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Dr Xiangming Zhou

Dr Xiangming Zhou


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Xiangming is a Reader in Civil Engineering at Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London. He joined Brunel in October 2008 as a lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and then to Reader in 2016. Before joined Brunel, he was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at University of Greenwich during January 2007 to September 2008. He conducted post-doctoral research at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University from January 2005 to January 2007. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in December 2004. He also holds two degrees, BEng in Civil & Structural Engineering and MEng (Res) in Structural Engineering awarded in 1997 and 2000, respectively, both from Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

Xiangming’s research covers a board range of topics in construction materials, with focus on cement and concrete, and structural engineering. In the area of Construction Materials, he focuses on advanced concrete technology such as extrusion, low carbon and energy efficient (through encapsulated phase-change materials (PCMs)) cementitious materials and energy efficient buildings, cement less but cement like materials such as magnesium oxychloride cement and geopolymer made from metakaolin, calcined clay, pulverised fly ash (PFA), mining waste (such as red muds) and/or ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) etc., testing and modelling of rheology and early-age engineering properties of cement-based materials, fracture testing and modelling of concrete, restrained shrinkage cracking of concrete, synthetic and/or natural fiber reinforced concrete, cement-based smart and functional materials for infrastructure, applications of nanotechnology in cement-based materials etc. In Structural Engineering, his research covers seismic testing, analysis and design of steel-concrete composite high-rise building, performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of building structures under extreme loadings, precast concrete segmental bridges, fiber-reinforced concrete ground slab, impact and fracture of natural fibre reinforced concrete, structural-function integrated structural panels, and numerical modelling of fracture and structural behavior of concrete and concrete structures which brings his expertise in construction materials and structural engineering under one umbrella.

Xiangming has a sustained track record of high quality research publications in construction materials and structural engineering. He has published papers in referred main stream civil and structural engineering journals, such as Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE; Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE; Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE; ACI Structural Journal; ACI Materials Journal; Engineering Structures (Elsevier); Engineering Fracture Mechanics (Elsevier); Computers & Structures (Elsevier); Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier); Cement and Concrete Composites (Elsevier); Cement and Concrete Research (Elsevier); Materials and Design (Elsevier); Materials and Structures, RILEM; Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Taylor & Francis) etc.

Xiangming has been Principal Investigator of research projects funded by UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Commission 7th Framework Programme, European Commission Horizon 2020 and UK Royal Academy of Engineering. He has been the Scientific Manager of a European Commission 7th Framework Programme funded cooperation project, i.e. the FIBCEM project, with the budget of €2.75 million (European Commission contribution) and has led a consortium with 10 partners from 5 EU member state countries delivering the project. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Green INSTRUCT project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 under the theme of NMBP - Energy Efficient Buildings and am leading a consortium with 14 partners from 8 EU member state countries delivering this €5.0 million (European Commission contribution) project. He is also one of the three work package leaders of another Horizon 2020 funded project, i.e. the REMINE project. He has also led / participated in other national and international collaborative research projects.

Xiangming has lectured structural design (concrete, steel, masonry, seismic and prestressed concrete), structural mechanics, structural dynamics, seismic design, bridge design and assessment, construction materials, materials technology, sustainability in construction, civil engineering drawing, computer modelling in civil engineering etc. at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Greenwich and Brunel University London at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Xiangming has conducted peer review for grant proposals submitted to the EPSRC (first grant scheme, standard responsive mode, & early career fellowship), the Royal Society (Industrial Fellowship, Newton Advanced Fellowship), and Hong Kong Croucher Foundation (Senior Research Fellowship). He has been invited by more than 30 international academic journals to review manuscripts and is appointed an editorial board member of Advances in Concrete Construction: An International Journal of Sustainability and Innovation in Concrete Construction. He has also served as Chair/Member of Technical Program Committee, International Scientific Committee, International Conference Committee, International Advisory Committee etc. for around 20 conferences and he has also served as session chair in a number of international conferences. He has been External Examiner for PhD thesis in University of Strathclyde, Manchester, Edinburgh Napier and Dundee. He has also been External Panel Member for course approval/validation in other UK universities. He has received the 1st Class Natural Sciences Award issued by Chinese Ministry of Education for the research on Seismic Effects on Building Structures jointly with a group of recipients including academics and practicing engineers in mainland China and Hong Kong. Xiangming has developed a large research network in Europe and in China/Hong Kong. He has been appointed visiting professor at Dalian University of Technology, Hunan University, Ji’nan University etc.

Academic / Research Career

  • Reader in Civil Engineering, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Brunel University London, from 2016
  • Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Design, School of Engineering and Design (now Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering), Brunel University London, from 2011 to 2016
  • Lecturer in Civil Engineering Design, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London, from 2008 to 2011
  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Greenwich, from January 2007 to September 2008
  • University Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, from April 2006 to January 2007
  • Visiting Scholar and Instructor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, from January 2005 to March 2006


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Greenwich, March 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, December 2004
  • Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering (2.5 years research degree equivalent to MPhil + MSc), Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 2000
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil & Structural Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 1997


Civil Engineering Students Placement Convener

Chair of Board of Studies, Division of Civil Engineering

Industrial Liaison Officer, Division of Civil Engineering

Newest selected publications

Earij, A., Alfano, G., Cashell, K. and Zhou, X. (2017) 'Nonlinear three–dimensional finite–element modelling of reinforced–concrete beams: Computational challenges and experimental validation'. Engineering Failure Analysis, 82. pp. 92 - 115. ISSN: 1350-6307 Open Access Link

Journal article

Dong, W., Yuan, W., Zhou, X. and Wang, F. (2017) 'The Fracture Mechanism of Circular/elliptical Concrete Rings under Restrained Shrinkage and Drying from Top and Bottom Surfaces'. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. ISSN: 0013-7944 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gong, C., Zhou, X., Ji, L., Dai, W., Lu, L. and Cheng, X. (Accepted) 'Effects of Limestone Powders on Pore Structure and Physiological Characteristics of Planting Concrete with Sulfoaluminate Cement'. Construction and Building Materials. ISSN: 0950-0618

Journal article

Li, L., Chen, M., Zhou, X., Lu, L., Li, Y., Gong, C. and et al. (2017) 'A case of water absorption and water/fertilizer retention performance of super absorbent polymer modified sulphoaluminate cementitious materials'. Construction and Building Materials, 150. pp. 538 - 546. ISSN: 0950-0618

Journal article

Wang, D., Zhou, X., Meng, Y. and Chen, Z. (2017) 'Durability of concrete containing fly ash and silica fume against combined freezing-thawing and sulfate attack'. Construction and Building Materials, 147. pp. 398 - 406. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article
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