• Phone44(0)121.204.3391
  • MB226E, Aston University, Aston Triangle

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Multiscale and Multiphysics Modelling of Bituminous Materials 2. Deriving Alternative Binders from Biomass and Waste Materials (such as plastics) 3. Pavement Performance Evaluation and Predictions for Smart Maintenance and Management

20102020

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Personal profile

General

Email: y.zhang10@aston.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0)121.204.3391

Address: MB226E, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK.

Yuqing joined Aston University as a lecturer in 2015 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2019 in School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to that, he was a research scientist at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), USA. Yuqing received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University under supervision of Prof. Robert L. Lytton. He was awarded BSc and MSc degrees from Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Yuqing is now serving as the director of Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) and leading an infrastructural material research group. His research is focused on durable, renewable and intelligent road infrastructures and materials. Yuqing looks forward to working with multidisciplinary academics, industries and governmental agencies on the relevant areas to build better roads for people's better life!

Employment

  • 2019 - present: Senior Lecturer, Aston University, UK;
  • 2015 - 2019: Lecturer, Aston University, UK;
  • 2014 - 2015: Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, USA;
  • 2013 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, USA;
  • 2008 - 2012: Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, USA;

Research Interests

  • Renewable Construction Materials (bio-bitumen, plastic-bitumen, etc.)
  • Multiphysics and Multiscale Modelling of Construction Materials;
  • Performance Predictions of Road Infrastructures;
  • Intelligent and Nondestructive Road Technologies for Smart Cities.

Research Profile in Google Scholar, ResearchGate and Personal Website

Teaching Activity

  • EC1CMS: Construction Materials and Surveying
  • EC2BDT: Building Design and Construction Technology 2
  • EC3CT3: Construction Technology 3
  • EC310A: Final Year Project
  • EM4020: Master Degree Project and Dissertation

PhD Supervision

Current Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

  • Dr. Yangming Gao - Adhesion and anti-aging modelling of bituminous materials
  • Dr. Linglin Li - Healing multiphysics modelling of asphalt materials and pavements 

Current PhD Research Students:

  • Mrs. Eman L. Omairey - Long-term aging performance prediction of asphalt pavements
  • Mrs. Charlotte Abdy - Waste plastics derived bitumen
  • Mr. Huajie Guo - Molecular dynamics modelling of plastic bitumen and asphalt

I am open to supervise postgraduate and PhD research students in broad areas of road engineering, bituminous/asphalt materials, unbound granular materials, engineering mechanics, numerical modelling, infrastructural sustainability, nondestructive testing, etc. 

Research Projects/Collaborations

(1)     EU Horizon 2020 (H2020), Marie S. Curie IF project, “Durable Infrastructure Materials Modified by self-assembled hollow nanostructured materials (DIMMs)”, Grant No. 846028 (£179,948; Lead as a PI; 2020-2022).

(2)     EU Horizon 2020 (H2020), Marie S. Curie IF project, “Healing Multiphysics of Asphalt Materials (HMAM)”, Grant No. 789551 (£173,347; Lead as a PI; 2018-2020).

(3)     EU Horizon 2020 (H2020), Marie S. Curie IF project, “Ageing Multiphysics of Asphalt Materials (AMAM)”, Grant No. 749232 (£168,148; Lead as a PI; 2017-2019).

(4)     European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), “Developing functional materials to support small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs)” (£1.4 million, Lead as a Co-I, 2018-2021).

(5)     Royal Society, International Exchange Programme, “Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting in UK's Road Infrastructure”, Grant No. IES\R1\191179, (£12,000; Lead as a PI; 2019-2021)

(6)     Royal Society, International Exchange Programme, “Durable and Pollutant-free Road Subgrade built with Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW)”, Grant No. IEC\NSFC\181591, (£12,000; Lead as a PI; 2019-2021)

(7)     Aggregate Industries UK, Ltd., Industry sponsored PhD Studentship project, “Producing Bitumen from Waste Plastics through Pyrolysis and Upgrading Technologies” (£60,000; Lead as a PI; 2019-2021)

(8)     National Asphalt Research Consortium, “Reliable Quantification of Cracking Resistance of Asphalt Binders” (£6,000; Lead as a PI; 2019-2020)

(9)     The Academy of Medical Sciences, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project, “Pyrolysis of Municipal Organic Waste for Renewable Road Construction Materials”, Grant No. GCRFNG\100203 (£25,000; Lead as a PI; 2018-2019).

(10)  Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Visiting Fellowship project, “Multiple-component Binder System Design for 100% Recycling of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement”, Grant No. DVF1718\8\52 (£5,500; Lead as a PI; 2018)

(11)  Newton Fund via British Council, UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership project, “Long-term Ageing Performance Evaluation of Bio-bitumen from Municipal Solid Waste”, Grant No. 351957889, (£10,300; Lead as a PI; 2018)

(12)  Royal Society, Kan Tong Po Visiting Fellowships, “Feasibility Study of Producing Renewable Bitumen from Waste Tyre Rubber and Waste Plastic through Pyrolysis”, Grant No. KTP\R1\170001 (£2,922; Lead as a PI; 2018)

(13)  Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Visiting Fellowship project, “Diffusion Multiscale Modelling for Superior Recycled Asphalt Pavement”, Grant No. DVF1718\7\10, (£5,275; Lead as a PI; 2017)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow
  • International Road Federation (IRF), Fellow
  • National Asphalt Research Consortium (NARC), Steering committee member
  • International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP), Member 
  • RILEM, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associate Member
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Member

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

20152016

Award Date: 30 Jun 2018

PhD, Texas A&M University

20082012

Award Date: 14 Dec 2012

MSc

20052007

Award Date: 30 Mar 2007

BSc

20012005

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

External positions

Steering Committee

Sep 2018 → …

Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M University

Jul 2014Feb 2015

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University

Jan 2013Jun 2014

Keywords

  • TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • Bituminous and Granular Materials
  • Pavement Performance Prediction
  • Advanced Numerical Modelling
  • Experimental Characterisation

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Research Output

Predicting crack growth in viscoelastic bitumen under a rotational shear fatigue load

Zhang, Y. & Gao, Y., 3 Jul 2019, In : Road Materials and Pavement Design. 20 p.

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  • Modelling crack initiation in bituminous binders under a rotational shear fatigue load

    Gao, Y., Li, L. & Zhang, Y., 27 May 2020, In : International Journal of Fatigue. 139, 1 p., 105738.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Adaptability evaluation of pavement structure to replacement treatment subgrade of black cotton soil

    Luan, Y., Ma, Y., Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., Ma, T. & Lee, J., 30 Jun 2020, In : Transportation Safety and Environment. 2, 1, p. 69-80

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  • Crack Length Based Healing Characterisation of Bitumen at Different Levels of Cracking Damage

    Li, L., Gao, Y. & Zhang, Y., 10 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 258, 120709.

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  • Prizes

    Theodore von Kármán Fellowship

    Zhang, Yuqing (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Press / Media

    Could the roads of the future be bio-based?

    Yang Yang & Yuqing Zhang

    27/06/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research