Imperial College London

Dr Hong Wong

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Structures and Materials



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Hong is a Reader in Structures and Materials. His research lies in the area of microstructure, mass transport and durability of cementitious materials. The aim is to advance fundamental understanding of how microstructure influences performance, ageing and degradation of cement-based materials (e.g. concrete structures) using imaging, spectroscopic and modelling techniques. Key questions that drive his work are: a) How to quantify microstructure that is inherently complex, multiscale and multiphase? b) How do pores, cracks, interfaces and phase assemblage influence mass transport and deterioration processes? c) How to use microstructural information to assess current performance and predict long-term behaviour? d) How can we re-engineer the microstructure to design novel materials with improved performance, sustainability and durability?

Examples of current research include three-dimensional imaging of pore structure, understanding the influence of microcracks and interfacesmodelling mass transport processes, petrographic assessment of concrete composition and w/c ratio, developing reinforcement spacers for durable structures, low-carbon cements, self-healing concrete and clogging-resistant permeable concrete.

Hong serves in the Editorial Board of Cement and Concrete Research and as Guest Editor for the journal Materials on its special issue on Image Analysis and Processing for Cement-based Materials. He is Chair of Scientific Committee and Steering Committee member of Nanocem. He also serves as Executive Committee member of the Applied Petrography Group, as full member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and and invited reviewer for over 30 periodicals. 

Hong was trained as a civil engineer at the University of Malaya, where he obtained a first class honours degree and a research MSc on calcined clay for high-performance concrete. He then joined Imperial College London to pursue a PhD on developing quantitative backscattered electron microscopy for characterising concrete microstructure. His thesis was awarded the 2006 W.C. Unwin prize. Following that, he worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate on modelling mass transport in concrete based on the techniques developed during his doctoral studies. He became an academic staff member in 2010. 

Hong teaches MEng and MSc modules on Concrete Materials, Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Mechanics and Sustainable Development. He is the Departmental Undergraduate Year 2 Coordinator and Postdoc & Fellows Champion. He also contributes to consultancy activities linked to his research thru Imperial Consultants (ICON).

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Microstructure characterisation, concrete petrography, image analysis, durability of concrete structures, mass transport properties, modelling properties from microstructure.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wu Z, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2017, Transport properties of concrete after drying-wetting regimes to elucidate the effects of moisture content, hysteresis and microcracking, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:98, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:136-154

Alzyoud S, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2016, Influence of reinforcement spacers on mass transport properties and durability of concrete structures, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:87, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:31-44

Abyaneh SD, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2016, Simulating the effect of microcracks on the diffusivity and permeability of concrete using a three-dimensional model, Computational Materials Science, Vol:119, ISSN:0927-0256, Pages:130-143

Yio MHN, Mac MJ, Wong HS, et al., 2015, 3D imaging of cement-based materials at submicron resolution by combining laser scanning confocal microscopy with serial sectioning, Journal of Microscopy, Vol:258, ISSN:1365-2818, Pages:151-169

Wong HS, Barakat R, Alhilali A, et al., 2015, Hydrophobic concrete using waste paper sludge ash, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:70, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:9-20

Wu Z, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2015, Influence of drying-induced microcracking and related size effects on mass transport properties of concrete, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:68, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:35-48

Abyaneh SD, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2014, Computational investigation of capillary absorption in concrete using a three-dimensional mesoscale approach, Computational Materials Science, Vol:87, ISSN:0927-0256, Pages:54-64

Yio MHN, Phelan JC, Wong HS, et al., 2014, Determining the slag fraction, water/binder ratio and degree of hydration in hardened cement pastes, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:56, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:171-181

Abyaneh SD, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2013, Modelling the diffusivity of mortar and concrete using a three-dimensional mesostructure with several aggregate shapes, Computational Materials Science, Vol:78, ISSN:0927-0256, Pages:63-73

Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, Matter K, 2013, Estimating the original cement content and water-cement ratio of Portland cement concrete and mortar using backscattered electron microscopy, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol:65, ISSN:0024-9831, Pages:693-706

Wong HS, Zimmerman RW, Buenfeld NR, 2012, Estimating the permeability of cement pastes and mortars using image analysis and effective medium theory, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:42, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:476-483

Lee HXD, Wong HS, Buenfeld NR, 2016, Self-sealing of cracks in concrete using superabsorbent polymers, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:79, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:194-208

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