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Fredrik Glasser

University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom


Fredrik Paul Glasser received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 1957 where he worked on high temperature phase equilibria and refractories for the steel industry. In 1959, he moved to the University of Aberdeen, since then he has worked mainly on materials science, materials chemistry and solid state science and its applications. This has resulted in publication of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles. In recent decades, cements have featured prominently in his research portfolio. He is the recipient of numerous distinctions including a DSc (honorary, University of Aberdeen), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the IoM3, the Mineralogical Society of America, Honorary Fellow of ICT, and a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society. He is a founder fellow of the Academy of Ceramics and Chairman of the Editorial Board of Advances in Cement Research. He has contributed to International Science and was co-chair of the International Congress of the Chemistry of Cement (Gothenburg and was awarded the Torroja Gold Medal for services to science in Spain). He has been made a Burgess of the city of Aberdeen for civic services. After retirement, he continues to be active in research on the development of cements with low or negative embodied CO2 and in the development of calcium sulfoaluminate cements.

Karen Scrivener

EPFL, Switzerland


Karen Scrivener obtained her PhD at Imperial College in 1984.  She worked for Lafarge in France for 6 years, before being appointed Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL, Switzerland in 2001. Her research focusses on the understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement based materials and improving their sustainability. She is editor in Chief of the leading academic journal “Cement and Concrete Research” and was made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Changwen Miao

Southeast University, China


Changwen Miao is academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor and doctoral supervisor at Southeast University and the president of Jiangsu Research Institute of Building Science Co., Ltd. His research areas include: crack resistance of concrete; the advancement of service life and durability of significant infrastructure engineering; multi-functional materials for civil engineering. He has published 4 monographs and over 100 academic papers in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. He is awarded over 80 state-level patent rights. Miao Changwen also serves as the Honorary Chairman of RILEM China National Group, Vice director of China Building Material Federation, Executive director of China Civil Engineering Society, Executive Director of The Chinese Ceramic Society, Vice director of China Concrete and Cement-based Products Association.

Johann Plank

Technische Universität München, Germany


Johann Plank is full professor for Construction Chemistry and head of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at Technische Universität München. He studied chemistry in Regensburg, Germany and in 1980 earned a Ph.D. degree there. He then joined SKW Trostberg as a research group leader, construction polymers and founded SKW’s oilfield chemicals business before he became General Manager of SKW Construction Polymers GmbH in 1997. In 2001, he joined Technische Universität München, Germany, as a full professor for Construction Chemistry. His current research interests include cement and admixture chemistry for concrete, gypsum, mortar and oil well cementing. Prof. Plank has published about 400 scientific papers, holds 40 patents in the field of construction admixtures and has received many awards and honorary professorships from universities in Japan, China, Singapore and Thailand.

Barbara Lothenbach

Empa, Switzerland

Barbara Lothenbach is the head of the Thermodynamic Modelling Group in the Laboratory of Concrete and Construction Chemistry, Empa, where she has worked since 2002 and holds the International Chair at the Concrete Group, Department of Structural Engineering, NTNU Trondheim, Norway. She has obtained her PhD in 1996 from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Her main research interests include: hydration of cements, in particular changes in hydrate assemblage and pore solution; the effect of supplementary cementitious  materials; durability; thermodynamic modelling. One of her focus is the development of thermodynamic models to predict the changes in the solid and liquid phase during the hydration of Portland and blended cements as well as the changes caused by the interaction with the environment. She has initiated the thermodynamic databases for cement hydrates, Cemdata, which is based on numerous experimental solubility data determined by different groups worldwide. The Cemdata database is freely accessible ( and can be fully integrated in geochemical modelling software such as GEMS and PHREEQC.

Caijun Shi

Hunan University, China


Caijun Shi is currently a Chair Professor of College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University and China Academy of Building Materials Academy. He received his Ph.D from University of Calgary, Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Cement-based Materials, associate editor of Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and Journal of Chinese Ceramic Society, and an editorial board member of Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Composites, Construction and Building Materials. He is a member of many technical committees within ACI and RILEM. His research interests include: characterization and utilization of industrial by-products and waste materials; design and testing of cement and concrete materials; development and evaluation of cement additives and concrete admixtures, and solid and hazardous waste management. He has authored/coauthored more than 360 technical papers, six English books, three Chinese books and edited/co-edited seven international conference proceedings. He is a fellow of International Energy Foundation, a fellow of American Concrete Institute, and a fellow of RILEM.

Mark Tyrer

Coventry University, United Kingdom


Mark Tyrer is currently Professor of Geomaterials and Executive Director of the Faculty Research Centre at Coventry University (appointed December 2016). In 1996, he took up a Fellowship at Imperial College, London, where he conducted industrial research in cement science, novel sorbents, mineral processing and resource-recovery and contributed to several books and five patents. In 2003 he set up an independent consulting practice, through which he worked as Research Manager for MIRO (the Mineral Industry Research Organisation) acting on behalf of commercial clients in a range of technical and advisory capacities, including BP; Shell; Britannia Refined Metals; Health and Safety Executive; Castle Cements; Tarmac Quarry  Products Ltd,; Tarmac Southern Ltd.; Tobermore Ltd.; The National Physical Laboratory; Westminster Abbey (Cosmati Pavement Committee) and others. He currently serves on the British Standards committee B/516 (Cements) and on the Concrete Society Expert Working Group on the Analysis of Hardened Concrete. In addition, he is a former chairman of the Construction Materials Group of the Society of Chemical Industry and current Chairman of the Cementitious Materials Group at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Mark Tyrer was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1993, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in 2003, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2013 and to the Min. Soc. Council in 2014. 

Muhammed Basheer

University of Leeds, United Kingdom


Muhammed Basheer, Chair in Structural Engineering and Head of School of Civil Engineering at University of Leeds, has been an educationalist and researcher in the field of civil (structural) engineering for 34 years. He has been a lecturer on analysis, design and durability of concrete structures at UG and PG levels and his research interests are primarily on the Science, Technology and Performance of Structural Materials, including non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring. His contributions to innovations in student education was recognised by Queen’s University Belfast by bestowing him with a University Teaching Prize in 2003. He was instrumental in developing a distance learning Masters Programme in Advanced Concrete Technology which is accredited by the Institute of Concrete Technology for their membership qualification. His research work includes the development of new test techniques for measuring transport properties of concrete, assessment of the effect of new materials and methods for improving the durability of concrete, prediction of service life of reinforced concrete structures by non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring, relationships between micro-structural properties and the durability of concrete and the use of industrial by-products and waste materials in concrete. He has received numerous awards/prizes for his contributions in research, including a life time achievement award from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland and CANMET/ACI award for his sustained contributions to the field of concrete technology. He is a member of numerous international technical committees, grant review committees and professional institutions (including Council membership of three of them). He is a member of the editorial board of the International journal of Structural Engineering (IJStructE) since 2009 and served as an editor of the International Journal of Construction and Building Materials from 2012 to 2018. In 2012, he was elected to be a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and in 2014 he was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and the Institute of Concrete Technology.

Thomas Matschei

University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW Dresden), Germany

Thomas Mastschei currently holds the chair of Concrete Materials and Repair at the department of Civil Engineering, HTW Dresden, Germany. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, on "thermodynamics of cement hydration". His research interests include: thermodynamic modelling of cementitious systems including support for the development of the widely used thermodynamic dataset cemdata (latest version cemdata18); Prediction of phase relations in hydrated cements (Development of phase diagrams including new data on AFm-AFt phase assemblages and solid solutions  e.g. showing the impact of limestone additions and changing water activities on the mineralogy of hydrated cements.); Research on novel cement and binder compositions (ternary binders based on CSA, understanding silicate-aluminate-sulfate interactions relevant to novel cements based on OPC, carbonation hardening cements); Understanding of phase relations relevant to the durability of modern cements (incl. chloride ingress, ASR, sulfate attack, DEF, etc.)

Tongbo Sui

Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd., China

Tongbo SUI is the vice president of Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd., China Building Materials Group. He has been intensively engaged for over 20 years in R&D of low energy & low CO2 clinker cements (mainly reactive belite-rich clinker and belite-ye’elimite clinker system) as a solution to addressing cement and concrete sustainability. He is also visiting professor at Tongji University, China and University College London, UK, and active in international organizations as member of the Climate Committee of World Cement Association and Co-Chair of Working Group 5 for Cement Innovation under Global Cement and Concrete Association. Before joining Sinoma in 2010, he worked since 1991 at China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) and as vice president of CBMA and director of UNIDO International Center for Technology Promotion during 2006-2010. He has presided over 10 state-funded key research projects in cement and concrete area as well as international cooperative projects with partners from Australia, Cuba, France, India, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, USA and Vietnam, etc. He is also the recipient of various awards including the 2nd class national prize for technological invention awarded by the State Council in 2006 for the R&D of low energy and low emission reactive belite-rich Portland cement, and international award for the outstanding contribution to the technology for cement and concrete sustainability issued at Seville, Spain in 2009 by the Organization of International Conferences for the Advances of Concrete Technology for Sustainable Development, ACI Council.

Mohsen Ben Haha

Heidelberg Technology Center, HeidelbergCement, Germany


Mohsen Ben Haha currently works as Team Leader Scientific Coordination of the Global Research and Development department at HeidelbergCement AG. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne with a PhD in "cement based materials". The main themes underpinning his reasearch are: the development of high-performance building products that address energy consumption, waste use and emissions reductions; the development of innovative sustainable building materials and manufacturing practices solutions that reduce both the environmental impact and the waste generation during the production process; the increase of the level of substitution of Portland cement by traditional and novel SCMs beyond actual standards; the development of activation methods to enhance the reactivity of cementitious materials. 



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