Contact Dr Ashfaq Afsar


Ashfaq Afsar completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Reading, the latter under guidance of Professor Laurence M. Harwood.

He was then appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 2015 at the University of Reading with Professor Harwood working on the design and synthesis of a series of N-heterocyclic ligands for selective actinide extraction.

In 2017, he joined Professor Wayne Hayes' group at the University of Reading for a three-year Post-doctoral position in organic materials/polymer chemistry. During his time in Professor Hayes' group he worked on a range of projects, including design and synthesis of novel macrocyclic additives for British Petroleum (BP), synthesis of UV curable polymer systems, exploited thermally-reversible covalent bonds for the controlled release of microencapsulated isocyanate crosslinkers, and development of a modular synthetic approach for the introduction of a diazirine functionality into various types of biologically interesting carbohydrate derivatives.

Current activities

In November 2020, he moved to his current position as a Research Fellow in synthetic chemistry at Cranfield University (Shrivenham) where he is working on the synthesis of β-cyclodextrin/polyethylene glycol derivatives to develop inert and energetic polymeric binders.


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