Tahsin Ali Kassam

  • Technical Assistant
  • PhD Materials Science, Brunel University
  • MRes Materials Science, Uni. of Birmingham
  • MEng Engineering, University College London

Tahsin joined Phillips & Leigh in November 2017 as a trainee patent attorney specialising in handling inventions in Materials Science and Engineering.


Following his graduation from University College London with an integrated master’s (MEng) degree in Engineering with Business Finance in 2009, Tahsin completed a master’s (MRes) degree in the Science and Engineering of Materials at The University of Birmingham in 2010. Thereafter, Tahsin worked in international business development for a leading materials testing manufacturer before commencing a role as a materials development engineer in the hardfacing repair of forging dies. Tahsin, a Professional Member (MIMMM) of IOM3, qualified as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in January 2016. In October 2017, Tahsin completed a PhD in the active metal brazing of ceramics with Brunel University London, based full-time at TWI Ltd in Cambridge. Tahsin has presented his work at several international conferences, and published his results in peer-reviewed journals.


Tahsin enjoys sharing his knowledge of science and engineering with the scientists of the future. Tahsin has delivered talks at careers fairs and, in April 2015, he was awarded first prize at the Institute of Physics 3 Minute Wonder competition, held at the University of Cambridge.


Tahsin takes advantage of his spare time playing tennis and badminton. As a PADI qualified open water diver, Tahsin also enjoys travelling to exotic scuba diving destinations. In March 2018, Tahsin became a member of the IP & ME committee.



Academic Awards:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Research – December 2017 – Brunel University London
  • Dean’s Prize for Innovation and Impact – December 2017 – Brunel University London
  • First Runner Up for Best Final Year PhD Student Award 2017 – June 2017 – Armourers and Brasiers
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Prize – February 2016 – Brunel University London



Kassam, T.A., Hari Babu, N., Ludford, N., Yan, S. & Howkins, A. Secondary Phase Interaction at the Interfaces of High-Strength Brazed Joints made using Liquid Phase Sintered Alumina Ceramics and Ag-Cu-Ti Braze Alloys. Scientific Reports 8, 3352 (2018).


Kassam. T.A., Nadendla, H.B., Ludford, N. & Hangen, U. The Effect of Ag-Cu-Ti Braze Preform Thickness on the Nanomechanical Properties of Alumina-to-Alumina Brazed Joints. DVS Proceedings LÖT 2016, Aachen (2016).


Kassam, T.A., Nadendla, H.B., Ludford, N. & Buisman, I. The Effect of Post-grinding Heat Treatment and Ag-Cu-Ti Braze Preform Thickness on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Alumina-to-Alumina Brazed Joints. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance 25, 3218-3230 (2016).


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