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Research interests

Dr Xinyuan Ke is specialised in material characterisation, cement chemistry, waste utilisation and management (check her group website here! She is working on developing sustainable construction materials with high performance. Her research focuses on both microstructure analysis and macro-scale performance prediction for alternative cementitious materials, including geopolymer, alkali-activated cement, calcined clays, and calcium aluminate-phosphate cement.

The full list of her current publications can be found via:

Her current research interests include:

  • To understand the fundamental physical chemistry of sustainable cement using advanced materials characterisation (e.g. XRD, Raman, XRF, Solid State NMR), and thermodynamic modelling
  • Developing of smart chemical additive using functional nanomaterial for designing sustainable concrete
  • Advanced data science for automation of the concrete design and performance prediction.
  • Durability assessment of sustainable concrete (e.g. chloride induced corrosion, carbonation, acid attack)
  • Nuclear waste encapsulation and solidification using inorganic binders.
  • Life cycle assessment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Materials science and Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield



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