MSE Areas: biomaterials, fiber-reinforced polymers, cementitious materials, mechanics, transport phenomena, environmental durability, life cycle assessment, service-life prediction
Our research in sustainable construction materials is conducted at the nexus of materials science, architecture, and chemical engineering. Guided by the tenets of industrial ecology, our collective vision is to engineer next-generation infrastructure materials by blurring the boundaries between the built environment and the natural world. Materials of current interest include biodegradable polymers, phase-change materials, recycled aggregate concrete, and natural-fiber composites for green building applications. We believe that green infrastructure materials should not only have small environmental footprints, but also have proven sufficient long-term performance, so we take a particular interest in the environmental and mechanical effects on the in-situ durability of green building materials.
Srubar III, WV, SL Billington. “A Micromechanical Model for Moisture-Induced Deterioration in Fully Biorenewable Wood-Plastic Composites.” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing; 50: 81-92, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2013.02.001
Srubar III, WV*, ZC Wright*, A Tsui, AT Michel, SL Billington, CW Frank. “Characterizing the Effects of Ambient Aging on the Mechanical and Physical Properties of Two Commercially Available Bacterial Thermoplastics.” Polymer Degradation and Stability; 97(10): 1922-29, 2012. *equal contribution. doi:10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2012.04.011
Srubar III, WV, CW Frank, SL Billington. “Modeling the Kinetics of Water Transport and Hydroexpansion in a Lignocellulose-Reinforced Bacterial Copolyester.” Polymer; 53(11): 2152-61, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2012.03.036