.

He has also helped to develop scientific methods in the field of electronics loss recovery.

In the late 1980s he was amongst the group of pioneers who introduced scientific methods of drying building structures and contents in the U.K following fire/flood events. He is Europe’s only internationally certified Water Loss Specialist (WLS) and has developed a unique capability of applying scientific methodologies to mitigate complex losses.

Over the last 14 years, his cutting-edge research has been focused on materials degradation in high temperature corrosive environments and the subsequent impacts of those materials on  environmental emissions and the carbon footprint.

He often reaches out on a humanitarian basis on high profile incidents at home and across the globe, receiving acknowledgments from blue chip organizations and governments from all over the world such as the French ministry  following the fire at Notre Dame cathedral in recent years.

He has been a project partner on CAMREG - Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2016-2021 (joint grant between Edinburgh and Strathclyde).  During 2013 – 2015 Mohammed completed two separate Encompass research awards together with University of Strathclyde funded by Scottish Enterprize and has been part of the innovation fast track route in Scotland on promising spin outs.

Mohammed recently was one of four invited presenters to exhibit his cutting edge research invention at Cop 26, against a strong field of 120 university applicants. The presentation which promotes green transport in challenging climatic conditions includes a demonstration of an invention at the SEC, the site of the main conference, and an invited exhibit in the Huntarian Museum in the University of Glasgow at which this work was discussed with organizations such as UNICEF.  The significance of his research and development work brings together expertise on high temperature and aqueous corrosion international experts.


As a PhD student in the University of Strathclyde and as an affiliate of the University of Glasgow in which his laboratory is based, his innovation strategy has involved a synergy of ideas from world leading research teams in both universities in Glasgow.

Mohammed has been granted world patents in over 12 countries based on his research testifying to the global reach of his work to date.

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