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Area of academic expertise - outline

My main research interests are in technology and properties of self-compacting concrete and special concretes, use of waste and recycled materials in construction, nanotechnology in construction, nano-modification of cementitious materials, and particularly micromechanical characterisation of natural and engineering materials.  I pioneered the application of nanoindentation technique to cementitious materials over 20 years ago. My research activities have been funded by EU, government, industry, research council and charities, with a large number of UK and international collaborators.

Current research activities

My current research activities are mainly in the use of waste and recycled materials in concrete and grout, green connstuction materials, innovative cement-based materials, durability of construction materials, and nanoindentation study of natural and engineering materials (including, cement, sea shells, metallic joints, composites, bones, and thin films/coatings, etc).

Desired research direction

Nano-modification and engineering of cement-based materials, Green construction materials, Special concretes, multi-functional materials, nanotechnology application in construction, and advanced nano-scale characterisation of materials.

Target collaborative companies

Scottish SMEs, BASF, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC)

Target collaborative organisations

Current teaching activities and interests

Module coodinator for the following modules: Civil Engineering Materials (level 8), Advanced Construction Materials (Level 10), Individual Project and Interact (Level 10), Adv Materials for Sustainable Construction (Level 11).

Constribute to the following modules: Applied Engineering Science (level 7), Engineering Mechanics (level 7), and a number of GA modules.

Supervising large number of MSc and Honours degree projects (11 in 2018).

Coordinating teaching in two joint BEng Civil and BEng Mechanical Engineering programmes in Changchun Institute of Technology in China.

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Research Output 1996 2018

Tuning of calcite crystallographic orientation to support Brachiopod Lophophore

Cusack, M., Chung, P., Zhu, W. & Endo, K. 29 May 2018 In : Advanced Engineering Materials. 6 p., 1800191

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Enhanced erosion performance of cold spray co-deposited AISI316 MMCs modified by friction stir processing

Peat, T., Galloway, A., Toumpis, A., Steel, R., Zhu, W. & Iqbal, N. 15 Apr 2017 In : Materials & Design. 120, p. 22-35

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Tungsten carbide

Modification of various properties of HfO2 thin films obtained by changing magnetron sputtering conditions

Mazur, M., Howind, T., Gibson, D., Kaczmarek, D., Morgiel, J., Wojcieszak, D., Zhu, W. & Mazur, P. 25 Jun 2017 In : Surface & Coatings Technology. 320

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Magnetron sputtering
magnetron sputtering
Thin films
thin films

Properties of interfacial transition zones (ITZs) in concrete containing recycled mixed aggregate

Saez del Bosque, I. F., Zhu, W., Howind, T., Matías, A., Sanchez de Rojas, M. I. & Medina, C. Aug 2017 In : Cement & Concrete Composites. 81, p. 25-34 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Adhesive pastes

Quantification and characterization of C-S-H in silica nanoparticles incorporated cementitious system

Singh, L. P., Zhu, W., Howind, T. & Sharma, U. 1 May 2017 In : Cement & Concrete Composites. 79, p. 106-116

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Silicic Acid
Calcium silicate
Silicon Dioxide