Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Materials Resources Engineering







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).



Jiang C, Ramteke DD, Li J, et al., 2023, Preparation and characterization of binary Mg-silicate glasses via Sol-Gel route, Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, Vol:606, ISSN:0022-3093

Kia A, Wong HS, Cheeseman CR, 2022, Freeze–thaw durability of conventional and novel permeable pavement replacement, Journal of Transportation Engineering Part B-pavements, Vol:148, ISSN:2573-5438

Ayati B, Newport D, Wong H, et al., 2022, Acid activated smectite clay as pozzolanic supplementary cementitious material, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:162, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:1-8

Chen X, Wang S, Zhou Y, et al., 2022, Improved low-carbon magnesium oxysulfate cement pastes containing boric acid and citric acid, Cement & Concrete Composites, Vol:134, ISSN:0958-9465

Ding T, Wong H, Qiao X, et al., 2022, Developing circular concrete: Acid treatment of waste concrete fines, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:365, ISSN:0959-6526, Pages:1-8

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