Dr Karim is an experienced graphene scientist and a global expert in textile technology with more than 10 years of industry and academic experiences in graphene science, textile related technologies and business. He has a passion for getting research out of the lab and into real world applications. Currently working on graphene and other 2D materials-based technologies aimed at developing scalable and cost-effective next generation wearable electronics, functional fabrics and smart textiles.
Dr Karim is also passionate about digital manufacturing of textiles (Textile 4.0) and introduction of Smart Intelligent Materials and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to textile industry. His research interest includes flexible energy storage devices, smart textile composites and high performance natural fibre composites.
Dr Karim joined BASF, the world leading chemical company in 2008 after graduating as BSc Engineer from The University of Dhaka. In BASF, he received hands-on experiences in textiles manufacturing by working for two largest textiles industries in Asia as a management trainee. He also led and participated in several global projects as a part of his managerial role later.
Dr Karim then joined School of Materials, The University of Manchester to complete a MSc by Research and a PhD degree. During PhD, he worked in multidisciplinary projects on digital inkjet printing of smart and functional materials (including graphene) on textiles. He received fully-funded scholarships, travel grants and bursaries during his studies at the University of Manchester. Since 2015, He has been working as a Fellow at the National Graphene Institute (NGI), a newly bulit £60 Million State-of-the-art research facilities of the University of Manchester. He has developed patents, published in high impact journals and presented in numerous international conferences and public events.
Dr Karim was awarded Innovate UK ICURe Award 2018 in order to validate his graphene textiles research with more than 100 companies around the world. His several research works have been highlighted in UK and international medias, and presented to high profile visitors such as Prince William and Duchess Kate, and President Xi Jinping (Republic of China).