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Professor Xiangming Zhou

Professor Xiangming Zhou
Head of Department - Civil & Environmental Engineering


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Xiangming is a Professor and Head of Department of Civil & Environmental 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, Reader in 2016 and Professor in 2018. Before joined Brunel, he was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at University of Greenwich from 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 by Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

Xiangming’s research covers a board range of fields in Construction Materials and technology, with focus on cement and concrete, and structural engineering. In the area of Construction Materials, he focuses on advanced concrete technology such as extrusion, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 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 / alkali-activated cement made from metakaolin, calcined clay, pulverised fly ash (PFA), mining waste and/or ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) etc., testing and modelling of rheology and early-age engineering properties of cement-based materials for extrusion and 3D printing, fracture testing and modelling of concrete, restrained shrinkage cracking of concrete, synthetic and/or natural fibre reinforced concrete, cement-based smart and functional materials for infrastructure, applications of nanotechnology in cement-based materials etc. In Structural Engineering, his research interest falls in seismic testing, analysis and design of steel-concrete composite high-rise buildings, performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of building structures under extreme loadings, precast concrete segmental bridges, fibre-reinforced concrete ground slabs, impact and fracture of natural fibre reinforced concrete, structural-function integrated structural panels, and numerical modelling of fracture and structural behaviour 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); Materials and Design (Elsevier); Materials and Structures, RILEM; Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Taylor & Francis); Engineering Failure Analysis (Elsevier) 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, UK Royal Academy of Engineering etc. 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 a 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, 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. He has been shorted list as one of the three academics in the College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences for Student Led Teaching Award of Tutor/Supervisor of the Year 2016/17. As a member of the team, Civil Engineering Division received Teach Brunel College AwardsBest Subject 2017.

Xiangming has conducted peer review for grant proposals submitted to the EPSRC (first grant scheme, standard responsive mode, early career fellowship & engineering programme grants), European Commission Horizon 2020, Royal Society (Industrial Fellowship, Newton Advanced Fellowship), Hong Kong Croucher Foundation (Senior Research Fellowship) and other EU national research councils. He is a full member of EPSRC College and has also served EPSRC Engineering Programme Grants Interview Panel ( He has been reviewing papers for more than 50 international academic journals. He is appointed an editorial board member of Advances in Concrete Construction: An International Journal of Sustainability and Innovation in Concrete Construction; an Associate Editor of the journal of Frontiers in Materials – Structural Materials / Frontiers in Built Environment – Structural Materials; and an editorial board member of The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal. 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 chaired the 2nd International RILEM Workshop on Rheology and Digital Fabrication of Cement-based Materials. He is a member of Technical & Education Committee, Institute of Concrete Technology; a member of RILEM TC MRP – Measuring Rheological Properties of Cement-based Materials; and a member of RILEM TC DFC – Digital Fabrication with Cement-based Materials. He is also an invited member of UK Industrial Forum for Standards and Uses of Alkali Activated Cements. He has been External Examiner for PhD theses in University of Strathclyde, Manchester, Edinburgh Napier, Dundee, UCL, Brighton, and Greenwich. He is the External Examiner of the MSc Advanced Structural Engineering (FT/PT) course at Edinburgh Napier University. 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 etc.

Academic / Research Career

  • Head of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London, since September 2018
  • Professor in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London, since 2018
  • Reader in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London, from 2016 to 2018
  • Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Design, School of Engineering and Design (Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering from August 2014 to September 2016), 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


Head of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (since September 2018)

Director of Teaching & Learnning, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (from Sept 2017 to August 2018)

Civil Engineering Students Placement Convener (from 2010 to 2017)

Chair of Department Management Board

Chair of Board of Studies, Division of Civil Engineering / Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (from Sept 2015 to August 2018)

Member of College Management Board

Member of College Education Committee

Member of College Education Strategy Group

Member of College Education Panel

Member of College Health & Safety Committee

Newest selected publications

Li, L., Zhang, H., Zhou, X., Chen, M., Lu, L. and Cheng, X. (2019) 'Effects of super absorbent polymer on scouring resistance and water retention performance of soil for growing plants in ecological concrete'. Ecological Engineering, 138 (November 2019). pp. 237 - 247. ISSN: 0925-8574

Journal article

Kastiukas, G., Zhou, X., Neyazi, B. and Wan, KT. (2019) 'Sustainable Calcination of Magnesium Hydroxide for Magnesium Oxychloride Cement Production'. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31 (7). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 0899-1561 Open Access Link

Journal article

Dong, W., Yuan, W., Zhou, X. and Zhao, X. (2019) 'Influence of specimen geometries and drying conditions on concrete cracking in restrained elliptical ring tests'. Construction and Building Materials, 207. pp. 273 - 283. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article

Dong, W., Zhao, X., Zhou, X. and Yuan, W. (2019) 'Effects of moisture gradient of concrete on fracture process in restrained concrete rings: Experimental and numerical'. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 208. pp. 189 - 208. ISSN: 0013-7944 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kastiukas, G., Zhou, X., Wan, K. and Castro Gomes, J. (2018) 'Lightweight Alkali-Activated Material from Mining and Glass Waste by Chemical and Physical Foaming'. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31 (3). pp. 04018397-1 - 04018397-8. ISSN: 1943-5533 Open Access Link

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