• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Preservation of energy and limitation of the environmental impact while providing a healthy and comfortable indoor and outdoor environment are essential requirements for the built environment

Highlighted phrase

Developing concepts and materials to build more and better with fewer materials.

Organisational profile

Building Materials (BM) is a research group within the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit. Through a scientifically and technically driven design and production methodology, the goals are to obtain more sustainable, durable and functional materials and products. The group focuses on solving practical problems, answering scientific questions, examining new raw materials and developing innovative products in order to achieve ‘more with less’.

Research interests include:

  • Development of new building materials. They can be composed of the binders cement, gypsum, hemi-hydrate and quicklime and cementitious by-products, such as concrete, cement-wood composites, autoclaved aerated concrete and stabilized waste.
  • Fundamental physical and chemical know-how. Through experimental and theoretical approaches and implementation in numerical design tools, research is conducted into particle packing, physical transport phenomena, and (de-)hydration reactions, for example.  

A scientifically and technically driven design and production methodology is followed to obtain more sustainable, durable and functional building materials and products. They are designed, applied, produced and tested on their physical, mechanical, chemical and sensory properties, for both indoor and outdoor applications. These innovations are encouraged by the changing regulations and standards that are becoming more performance-based rather than prescription-based.

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Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Ashes Engineering & Materials Science
Cements Engineering & Materials Science
Silica Engineering & Materials Science
Silicon Dioxide Chemical Compounds
Coal Ash Chemical Compounds
bottom ash Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hydration Engineering & Materials Science

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Muhammad Ahmed

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Qadeer Alam, MSc

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Research Output 1979 2020

A nonlinear rate-dependent model for predicting the depth of penetration in ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete (UHPFRC)

Cao, Y. Y. Y., Tan, Q. H., Jiang, Z. G., Brouwers, J. & Yu, Q., 1 Feb 2020, In : Cement & Concrete Composites. 106, 16 p., 103451.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Reinforced concrete
Compressive strength
Impact resistance

A promising process to modify cellulose nanofibers for carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorption

Sepahvand, S., Jonoobi, M., Ashori, A., Gauvin, F., Brouwers, H. J. H., Oksman, K. & Yu, Q., 15 Feb 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 230, 10 p., 115571.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
1 Citation (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

Chemical speciation, distribution and leaching behavior of chlorides from municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash

Alam, Q., Lazaro, A., Schollbach, K. & Brouwers, H. J. H., 1 Feb 2020, In : Chemosphere. 241, 7 p., 124985.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Chemical speciation
Coal Ash
Solid Waste


Additive manufacturing of functional construction materials on-demand

Sandra S. Lucas (Recipient), Jos Brouwers (Recipient) & Q.L. (Qingliang) Yu (Recipient), 18 Nov 2019

Prize: NWOOtherScientific

3D printers
Intelligent materials
Functional materials
Civil engineering
3D printers
Cement additives
Thermal comfort

Intevep´s Creative and Innovation Award, 1st operational reconnaissance for impulse and use of hematite base drilling fluids

George Quercia Bianchi (Recipient), 1 Dec 2005

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 1997 2019

Construction and Building Materials (Journal)

Q.L. (Qingliang) Yu (Editorial board member)
15 Sep 201914 Sep 2022

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Composites bio-sourcés et assainissement de l'air

Florent Gauvin (Speaker)
18 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Photocatalyst deactivation on wood wool cement composite

Florent Gauvin (Speaker)
22 May 201728 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentationScientific

Student theses

Immobillisation of the main contaminants of MSWI residues: chlorides and their counter ions

Author: Quaas, L., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 1), Florea, M. (Supervisor 2) & Schollbach, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Material and structural design aspects of a prefabricated balcony of lightweight concrete

Author: van Heuveln, E., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Wijte, S. (Supervisor 1), Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 2), Bos, F. (Supervisor 2) & Yu, Q. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master