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Dr Taehwan Kim

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Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Taehwan Kim is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVEN) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a position he has held since June 2016. He received his BS and MS from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea and PhD from Purdue University, US. After gaining PhD, Dr Kim worked as a research...view more

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Taehwan Kim is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVEN) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a position he has held since June 2016. He received his BS and MS from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea and PhD from Purdue University, US. After gaining PhD, Dr Kim worked as a research associate at Oklahoma State University until June 2016. He was involved in and contributed to several interdisciplinary research projects, including innovative characterization techniques and advancement of the understanding of reactions occurring in cementitious materials. After joining UNSW Sydney, he is branching out to different research areas (rheology of materials, fundamental chemical reactions in cementitious materials, reuse of industrial wastes in construction materials) and to collaborate with various researchers within/outside CVEN.

Research Interest

  • Advanced and sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Thermodynamics in cementitious materials and the modelling of their chemical process
  • Advanced materials characterization techniques
  • Fundamental understanding of chemo-physical reactions in cementitious materials
  • Microstructure evolution of cementitious materials
  • Utilize natural and waste materials to develop the low carbon foot-print materials

Courses

CVEN3304 Concrete Structures

CVEN9824 Advanced Materials Technology

CVEN3101 Engineering Operation and Control

Current Researches and PhD Students:

Mohammed Alnahhal (2018 ~ present): Rheology and structural build-up of alkali activated materials. Synthesis of eco-friendly alkali activator. (Co-supervised by Dr Ailar Hajimohammadi)

Yingda Zhang (PhD, 2018 ~ present): Prevention of early age cracking in concrete through mix design parameters (Co-supervised Prof Arnaud Catel)

Sumaiya Afrotz (2019 ~ present): Durability of low-carbon concrete in severe environment. Shrinkage of low-carbon concrete. (Co-supervised Prof Arnaud Catel)

Abdelrahman Hamdan (2019 ~ present): Effect of chemical oxides on the reaction kinetics of alkali activated materials.(Co-supervised by Dr Ailar Hajimohammadi)

Jiehong Li (2020 ~ present): Mechanical properties and durability of fibre reinforced foam concrete (Co-supervised by Dr Ailar Hajimohammadi)

Looking for Students for projects related to: (currently N/A)

Candidates are expected to have a Master's degree in one of the following fields: Civil (materials or structures), materials science, chemistry, or related fields. Candidates with Bachelor's degree that includes a substantial research component are able to be considered. The candidates should have strong motivation in fundamental studies of materials and well-developed background of cementitious materials. Candidates with background in synthesis of calcium based materials, characterization techniques (including SEM-EDS, CT, XRF, XRD, NMR and FTIR) or computational thermodynamics are encouraged to apply.

Education

Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), Purdue University, IN, USA

M.Sc. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), KAIST, South Korea

B. Sc. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), KAIST, South Korea

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Location

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 7, Room CE718
Kensington Campus

Contact

(+61 2) 9385 5026
(+61 2) 9385 6139