Researcher

Dr Ali Kashani

My Expertise

Sustainability in Construction

Waste valorisation and circular economy

Carbon capturing and minerlisation

Construction 3D printing

Construction Automation

Geopolymer concrete

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Construction Materials, Construction Engineering

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Biography

Dr Ali Kashani is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sustainable Concrete and 3D printing and a Churchill Fellow in Construction 3D Printing with extensive experience in research, development, and commercialisation of advanced and sustainable construction materials. One of his research area is 'Construction Automation' via development of novel high-performance materials and techniques for robot-aimed construction including 3D printing....view more

Dr Ali Kashani is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sustainable Concrete and 3D printing and a Churchill Fellow in Construction 3D Printing with extensive experience in research, development, and commercialisation of advanced and sustainable construction materials. One of his research area is 'Construction Automation' via development of novel high-performance materials and techniques for robot-aimed construction including 3D printing. His other main area of research is sustainable construction materials for 'Circular Economy' including wastes valorisation, carbon capturing and mineralisation, low-carbon construction materials, sustainable concrete, and alkali-activated materials (geopolymers).


My Grants

Selected major grants:

- Ali Kashani  Developing a mortar for 3D printing using a gantry system  Direct research contract funded by Contour 3D

- Ali Kashani, Taehwan Kim, and Stephen Foster  Development of Sustainable Concrete with Glass Waste Mixes  An Innovation Connection Grant by XL Concrete and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

- Tuan Ngo and Ali Kashani   Demonstration and developing VicRoads’ specification for use of waste glass in concrete  Funded through a competitive R&D scheme of Sustainability Victoria in partnership with Level Crossing Removal Authority, KBR, John Holland, Hanson, and VicRoads 

- Tuan Ngo and Ali Kashani  Impact-resistant concrete safety road barrier with recycled tyre  Funded through a competitive R&D scheme of Tyre Stewardship Australia in partnership with Saferoads and VicRoads 

- Tuan Ngo, Ali Kashani, and Ailar Hajimohammadi  A novel application of recycled glass in lightweight concrete  Funded through a Competitive R&D scheme of Sustainability Victoria in partnership with PrefabAUS 

- Tuan Ngo and Ali Kashani  Novel applications of recycled tyre in lightweight composite sandwich panels  Funded through a competitive R&D scheme of Tyre Stewardship Australia in partnership with PrefabAUS 


My Awards

  • Churchill Fellowship for 3D printing of houses sponsored by AVJennings

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

PhD Scholarships may be available for research-enthusiastic local and international students with excellent academic grades (GPA of 80 and above) and at least one journal paper or equivalent research experience.

If you are eligible to get a scholarship (or if you have your own scholarship), please email (ali.kashani@unsw.edu.au) your updated CV, official transcripts, and a brief summary of your research interest.

Available research areas:

- CO2 mineralisation in concrete

- High-performance and sustainable construction materials and techniques for 3D printing

- Automated and prefabricated construction of timber, bricks, concrete, and composite structures (modelling and/or experiments)

- Next generation of sustainable concrete and composites

 


Currently supervising

PhD students

 

2022 - 2026

Reza Namini – Modelling CO2 transportation and reaction mechanisms to predict concrete durability against carbonation and corrosion

2022 - 2025

 

Mohammad Farjad Iqbal – Optimization and modelling of sustainable geopolymer concrete for 3 D printing: digital construction practice

2022 - 2025

 

Rizwan Hameed – CO2 sequestration in low-carbon concretes

2022 - 2025

 

Emad Golafshani – Developing a sustainable mix design of concrete containing waste materials using machine learning and metaheuristic optimization algorithms

2021 - 2024

Zuobang Yao (joint with Dr Kim) – Shrinkage behaviour of 3D printing alkali-activated materials

2019 - 2023

Hamid Bayat  – Fibre-reinforced lightweight concrete for 3D printing

2018 - 2022

Mohsen Rezaei (co-supervisor) –  Mixture Optimisation, Shrinkage Behaviour & Structural Integrity of 3D printed structure

2018 - 2022

Tianchun (Echo) Wang (co-supervisor) –  Utilization of waste glass fines in concrete and evaluation of its alkali-silica reaction

2018 - 2022

Sachinthani Ayesha Karunarathna (co-supervisor) –  A sustainable application of waste tyre in concrete road barriers

 

 

 


My Engagement

2021 - now

Chair – Cement and concrete working group at Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA)

2021 - now NSW committee Member  Concrete Institute of Australia

2018 - 2019

Academic member – Net Zero Concrete Industry Working Group

2019 - now

Associate Fellow in teaching and learning –  the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)

2016 - now

Member – Concrete Institute of Australia

2014 - now

Member – Australian Society of Rheology

 

2019 - 2021

Guest Editor of Journal of Applied Sciences (Q1, IF: 2.217) for the special issue of "Microstructures and Materials for Additive Manufacturing"

2020 - 2021

Associate Editor of Journal of Frontiers in Built Environment for the special topic of “Materials and Technologies Towards Low-Carbon Concrete’


My Teaching

CVEN 4104 'Sustainability in Construction'

CVEN 9731 'Project Management Framework'

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Location

Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 2, Room CE204

Contact

(+61 2) 9385 5766
(+61 2) 9385 6139