Dr. Mehdi Chougan is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Brunel University London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
He is an outstanding young researcher in the field of cementitious composite materials, especially in graphene-engineered cementitious composites and additive manufacturing of alkali-activated cementitious composites. His research focuses on three areas:
(i) the design and optimisation of 3D printable alkali-activated materials (AAM) and manufacturing strategies, with the aim to enhance the sustainability and productivity of the construction industry. Key topics concern the inclusion of different types of additives, including graphene-based materials, nano clay, and fibres, focusing on rheology modifications and performance optimisation.
(ii) Bio-based composites, such as lightweight compressed strawboard (CSB) for the construction industry.
(iii) the design and optimisation of low-carbon concrete using cement and natural aggregate replacement procedures to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint.