• Development of Sensors to Detect Early Age Cracking


    Mohammad Pour-Ghaz and Tim Barrett use acoustic emission and electrical conductivity sensors to assess the cracking potential of bridge deck elements.

    Large scale
  • Cellulose Nanocrystals Reinforcement for Cementitious Systems


    Yizheng Cao investigates how CNC can be used to reinforce cement paste systems as a method to increase tensile strength. This image shows the ball-on-three-ball flexural test for fiber-reinforced cement composites.

    Flexural test
  • Soy Methyl Ester (SME) as a Concrete Sealant


    Paul Imbrock applies SME sealant to a pavement joint for a field trial on US 231 in Lafayette, IN. Paul and Jeff Spiro are examining premature joint deterioration and the potential benefits of sealing the concrete in the joints.

    Soy Methyl Ester
  • Portland Limestone Cement – Making Concrete More Sustainable


    Tim Barrett and Hongfang Sun investigate how portland limestone cements (PLC) influence early age cracking potential using the restrained ring test. These cements have the potential to reduce the CO2 emissions from concrete and reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

    Rapid Chloride Penetration
  • Rapid Electrical Testing Using the Bulk and Wenner Methods


    Robert Spragg investigates the use of rapid electrical tests such as surface resistivity and the bulk resistivity test to provide a rapid indication of concretes durability.

    Rapid Electrical Testing
  • Service Life Models and Transport Properties of Concrete


    Carmelo DiBella uses a series of tests to quantify ionic absorption and transport in concrete and uses computational models to predict the service life of concrete.

    Diffusion test
  • Improving Sustainability with Internally Cured High Volume Fly Ash Concrete


    Igor De La Varga works with researchers from NIST to examine the application of internal curing for high volume fly ash concrete elements.

    Fly Ash
  • Microbially Induced Corrosion of Concrete (MICC)


    Mitch House and Liqui Cheng conduct studies to better understand how the service life can be predicted for concrete sewer and septic tank elements.

    Fly Ash
  • Damage Detection in Pipelines Subjected to Earthquake Motions


    Mohammad Pour-Ghaz works with researchers from Michigan, Cornell, Princeton and Merrimack College to develop a sensing network to develop sensors for concrete pipelines subjected to ground displacement.

    Damage Detection in Pipelines

Welcome to the Purdue Cement and Concrete Materials Group   

The Purdue cement and concrete materials group is actively involved in various aspects of research, education, and industrial collaboration that is necessary to develop solutions to many real world problems associated with concrete performance.
The strength of our group can be attributed to the diversity of the disciplines each member has been trained in and our desire to work together to solve multi-disciplinary problems.

Purdue is fortunate to have well-equipped state-of-the-art facilities that enable complete chemical and physical analysis.

We invite you to contact us if you are a student considering graduate studies or are interested in any further information on our research we perform and we will be glad to provide further information.

News & Events


Congratulations Professor Weiss, 2014 Murphy Award Winner!

Congratulations to Jason Weiss, the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Pankow Materials Lab, who has been named a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. Professor Weiss is one of five professors on campus who received this prestigious Award in 2014. This is Purdue's highest honor to recognize exceptional teaching at the undergraduate level by a faculty member.

More information can be found here.

Charles B. Murphy was a history professor at Purdue from 1927 to 1970 and previous recipients of this award can be found here.


Kambiz Raoufi and Jason Weiss, 2014 Wason Medal for Materials Research!

Congratulations to Kambiz and Dr. Weiss, they recieved the 2014 Wason Medal for investigating the benefits of internal curing of high-performance concrete using prewetted lightweight aggregate to improve the durability of structures.

Other 2014 ACI Award winnder can be found here.


PEGASAS and FAA work featured in the Wall Street Journal

Work by PEGASAS and the Federal Aviation Administration was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. The research has highlighted work towards making pavements more resistance to freezing.

The article can found at The Wall Street Journal.

ACI Illinois

Portland Limestone Cements: Ready, Set, Implement

Jason Weiss gave a presentation to the ACI Illinois chapter during their 2014 Dinner meeting. The talk highlighted recent work conducted on Portland Limestone Cements and discussed how these new materials can be implemented.

More information about the Illinois chapter of the American Concrete Institute can be found on their ACI Illinois Chapter page.


Welcome to Mr. Wilson, Pankow Laboratory's new Concrete Materials Engineer

The Cement and Concrete Materials Group would like to extend its warmest welcome to Mr. Wilson, Pankow Laboratory's new Concrete Materials Engineer. Mr. Wilson hails from Merrillville, Indiana, and completed his BSCE at Purdue in December 2013. Since beginning at the end of January, he has worked on organization of the laboratory and familiarization with exhasutive University purchasing and operation procedures. When asked of his goals for the future, Mr. Wilson said he is "here to change the world."


Welcome to our visiting scholars and students!

We would like to welcome three new visiting scholars, Dr. Zong, Dr. Wang, and Dr. Mu. These scholars are joining Dr. Tian, Dr. Sheng, and Dr. Wang who are currently at Purdue, and Dr. Zou who returned to China earlier in 2013.

We also have visiting PhD students Fabio Macobatti, Chunyu Qiao, and Daming Luo.

A more complete list of former and current group members is available at link.


Concrete Producer Cites Influence of Purdue Research

Jason Weiss' internal curing research reveals small changes that result in big improvements.

More information is avilable here and here.

(Photo by The Concrete Producer)

Congratulations to Ryan Henkensiefken!

We would like to congratulate Ryan Henkensiefken and his colleagues at Central Concrete Supply Co. Inc, a business unit of U.S. Concrete Inc. for the creation of the first Environmental Product Declaration for concrete mixtures.

More information is available here.

(Photo by The Concrete Producer).

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