Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Fellow



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Dr Marcus Yio is a Research Associate and the Laboratory Manager for the new Centre for Infrastructure Materials (CIM) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Marcus holds a BEng in Civil Engineering (1st class honours) from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in General Structural Engineering (Distinction) and a PhD in Concrete Durability both from Imperial College London. His PhD research focused on the development of fluorescence laser scanning confocal microscopy for 3D and real-time imaging of cementitious materials. Following his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt University, developing green building products from biopolymers and construction wastes.  

Marcus' main research interests lie in microscopic characterisation and durability of cementitious materials. He is currently responsible for setting up the CIM laboratories and developing an expertise in a range of advanced characterisation techniques including nanomechanical testing, thermal and sorption analyses, X-ray and vibrational spectroscopic methods, and their applications in civil engineering materials.



Quan Y, YiO MHN, Li Y, et al., 2023, Influence of Bi co-catalyst particle size on the photocatalytic activity of BiOI microflowers in Bi/BiOI junctions – A mechanistic study of charge carrier behaviour, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, Vol:443, ISSN:1010-6030

L'Hermitte A, Azzan H, Yio MHN, et al., 2023, Effect of surface functionalization on the moisture stability and sorption properties of porous boron nitride, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Vol:352, ISSN:1387-1811, Pages:1-13

Wang J, Yio MHN, Zhou T, et al., 2023, Water sorption isotherms and hysteresis of cement paste at moderately high temperature, up to 80 °C, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol:165, ISSN:0008-8846, Pages:1-12

Yio MHN, Ho YW, Abdul Wahid F, et al., 2022, Analysis of cement paste and aggregate content of concrete using micro X-ray fluorescence, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol:74, ISSN:0024-9831, Pages:889-904

Zhang K, Yio M, Wong H, et al., 2022, Optimising confocal Raman microscopy for spectral mapping of cement-based materials, Materials and Structures, Vol:55, ISSN:1359-5997, Pages:1-18

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