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Potential Materials Towards Sustainable Construction

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Mehran Khan, Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.

Dr. Mehran Khan is a Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. degree from Dalian University of Technology, China, and Master's degree from Capital University of Science and Technology, Pakistan. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, including 30 SCI articles. His research interest is the mechanical performance of multi-scale hybrid natural fiber reinforced cementitious materials for civil engineering applications. Currently, he is serving as Guest Editors and Topical Advisory Panel Member of many SCI journals as well as participated in international conferences as Technical Committee Member.

Li Li, Associate Professor, College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering, Northwest A&F University, China.

Dr. Li Li received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Zhengzhou University, and his Ph.D. from Dalian University of Technology, China. His main research areas include (1) High-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites; (2) Micro/nano modified cement-based materials; (3) High temperature performance of concrete; (4) Geopolymer concrete. He has published more than 30 papers as corresponding author and first author, and he is awarded as an excellent research professor at Northwest A&F University.

Majid Ali, Professor, Capital University of Science and Technology, Pakistan.

Professor Majid Ali is a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of Capital University of Science and Technology. Professor Majid Ali received his bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan, and his Ph.D. from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has ten years of industry affiliation before joining academia. His research direction is fiber composites for civil engineering applications and earthquake resistant structures. He has published more than 100 papers and also reviewed more than 100 ISI impact factor journal articles. He has also organized few special issues and conference (being chair) to address the modern construction materials. He was included in the list of young productive scientists of Pakistan. He got involved in more than 100 thesis/projects at BS/MS/PHD levels.

Fuyuan Gong, Professor, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, China.

Prof. Fuyuan Gong graduated from Tsinghua University (Bachelor) and Hokkaido University (Master & Doctor), worked at The University of Tokyo (Post-Doctor) and Yokohama National University (Assistant Professor), and now “100Talents Professor” in Zhejiang University. His research interests include concrete durability; recycled concrete; mechanics for porous material; computational modeling; lifetime assessment, etc. He has published more than 100 papers of which 35 are indexed by SCI. Prof. Gong has been awarded the Japan Concrete Institute Award in 2014, and “Achievement Award for Young Engineers” by FIB in 2017.

Zhigang Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, China.

Dr. Zhigang Zhang currently works at School of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Southeast University, after two years of exchange at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He used to work as postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, American University of Sharjah, and Washington State University. Dr. Zhang’s principal research area involves the highly ductile concrete, self-healing concrete, and micromechanical modeling of construction materials, etc. He has published more than 30 peer reviewed papers in SCI indexed journals and attended international conference to communicate with worldwide scholars. Currently, he is Guest Editor and Topical Advisory Panel Member of three SCI Journals, and also serves as Technical Committee Member for international conferences.


Construction materials such as cement, sand, aggregates, steel, bricks, and their composites concrete, mortar, and brick masonry along with timber are widely utilized worldwide for the construction of RCC, steel, and timber structures. Among these, conventional concrete/mortar consumes a high amount of natural resources and impacts the environment. For instance, the manufacturing of Portland cement results in the generation of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Many alternates to cement, sand, and aggregates are now being explored. Similarly, timber is being taken from forests which are very important for human life. The construction sector has cautioned about the adverse environmental effects of utilizing and producing traditional building materials because most of the materials currently used are non-sustainable and derived from non-renewable sources. Researchers have come up with various solutions to solve this problem by developing new sustainable materials. Construction materials have become more environmentally friendly in light of the increased importance of sustainable development. Thus, current research in construction and building material is of great significance to successfully minimize environmental impact with use of natural/recycled materials.


This Special Issue focuses on current advances and breakthroughs associated with innovative materials and contributions to the development of the sustainable construction industry. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:


• Sustainable construction materials

• Advanced modelling techniques used for evaluation of construction materials

• Sustainable construction materials for structural and non-structural applications


Sustainable constructions; geopolymers; waste materials; natural fiber; building materials.

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Influence of Recycling Waste Glass as Fine Aggregate on the Concrete Properties

    Rafal A. Hadi, Suhad M. Abd, Hadee Mohammed Najm, Shaker Qaidi, Moutaz Mustafa A. Eldirderi, Khaled Mohamed Khedher
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.6, pp. 2925-2940, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.025558
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Potential Materials Towards Sustainable Construction)
    Abstract Recent years have witnessed an increase in the quantity of waste glass (WG) across the globe. Replacing the fine aggregate with WG is one of the steps toward preserving the natural resources of the environment and creating low-cost concrete. The present study is concerned with replacing fine aggregates with glass powder (GP) at (0%, 15%, 30%, and 50%). It has studied the fresh and hardened properties (compressive strength, tensile strength, hardened density, and slump) for all the mentioned percent replacements. The findings have shown that all mixtures containing GP gave acceptable slump results within the More >

  • Open Access


    Characteristic of Fresh and Harden Properties of Polyvinyl Alcohol Fibre Reinforced Alkali Activated Composite

    Yiguang Wang, Zhe Zhang, Xun Zhang
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.3, pp. 1321-1337, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.023266
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Potential Materials Towards Sustainable Construction)
    Abstract Fibre can enhance the mechanical properties of cement-based composites, but fibre also degrades their workability. However, the quantitative effects of fiber content and length-diameter ratio on alkali-activated materials are still unclear. Various aspect ratio, volume fraction of polyvinyl alcohol fibre (PVAF), and various water-binder ratio were employed to prepare a total of 26 groups of fibre reinforced alkali-activated composite (FRAAC). The influence of PVAF fibre factor (product of fiber volume fraction and length-diameter ratio) on flowability, compactness, strength, and crack fractal dimension of FRAAC was researched. The influence of water-binder ratio on the plastic viscosity… More >

  • Open Access


    Study on Mechanical Properties and Action Mechanism of Leather Industrial Sludge Aggregate Baking-Free Bricks

    Lei Guo, Zekun Wang, Lixia Guo, Pingping Chen
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.1, pp. 453-471, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.023315
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Potential Materials Towards Sustainable Construction)
    Abstract Taking an industrial sludge and its preparation of sludge wrap shell aggregates (WSAs) instead of sand to prepare baking-free brick as the research object, the development law of mechanical properties and the influence mechanism of macro and micro characteristic parameters of the bricks under different sludge and WSAs replacement rates were studied through the macroscopic mechanical properties test, with the help of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), transmission electron microscopy-energy spectrum and other testing technology and pores and cracks analysis system (PCAS) software. The results showed that the compressive strength of each sample decreased with the… More >

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    Study on Mechanical Properties and Action Mechanism of Leather Industrial Sludge Aggregate Baking-Free Bricks

  • Open Access


    Effects of Mineral Admixtures on Chloride Diffusion in Environment-Friendly Coral Aggregate Concrete

    Daguan Huang, Ditao Niu, Li Su, Hao Zheng, Qiang Fu, Yunhe Liu
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.12, pp. 3477-3489, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.021282
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Potential Materials Towards Sustainable Construction)
    Abstract Coral materials can replace concrete aggregates and achieve material self-sufficiency for reducing the construction costs of island projects. This paper studies the effects of different mineral admixtures on the properties of coral aggregate concrete (CAC). The chloride concentration of CAC after different erosion times is measured using the potentiometric method, and the porosity of the CAC is calculated using thermogravimetric and drying methods. The chloride concentration of the CAC presents a two-phases distribution. The peak chloride concentration followed a power function, increasing with the erosion time. The chloride diffusion coefficient of CAC is 7.9%– 37.5% More >

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