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“Realizing a sustainable and durable built environment requires the proper understanding of materials properties to structural behavior, concerning ecology, economy and environment.”

Research profile

Qingliang Yu is Associate Professor of Functional Building Materials in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests primarily concern cement-bound materials, from materials to structural behavior understanding, covering micro-, meso- and macro-level. His current research topics include functional building materials with air purifying, self-cleaning, or (ultra)high performance, concerning sustainability including alternative binders design like alkali-activated binder and application of industrial by-products or waste materials and durability under different exposure environment. His research follows the complete chain of knowledge from materials at molecular level to structural element, applying both experimental and modelling approaches. The current portfolio is well supported by his unique educational background from Civil Engineering to Materials Science.

Academic background

Qingliang Yu studied Civil Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2003 and Master’s degree in 2006. He obtained his PhD degree in 2012 at TU/e under the supervision of Prof. dr. ir. H.J.H. Brouwers. In 2014 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the group Building Materials at TU/e and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He has authored 3 book chapters, about 85 scientific journal papers and 80 international conference papers. He is editor of journal Construction and Building Materials, and reviewer of over 30 leading journals. 

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Research Output 2006 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 Downloads (Pure)

Functionally graded ultra-high performance cementitious composite with enhanced impact properties

Li, P., Sluijsmans, M. J. C., Brouwers, H. J. H. J. & Yu, Q. L. Q., 15 Feb 2020, In : Composites. Part B: Engineering. 183, 9 p., 107680.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
High performance concrete
Composite materials
Impact resistance
Steel fibers
13 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Reinforced concrete
Impact resistance
Steel fibers


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

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial activity

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

Press / Media

Can You Make Cement Out of Steel Slag?

Q.L. (Qingliang) Yu


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

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


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


Microorganism applications in designing hydrophobic concrete

Author: Zheng, Y., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Qu, Z. (Supervisor 1), Guo, S. (Supervisor 2), Yu, Q. (Supervisor 2) & Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Performance based design of a structural lightweight concrete, reaching an optimal balance between density and other properties

Author: Glas, D., 31 May 2017

Supervisor: Yu, Q. (Supervisor 1), Brouwers, H. (Supervisor 2), Pero, H. (External person) (External coach) & van Casteren, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master