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PhD projects

Sustainable Construction Materials:
Alkali activated binders/concretes; fly ash; ground granulated blast furnace slag; microstructure; durability

1986 …2023

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Personal profile

Research Statement

I graduated from the University of Oxford in 1992 with a PhD in Materials Science after completing a Bachelor degree at Tsinghua University, Beijing. I then joined Imperial College as a postdoctoral research assistant and am now a professor at Queen’s University Belfast. I have never been out of a university since 1981 except for a six-month period in 1997 when seconded to the Steel Construction Institute as a consultant engineer. I have been thoroughly enjoying this academic career though, having authored more than 360 scientific papers and 5 books. I am a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and a Fellow of The Institute of Metal Finishing, and was winner of Engineering Employers’ Federation Trophy and the Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award.

Research Interests

Sustainable Construction Materials and Structures


Member, Editorial Panel of Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials, 2014-2018.
Member, Editorial Board of Materials Science and Technology, 2013-2022.
Member, Editorial Board of Materials Science and Engineering A, 2012-.
Member, Editorial Board of Surface and Coatings Technology, 2011-2018.
Member, Editorial Board of Acta Metallurgica Sinica, 2009-.
Member, Editorial Board of Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters), 2009-.

External examiner of PhD theses for B.S. Abdur Rahman University (India), National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (India), Andhra University (India), Jilin University (China), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, Queen Mary University of London, University of Southampton, Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland), Varna Technical University (Bulgaria).

Seminars or lectures given at external organisations:
College of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, China
School of Materials and Metallurgy, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, China
School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University Ningbo Institute of Technology, China
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Abdur Rahman University, India
Advanced Structural Steel Group, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advanced Materials Institute, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University
Mechanics of Materials Research Group, Department of Engineering, University of Leicester
Department of Materials, Queen Mary, University of London
Materials Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton
Sterling Group lecture tour to Kuala Lumpur (4 school/colleges) and Singapore (3 junior colleges)
Institute of Metal Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
School of Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Ohio State University
Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials
School of Materials Science, Harbin Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Surrey
Institut de Sciences des Matériaux, Université Paris-Sud
Faculte des Sciences, Université de Rouen
Centre for Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University
Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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