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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 (WHUT), and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2003 and Master’s degree in 2006. His Master’s thesis was on materials design of high performance pre-stressed concrete structure. He then worked as researcher in WHUT until December 2007, where he worked on concrete structural analysis and health monitoring. He started his PhD research at University of Twente in January 2008, and moved to Eindhoven University of Technology in September 2009 following his supervisor professor H.J.H. Brouwers, where he gained his PhD degree in May 2012, with the research topic of designing advanced calcium sulfate-based building materials for improved indoor air quality. From January 2012 to January 2014, he was post-doctoral researcher at TU/e. In January 2014 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the group Building Materials at TU/e and received tenure in December 2016. In September 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor. He has authored 3 book chapters, about 80 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

Open Access
Reinforced concrete
Impact resistance
Steel fibers

Photocatalytic performance and dispersion stability of nanodispersed TiO2 hydrosol in electrolyte solutions with different cations

Wang, Z., Feng, P., Chen, H. & Yu, Q., 2020, In : Journal of Environmental Sciences. 88, p. 59-71 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

rhodamine B

Understanding hydrogen bonding in calcium silicate hydrate combining solid-state NMR and first principle

Li, B., Li, N., Brouwers, J., Yu, Q. & Chen, W., 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 233, 10 p., 117347

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Understanding hydrogen bonding in calcium silicate hydrate combining solid-state NMR and first principle calculations

Li, B., Li, N., Brouwers, H. J. H., Yu, Q. & Chen, W., 10 Feb 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 233, 10 p., 117347

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Amine functionalization of microcrystalline cellulose assisted by (3-chloropropyl)triethoxysilane

Rafieian Koupaei, F., Mousavi, M., Yu, Q. & Jonoobi, M., 1 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 130, p. 280-287 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
X-Ray Diffraction
Thermogravimetric analysis

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