Advanced, Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Infrastructure is the foundation that connect the nation’s businesses, communities and people, drives our economy and improves our quality of life. By developing and testing new construction materials and methods, we’re ready to lead the way in the development of innovative materials and approaches to address significant public infrastructure challenges.

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Kamal Khayat

Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Design and performance of advanced construction and repair materials, including high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, underwater concrete, and specialty grouts; rheology and workability of cement-based materials; optimization of chemical admixtures and supplementary cementitous materials and fillers for concrete; microstructure of cement-based materials; valorization of industrial by-products and recycled aggregate in concrete; fiber reinforcement; repair and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure; development of novel test methods to evaluate rheology and workability of cement-based materials; instrumentation and structural health monitoring of structures

Aditya Kumar

Assistant Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Composition-structure-property relationships in silicate materials; experimental characterization and numerical simulation of reaction processes (thermodynamics and kinetics) and evolution of microstructure; development of sustainable binders for construction infrastructure; simulation of fluid/ion transport in porous media

Hongyan Ma

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Hydration kinetics of (blended) cementitious materials, microstructural characterization and modeling of cement paste, interfacial transition zone and mortar/concrete, measuring and multi-scale modeling of transport properties of concrete, mechanisms and properties of novel construction/rehabilitation materials, magnesia-phosphate cement (MPC) and MPC-based functional materials, deterioration mechanisms of sea sand concrete and marine concrete structures, molecular simulation of C-S-H, acoustics-based NDT

John Myers

Associate Dean and Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Structures/high performance concrete (HPC) behavior and durability performance, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in structural repair and strengthening applications with an emphasis related to concrete and masonry structures, and their durability performance, development of environmentally sensitive construction materials, hybrid materials and enhanced systems for blast resistant structures

Monday Okoronkwo

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests

Materials for infrastructure; waste immobilization

Guney Olgun

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Energy geotechnology and sustainability; geotechnical earthquake engineering; energy geotechnology; disaster resilience; resilience of Earthen water infrastructure

Arezoo Emdadi

Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Computational mechanics/material science, additive manufacturing, phase-field modeling (crack propagation, solidification, oxidation, material microstructure), phase-field crystal modeling, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, and ICME

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