• 4416 Citations
1989 …2019
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“Novel materials is one of the key enabling technologies in the building sector.”

Research profile

Jos Brouwers is a Full Professor and Chair of Building Materials at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  The chair Building Materials is devoted to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning sustainable and functional building materials. Current research interests include Sustainable building (materials, energy, water), Granular mix design and concrete/mortar rheology (Self-Compacting Concrete, soil grouts, earth moist concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, oil well cement etc), Microstructure and pore water chemistry of hydrating cement/lime/gypsum and cementitious by-products (slag, fly ash etc.), and their dehydration (e.g. fire response), Treatment of contaminated soils, dredged sediments, industrial waste etc, with the help of air/steam (cleaning) and by mixing with cement/lime/gypsum (immobilization/stabilization), Transport properties and durability of cement/lime/gypsum based materials (such as Cl- and CO2 diffusion/binding), Functional materials: self-cleaning, air-purifying, translucent, thermally buffering, etc. The group also assists with material processability evaluation. This is done with a broad combination of processing and material characterization techniques, using high-end equipment and advanced instrumentation for chemical, analytical, thermal, physical, optical and electrical analysis. 

Academic background

Jos Brouwers obtained his MSc in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD in Technical Sciences at TU/e. He has worked as Research engineer and project leader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Akzo Nobel Central Research and Associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering (& Management) at Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Jos is currently guest professor in the State Key Lab of Silicate Building Materials, at Wuhan University Technology, China, where he focuses on Construction Materials and Sustainable Building. In addition, he is an editorial board member of Vestnik, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, and a Member of the Consultative Board of Van Berlo Bedrijfsvloeren. Furthermore, Bert is a reviewer of project proposals for IWT (Swiss Institute for Materials Technology) and SNF (Dutch foundation for flexible housing standards).


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Research Output 1989 2019

Detailed characterization of particle size fractions of municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash

Loginova, E., Volkov, D. S., van de Wouw, P. M. F., Florea, M. V. A. & Brouwers, H. J. H., 10 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 207, p. 866-874 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

bottom ash
Waste incineration
Municipal solid waste
Open Access
Silicon Dioxide
silicon dioxide

Ionic interaction and liquid absorption by wood in lignocellulose inorganic mineral binder composites

Doudart de la Grée, G. C. H., Caprai, V., van Dam, J. E. G., van As, H., Brouwers, H. J. H. & Yu, Q., 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 206, p. 808-818 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

MSWI bottom ash as binder replacement in wood cement composites

Caprai, V., Gauvin, F., Schollbach, K. & Brouwers, H. J. H., 19 Nov 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 196, p. 672-680 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Coal Ash

Assessment of coarse basalt aggregate in ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC)

Yu, Q. L., Li, P. P. & Brouwers, H. J. H., 7 Nov 2018, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on UHPC Materials and Structures UHPC 2018 - China. Chonging: RILEM Publications, p. 171-179 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

High performance concrete
Composition effects
Steel fibers

Activities 2003 2013

  • 2 Consultancy
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Contributed talk

Beoordeling STW projectvoorstel

Brouwers, J. (Advisor)

Activity: ConsultancyProfessional

Lecture given at: Lezing 98e ledenvergadering STUTECH, Utrecht

Brouwers, J. (Speaker)
12 Feb 2003

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific


Bachelor End project



Bachelor End project BPS

1/09/17 → …


BPS masterproject Design

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

packing model paper.pdf

Jos Brouwers


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Application of alternative materials in autoclaved aerated concrete

Author: Segers, S., 30 Sep 2016

Supervisor: Straub, C. (Supervisor 1), Florea, M. (Supervisor 2) & Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Application of an innovative binder in wood wool cement board

Author: Caprai, V., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 1), Yu, Q. (Supervisor 2) & Doudart de la Grée, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Application of PCM in concrete: improvement of the indoor comfort and reducing energy demand

Author: van Haaren, M., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 1), van Schaijk, L. (Supervisor 2), van der Zanden, A. (Supervisor 2) & Leppers, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Appraisal of the compressive strength for concrete in situ

Author: Chakiri, H., 30 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Wijte, S. (Supervisor 1), Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 2) & Vervuurt, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master