Sustainable Engineering & Materials Laboratory (SEML)

Climate change, environmental deterioration, and materials and energy depletion have called much attention to the need for modernizing engineering practice and promoting sustainability in our infrastructure. SEML is a research facility aimed at characterizing the life cycle performance of novel and sustainable materials. SEML objectives include:
  • Seeking new material manufacturing and processing methods to reduce the energy consumption in construction and lengthen the in-service life of structures.
  • Developing reliable test methods for characterization and health monitoring of existing materials and structures for their long-term performance.
  • Utilizing renewable energy resources and recycled materials without compromising production quality in civil engineering practice and with minimized additional cost.
  • Advancing the fundamental understanding of sustainable materials.

Current research focus: rheological characterization of warm mix asphalt; long-term performance of epoxy adhesives; infrastructure protection and preservation with polyurea coatings; solar energy utilization with functionally graded materials.

For further information contact Huiming Yin at +1.212.851.1648.

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