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.
Selected Publications and Accomplishments
- Aday, AN, J Osio-Norgaard, KEO Foster, WV Srubar III. (2018). "Carrageenan-based Superabsorbent Polymers Mitigate Autogenous Shrinkage in Ordinary Portland Cement." Materials and Structures, 51:37. https://doi.org/10.1617/s11527-018-1164-5
- Gevaudan, JP, KM Campbell, TJ Kane, RK Shoemaker, WV Srubar III. (2017) "Mineralization Dynamics of Metakaolin-based Alkali-Activated Cements." Cement and Concrete Research, 94: 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2017.01.001
- Hess, KM, WV Srubar III. (2016) "Activating Relaxation-Controlled Diffusion Mechanisms for Tailored Moisture Resistance of Gelatin-based Bioadhesives for Engineered Wood Products." Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 84: 435-441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2016.02.013
- Souto-Martinez, A, EA Delesky, KEO Foster, WV Srubar III. (2017). "A Mathematical Model for Predicting the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) Concrete." Construction and Building Materials, 147: 417-427. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.133