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Materials Research Institute


Mr Muhammad Rehan Asghar Bhatti

Muhammad Rehan Asghar Bhatti

PhD Student

School of Engineering and Materials Science


Research Interests

Muhammad Rehan is doing his PhD research at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London. His current field of study is based on 'Photo-actuation of oriented polymeric materials ' and their potential applications in robotics, control devices and technical textiles.  

Publications of specific relevance to Materials Research



  • Bhatti MRA, Bilotti E, Peijs T and Bastiaansen CWM (2021). Photo-Actuation Stress of Ultra-Drawn Chain-Extended Polyethylene. American Chemical Society  Acs Applied Polymer Materials  10.1021/acsapm.1c00268


  • Bhatti MRA, Bilotti E, Zhang H, Bastiaansen CWM and Peijs T (2020). Photo-thermal actuation of ultra-drawn high-density polyethylene. Elsevier  Polymer  vol. 207, 10.1016/j.polymer.2020.122897
  • Bhatti MRA, Bilotti E, Zhang H, Varghese S, Verpaalen RCP, Schenning APHJ, Bastiaansen CWM and Peijs T (2020). Ultra-High Actuation Stress Polymer Actuators as Light-Driven Artificial Muscles. Acs Applied Materials &Amp; Interfaces  vol. 12, (29) 33210-33218. 10.1021/acsami.0c07684
  • Verpaalen RCP, Varghese S, Froyen A, Pilz da Cunha M, Pouderoijen MJ, Severn JR, Bhatti MRA, Peijs T, Bastiaansen CWM, Debije MG, Engels TAP and Schenning APHJ (2020). Fast, Light-Responsive, Metal-Like Polymer Actuators Generating High Stresses at Low Strain. Elsevier  Matter  vol. 2, (6) 1522-1534. 10.1016/j.matt.2020.03.001


  • Bhatti MRA, Tausif M, Mir MA, Umar M and Cassidy T (2019). Effect of key process variables on mechanical properties of blended vortex spun yarns. Journal of The Textile Institute  vol. 110, (6) 932-940. 10.1080/00405000.2018.1532784
  • Jabbar A, Tausif M, Tahir HR, Basit A, Bhatti MRA and Abbas G (2019). Polylactic acid/lyocell fibre as an eco-friendly alternative to polyethylene terephthalate/cotton fibre blended yarns and knitted fabrics. Taylor & Francis  Journal of The Textile Institute  vol. 111, (1) 129-138. 10.1080/00405000.2019.1624070