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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)” (www.rm4l.com) 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 (www.fibcem.com).

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.

Willing to supervise PhD

Smart and innovative concrete technologies, including:
• self-healing concrete,
• self-sensing concrete
• nanotechnology enhanced concrete
• low carbon concretes
• recycled aggregates

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Projects 2008 2022

RM4L - Resilient Materials for Life

Paine, K., Ball, R., Heath, A., Tan, L. & Tzoura, E.


Project: Research council

Bacteria based self-healing concrete

Paine, K., Tan, L. & Ferrandiz-Mas, V.


Project: Other

International Research Initiator Scheme - Development and implementation of sustainable construction materials in South Africa and the UK

Heath, A., Paine, K. & Orr, J.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

M4L: Materials for Life

Paine, K. & Heath, A.


Project: Research council

Self-healing materials
Intelligent materials
Geotechnical engineering
Intelligent structures

Research Output 1995 2018

Application and performance of bacteria-based self-healing concrete

Paine, K., Sharma, T., Alazhari, M., Heath, A. & Cooper, R. Jun 2018 Proceedings of Final Conference of RILEM TC 253-MCI: Microorganisms-Cementitious Materials Interactions. Bertron, A. & Jonkers, H. (eds.). Vol. 2, p. 387-394

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


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

Open Access
calcium acetate
Calcium compounds

A Review of Self-Healing Concrete for Damage Management of Structures

De Belie, N. , Gruyaert, E. , Al-Tabbaa, A. , Antonaci, P. , Baera, C. , Bajare, D. , Darquennes, A. , Davies, R. , Ferrara, L. , Jefferson, T. , Litina, C. , Miljevic, B. , Otlewska, A. , Ranogajec, J. , Roig-Flores, M. , Paine, K. , Lukowski, P. , Serna, P. , Tulliani, J-M. , Vucetic, S. & 2 others Wang, J. & Jonkers, H. May 2018 In : Advanced Materials Interfaces. 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Sustainable development
Self-healing materials

Building bacterial bridges

Hoffmann, T., Reeksting, B., Cooper, R., Paine, K. & Gebhard, S. 15 May 2018 Microbiology Today, 45, 2, p. 60-63

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Open Access
Portland cement