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Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar
Assistant Professor
Materials Engineering Department

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Tel : +92-332-6664524

Thermal Barrier Coatings, thin films, magnetic sensors, Corrosion & protection of materials, deposition techniques

MS Advanced Materials. (2010) University of Ulm (Germany), PhD Thermal Barrier Coatings (2014), University of Rome3 (Italy)

​Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar did his PhD in the field of Thermal Barrier Coatings at the University of Rome3. The whole experimental research for his PhD has been carried out at the German Aerospace Center, Cologne (Germany). He completed his Master at the University of Ulm (Germany) in the field of Advanced Materials with specialization in “Nanomaterials”. The master thesis has been in the field of tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) sensors which find their applications in hard disc drives and spintronic devices. His first degree was BSc in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from UET Lahore. He had the opportunity to work in industry for a couple of years as Quality Assurance Manager. His areas of specialization include advanced material coatings and thin films, deposition techniques, corrosion & protection, spintronics, nanomaterials and phase transformations in metals and alloys. Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar has published a number of papers in international journals and presented his work at various national and international conferences. Currently he is working as Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, NUST.
​Dr Ahmed Umar Munawar started research on tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) sensors during his MS followed by his PhD thesis in the field of thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems for gas turbine applications. During the PhD, he had the opportunity to work with more advanced materials for all the three components (ceramic top coat, bond coat and the super alloy substrate) of a TBC system. All the depositions have been done by Electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) technique which results in highly strain tolerant coatings. After the PhD, Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar had the opportunity to work at the University of Cologne (Germany) where he worked with Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited (PECVD) coatings. Currently, he is having a research collaboration with German Aerospace Center (DLR) Germany where he is working on container-less solidification of eutectic alloys
​1.    Ahmed U. Munawar, U. Schulz, M. Shahid, “Microstructure and lifetime of EB-PVD TBCs with Hf-doped bond coat and Gd-zirconate ceramic top coat on CMSX-4 substrates” Surface and Coatings Technology 299 (2016) 104 – 112

2.    Ahmed U. Munawar, U. Schulz, G. Cerri, H. Lau, “Microstructure and cyclic lifetime of Gd- and Dy- containing EB-PVD TBCs deposited as single and double- layer on various bond coats”. Surface and Coatings Technology 245 (2014) 92 – 101

3.    Ahmed U. Munawar, U. Schulz, G. Cerri, „Microstructural Evolution of GdZ and DySZ Based TBC Systems After Thermal Cycling at High Temperature“, ASME journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 2013. 135 (10)

4.    Ahmed U. Munawar, U. Schulz, “Microstructural Evolution of GdZ and DySZ Based TBC Systems After Thermal Cycling at High Temperature” ASME Turbo
Expo- 2013 conference proceedings, San Antonio, USA, June 2013

5.    Ahmed U. Munawar, U. Schulz, G. Cerri, H. Lau, “Substrate effect on the lifetime of TBC materials with 7YSZ and GdZ as ceramic top coat materials” ASME Turbo Expo- 2014 Conference proceedings, Düsseldorf, Germany June 2014.
​Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar started his teaching career during his student life at the University of Ulm (Germany) where he conducted Metallography lab to the Master students of the “Advanced Materials” course. He supervised the students during the sample preparation and the subsequent microscopy steps. He later checked and corrected the student lab reports and discussed the results with the individual students.
At the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar is teaching “Phase Transformations & Equilibria” to the Bachelor students and “Surface Engineering and Characterization” to the Master students.
​Dr. Ahmed Umar Munawar got the opportunity to work in industry right after his BE when he worked at a private steel mill in Islamabad as Quality Assurance Manager for a couple of years. This job included conducting ISO 9001:2000 audits, to look after the re-rolling plant and the induction furnace, and to assure quality at all levels of production and especially in the final product. During his stay at Germany, he had the opportunity to work at P3-Solutions GmBH where he performed the software testing for the latest mobile phones.