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WEI Zhenhua
Assistant Professor


Biography: Dr. Zhenhua Wei is an assistant professor and the principal investigator in the Infrastructure Materials and Energy Laboratory at SUSTech. His research interests lie broadly in cementitious composites and construction materials with a focus on their durability and chemo-thermo-mechanical properties, decarbonizing infrastructure and other related topics. He has worked on various research projects on the design, development and implementation of innovative materials and processes for sustainable infrastructure and energy systems such as high-performance and phase-change concrete composites, smart energy-efficient wall panels and crack-resistant pavements, and CO2 mineralization for carbon-neutral construction. Dr. Wei has published more than 20 high-impact journal papers (google scholar citations=761, h-index=14) and led multiple research projects supported by U.S. federal and state agencies. He has received important awards including the EMI-MIMB Paper Award (2020) from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the NSF-IUCRC Research Breakthrough (2019) from the National Science Foundation, and the Carlos Rueda Diez Award (2019) from Columbia University. Dr. Wei received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from UCLA in December 2017. Following his postdoctoral work at Columbia University, he was the research director of SPDLabs, a New York-based design company specializing in structure-integrated photovoltaics. He joined the SUSTech faculty in November 2021.

Educational Background

2017, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

2013, M.S., Marine Chemistry, Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2010, B.E., Agricultural Engineering, Huazhong Agricultural University

Work Experience

2021-present, Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2021, Administrator, National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, Blacksburg, VA, USA

2019-2021, Research Director, SPDLabs LLC, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

2018-2019, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


1. An Integrated Approach to Zero-Energy Greenhouses Using Solar and Geothermal Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, $500,000 (2020-2023), Co-PI

2. Materials and System Design for Thermal Management in Pavement Using Solar-Geothermal Energy, National Science Foundation, $550,000 (2020-2022), Co-PI

3. Innovative Techniques and Materials for Preventing Concrete Shrinkage Cracking, New Jersey Department of Transportation, $300,000 (2019-2022), Co-PI

4. NYS Clean Energy Internship Program: Renewable Electric Power Generation through Building Envelopes, New York State Energy Research & Development Agency, $16,320 (2020-2021), PI


1. H. Liu, L. Li, Z. Wei, M. Smedskjaer, X. Zheng, M. Bauchy, De novo atomistic discovery of disordered mechanical metamaterials by machine learning, Advanced Science 2024, 2304834

2. Z. Zeng, Y. Wei, Z. Wei, W. Yao, C. Wang, B. Huang, M. Gong, J. Yang, Deep learning enabled particle analysis for quality assurance of construction materials, Automation in Construction 2022, 140, 104374

3. Z. Zeng, Z. Zhu, W. Yao, Z. Wang, C. Wang, Y. Wei, Z. Wei, Accurate prediction of concrete compressive strength based on explainable features using deep learning, Construction and Building Materials 2022, 329, 127082

4. Y. Wei, Z. Wei, W. Yao, K. Xue, D. Wang, C. Wang, Automated detection and segmentation of concrete air voids using zero-angle light source and deep learning. Automation in Construction 2021, 130, 103877

5. C. Wu, Z. Wei, H. Yin. Virtual and physical experiments of encapsulated phase change material embedded in building envelopes. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 2021, 172, 121083

6. Z. Wei, B. Wang, G. Falzone, Z. She, E. Callagon, N. Neithalath, L. Pilon, G. Sant. Clinkering-free cementation by fly ash carbonation. Journal of CO2 Utilization 2018, 23, 117-127

7. Z. Wei, G. Falzone, S. Das, N. Saklani, Y. Le Pape, L. Pilon, N. Neithalath, G. Sant. Restrained shrinkage cracking of cementitious composites containing soft PCM   inclusions: A paste (matrix) controlled response. Materials and Design 2017, 132, 367-374 

8. Z. Wei, G. Falzone, B. Wang, A. Thiele, G. Puerta Falla, L. Pilon, N. Neithalath, G. Sant. The durability of cementitious composites containing microencapsulated phase change materials. Cement and Concrete Composites 2017, 81, 66-76

9. Y. Gu, Z. Wei, X. Shu, Q. Ran, K. Lv, J. Liu. Characterizing cement paste containing SRA-modified nanoSiO2 and evaluating its strength development and shrinkage behavior. Cement and Concrete Composites 2017,75, 30-37

10. Z. Wei, R. Xing, X. Zhang, S. Liu, H. Yu, P. Li. Facile template-free fabrication of hollow nestlike α-Fe2O3 nanostructures for water treatment. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 598-604

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