Contact Dr Monir Moniruzzaman

Areas of expertise

  • Composites
  • Defence manufacturing
  • Defence Sensors
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart Materials


Monir has a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry and an MSc in Organic Chemistry both from Dhaka University. He obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the Chemistry Department at the University of Sheffield for his work on the synthesis and characterisation of block copolymers of styrene and dienes.

Monir worked as postdoctoral research fellow in the Materials Department at the University of Oxford prior to joining Cranfield University as a Senior Research Fellow in 2002. He has been made Lecturer in Explosive Chemistry in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current activities

Dr Monir Moniruzzaman is a Senior Lecturer in Explosive Chemistry in the Centre for Defence Chemistry. He is a polymer chemist with diverse skills in physical and organic materials. His team are actively engaged in researching in diverse field including but not limited to:

  • Novel and LOVA propellants, binders and curing agents
  • Nitrocellulose (NC) properties and vulnerability
  • Detection of explosives and drugs
  • Improvised nitrocellulose synthesis and assessment
  • Non-destructive life assessment of munitions 
  • Application of graphene in defence 
  • Performance improvement of energetic materials 
  • Smart materials and chemical camouflaging
  • Polymers and composites
  • Materials structure-properties relationships

He supervises PhD and MSc research projects in the above areas and has authored over 40 papers in high quality journals and international conferences.

His teaching activities involve Explosives Chemistry,Propellants and commercial explosives . He leads two MSc Modules (Gun Propellants and Commercial Explosives.
Monir is an Editor of “International Scholarly Research Notices (ISRN)”  and "World Journal of Textile  Engineering and Technology". He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy(FHEA) and Member Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC).


  • DE & S
  • MOD
  • DSTL
  • Defence Science Accelerator (DSA)
  • Home Office
  • Roxel
  • Chemring
  • AWE
  • QinetiQ


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Hudson R, Moniruzzaman M, Zioupos P & Gill P (2015) Investigation of reduced sensitivity RDX. In: 2nd International Workshop on Advances in Solid Propellant Systems (IWAPS 2015), Pune, 12-13 March 2015.
  • Moniruzzaman M, Mai N & Gill P (2009) Photo-induced changes in the viscosity and molecular weight of nitrocellulose. In: 1st Korean International Symposium on High Energy Materials (1st KISHEM), Incheon, 6 October 2009.
  • Moniruzzaman M & Bellerby JM (2007) A non-destructive UV-visible spectroscopic method for investigating the kinetics of Nitrocellulose decomposition in thin films. In: 14th Jan Hansson Symposium: Chemical Problems Connected with Stability of Explosives, Sweden, Sweden, 20 May 2007.
  • Moniruzzaman M, Sabey CJ, Fernando GF, Badcock R, Winter D, Bandara A, Kronfli E & Akhavan J (2004) In-situ characterisation of photoactuating and photorheological polymers. In: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 785, 1 January 2004.
  • Moniruzzaman M, Sabey CJ, Fernando GF, Badcock R & Winter D (2003) Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Photactuating and Photorheological Polymers with Photo-Responsive Groups in the Side Chain. In: MRS Symposium, December 2003, 1 December 2003.
  • Moniruzzaman M, Fernando GF, Sabey CJ, Winter D, Badcock RA, Akhavan J & Kronfli E Synthesis and characterization of a novel class of photo-actuating and photo-rheological polymers. In: SPIE Vol 5464 Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics.