Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Materials Resources Engineering



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242Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Christopher Cheeseman is Professor of Materials Resources Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He is the Head of the Materials Section and the Director of the UKCRIC Centre for Infrastructure Materials based at Imperial. This has been funded by EPSRC and provides a unique facility specifically dedicated to fundamental and applied research focussed on infrastructure materials.

Chris trained as a materials scientist, originally studying at Warwick University and then at the University of Oxford where his PhD research was on the high temperature properties of ceramics. Following a period working in industry as the Technical Manager of a manufacturing company he joined Imperial in 1990 where he has remained to this day.

As a materials scientist, based originally in the Environmental Engineering Section of a leading Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chris has had a unique opportunity to be involved in a wide range of materials related research associated with waste management, resource efficiency, industrial symbiosis, the circular economy, low carbon materials and increasingly in greenhouse gas removal technologies. He has been closely involved in the Environmental Engineering MSc course as Course Director and he is currently the Course Director for the new MSc course on Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure run by the Materials Section. He has supervised over 120 MSc and PhD projects to completion and has published over 220 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Innovation has formed an important driver for much of his research and this has led to involvement in a number of spin-out companies including Novacem, (novel low-carbon MgO cements), Aeropowder, (beneficial reuse applications for waste feathers), and Permea (a new spin-out developing non-clogging permeable pavements).



Kia A, Delens J, Wong H, et al., 2021, Structural and hydrological design of permeable concrete pavements, Case Studies in Construction Materials, Vol:15, ISSN:2214-5095

Zhou Y, Lu J, Li J, et al., 2021, Effect of NaCl and MgCl2 on the hydration of lime-pozzolan blend by recycling sewage sludge ash, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:313, ISSN:0959-6526

Zhou Y-F, Lu J-X, Li J-S, et al., 2021, Hydration, mechanical properties and microstructure of lime-pozzolana pastes by recycling waste sludge ash under marine environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:310, ISSN:0959-6526

Zhang T, Zhou Z, Li M, et al., 2021, Effect of hydrated magnesium carbonate grown in situ on the property of MgO-activated reactive SiO2 mortars, Journal of Sustainable Cement-based Materials, ISSN:2165-0373

Wu C, Chen C, Cheeseman C, 2021, Size Effects on the Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Plaster and PLA Parts, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol:33, ISSN:0899-1561

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