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Sustainable and Functional Polymers for Civil Engineering Materials from Recycled Sources

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024 View: 6 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Dr. Jin Yang, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environment, Hubei University of Technology, China.
Dr. Jin Yang is mainly engaged in research on design and preparation of functional cement-based materials. He is (co-)author of over 80 publications in academic journals, with more than 2200 citations and H-index of 28. Four of his publications were selected as ESI highly cited papers. He is the member of RILEM, Coal-based Solid Waste Academic Committee of Solid Waste and Ecological Materials Branch of China Silicate Society, as well as member of Youth Working Committee. Served as guest editors and editorial board member of several international journals, including SCI, EI and ESCI journals. He won the first prizes of technical inventions and scientific progress in Hubei Province.

Dr. Didier Snoeck, Associate Professor, Building, Architecture and Town Planning Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Prof. Dr. Didier Snoeck is an associate professor at the department of Building, Architecture and Town planning (BATir) of the Brussels School of Engineering (EPB) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, on the Chair of Sustainable Structural Design. He is a member of RILEM, Gustavo Colonnetti medalist and active in several technical committees. He is (co-)author of over 80 a1 publications and (co-)author of over 100 conference proceedings and has acted as reviewer for several scientific journals. The main topics of his research are sustainable structural design, superabsorbent polymers, concrete technology, sustainability, durability, microstructural properties, self-sealing and self-healing of cementitious materials.

Dr. Xingyang He, Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environment, Hubei University of Technology, China.
Prof. Dr. Xingyang He is mainly engaged in the research of solid waste disposal and green low-carbon building materials. He presided over more than 20 national key research and development projects and National Natural Science Foundation projects; In the past 5 years, he has published more than 100 high-level papers as the first or corresponding author, including 9 ESI highly cited papers. He is also the director or member of 19 national academic organizations such as the Cement Branch of the Chinese Silicate Society. He leaded the preparation of 2 industry standards and 1 local standard of Hubei Province. As the first completed person, he won the first prize of Hubei Province Technology Invention (2018) and the first prize of Hubei Province Science and Technology Progress (2021).

Dr. Sang-Keun Oh, Professor, Institute of Construction Technology, Seoul National University of Science & Technology, Republic of Korea.
Prof. Dr. Sang-Keun Oh is an emeritus and research professor at School of Architecture and Director of Waterproofing Technology Research and Development Center in Seoul National University of Science and Technology. He is the convenor of ISO TC 71/SC7/WG3(leakage due to cracks), co-president of Korea Institute of Construction Waterproofing, and senior-chairman of Korea Construction Safety and Environment Practice Association. He has presided over the formulation of over 20 Korean building technology and waterproof materials standards (KS), led the team to complete various projects such as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea, and has won the Presidential Award of Korea twice, which is the highest level of science and technology award in South Korea.


Concrete is the most used civil engineering material at present. As functional additives or composite modified components, polymers are widely used in concrete materials, which have positive impacts on the working performance, mechanical properties and durability of concrete. For example, the organic water-reducing agent has greatly improved the working performance and durability of concrete, and has become an indispensable component of modern concrete; Epoxy resin is a commonly used repair and reinforcement material for construction and road engineering; Superabsorbent polymers are considered as effective internal curing agents in cement concrete, and have been proved to have good crack self-healing and self-sealing effects. 

However, most polymers are derived from extracts from the petrochemical industry, which is not conducive to the sustainable development. On the other hand, civil engineering materials, such as cement, asphalt, etc., are also from industries with high carbon emission, and the development of low-carbon, recyclable alternative materials are also of great significance. Therefore, the recycling and regeneration of polymers, as well as construction and building materials, have a positive effect on the sustainability of civil engineering. Suggested topics related to this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Civil engineering materials prepared from recycled sources

  • Green synthesis of functional polymers from recycled sources

  • Performances and microstructures of polymers in civil engineering materials

Functional applications of polymers for structural repairing, self-healing, self-sealing, shrinkage mitigation, rheology controlling, water-proofing and road engineering


Polymers; Recycling; Concrete; Civil engineering

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