School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Hawa Fathi

Teaching Fellow in Dental Materials and Technology



  • PhD in Materials Science (Glass-ceramics) - University of Sheffield
  • MPhil Degree in Material Science – University of Sheffield
  • B.Sc Degree in Dental Technology  

Previous Positions

Teaching support in dental technology aspects for undergraduate students, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry (2014-2015). 

Helping staff and PG students with their research projects, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry (2014-2015).

International Association for Dental Research (IADR)


  • Undergraduate Teaching

Dental Materials to dental undergraduates through practical course and also dental materials seminars related to CSPD and CSCD courses for stage 3 BDS.

  • Postgraduate Teaching

Dental Materials to MClinDent in Restorative Dentistry students through seminars/ discussions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver seminars, and practical teaching

  • Dental Materials Practical Course- stage 2 BDS

  • Lead of Dental Materials Course- MClinDent Restorative students.

  • Support teaching in TTU

  • Complete Denture Course - stage 3 BDS

  • Partial Denture Course- stage 3 BDS

  • Orthodontic Course- stage 3 BDS

  • Personal Tutor for stages 1, 2, 4 and 5 BDS students

  • Supervising MClinDent research project.


Research Interests

Biocompatibility of Dental Materials: Different novel ceramic materials are being developed and investigated for dental and medical applications. Particular areas of concern regarding these materials are strength and solubility and ways of improving these areas are being investigated.

Prosthodontic Materials: PMMA denture base resin has been used in dentistry to make dentures since the 2nd world war. The annual cost to the NHS in repairing broken appliances constructed in these materials is very high. Work is being carried out to try and improve the strength of these materials. Novel coating systems to prevent scratching of these materials in use is also being investigated.