UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Mingzhong Zhang

Dr Mingzhong Zhang

Associate Professor

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st May 2015

Research summary

Dr Mingzhong Zhang specialises in the multiscale and multiphysics modelling and characterisation of advanced civil engineering materials and structures, including sustainable cementitious materials and concrete (e.g. blended cementitious materials, alkali-activated materials, self-healing/self-repairing concrete, 3D printed concrete) and fibre reinforced composites (e.g. fibre reinforced concrete, strain-hardening geopolymer composites, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP)). His research focuses on the development of novel sustainable and resilient materials with desired engineering properties for civil infrastructure using industrial by-products or wastes to provide affordable, sustainable and resilient infrastructures to society that is a major global challenge facing civil engineers and construction industry. He developed an integrated multiscale modelling framework and new experimental techniques to gain insight into the relationship between microstructure and properties (e.g. transport properties, mechanical behaviour and fracture particularly) of cement-based materials, sustainable concrete and fibre reinforced composites as well as the behaviour of structural elements made of these materials, through a routine of materials – microstructure – property – performance. His research is supported by various funding bodies, including EPSRC, Royal Society and British Council (see below and Research Activities for details).

If you are interested in joining the team as a PhD student or visiting researcher, please directly contact Dr Zhang and include your CV and academic transcripts.

Teaching summary

Dr Mingzhong Zhang is the Module Coordinator of CEGE0108 Materials I (UG Year 1; average rating: 4.8/5.0) and CEGE0057 Advanced Civil Engineering Materials (MEng/MSc; average rating: 4.9/5.0) and was the Deputy Coordinator of CEGE0012 Scenario Footbridge Design (UG Year 2). In addition, he supervises UG third-year projects and MSc individual research projects.

Most students under Dr Zhang’s supervision got a first class or distinction level. For instance, Ek Whye Poon and Kenneth Chen were awarded the 2018/19 Third Year Project Best Project Prize and published a research paper in a leading peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Cleaner Production (doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.117950). Tulip (Wenlin) Tu and Yu Zhu were awarded the 2017/18 Third Year Project Best Project Prize and published a research paper in the most prestigious journal in the field of cement and concrete science, Cement and Concrete Research (doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2018.11.018). Moreover, Tulip got a £3,000 UCL BEAMS Undergraduate Research Prize and was awarded a UCL GRS/ORS scholarship for doctoral study starting in 2019/20. Hui Zhong and Wing Kei Ho were ranked 1st and 3rd out of 77 MSc Civil Engineering students and awarded with Distinction and Dean’s List Prizes by UCL in 2016/17, whose work was published in a peer-reviewed journal, Construction and Building Materials (doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.04.008). Additionally, Hui secured a UCL-CSC research scholarship through a competitive process and has started his PhD study in September 2018.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2017
Technische Universiteit Delft
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013


Dr Mingzhong Zhang is Associate Professor in Sustainable Infrastructure Materials in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL). He received a PhD in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 2013. Following this, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on an EPSRC-funded project about in-situ imaging and multiscale modelling of damage evolution in quasi-brittle materials at the University of Manchester for two years. He then joined UCL as a Lecturer in Materials in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.

So far, Dr Zhang has published 1 academic book, more than 70 refereed articles (h-index=28) in a wide variety of top-ranked journals in Civil Engineering Materials (e.g. Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Composites, Composites Part B), Structural Engineering (e.g. Composite Structures, Engineering Structures) and Computational Mechanics (e.g. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Computers & Structures), and over 30 refereed conference papers. He actively engages in academic and professional communities. He is a grant reviewer for EPSRC, Royal Society, British Council, Dutch Research Council (NWO) and Czech Science Foundation, and a reviewer for more than 30 leading international journals, such as Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Composites, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Composites Part B, Composite Structures, Engineering Structures, etc. He was awarded outstanding reviewer by Elsevier in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He acts as a member of the International Scientific Committee of several international conferences, such as Microdurability2016 Conference and 37th CCS Conference. He is a member of the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM).