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Nanomaterials for Civil and Environmental Engineering


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Be able to describe the basics of concrete, its mechanical and durability performance.
  • Be able to explain the fundamental mechanisms of nanomaterials effect on mechanical and durability properties of concrete.
  • Be able to explain the fundamental principles behind the multifunctionality strategies - self-cleaning, self-healing, self-sensing, energy harvesting, and internal curing - applied to the concrete.
  • Be able to identify appropriate methods of enhancing the performance of concrete based on implementing nanomaterials and nanotechnology.


This course will introduce students to the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations, and their applications in civil and environmental engineering. The specific applications will include, but not limited to, tailoring mechanical property, durability, self-cleaning, self-sealing, self-sensing, energy harvesting, and other multi-functionality. It integrates the fields of materials science, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. The basic concepts will be discussed including nano-scale effect, process-structure-property relationship, nano- and micro-structure property characterizations, multi-functional materials, nano-device fabrication and their applications for energy harvesting, water infiltrations, and environmental sensing. The lab will be provided to students enrolled in the course to learn nano and micro-structure characterizations skills.

Topics Covered:



Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


One homework assignment


1 Final exam which is constituted by 25 multiple choice questions; 5 weekly quizzes.


No textbook is required, but reference books and resources are suggested as below:
  • Callister and Rethwisch, Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: an integrated approach, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2011
  • Guo, Hen and Lu, Multifunctional Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental ISBN: 978-3-527-34213-6 Publisher: Wiley-VCH Inc, 2018.
  • Jiang, Guo and Lu, Nanoscience: Nanomaterial Nanotechnology Applications. ISBN: 978-1-1970059-00-7. Publisher: Engineered Science Publisher, 2019.
  • Rodgers, Nanoscience and Technology: A collection of reviews from Nature Journals, World Scientific Publishing, 2010.

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