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Research interests

I am a Reader in Civil Engineering and I carry out research in the area of smart and innovative concrete technology.  Some of my current research includes:

  • bacteria-based self-healing concrete,
  • self-sensing concrete using graphene and other sensors,
  • electrically conductive concrete, and
  • nanotechnology enhanced concrete.

I also carry out research in recycled aggregates, low carbon cements and geopolymers.

I am currently the Bath PI on the £5m EPSRC Programme Grant on “Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L)” and I was the Bath PI on its predecessor Materials for Life (M4L)” ( From 2011 to 2014 I led Bath’s involvement in the EU funded FP7 research “FIBCEM” to develop nanotechnology enhanced extruded fibre reinforced foam cement (

I have also received funding from other sources including: NERC, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Council, Government departments, WRAP, and industry.

I am the Department Research Ethics Officer (DREO) for Architecture and Civil Engineering and the Director of Studies for the MSc in Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials.

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 1995 2018

Application of expanded perlite encapsulated bacteria and growth media for self-healing concrete

Alazhari, M., Sharma, T., Heath, A., Cooper, R. & Paine, K. Jan 2018 In : Construction and Building Materials. 160, p. 610-619 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Calcium compounds
Calcium carbonate

The pozzolanic properties of inorganic and organomodified nano-montmorillonite dispersions

Papatzani, S., Badogiannis, E. & Paine, K. 23 Jan 2018 In : Construction and Building Materials.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clay minerals
4 Citations
Calcium Carbonate
In Vitro Techniques

Bacteria based concrete

De Belie, N., Wang, J., Bundur, Z. B. & Paine, K. 15 Nov 2017 Eco-efficient Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Infrastructures. Pacheco-Torgal, F., Melchers, R., de Belie, N., Shi, X., Van Tittelboom, K. & Saez Perez, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Woodhead Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



Dataset for application of expanded perlite encapsulated bacteria and growth media for self-healing concrete

Paine, K. (Creator), Alazhari, M. (Creator), Sharma, T. (Creator), Cooper, R. (Creator), Heath, A. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017