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Dr Zia is an Assistant Professor at Institute of Mechanical Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh campus. He leads Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), United Kingdom, and endorsed as a Global Talent in Materials Performance by the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom. His teaching interests are Materials & Manufacturing and Design & Mechanics, and his research integrates these areas to deliver sustainable and high-performing Products.

Before Heriot-Watt, Dr Zia worked for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, Case Western Reserve University, USA, and Technical University Ilmenau, Germany, where he developed new and improved materials designs, formulations, and manufacturing processes of surface coatings, low-dimensional materials, polymer composites, and textiles for mechanical, tribological, energy storge ,and biomedical applications.


  • Failure and Accidental Analysis
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineeing
  • BEng and MEng Projects

PhD/Postdoc/Visitor Opportunities:

Postdoctoral/Research Fellow: Fellowship applications to external funding bodies (UKRI, EPSRC, RAEng, MRC, Marie Curie, Faraday Institute, etc.) from suitable candidates with a strong track record and relevant scientific background are encouraged. To discuss about the fellowship opportunities, please get in touch early with a cover letter, CV, and a list of potential funding bodies.

PhD Projects: Innovative doctoral projects are available for self/externally fudned canddiates. If you are looking for potential host to support your application for external doctoral funding, get in touch.

Visiting/Guest Researchers/Interns: Erasmus/Other visiting exchange researchers and student are encouraged to apply.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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