Imperial College London

Professor Luc Vandeperre

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Structural Ceramics



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LM.04CRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Luc Vandeperre received both his Masters of Engineering (1993) and Ph.D in Materials Science (1998) from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He was awarded the 1997 Scientific Prize of the Belgian Ceramic Society for his PhD work. Since then he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in academia and as a staff member in commercial research (Vito, Belgium). He joined Imperial College in November 2006 from the University of Cambridge and is now Professor of Structural Ceramics. He has long experience in processing as well as in measuring and understanding the mechanical properties of ceramics and cements. As a member of the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC), he currently works on a range of ceramic as well as cement related projects spanning processing hard ceramics for armour, tailoring mullite for micro-turbine applications, thermal shock of and conversion from cements of refractories, ultra high temperature ceramics for aerospace, re-use of ashes from industrial processes and cements for nuclear waste encapsulation.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of the UK higher education academy and a member of the American Ceramic Society for whom he co-organises the annual symposium on ultra high temperature ceramics.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kuenzel C, Vandeperre LJ, Donatello S, et al., 2012, Ambient Temperature Drying Shrinkage and Cracking in Metakaolin-Based Geopolymers, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol:95, ISSN:0002-7820, Pages:3270-3277

Bhakhri V, Wang J, Ur-rehman N, et al., 2012, Instrumented nanoindentation investigation into the mechanical behavior of ceramics at moderately elevated temperatures, Journal of Materials Research

Wang J, Vandeperre LJ, 2011, Self-Driven Cracking by Crack-Face Cooling During Thermal Shock Testing of Ceramics, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol:94, ISSN:0002-7820, Pages:1552-1555

Zhang T, Cheeseman CR, Vandeperre LJ, 2011, Development of low pH cement systems forming magnesium silicate hydrate (M-S-H), Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:41, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:439-442

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