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PhD projects

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

1986 …2020

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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

Achievements

Member, Editorial Panel of Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials, 2014-2018.
Member, Editorial Board of Materials Science and Technology, 2013-.
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
Hahn-Meitner-Institut
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

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Projects

Research Output

Resistance of fly ash geopolymer binders to organic acids

Aiken, T., Kwasny, J. & Sha, W., 20 Aug 2020, In : Materials and Structures. 53, 115.

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    Demonstration of using low carbon precast concrete products for an energy efficient built environment

    McGrath, T., Kwasny, J., Aiken, T., Cox, S., Soutsos, M., Chen, J. F., Mariotti, J., Sha, W. & Correia Lopes, R. F., 17 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5) Vol 1 & 2 . Ganjian, E., Limbachiya, M., Ghafoori, N., Claisse, P. & Bagheri, M. (eds.). Coventry, 11 p. IDSMT5076

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Effect of coarse aggregates on FRP strain distribution in an FRP-to-concrete bonded joint

    Li, Y-Q., Esmaeeli, E., Chen, J. F., Sha, W. & Soutsos, M., 01 Jul 2019, (Accepted) 9th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction 2019, ACIC 2019 03/09/2019 → 05/09/2019 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Proceedings. p. 189-194 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Effects of slag substitution on physical and mechanical properties of fly ash-based alkali activated binders (AABs)

    Rafeet, A. M., Vinai, R., Soutsos, M. & Sha, W., 01 Aug 2019, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 122, p. 118-135 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
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    Improving the Recycling Rate of the Construction Industry

    Grigoriadis, K., Whittaker, M., Soutsos, M., Sha, W., Napolano, L., Klinge, A., Paganoni, S., Casado, M., Brander, L., Prieto Rabade, M., Mueller, U., Mousavi, M., During, O., Scullin, M., Correia, R., Zerbi, T., Merli, I., Ingrosso, I., Attanasio, A. & Largo, A., 07 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5). Ganjian, E., Limbachiya, M., Ghafoori, N., Claisse, P. & Bagheri, M. (eds.). Coventry: International Committee of the SCMT conferences, Vol. 1. p. 400-414 15 p. (Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies Conferences : Proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Prizes

    Outstanding Reviewer for Materials Science and Engineering A

    Sha, Wei (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: National/international honour

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    Activities

    Radiological evaluation of by-products used in construction and alternative applications; Preparation of By-BM natural radioactivity database

    Zoltan Sas (Presenter), , Wouter Schroeyers (Contributor), , Rory Doherty (Contributor), , Wei Sha (Contributor), & Marios Soutsos (Contributor)

    02 Oct 201705 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Natural radioactivity related concerns of synthetic construction materials; Introduction of By-BM Project

    Zoltan Sas (Presenter), , Wouter Schroeyers (Contributor), , Marios Soutsos (Contributor), , Wei Sha (Contributor), & Rory Doherty (Contributor)

    13 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    S2385CIV: KTP

    Wei Sha (Participant)

    2016

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India

    Wei Sha (Examiner)

    2016

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Press / Media

    Tougher alloys for titanium tanks

    Wei Sha

    01/07/2009

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Examining safety of combat military vehicles made from titanium alloys

    Wei Sha

    01/07/2009

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Safety of combat military vehicles examined

    Wei Sha

    01/07/2009

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    Effect of concrete heterogeneity on FRP-to-concrete bond behaviour

    Author: Li, Y., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Soutsos, M. (Supervisor), Sha, W. (Supervisor) & Chen, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Mix Design, Fresh and Hardened Properties and Microstructural Characterisation of Alkali- Activated Concrete Based on PFA/GGBS Blends

    Author: Rafeet, A., Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Soutsos, M. (Supervisor) & Sha, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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