• 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


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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!


  • 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 PhD Research Students:

  • Mr. Yangming Gao - Multiscale adhesion modelling of asphalt materials
  • Mrs. Eman L. Omairey - Long-term aging performance prediction of asphalt pavements
  • Mrs. Charlotte Abdy - Waste plastics derived bitumen

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. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow
  • International Road Federation (IRF), Fellow
  • National Asphalt Research Consortium (NACR), 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


Award Date: 30 Jun 2018

PhD, Texas A&M University


Award Date: 14 Dec 2012



Award Date: 30 Mar 2007



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


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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Yuqing Zhang is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 1 Similar Profiles

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Energy-based mechanistic approach for crack growth characterization of asphalt binder

    Li, H., Luo, X., Yan, W. & Zhang, Y., 21 May 2020, In : Mechanics of Materials. 148, 103462.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 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


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research