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Valorisation of construction and demolition waste

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Project description

This is a Researcher Links Workshop grant. The aim of this workshop is to gather the most active early career researchers (ECRs) across both the UK and China, discuss the recent advances in the separation & cleaning of C&DW and its high value-added utilization as construction materials for sustainable and resilient infrastructure development. It will be of great importance for the workshop to look into the future technologies, processes and skills that can be applied in a more efficient and effective way in a circular economy approach to achieve sustainable development goals of China and the UK, particularly the design of robust, easily replicable collection and separation methods for recycled C&DW based on supply chain optimisation and life cycle analysis (LCA) for the different processes. Also, of valuable importance will be to discuss the most recent developments in technology for recycling high-value C&DW such as sand, coarse aggregates and concrete to ultimately achieve zero-waste recycling and efficient recovery rates.

To achieve this goal, first, we will invite and involve some active ECRs from industries in China (partner companies) to give industry-focused presentations and participate in discussions with other researchers from academia. This will ensure the technologies discussed in the workshop are feasible and can be applied to industry in a reasonable timescale. Secondly, we have approached a few high profile and inspirational researchers to be the mentors from the UK and China and deliver the keynotes. This will help us attract the best ECRs to attend the workshop and ensure the outputs obtained are up-to-date and advanced. Furthermore, we will facilitate purpose-built sessions on career development of the attending ECRs and long-term collaborations respectively to foster links, realize the outputs achieved in the Workshop and help the ECRs develop themselves in this field.


Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Xiangming Zhou - Scopus Profile BEng, MEng(Res), PhD, PGCE, FHEA, SRILEM, MICT, MASCE, MACI, MIMS, GMICE, GMIStructE - 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. At Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he received University Post-doctoral Fellowship. 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 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, 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., valorization of construction and demolition waste (CDW) and mining waste, 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 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, British Council, UKIERI, 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 (www.fibcem.com), 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 (www.greeninstruct.eu) 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. Currently, he is also 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. Prof Zhou is also the PI of a MSCA Individual Fellowship grant - Nano-engineered aluminosilicate cementitious materials (i.e. NEASCMs) to start in October 2020. He has also been a work package leaders of another Horizon 2020 funded project, i.e. the REMINE project (https://reminemsca.wordpress.com/). 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), UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres multi-million proposals, European Commission Horizon 2020, Royal Society (Industrial Fellowship, Newton Advanced Fellowship), Hong Kong Croucher Foundation (Senior Research Fellowship), Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HKRGC), and other EU national research councils. He is a full member of EPSRC College and has also served EPSRC Engineering Programme Grants Interview Panel for multi-million grant decision (https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewPanel.aspx?PanelId=1-44R7R2). 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 was 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, Greenwich, Lancaster & Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the External Examiner of the MSc Advanced Structural Engineering (FT/PT) course at Edinburgh Napier University and the External Examiner of BSc Civil Engineering at University of Ulster. He has also been 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. 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, 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,