Our research is focused on bridging the gap between nano-scale and macro-scale scientific and engineering problems using applied mathematics, computational materials science, and advanced analytical, spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. This framework has applications in corrosion science, surface and interface science, environmental/geo-environmental engineering, materials science, cement/concrete research, durability of construction materials, structural engineering, nuclear engineering, and non-destructive testing.
Our multi-scale research approach allows us to study critical interdisciplinary problems using both bottom-up (nano-to-macro) and top-down (macro-to-nano) approaches. We work in an interdisciplinary environment and take pride in bringing different disciplines together. For example, we have worked with environmental engineers and microbiologists to develop biofilms to protect concrete pipelines and wastewater digesters against microbial attack, corrosion scientists to prevent microbially induced corrosion (MIC) of oil and gas pipelines, structural engineers to develop cathodic protection systems that also serve as near-surface mounted retrofits, and fire-safety engineers to develop computational tools to predict the behavior of construction materials in fires.
Our research has attracted over $6 Million of funding from a wide range of federal and local funding agencies in the US and Canada, including National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), as wells as several industrial partners.