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Prof. Chi Sun Poon

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Plenary Speaker

Novel upcycling technique of recycling of cement paste powder by a two-step carbonation process

Date of Conference  TBD

Prof. Chi Sun Poon obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, and spent two further years as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Oxford University specialising in cement and concrete research. Currently, he is the Chair Professor of Sustainable Construction Materials and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was awarded the title of Changjiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education in 2017. He specialises in the teaching and research of eco-friendly construction materials, concrete technology and waste management. He has published over 500 papers in international journals and conferences (including over 350 international journal papers, and 8 patents). He is an Editor of Consturction and Building Materials. He has received a number of local and international awards for his research development in eco-construction materials including the State Technological Innovation Award in 2017 (2nd Class).

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Prof. Robert J Flatt

Institute of Building Materials, ETH Zürich

Exciting new insights into competitive adsorption 

Date of Conference  TBD

Robert J. Flatt is Professor for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials at ETH Zürich since 2010. He owns a master in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from EPFL.

His main research topic is the working mechanisms of chemical admixtures, in particular laying the scientific basic for their molecular design to achieve targeted macroscopic improvements, in particular for sustainable concrete. This work naturally feeds into research on digital fabrication with concrete, which is developed within the Swiss National Competence Centre on Digital Fabrication in Architecture. Another topic of interest is the preservation of stone in built cultural heritage.

Recently, Robert co-edited the book “Science and Technology of Concrete Admixtures” with Prof. Pierre-Claude Aïticn. He has also received several awards including the RILEM Medal as well as the Ross Coffin Purdy and the Stephen Brunauer awards from the American Ceramic Society.

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Prof. Surendra P Shah

Presidential Distinguished Professor, University of Texas, Walter P Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Northwestern University

Sustainability with Graphene based composites.

Date of Conference  TBD

Professor Shah has been actively involved with research in concrete technology. His current research deal with using nano technology to enhance the performance at macro scale. He is a member of US Academy of Engineering, U.S. Academy of Inventors, Chinese Academy of Enginnering and Athens Academy. He is honorary professor at Poly U and a member of Institute of Advanced Studies at HKUST. He is a distinguished professor at IIT Madras, and Jinan University. He is also honorary professor and Tongji University.

He has published more 500 journal articles. He is an horary member of ACI, RILEM and ASCE, he was the founding director of USNSF funder center of Advanced Cement Based Materials. This interdisciplinary center, based at Northwestem University included Universities of Illinois, Michigan and Purdue and NIST. Currently he is the director of the Center of Advanced Construction Materials at University at Texas at Arlington.

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Prof. Viktor Mechtcherine,

Institute of Construction Materials, TU Dresden, Germany

Integrating reinforcement in digital fabrication with concrete

Date of Conference  TBD

Viktor Mechtcherine is Director of the Institute for Construction Materials and Full Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He is Coordinator of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Program SPP 2005 „Opus Fluidum Futurum – Rheology of reactive, multiscale, multi-phase construction materials“ and Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group GRK 2250 „Mineral-bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety“. Prof. Mechtcherine is Editor of the Journals “Cement and Concrete Composites” and “Materials and Structures”, Member of the Science Academy of Saxony and the Russian Engineering Academy, Chair of RILEM Technical Committee «Assessment of Additively Manufactured Concrete Materials and Structures» and Chair of the Working Group «Digital concrete construction by additive manufacturing» of the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete (DAfStb). He is RILEM Fellow and awardee of Wason Medal for Materials Research by American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Innovation Award of the bauma 2016 Munich.

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Prof. Sergio Alcocer

Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM

Challenges in the implementation of performance-based design, quality assurance and best construction practices – the case of Mexico

Date of Conference  TBD

Sergio M. Alcocer is a Research Professor in the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  At UNAM, he was Provost and Director of the Institute of Engineering.

 Dr. Alcocer is an International Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering;  Past-President and Honorary Member of the Mexican Society of Structural Engineering (SMIE) and Past-President of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico. He is the currently president of the Mexican Council of Foreign Affairs.

 In 2017, Dr. Alcocer was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from The University of Arizona.  Alcocer is a Distinguished Engineering Alumni of the Cockrell School of Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2019, Alcocer was recipient of the Charles S. Whitney Medal of the American Concrete Institute.

 He received his BSc in Civil Engineering from UNAM, and a PhD in Structures from The University of Texas at Austin.