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Dr Mehdi Chougan
Marie Curie fellowship

Michael Sterling 361


Dr. Mehdi Chougan is a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Research Fellow at Brunel University London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr Chougan obtained his PhD in “Graphene-engineered cementitious composites” from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy, in 2019. After the PhD completion, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate on “High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HPCSB): A New Generation of Building Materials” project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) at Brunel University London.

He is an outstanding young researcher in the field of cementitious composite materials, especially in graphene-engineered cementitious composites and additive manufacturing of alkali-activated cementitious composites. His research focuses on three areas: (i) the design and optimisation of 3D printable alkali-activated materials (AAM) and manufacturing strategies, with the aim to enhance the sustainability and productivity of the construction industry. Key topics concern the inclusion of different types of additives, including graphene-based materials, nano clay, and fibres, focusing on rheology modifications and performance optimisation. (ii) Bio-based composites, such as lightweight compressed strawboard (CSB) for the construction industry. (iii) the design and optimisation of low-carbon concrete using cement and natural aggregate replacement procedures to reduce concrete's carbon footprint. Some of his research works have been published in prestigious journals such as Materials and Design, Industrial Crops and Products, Journal of building engineering, etc. He is a RILEM Technical Committee member of "Carbon-based nanomaterials for multifunctional cementitious matrices" and a guest editorial board of the special issue on "Benefits of Alkali Activated Materials toward Sustainable Construction: Latest Advances and Prospects" in the journal of sustainability (MDPI).


  • BSc Mechanical Engineering (4-years degree)
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering (2-years degree)
  • PhD (Title: Graphene-Engineered Cementitious materials: A Systematic Experimental Study), University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy