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NSIRC Graduate Publishes Book and Receives Prestigious Award

NSIRC Graduate Publishes Book and Receives Prestigious Award


NSIRC are pleased to announce that PhD alumni Tahsin Ali Kassam, who was awarded both the Dean’s Prize for Innovation and Impact and the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Research at Brunel University London’s Winter Graduation in 2017, has revised his thesis into a book entitled “A Review of the Alumina/Ag-Cu-Ti Active Metal Brazing Process” which has recently been published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group LLC, USA.

Industry experts, who reviewed the book proposal, commented that the book is suitable for a wide audience, including researchers, professionals, and students, in both domestic and international markets including government labs. The reviewing panel included Prof. Rajiv Asthana, Editor of Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance and a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA, who commented:

“The scholarly appeal of the book derives from a comprehensive survey and in-depth discussion of the science and technology of brazing of an important ceramic/metal system (alumina/Ag-Cu-Ti) based on the published scientific literature as well as the author’s own original research - some of which has been incorporated in the literature and well-received by the professional community. The book shall promote a deeper understanding of the materials science of brazing ceramics to metals and serve as a resource to advance brazing research on other oxide and non-oxide ceramics. I will find it useful as would several of my colleagues and other researchers working in this and related areas at organizations and companies worldwide.”

This book is Tahsin’s latest publication following his most recent paper entitled “Secondary Phase Interaction at the Interfaces of High-Strength Brazed Joints made using Liquid Phase Sintered Alumina Ceramics and Ag-Cu-Ti Braze Alloys”, which was published in Nature Scientific Reports.

NSIRC are also pleased to announce that Tahsin’s PhD thesis entitled “The Effects of Alumina Purity, Ticusil® Braze Preform Thickness, and Post-Grinding Heat Treatment, on the Microstructure, Mechanical and Nanomechanical Properties of Alumina-to-Alumina Brazed Joints” has been selected by Imperial College London’s CASC Steering Group as the recipient of the Professor Sir Richard Brook Prize (sponsored by Morgan Advanced Materials plc) for the Best Ceramics PhD Thesis in the UK in 2017. This prestigious award was presented to Tahsin at Morgan Advanced Materials plc, Stourport-on-Severn, on 16th January 2019.

During his PhD, Tahsin was awarded several other academic prizes, including: 

  • First Runner Up - Best Final Year PhD Student Award - The Armourers and Brasiers Gauntlet Trust / The Welding Institute in June 2017
  • Second Prize - Research Student Poster Conference - Brunel University London in May 2016
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Prize - Brunel University London in Feb 2016
  • Travel Award - The Armourers and Brasiers Gauntlet Trust / The Welding Institute in May 2015
  • First Prize - 3 Minute Wonder - Institute of Physics East Anglia Branch (University of Cambridge) in April 2015

Tahsin commented: “Undoubtedly, these achievements pay testament to the industrial and academic abutments that support the NSIRC function, which provides a wealth of opportunities for scientists working on industrially-focused academic research projects.”

NSIRC is pleased to be gifted one of Tahsin’s author gratis book copies and this will be deposited in the TWI library.

Tahsin is currently undertaking a PGCert in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University London as part of his training to become a Patent Attorney. He has recently joined the IP Asset Partnership, and in his current role, Tahsin prepares, drafts, and prosecutes patent applications at the European Patent Office for inventions in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.

We would like to congratulate Tahsin on his successful PhD and wish him all the best for his career as a Patent Attorney.


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Book published by CRC Press based on Tahsin's thesis