Laboratory for Advanced & Sustainable Cementitious Materials (ASCM)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

OUR WORK: Aligned With National priority in “Environmental Sustainability”

The “Highways of the Future – A Strategic Plan for the FHWA’s Infrastructure R& D Program” (2010) identified research priorities such as: Accelerated Highway Construction; Environmentally Sensitive Highway Infrastructure; and Comprehensive and Integrated Infrastructure Asset Management.

Why the Need for Sustainable Cementitious Materials?

The production of cement is an energy-intensive process that constitutes a significant portion of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases. Concrete is the most widely used man-made building material in the world, and its annual global production is approximately 5.3 billion cubic meters. Cement is the most common binder in concrete, and its annual global production “has reached 2.8 billion tons (t), and is expected to increase to some 4 billion t”.

Durability and sustainability are two increasingly important characteristics for concrete infrastructure, and more research is needed to enable expanded use of industrial wastes as supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) in concrete without sacrificing its long-term performance and reliability.


Selected Research Products
xianming Shi,
May 16, 2018, 11:10 AM
xianming Shi,
Jul 13, 2018, 11:00 AM