Dr. Ali Shalbafan


Dr. Ali Shalbafan Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

  • Contact hours Monday
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
    Institut Baustoffe und biobasi. Material
    Solothurnstrasse 102
    2504 Biel


  • Research associate in the Materials and Life Cycle Assessment group, BFH

  • Research and development in the field of wood-based composite, project management and execution

  • Supervision of master's and PhD students

  • Responsible for the engineered wood products laboratory, Tarbiat Modares University (2018 – now).

  • Wood-based panels

  • Mineral-based binders

  • Natural fibers

  • Sandwich panels

  • Lightweight composites


  • Bio-based composite materials: process technology, evaluation, and optimization.

  • Development of mineral-based binders for wood composites

  • Development of hybrid and lightweight composites

  • Cascading use of resources to develop value-added (wood) composites


  • July 2021 - now Scientific collaborator (guest scientist) Bern University of Applied Science, Switzerland
  • 2020 - now Associate Professor Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • 2013 - 2019 Assistant professor Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • 2013 Research associate Swiss Krono Group, Germany
  • 2009 - 2013 Research assistant (PhD student) Hamburg University, Germany
  • 2008 - 2009 Lecturer (part time) University of Applied Science and Technology, Arak branch, Iran
  • 2006 - 2008 Teacher Technical vocational school in Qom
  • 2009 - 2013 Doctorate study Hamburg University, Germany
  • 2004 - 2006 Master study Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • 2001 - 2004 Bachlor study Zabol University, Iran


  • Multilayer insulation panels using natural binder. Swiss Innovation agency (Innosuisse), Dietrich Isol AG as partner, Project No. 46810.1 69353.1 INNO-EE, 2023 – 2024.

  • Multifunctional mineral binders for the production of advanced wood-based products. International joint research project between Switzerland and Iran, Leading Hause South Asia and Iran (ZHAW), 2018 – 2019.

  • Optimization of the density profile simulation as a path towards intelligent production in wood-based composite industries. International joint research project between Switzerland and Iran, Leading Hause South Asia and Iran (ZHAW), 2020 – 2022 .

  • Analysis of the core layer characteristics of foam core panels using 2D digital image correlation. Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Project No. IZK0Z2_162531, 2015

  • Innovative geopolymer binder improved by nano materials for engineered wood products industries. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Project No. 91600325, 2017

  • Optimization and further functionalization of innovative geopolymer binder for manufacturing of engineered wood products. Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Project No. IZSEZO_186480, 2019

  • Innovative foam core particleboard produced by one-step process for forest conservation. Iran National Science Foundation, code no: 93012950, 2015 - 2016.

  • Evaluation of acoustic properties and thermal conductivity of lightweight foam core particleboards. Research deputy of Tarbiat Modares University, 2016 - 2017.

  • Development of natural absorbent materials for reduction of formaldehyde emission from wood-based panels. Iran National Science Foundation, code no: 95848907, 2017 - 2019.

  • Optimization of developed geopolymer binder for using in wood-based panels industries. Iranian Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, National Elites Foundation, 2018 - 2019.

  • Development of technical knowledge and localization of agricultural lignocellulosic waste utilization in wood-based panels. Iran Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, 2020 - 2022.


  • More than 22 papers were presented at international and national conferences and published in corresponding conference proceedings. Details are presented in: https://www.modares.ac.ir/uploads/forms/form_324/36612762476249618747720642576823.pdf?1.703323


  • Member of the supervisory, evaluation, and optimization committee of the faculty, Tarbiat Modares University (2014-2018)

  • Member of the faculty research council, Tarbiat Modares University (2016 - 2019)


Elected and honored by the Faculty of Education of Tarbiat Modares University as "Selected Excellent Professor", May 2020.

Awarding the research grant memorial of Dr. Kazemi-Ashtiani, Iranian National Elite Foundation, Iran (2017 - 2018).

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Professional working proficiency
  • German - Elementary proficiency