Civil and Environmental Engineering

The nano and micro-scale processes of chemical transformations and inter/intra particle transport play a significant role in determining the macro-scale properties and bulk behavior of porous materials. Internal interfaces and interfacial chemical and mechanical phenomena in porous materials are of critical importance to the material’s mechanical and functional properties. Additionally, the transformation and movement of components within and through porous media significantly impact the surrounding environment, contribute to material aging, and affect the structural stability and mechanical integrity of the material over extended periods of time.

Our research interest in these multi-component, reactive, porous systems spans the macroscopic to the molecular scale and has evolved into two distinct but synergistic focus areas: