Research

To provide resilience, existing materials must be reinforced to cope, and new infrastructure materials must be designed to endure

State-of-the-art Advanced Infrastructure Materials Lab

The Advanced Infrastructure Materials Lab focuses on producing, processing, imaging, analysing and testing infrastructure materials. The aim is to provide advanced techniques that are not readily available to infrastructure materials researchers in the UK.

Find out more about our new Advanced Infrastructure Materials lab

Current Research Themes

Low-carbon sustainable infrastructure:
New cements, 3D printed metals, industrial ecology

Long-term durability and performance:
Concrete durability, fracture mechanics, service-life prediction

Functional and improved materials:
New types of permeable pavement, durable super-hydrophobic surfaces

Circular economy:
Novel thermal insulation materials, new biomaterials, ceramic processing, plastics in the oceans


Postgraduate Research

The Materials section provides a highly stimulating environment for research. If you are interested in applying for a PhD, contact the academic in the list below who works in your area of interest. Specific opportunities are advertised on the Opportunities page. 

Members of the Materials Section

Materials Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Craig Buchanan

Craig Buchanan

Lecturer in Construction, PhD
3D printing, metals, Material testing, Structural testing, Finite element modelling.
 Nick Buenfeld

Nick Buenfeld

Professor of Concrete Structures and Head of Department, PhD, DIC, FICE, FIStructE, FREng
Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Concrete structures; Deterioration mechanisms; Design for durability; Condition assessment and monitoring; Life prediction of new and existing concrete structures. 
 Chris Cheeseman

Chris Cheeseman

Professor of Materials Resources Engineering, PhD, MCIWM
Head of Materials Section
Waste management; Beneficial reuse of wastes; Low-carbon materials; Waste encapsulation technologies.
Emilio Martínez-Pañeda

Emilio Martínez-Pañeda

Lecturer in Mechanics of Materials and 1851 Research Fellow, PhD
Fracture mechanics; Environmental degradation of materials; Metal plasticity; Rock micromechanics; Computational mechanics.
 Rupert Myers

Rupert Myers

Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering, PhD
Industrial ecology; Circular economy; Sustainable cities; Beneficial use of wastes/by-products; Cement, minerals, and aquatic chemistry/thermodynamics; Open science.
 Hong Wong

Hong Wong

Reader in Structures and Materials, PhD, DIC
Director of MSc in Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure
Undergraduate Year 2 Coordinator
Microstructure characterisation; Concrete petrography; Image analysis; Degradation of concrete structures; Modelling performance from microstructure.
Chao Wu

Chao Wu

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Materials, PhD
Polymer and polymer based composites, Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and structures, Fatigue and fracture mechanics, Engineered cementitious composites (ECC), Structural retrofitting, Timber
Materials Academics A-Z
Structures Academics A-Z

Materials Research Staff A-Z

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 Alalea Kia

Alalea Kia

Research AssociatePhD
Permeable concrete; Concrete pavement design; Durability of cement-based materials; Pore structure; Cementitious materials
Email Alalea
Izhar Shah

Izhar Shah

Research Associate, PhD
Resources sustainability; Low-carbon industries; Economy-environment decoupling; Strategic planning
Email Izhar
 Marcus Yio

Marcus Yio

Research Associate, PhD
Laboratory Manager for the new Centre for Infrastructure Materials (CIM)
Cementitious materials; Concrete durability; Microstructure; Microscopy; Image analysis
Email Marcus
Materials Research Staff A-Z

Materials Research Students A-Z

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Xi Chen

Xi Chen

Started Oct 2017
Concrete durability
Supervised by: Wong, H.S.; Buenfeld, N.R.
Email Xi
 Theo Clayton

Theo Clayton

Started Oct 2020
Advanced fracture mechanics modelling to understand earth-environment interactions
Supervised by: Martinez-Paneda, E.
Email Theo
Kaine Chinwah

Kaine Chinwah

Started Dec 2019
Novel oil sorption materials produced from waste feathers
Supervised by: Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Kaine
Sam Draper

Sam Draper

Started Oct 2017
Microstructure and durability of concrete prepared using new multi-component cements
Supervised by: Wong, H.S.; Cheeseman, C.R.; Buenfeld, N.R.;
Email Sam
Meng Gao

Meng Gao

Started Nov 2020
System-performance based design of durable low-carbon concrete
Supervised by: Myers, RJ.Wong, H.S.
Email Meng
 Maria Georgiades

Maria Georgiades

Started Nov 2020
Environmental sustainability assessment to guide the development of cements produced from bauxite residue and other high-volume industrial by-products
Supervised by: Myers, RJ.Cheeseman, C.R
Email Maria
 Theo Glashier

Theo Glashier 

Started Mar 2021
Short and long-term structural behaviour of metal 3D printed structures
Supervised by: Buchanan, C. 
Email Theo
 Caitlin Howe

Caitlin Howe

Started Nov 2020
Chemistry and properties of alkali ferro(alumino)silicate gel, a solid phase in low CO2 cementitious binders produced from bauxite residue and other Fe-rich high-volume industrial by-products 
Supervised by: Myers, RJ.Cheeseman, C.R
Email Caitlin
 Mehrdad Isfandbod

Mehrdad Isfandbod

Started Oct 2019
Modelling and characterization of hydrogen embrittlement of austenitic steels
Supervised by: Martinez-Paneda, E.
Email Mehrdad
Evzen Korec

Evzen Korec

Started Sep 2020
Electro-chemo-mechanical models for predicting stress corrosion cracking
Supervised by: Martinez-Paneda, E.
Email Evzen
 Alexander Kumi-Larbi

Alexander Kumi-Larbi 

Started July 2018
The use of waste plastic composites as an alternative low-cost construction material
Supervised by: Cheeseman, C.R.; Wilson, D.C. 
Email Alexander
 Jia Xiang Liew

Jia Xiang Liew

Started Oct 2018
Concrete structures with smart reinforcements
Supervised by: Buenfeld, N.R.Wong, H.S.
Email Jia
 Roshni Limbachiya

Roshni Limbachiya

Started Oct 2017
Manufacturing low-C02 glass supplementary for cementitious materials from waste materials 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Roshni
Adam Mason

Adam Mason

Started Oct 2019
Characterising global material cycles for natural and anthropogenic wellbeing
Supervised by: Myers, RJ.
Email Adam
John Obuobi Ofosu-Appeah

John Obuobi Ofosu-Appeah 

Started Apr 2021
Engineered mycelium products
Supervised by: Cheeseman, C.R.
Email John
 Barnaby Shanks

Barnaby Shanks

Started Oct 2018
Investigating new low-carbon cements based on MgO/silica components of olivine
Supervised by: Cheeseman, C.R.; Wong, H.S.;
Email Barney
Tu Yang

Yang Tu

Started Oct 2020
Multiphysics modelling of battery degradation
Supervised by: Martinez-Paneda, E.; Wu, B. 
Email Yang
Terry Ugama

Terry Ugama

Started Apr 2019
New low carbon cement for sustainable infrastructure development manufactured from olivine
Supervised by: Wong, H.S.Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Terry
 Runzi Wang

Runzi Wang

Started Apr 2020
Chemomechanical fracture
Supervised by: Martínez-Pañeda, E.
Email Runzi
Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson

Started Oct 2018
Reducing the impact of nanoparticle emissions during concrete production and recycling
Supervised by: Stettler, MEJ.Wong, H.S.Fowler, G.D.Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Amy 
Kai Zhang

Kai Zhang

Started Oct 2017
Durability assessment of novel cements and concretes
Supervised by: Wong, H.S.Buenfeld, N.
Email Kai
Shiying Zheng

Shiying Zheng

Started Aug 2018
Hydrophobic concrete
Supervised by: Wong, H.S.Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Shiying
Materials Research Students A-Z
Systems Academics A-Z

Technical and Administrative Staff (A-Z)

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Andrew Morris

Laboratory Technician, Structures
Room 236, +44 (0)207 594 5954, Email Andrew
Materials Technical and Administrative Staff
Systems Academics A-Z