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Invited Lecture by Mr. Martin Clarke OBE

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On Thursday, 12th February, 2015, Mr Martin Clarke OBE visited UCL and delivered a lecture for Year 3 undergraduate students in Civil Engineering and the members of Advanced & Innovative Materials (AIM) Group. Mr Martin Clarke OBE was the past CEO of British Precast Concrete Federation, and now, is the director of World Concrete Forum Ltd. His lecture was titled as "Assessing and Meeting the Sustainability Challenge to the Global Concrete industry", which described the sustainability of concrete from the industrial perspective. The lecture was well received and offered some interesting questions and challenges for our Engineers of tomorrow to answer.

Success of AIM Group ‘Research Open Day 2015’

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The Advanced and Innovative Materials (AIM) group led by Dr Yun Bai held their 'Research Open Day 2015' on 12th January 2015 in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL, welcoming around 50 delegates from CEGE and industry.

Head of Department Professor Stuart Robson began the event with a short welcoming address, which was followed by the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a CPD training course between The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), UCL Consultants Ltd (UCLC) and the China Cement & Concrete Products Association (CCPA).

This training course, to be based in the AIM Research Group, is aimed at providing training and education services in the field of concrete technology to assist Chinese engineers in gaining recognised international qualifications and professional recognitions.

After the signing event, Dr Yun Bai give a presentation entitled 'Introduction to Advanced and Innovative Materials Group' which was then followed by seven presentations by PhD students and PDRA from AIM. During the coffee break and evening reception, 11 posters by AIM researchers were also presented.

The event offered a good opportunity for the industry to understand the current research capacity and ongoing research activities of the AIM Group, which has already attracted interests and discussions on potential further collaboration from BASF Ltd, UK Quality Ash Association, Renishaw, Colas Ltd and Crossrail. The evening reception featured by Western and Chinese food and drink was also very well-received and appreciated by all the participants.

Dr Yun Bai from AIM Group delivered a keynote speech in India

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Recently, Dr Yun Bai was invited by Indian Ceramic Society, Bangalore chapter to deliver a keynote speech at their ‘International Seminar on Frontiers of Ceramic and Material Technologies for Cement Industries’ in November 2014. The event was attended by all the major Cement industries, Refractory Industries and Research/academic institution in India. At the event, Dr Yun Bai delivered a keynote lecture entitled: ‘Low-carbon Cementitious Materials Research at University College London’. Three ongoing research in AIM group were introduced, namely: 1) Superplasticisers for Alkali-activated Slag; 2) Microwave Curing for Manufacturing Alkali-activated Fly Ash; 3) Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement-based Matrices for Immobilising Nuclear Wastes. The research on superplasticisers and microwave have, in particular, attracted lots of interests and potential collaborations.

Success of the International Conference on Alkali-activated Cement and Concrete Co-organized by AIM Group

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Due to a rapid urbanisation and high energy consumption of construction industry, sustainable development of concrete technology has never been so urgent! Alkali-activated cement and concrete have excellent performance and have been regarded as one of the green building materials for the future. However, its industrial application is still limited. Against this background, an International Conference on Alkali-activated Cements and Concretes was held at Chongqing in 2014. The intention of this conference was to identify the solutions for the current problems and to promote the wider industrial applications of this environment-friendly material.

Shi Shi awarded the prize for Best Poster Presentation by The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT)

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The 34th Cement and Concrete Science Conference (CCSC) was held in University of Sheffield from 14th Sep to 16th Sep 2014. There was a strong presence from Dr Yun Bai’s Group (Advanced and Innovative Materials Group - AIM) at this event, including Miss Shi Shi (PhD student), Mr Jun Ren (PhD student), Mr Amir Khoylou (Year 3 UG student) and Mr Sam Ghazizadeh (PhD student – co-supervised by Dr Yun Bai).  With her paper entitled ‘Microwave Curing Techniques for Manufacturing Alkali-activated Fly Ash’, Shi Shi was awarded the prize for Best Poster Presentation by The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT).

Jun Ren Received the Sir Joseph Bazalgette Award

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Mr Jun Ren, one of the four PhD students recently transferred with Dr Yun Bai from Queen’s University Belfast, has received the Sir Joseph Bazalgette Award for the Best Paper presented at the 2012 SCI Construction Materials Young Researchers' Forum last week. The Forum, jointly organised by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), Mineralogical Society, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), the Institute of Asphalt Technology and the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), is a prestigious event for early career scientists and engineers working in the field of construction materials. The award, established after Sir Joseph William Bazalgette, who was the chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works of the 19th century, is aimed at encouraging young people's active participation in quality research. The paper, entitled:

Success of the Second Young Researchers’ Forum in Construction Materials at CEGE

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With 42 papers presented and more than 70 delegates attended from 9 countries, the second Young Researchers’ Forum has been successfully held on 19th February, 2014 in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. The aim of this forum is to provide an opportunity for the contact and communication between early-career scientists and engineers working in the field of construction materials. The forum, jointly organised by the Advanced & Innovative Materials (AIM) Group at UCL, The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) and Loughborough University, was supported by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), The Institute of Asphalt Technology and The Mineralogical Society.

Yanfei won the Second Prize of the Best Student Paper

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Miss Yanfei Yue (PhD student), a member of the Advanced & Innovative Materials (AIM) Group led by Dr Yun Bai, has recently made an oral presentation on her novel Raman sensor work at the 33rd Cement and Concrete Science Conference held on 2nd–3rd September at the University of Portsmouth. The conference, organised by the Cementitious Materials Group at The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), is one of the most prestigious events in the area of cement and concrete. Her paper, entitled: ‘Preliminary research on monitoring the deterioration mechanisms of concrete with optical fibre Raman spectroscopy’, has won the Second Prize of the Best Student Paper - one of the only two prizes awarded for the best student paper at this event.

Professor Lin-Hai Han Visited AIM Group

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Professor Lin-Hai Han, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, China, visited the Advanced & Innovative Materials (AIM) Group at UCL on Wednesday, 24th July. Tsinghua University is one of the top universities in China with its Civil Engineering enjoying a long-standing reputation. During his visit to the Concrete Laboratory and some other laboratories in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), Professor Han showed strong interests in further strengthening the exiting research collaborations between AIM and the groups in Tsinghua University and also in extending the current collaboration to other areas between the two departments. After the lab tour, Professor Han gave a seminar entitled “Some recent new developments on steel-concrete composite structures”.

Professor Anurag Misra Visited AIM Group

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Prof. Anurag Misra visited the Advanced & Innovative Materials (AIM) Group on Wednesday, 24th April. Prof. Anurag Misra is Professor in Civil Engineering and Director of Anand International College of Engineering, India and also Former Professor & Head of the Department of Structural Engineering and Coordinator of the Centre for Building Technology and Construction Materials at MNIT, Jaipur. Professor Anurag Misra is a renowned expert in rehabilitation of structures and bridge design. The two groups wish to strengthen the current research collaboration and further promote the exchange of the staff and student in the future.

Novel low-carbon concrete technology to be developed in CEGE

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The first consortium meeting of a TSB project on developing a microwave-based technique for manufacturing low-carbon concretes was held on Monday, 22nd April in CEGE at UCL.

Royal Society and NSFC Exchange Project for Developing a Novel Cushion Layer Material for High Speed Railway Tracks

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A Royal Society and Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) cost share exchange project has recently been awarded to Dr Yun Bai in CEGE and Dr Xiangming Kong from Tsinghua University, China.

CEGE to be the base for training Chinese engineers

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Document Signed

A collaboration document was recently signed on 21st March at the 41st Annual Convention of the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) between ICT, China Concrete and Cement Products Association (CCPA) and University College London (UCL).

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