Multiscale Computational Modeling of Cementitious Materials



Chloé Arson
Dr. Arson graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (France) in 2009. Her PhD work consisted in formulating a new damage model for unsaturated rock subjected to high temperature gradients, with applications to nuclear waste disposals. She joined GeorgiaTech faculty in Summer 2012, after holding a position of Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University for two years and a half. Her research focuses on the theoretical formulation of damage poro-mechanics models, mainly for geological storage applications (nuclear waste disposals, CO2 sequestration and compressed air storage).

Joseph J. Biernacki Joseph
Dr. Biernacki’s research interests include the characterization of kinetic and micromechanical behavior of portland cement. Biernacki’s research focuses on the development of experimental datasets for use in multi-scale computational simulations and models for prediction of hydration and molecular interactions between admixtures and cement. Having recognized that simulation appears to be ahead of experimental validation, he emphasizes the use of multiscale approaches to develop phase resolved information for validation and development of models. His work includes the use of x-ray and neutron diffraction-based methods for the determination of in situ strains under various conditions of applied and autogenous stress in portland cement and mortar, continuum-based hydration modeling and computer aided molecular design of admixtues Biernacki received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1980 and his MS and DRE (Doctor of Engineering) from Cleveland State University in 1983 and 1988 respectively. He has 28 years of experience in industry and academia during which time he served for two years as Director of Educational Programs for the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials (ACBM) at Northwestern University. He is presently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University (TTU), Cookeville, TN. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505

Jorge S. Dolado
Dr. Jorge S. Dolado obtained his PhD Thesis in Solid state Physics by the University of the Basque Country (2001), studying through ab-initio simulations the electronic properties of silicon and alkali elements. Afterwards, he continued his research career with a Post-doctoral position at LABEIN, where he entered a recently launched department (NANOC) devoted to study the possibilities nanotechnology in construction. After getting a permanent position in NANOC, Dr. Jorge S. Dolado initially combined the research on cement-based materials with that on photonic devices for construction. During the last 9 years J. S. Dolado is fully involved in the computational multi-scale description of concrete. Invited researcher by numerous universities and institutes he got an appointment as invited professor by the CNRS (France) in 2011. Moreover he has been coordinator of an FP7 European project devoted to the development of multi-scale toolkits that model the hydration, degradation and mechanical properties of cement pastes (CODICE -Computationally Driven Design of Innovative Cement-based Materials) and currently leads a recently launched initiative born in the Basque Country (BASKRETE) which aims to coordinate the research activity of the Basque Country in cement-based materials.

Dariusz Gawin
Dr. Gawin is a full Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering and Head of the Department of Building Physics and Building Materials Łódź University of Technology, 90-924 Łódź, Al. Politechniki 6, Poland e-mail:
Professional experience:
2001-2005 Visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Padua, Italy.
1999 (6 months) Post-doctoral research associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge (TN), USA;
1993-1994 (18 months) Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Padova, Italy;
Research areas:
• hygro- thermo- chemo- mechanics of partially and fully saturated porous materials, in particular building materials and soils;
• hygro- thermal behaviour and damage of concrete at high temperature; • hygro- thermo- mechanical behaviour and maturing of fresh concrete structures; • computer modelling of coupled heat and moisture transfer with phase changes in capillary porous materials, including freezing and thawing phenomena; • application of Artificial Neural Networks and Evolutionary Algorithms for solution of inverse problems for heat and mass transfer;
• 8 books and monographs;
• 70 papers in scientific journals (40 in the JCR journals);
• 21 papers in technical journals;
• 42 papers on international scientific conferences published as chapter in books
• 90 papers on international scientific conferences and congresses;
• 117 papers on Polish national scientific conferences;
The value of Hirsch index „h" (October 2012):
h= 14 – according to the ISI database, with about 730 citations (505 without auto-citations);
Participation in research projects:
• 10 national projects (6 times as the project manager);
• 14 international and foreign projects (5 times as the project manager).

Zachary Grasley
Dr. Grasley is an associate professor in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests involve applying mechanics and thermodynamics to experimental and modeling problems involving cementitious or other porous media. Specific interests include coupling of mechanics, chemistry, and microstructure, poromechanics, viscoelasticity, and the development of more sustainable infrastructure materials.

Christian Hellmich
Dr. Hellmich is a professor for strength of materials, computational mechanics and biomechanics at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Department for Civil Engineering.
1990-95: Civil Engineering, TU Wien;
1999: Ph.D., TU Wien;
2000-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, M.I.T.;
2004-2010: Associate Professor, TU Wien;
2011- Full Professor, TU Wien.
Expertise: multiscale mechanics in Civil and Bioengineering
Publications include more than 80 papers in refereed journals (h=20)
Various awards and Prizes, including: ECCOMAS Zienkiewicz Award 2008, ERC Grant of European Research Council 2010 (1.5 mio Euro), 2012 Huber award of ASCE

Hamlin M. Jennings
Dr. Jennings is the Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT. From 1987 to 2010, he was a professor in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, Evanston IL, where he conducted wide-ranging research on cement-based materials. After receiving a BSc in physics from Tufts University he obtained a PhD in Materials Science from Brown University, he spent a decade first at University of Cape Town and then at Imperial College London. The ultimate goal of his research is to fully establish models that relate processing, microstructure and properties of cement-based materials.

Andrey G. Kalinichev
Dr. Kalinichev received his PhD in chemical physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he subsequently headed the Physical Research Laboratory at the Institute of Experimental Mineralogy in Chernogolovka near Moscow. After spending 12 years in the US as a Research Associate Professor of Geochemistry at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University, he is currently directing the molecular simulation efforts of the industrial chair "Storage and Management of Nuclear Waste" at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France. He was one of the first to employ classical molecular computer simulations in geochemistry, which remain the focus of his current research interests.

David S. Kosson
Dr. Kosson is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he appointments as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences. He also is principal investigator of the multi-university Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Evaluation (CRESP), supported by the Department of Energy to assist with improving the remediation of sites formerly used for the production of defense nuclear materials and the management of nuclear wastes from energy production. Professor Kosson’s research focuses on management of nuclear and chemical wastes, including process development and contaminant mass transfer applied to groundwater, soil, sediment, waste and cementitious materials systems. Dr. Kosson’s research group in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of The Netherlands has developed the Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF) for understanding the release of contaminants from wastes and construction materials under a wide range of use and disposal scenarios. Dr. Kosson leads the Cementitious Barriers Partnership which is a multi-institution initiative focused on developing advanced tools for predicting the long-term performance of cementitious materials in nuclear applications.

Roland Pellenq
Dr. Roland Pellenq is a computational materials scientist with a strong interest in the physics and mechanics of micro- and nanoporous materials and confined fluids. He graduated in 1994 with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Imperial College, London; and is currently a Research Director of CNRS, the French government research agency. Dr. Pellenq’s research is dedicated to the development of bottom-up simulation approaches (starting at an atomistic level of description) for a large variety of critical problems in energy and environment related materials research, ranging from hydrogen storage, advanced battery technology, and CH4, CO2 water adsorption, sequestration in porous carbons and shale gas, to tectonophysics, stability of nuclear fuels, and fundamentals of cement and concrete research. His research interests focus on the thermodynamics and dynamical properties of molecular, ionic and covalent fluids confined in porous materials using simulation techniques with an effort toward integrating realistic inter-atomic potentials and material texture description from nano to µm-scales. Dr. Pellenq was is one of the co-founders and lead scientist of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, CSH@MIT, opened October 2009, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the reduction of the environmental footprint of the cement and concrete industry. R. Pellenq was hired as a MIT Senior Research Scientist in November 2010 and is the head of the CNRS-MIT joint laboratory "Multiscale Material Science of Energy and Environment".

Florence Sanchez
Dr. Sanchez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include (i) multiscale experimental characterization and computational modeling of the properties, performance, and durability of cement-based composites; (ii) development of novel, cement-based composites with superior structural and functional properties and enhanced durability; and, (iii) study of interfacial interactions (chemical and mechanical) and modeling of mass transport processes coupled with chemical reactions as applied to advanced, cement-based composites. Sanchez is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2006. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon (France).

Gaurav Sant
Dr. Sant is an Assistant Professor and holder of the Edward K. and Linda L. Rice Endowed Chair in Materials Science in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Member at the California Nanosystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his BSCE (2006), MSCE (2007) and PhD (2009) in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and spent a post-doctoral year (2010) as a Research Scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Gaurav has authored or co-authored over 35 papers in international journal and conference publications. His current research is focused on the development and application of quantum chemical, and geochemical analytics and simulations to design and proportion binder systems with a greatly reduced cement content and low-carbon footprint.

Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Dr. Shahsavari’s research focuses on developing a multi-scale, multi-paradigm materials modeling approach extending from the quantum level to the continuum level to study key functional behavior of complex materials (e.g. cement), which are critical to the infrastructure underlying the science and technology enterprises of our society. He obtained his PhD at MIT in 2010. Prior to joining MIT, he worked as a project engineer in Alberta from 2004-2006. He completed his Master's and Bachelor's degrees at McGill University and Sharif University in 2004 and 2002, respectively.

Peter Stroeven
Dr. Stroeven obtained a PhD (1973) from Delft University of Technology (in field of micromechanics of concrete). He retired in 2002. At the moment he is a guest professor at Delft University of Technology and visiting professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, P.R. China. He has research experience in wide field of concrete technology (experimental mechanics, optical stress analysis, fiber reinforced concrete, cement blending by kaolin and rice husk ash, etc.).

Marta Slowik
Dr. Slowik is a faculty of the Civil Engineering and Architecture department at Lublin University of Technology. Her research interests includeI concrete structures and fracture mechanics.

Jacek Tejchman
1981 master of science at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology.
1989 doctoral work at the Karlsruhe University in Germany at the Institute for Soil and Rock Mechanics.
1996 habilitation work at the Karlsruhe University in Germany at the Institute for Soil and Rock Mechanics.
1999 associative professor at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Building Structures and Material Engineering.
2006 full professor at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Building Structures and Material Engineering. Interests:
soil mechanics, mechanics of bulk solids, concrete and reinforced concrete structures.
The author or co-author of 80 scientific papers in the journals JCR “ISI Web of Knowledge”.

Pablo Zavattieri
Dr. Zavattieri is currently an Assistant Professor of the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University where his research interests are in the area of computational solid mechanics applied to the multi-scale analysis of advanced materials subjected to extreme conditions. His current research includes investigation of the mechanics of conventional materials (concrete, metals and composites), biomineralized organisms, biomimetic composites, nanocellulose-based composites, and multifunctional and smart materials. Prior to joining Purdue he served as a Senior Researcher and Staff Researcher at the General Motors Research and Development Center from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Zavattieri serves as a technical reviewer, symposium organizer and editor for numerous organizations in the area of mechanics and materials. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the Balseiro Institute in 1995, Argentina and his Ph.D. from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in 2000.