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Professor Xiangming Zhou Professor Xiangming Zhou
Head of Department - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Please note World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET) has listed me as a member of the scientific committee/organisation committee of many of their conferences without my knowledge. I have not involved in any conference organised by WASET. I would like to recommend you to take a look at the page on Wikipedia about WASET as following: quoting "WASET is a predatory publisher of open access academic journals. The publisher has been listed as a "potential, possible, or probable" predatory publisher..." Scopus Profile BEng, MEng(Res), PhD, PGCE, FHEA, FICT, SMRILEM 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 joining Brunel, he was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Greenwich from January 2007 to September 2008. He conducted post-doctoral research at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University from January 2005 to January 2007. At Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he received University Post-doctoral Fellowship. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the 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 broad range of fields in Construction Materials and technology, with a focus on cement and concrete, and structural engineering. In the area of Construction Materials and technology, 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, cementless 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., valorization of construction and demolition waste (CDW) and mining waste, carbon adsorption via cement and concrete, 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 & Technology 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 mainstream civil and structural engineering journals, such as the 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 Investigators of research projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Commission 7th Framework Programme, European Commission Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, British Council, UK-India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), Royal Society, 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 a 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. He has been 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 has also been the PI of a UKIERI-funded project - A New Framework of High-value Added Zero-waste Recycling of Concrete from Construction and Demolition Waste - collaborating with IIT Madras and the PI of a British Council Researcher Links Workshop grant - Valorization of Construction and Demolition Waste for Sustainable Infrastructure Development - collaborating with Tongji University, China (co-funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Prof Zhou is currently the PI of an MSCA Individual Fellowship grant - Nano-engineered aluminosilicate cementitious materials (i.e. NEASCMs) and the PI of the project - Biomimicry and carbon adsorbent eco-materials for a climate-neutral economy (i.e. CSTO2NE), project no.: EP/X04145X/1, funded by EPSRC, which is part of a Horizon Europe funded project CSTO2NE. Prof Zhou is also the UK lead of the project - Enhancement on carbon capture in recycling waste concrete for sustainable & resilient infrastructure,” project no.: IEC\NSFC\223146 - funded by Royal Society - National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Cost Share Exchange Programme (collaborating with Tsinghua University). Xiangming has also been a work package leader of another Horizon 2020-funded project, i.e. the REMINE project ( Prof Xiangming Zhou is the pioneer and innovator of the elliptical ring test method for assessing the cracking tendency of cement-based materials at early ages. His research was funded by EPSRC via the project - A Novel Method for Assessing Cracking Tendency of Concrete at Early Ages, project no.: EP/I031952/1. Since then, with the intensive collaboration with Prof Wei Dong at the Dalian University of Technology, the elliptical ring test method for assessing the cracking potential of cement-based materials has been widely cited in the academic community and cement/concrete engineering practice. 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 shortlisted as one of the three academics for the Student Led Teaching Award of Tutor/Supervisor of the Year 2016/17. As a member of the team, Civil Engineering Division received the Teach Brunel College Awards – Best Subject 2017 (one of the three subjects across the university). Xiangming has conducted peer review for grant proposals submitted to the EPSRC (first grant scheme, standard responsive mode, early career fellowship, Future Leadership Fellow, & engineering programme grants), UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres multi-million proposals, European Commission Horizon 2020 (with single proposal value to 15 million euros), Royal Society (Industrial Fellowship, Newton Advanced Fellowship), Hong Kong Croucher Foundation (Senior Research Fellowship), Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HKRGC) (including GRF, ECS, RIF, STG with single project asking budget of HK$38 million, etc.), Research Council of Norway (i.e. Collaborative projects to meet societal and industry-related challenges: Circular Economy (proposal value equivalent to €3 million each)), Cyprus’ Research and Innovation Foundation, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), European Science Foundation, Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), etc. He is a full member of EPSRC College and has also served EPSRC Engineering Programme Grants Interview Panel for multi-million grant decisions. He has been reviewing papers for more than 70 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; an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Engineering) and an editorial board member of the journal of Buildings. He has also served as Chair/Member of Technical Program Committee, International Scientific Committee, International Conference Committee, International Advisory Committee, etc. for around 40 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 and also chaired the UK-China Workshop on Valorisation of Construction and Demolition Waste for Sustainable Infrastructure jointly funded by the British Council and NSFC. He is a member of the 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; a member of RILEM TC TES – Thermal Energy Storage in Cementitious Composites; a member of RILEM TC ADC – Assessment of Additively Manufactured Concrete Materials and Structures as well as a member of RILEM TC PFC – Performance Requirements and Testing of Fresh Printable Cement-based Materials. He was also an invited member of the UK Industrial Forum for Standards and Uses of Alkali Activated Cements. He has been an External Examiner for PhD theses at the University of Strathclyde (2), Manchester (2), Edinburgh Napier (3), Dundee, UCL (3), Brighton, Greenwich, Lancaster, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Sheffield, and Coventry. He was the External Examiner of the MSc Advanced Structural Engineering (FT/PT) course at Edinburgh Napier University (09/2016~12/2021) and the External Examiner of BSc Civil Engineering at the University of Ulster (09/2019~08/2023). He is currently the External Examiner of the BEng Civil Engineering programme of Dundee International Institute of Central South University. He has also been an External Panel Member for course approval/validation in other UK universities. He has been an invited assessor of Research Excellence Framework outputs (UoA13) by Liverpool John Moores University. Prof Zhou has been invited as a Tenured Professorship external assessor for Riga Technical University, External Assessor for academic staff appointment and promotion at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, External Assessor for academic staff appointment at University of Macau, Independent Assessor for academic staff promotion at University of Surrey, etc. He has received the 1st Class Natural Sciences Award issued by the 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, Jinan University, Hunan University, 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 Education 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 Sustainable concrete technology, such as extrusion / numerical modelling of extrusion systems for cement-based materials & products and development of elliptical ring test method for assessing cracking tendency of concrete and other cement-based materials Testing and modelling of fracture and shrinkage cracking of concrete and other cement-based materials at early ages Constitutive modelling of rheology of fiber-reinforced cement-based semi-solid materials at very early ages Computation mechanics in civil engineering structures and materials, multi-scale (nano-, micro-, meso- and macro-) modelling of fracture and structural behavior of cement-based materials and structures Sustainable low carbon cement materials such as geopolymer/alkali-activated cement and magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement Energy efficient cementitious materials with phase-change materials (PCMs) Supplementary cementitious materials, such as aluminosilicate rich mining waste, GGBS, PFA and metakaolin, in concrete and other cement-based materials Applications of nanotechnology in cement and concrete Natural fiber reinforced cement-based materials: formulation, engineering properties & structural performance Performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of building structures under extreme loadings like earthquakes and strong winds Steel-concrete composite structures, earthquake engineering & seismic design Structural test, both static and dynamic, and numerical modelling of structures and structural components in test Precast concrete segmental bridges Structural Mechanics Structural Design Steel and Concrete Design Communication, Management and Professional Skills Sustainable Construction and Computing Construction and Sustainability Structural Dynamic and Seismic Design Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design Advanced Construction Materials and Structural Retrofitting Technology


Dr Nuhu Braimah Dr Nuhu Braimah
Senior Lecturer in Project & Infrastructure Management
Academic/Professional Career Consultant on Construction Project and Programme Management; Acutus, London, 2008. Visiting Lecturer in Civil Engineering Modules, University of Wolverhampton, 2004- 2007. Peer reviewer for the International Journal of Project Management and ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. Civil Engineer for the design and construction supervision of Water and Sanitation Projects; Trend Group, Ghana, 2001-2004. Teaching/Research Assistant for Civil Engineering Department, KNUST, Ghana, 2000-2001. Education PhD in Construction Management, University of Wolverhampton, UK; Sept. 2008. B.Sc. (Hons.), First Class, Civil Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana; 1996-2000. Sustainable Construction and Management Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Water Engineering
Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli
Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Esmaeel is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) funded by the prestigious Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (€183,454). In this project the innovative rapid and reliable post-tensioning solution, SMArtPlate, was developed for strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, such as bridges. Thanks to the €48,000 scholarship awarded to his PhD proposal by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Hybrid Composite Plate (HCP) - another innovative system for retrofitting RC structures - was conceptualized and developed in ISISE (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering), Civil Engineering Department, University of Minho. HCP utilises the synergetic advantages of Strain Hardening Cementitious Composite (SHCC) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) to provide higher durability and connection reliability to structural strengthening practices than that of conventional systems, such as FRP and TRM. During his MSc, Esmaeel developed a novel seismic strengthening technique, composed of GFRP wet layup and steel profiles, for seismic strengthening of deficient RC beam-column joints. This MSc thesis was developed at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran and in collaboration with International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of Iran. Esmaeel has several years of consultancy experience. He was a team leader in projects dealing with the vulnerability assessment and strengthening of structures. Sustainable retrofitting solutions for concrete and masonry structures Vulnerability assessment of existing structures Advanced materials for sustainable construction Micro-mechanical modelling of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Fresh state properties of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Dynamic response of structures with the focus on extreme loads Computational mechanics Prestressed concrete structures Constitutive laws and analytical models of composite materials Mechanics of contact surfaces CE5607 Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design CE5606 Advanced Construction Materials and Structural Retrofitting Technology CE2003 Structural Mechanics
Professor Mizi Fan Professor Mizi Fan
Chair, Board of Examiners, Civil Engineering Head/Director of Research, Department of Civil Engineering Fellow, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Coordinator of complex EU projects Principal Scientist at Building Research Establishment, UK (Associate); Appointed (by the UK Foundation of Science and Technology) UK representative(s) for the Committee of European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technological Research. Editorial Board member for the International Journals: Construction and Technology; Indoor and Built Environment; Nature Science External (Expert) Evaluator for R&D for EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 Framework Programme for the European Commission External (Expert) Evaluator for Greek Ministry of Education for R&D programme. Professor Mizi Fan, Research Director, has both academic and industrial profiles previously developed at the University of Bath, the Building Research Establishment, UK (BRE) and universities in China over the last 20 years: He spent the early part of his career as a university lecturer in natural fibre, composite and engineering subjects before receiving his PhD from the University of Wales, UK in 1997. He then carried out major research and research consultancy at BRE for a period of 12 years before re-entering academics at the University of Bath. Upon his appointment as Chair in Civil Engineering at Brunel University London, his research for the next few years will centre on solving the critical issues of future building materials and systems, particularly in nano cellulose and fusion technology, and innovative low carbon materials. In his research field of Fibre Science and Technology, Composites, Recycling and Zero Carbon Construction, he has an international profile with four international patents, three books, and over 160 journal and conference publications, including top journals in the field such as Materials Sciences, Wood Science and Technology, and Vibrational Spectroscopy. He was the winner of the BRE Trust Award for outstanding achievement in European projects, BRE Trust Award for outstanding achievement in recognition of outstanding success in the EULIFE programme and in winning bids from IRTU, and the BRE Trust Outstanding Publication Awards for the two best papers on Built Environment. In addition, Mizi has been the coordinator of several complex EU Framework projects. He has been appointed (by the UK Foundation of Science and Technology) as UK representative for the Committee of European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technological Research (COST E49 and F0904). He is editorial board member for three international journals, a regular reviewer of several leading journals, and involved in organizing numerous international conferences. Apart from his academic background, Mizi has strong industrial links: His research has been mostly developed in collaboration with leading companies, who have funded him with PhD/EngD studentships and supported his research. He is Principal Scientist associated to BRE, providing expert inputs in the related fields. Mizi teaches all aspects of civil engineering materials, construction, and sustainability subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Mizi is the Independent (Expert) Evaluator for R&D for the EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 Framework Programme for the European Commission. He is also the Independent (Expert) Evaluator for the Greek Ministry of Education for R&D programme.
Dr Seyed Ghaffar Dr Seyed Ghaffar
Senior Lecturer – Senior Tutor & Admissions Tutor Department of CEE
Dr Seyed Ghaffar is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng, FICE), a Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology (MICT) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is the leader of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Construction Research Group (AMTC). The focus of AMTC is on valorising construction and demolition waste using materials science and 3D printing to achieve the circular economy goals of sustainable construction. Dr Ghaffar, as the Principal Investigator, has been successful in securing a €220K project funded by the H2020 EU Commission on ''Digital fabrication and integration of Material reuse for environmentally friendly cementitious composite building blocks (DigiMat)' 2021-2023. Dr Ghaffar is the Principal Investigator of a £300K project funded by the British Council (Institutional Links) on 'Direct Writing of Cementitious Inks to Scaffolds with Complex Microarchitectures (DiWoCIS)' 2020-2022. He is also the Principal Investigator of a £300K project funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on 'High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HP-CSB): A New Generation of Building Materials' 2018-2022. Dr Ghaffar's research covers a number of construction materials, with a focus on the development of low-carbon technologies suitable for new and retrofitting applications by combining materials sciences and innovative technologies. Dr Ghaffar is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Results in Engineering (Elsevier) He recently edited a book titled "Innovation in construction - A Practical Guide to Transforming the Construction Industry". He is a Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and has been appointed as an expert evaluator for the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Dr Ghaffar has also acted as an expert evaluator on Horizon Europe HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-12: Breakthrough technologies supporting technological sovereignty in construction (RIA) (November 2021) and HORIZON-CL4-2022-RESILIENCE-01-16: Building and renovating by exploiting advanced materials for energy and resources efficient management (IA) (April 2022). During his PhD (2012-2016), Dr Ghaffar was simultaneously working as a research associate on several European research projects, i.e. Grow2Build, VIP4ALL, REWOBIOREF and GELCLAD. Natural fibre composite production, formulation and characterisation are part of Dr Ghaffar's research expertise. In 2015, he was appointed Manager of Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence (Grow2Build), which serves as a permanent focal point for local manufacturers, industries and research centres interested in bio-based building products, providing technical support and innovation for the utilisation of bio-based products in the construction industry. Moreover, construction waste management and valorisation (WasteValue) is another of Dr Ghaffar's research interests. This research aims to study the feasibility of the circular economy management of waste and the environmental sustainability of the systems in construction. WasteValue evaluates and analyses current technologies and strategies concerning construction and demolition waste management in the UK. CE 1620 Introduction to Contemporary Civil Engineering – Module Leader CE 1702 Engineering and Environmental Materials – Module Leader CE 2608 Construction Materials and Sustainability – Module Leader CE 3009-CE 3099 Individual Project – Module Contributor CE 5518-CE 5015 Sustainable Project Management – Module Contributor CE 5516 Civil Engineering Dissertation – Module Contributor Dr Ghaffar was the recipient of Teaching Support for the Year 2019
Dr Kangkang Tang Dr Kangkang Tang
Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Kangkang Tang is a chartered civil and structural engineer (CEng MICE IStructE) and a senior lecturer leading the undergraduate civil engineering modules at Brunel University London. He is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. Dr Kangkang Tang is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. He is the module leaders of CE2003 Structural Mechanics, CE3003 Steel and Concrete, and CE3610 Design of Structural System.