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Research interests

Tien-Dung's research focuses on improving construction and building materials sustainability by developing smart and novel cementitious binders with high performance and durability. His work centres on the use of industrial by-products and carbon sequestration. He is interested in studying the reaction mechanisms, microstructural development, and mechanical performance of novel cement and concrete materials.


Tien-Dung Nguyen obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. His doctoral research involved the innovative use of industrial by-products to create a sustainable cementitious binder. After graduating in 2014, he worked as a Research Fellow at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore until November 2020. During his time at NTU, he improved the mechanical and durability performance of carbonated MgO concrete and Na2CO3-activated slag concrete by enhancing their hydration and carbonation mechanisms. In December 2020, he joined the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

His professional experience is in the development and characterization of novel cements and concretes. His research contributes to the development of sustainable binders through the innovative use of waste materials and carbon sequestration. He is currently interested in the use of graphene to enhance the mechanical properties and durability performance of concrete structures.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)


B.Eng, National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam (2006)

M.Sc, Thammasat University, Thailand (2010)

Ph.D, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2014)

External positions

Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University

Jul 2015Nov 2020

Areas of expertise

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Sustainable Construction Materials
  • Novel cement formulations
  • Concrete durability

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Sustainable Futures


  • Graphene concretes
  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Durability of concrete structures


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