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The Third Annual International Conference on Eco-Sustainable Construction Materials (ICESCM-3), İstanbul, Turkey, August 26-29, 2019

You are invited to the conference that the lifelong theme is "THINK GREEN LIVE BETTER!"

Exciting Topics (include below, but are not limited to)

* Nanotechnology, * Green Binder Materials,

* Composite for Infrastructure Renewal,

* Performance related Testing for Composite,

* Industrial By-Product for Green Binder,

* Indoor Air Quality Freshened by Material

* Lightweight Composite, * Nanomaterials, * Reuse,

* Recycle, * Upcycle, * Saving energy, * Sustainability.


No deadline! (Up to August 26, 2019, the author could submit her/his valuable paper to ICESCM-3.)

Some selected excellent manuscript will be published by international and intercontinental peer-reviewed SCI, SCI-Expanded, and ESCI journals after conference, as being below;

Nano Hybrids and Composites;

Journal of Advanced Composite Materials, Construction, Environment, and Nano Technology;

Composites Part B: Engineering;

Cement and Concrete Composites;

Resources, Conservation, and Recycling;

Journal of Cleaner Production;

ACI Materials Journal;

ACI Structural Journal;

Waste Management;

Advances in Cement Research;

Advances in Structural Engineering;

ZKG International;

Concrete International;

Research Journal of Recent Sciences;

Original ICESCM-3 proceedings indexed by Google Scholar, SCOPUS, ESCI, and CPCI of WOS will be published after the conference is completed and all manuscripts is reviewed by independent reviewers.

Online Manuscript Submission

Registration and online manuscript submission is available in the conference website at:

Webpage of the call for paper (the CFP) is at:

Url of conference is at:

International Conference Program & Scientific Commission (Alphabetical Name List)

Professor Anett Fisher, Editor-in-Chief of ZKG International, DE

Professor Antonella D’Alessandro, University of Perugia, IT

Professor Belen Gonzalez-Fonteboa, University of Coruna, ES

Professor Carlo Pellegrino, University of Padua, IT

Professor Claudia Casapulla, University of Naples, IT

Professor David Corr, University of Northwestern, USA

Professor David Hui, University of New Orleans, USA

Professor Fernando Martinez-Abella, University of Coruna, ES

Professor Kamal H. Khayat, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA 

Professor Konstantin Kovler, University of Technology, IL

Professor Leon Black, University of Leeds, UK

Professor Luciano Feo, University of Salerno, IT

Professor Margareth da Silva Magalhães, Rio de Janeiro State University, BR

Professor Mirian Velay-Lizancos, Purdue University, USA

Professor Mohamed Ghrici, Hassiba Benbouali University of Chlef, DZ

Professor Mohd Arif Agam, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, MY

Professor Moncef L. Nehdi, Western University, CA

Professor Panagiotis Asteris, University of Pedagogy and Technical Education, GR

Professor Ramasamy Venkatasubramani, University of Anna, IN

Professor Said Kenai, University of Blida1, DZ

Professor Sindy Seara-Paz, University of Coruna, ES

Professor Surendra P. Shah, University of Northwestern, USA

Professor Umberto Berardi, Ryerson University, CA

Professor Xinsui S. Hu, Shandong University of Science and Technology, CN

Professor Yongfeng Deng, Southeast University, CN

International Conference Organizing Commission (Alphabetical Name List)

Alessandro Nardinocchi

Anan Isabel Torres Gomez

Bensaci Hamza

Cinzia Gianetti

Enrique Fernandez Ledesma

Fawzi Belblidia

Flora Faleschini

Jesus Ayuso Munoz

Jacopo Donnini

Jose Ramon Jimenez Romero

Katya Brunelli

Liu Qian-Wen

Maria G. Douvika

Martyn Lucas

Menadi Belkacem

Oliver Celis

Rachel Board

Ruisk Hu

Sameer Khare

Thaarrini Janardhanan

Weina Meng

Wang Qion

Xin Suishen Wang

Yan Kai Wu

Yuchen Gu

Zhang Tong-Wei

Zhao Yu

Invited Field Editors (Alphabetical Name List)

Professor John Kinuthia (Accepted)

John Kinuthia is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of South Wales, in South Wales, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), a member of the Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation (CIHT), and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) of UK. He has worked in industry in both public and private sectors, before joining academia. He is former Head of Department of Civil Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya, before moving to UK. He is currently the Head of The Advanced Materials Testing Centre (AMTeC) at the University of South Wales, where he manages research, consultancy and testing materials. His materials laboratories are accredited by both the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and by EU as a Notified Body for testing materials under the Construction Products Regulation No 305/2011, appropriate for CE marking for global marketability of construction products. His research interests include sustainable development of infrastructure, especially by the utilisation of natural, industrial and agricultural waste streams in both soil and cement-based cementitious systems. He has successfully supervised 15 PhDs, and over 100 publications in journal, book and conference publications. He has a Google Scholar rating of h-index of 25, iH10 Index of 40, with 1952 citations. His research work aims to reduce the use of traditional cementitious binders such as lime and Portland cement, whose manufacture contributes enormously to atmospheric emissions. In accordance to this theme, Prof. Kinuthia’s topic in the keynote speech at the International Conference on Eco-sustainable Construction Materials (ICESCM-3) is based on the concept of Unfired Earth-based Eco materials in construction.

Title: Unfired Earth-based Eco Materials in Construction

Mini Symposium on Earth-Based Eco-Materials: Fired and Unfired Soil Systems

Principal Guest Editor: Professor Dr. John Kinuthia

Description of Mini Symposium on Earth-Based Eco-Materials: Fired and Unfired Soil Systems

The manufacture of steel and Portland cement consumes enormous raw material resources, and the manufacturing processes involved are associated with high-energy consumption, ugly excavations, especially when left without attention to landscaping, and most negatively exacerbate atmospheric pollution. Portland cement forms the main binder material in concrete, and represents the costliest constituent in concrete and masonry. Therefore, the environmental and economic impact of Portland cement is huge. It is responsible for nearly 10% of the global human derived carbon dioxide emissions. For these reasons, the possibility of replacing, or minimising usage, of the traditional building and construction materials with low-cost greener materials from nature, industry or agriculture will yield significant benefits. Numerous researches have been undertaken on different waste materials. This research so far has only scratched the surface and more coverage is required. Most of the major waste and by-product streams have been explored, leaving only unviable marginal and waste materials. This conference mini symposium would particularly wish to take things from here. It would ideally like to address, the question of how the abundant soil and other earth-based raw materials from nature, industry or from agricultural sources can be utilised.


The mini symposium will comprise of carefully selected papers that best highlight sustainability in researched soil-based civil engineering materials. Sustainability issues in all soil-based materials applications that are encountered in construction in the built environment are welcome. The most appropriate papers are perhaps those that will highlight unfired soil systems for enhanced eco-friendly replacement of the traditional materials such as cement and steel-based materials, whose manufacture as already narrated, is energy-intensive, consumes large volumes of precious natural raw material resources, and/or contribute to significant atmospheric emissions. Fired soil-based materials are also welcome, but should be accompanied by a report of the firing mechanisms and likely costs and future impact. All papers should endeavor to address the key aspects of manufacturing, design, utilization, maintenance and/or whole life cycle analysis among other issues. It is strongly recommended that the submitted papers include details on material sources, potential future supplies, appreciable raw material characterization and fully detailed methodologies. In the discussion of results, it is imperative that the authors provide a sense of the degree of impact such material are likely to have in community, government, and industry, and of the foreseeable futuristic developments in their utilization. The conclusions should be condensed to only those issues that best reflect the research outcomes reported, avoiding inconsequential outcomes.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online as instructed in ICESCM-3

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available at  ICESCM-3

List of Topics (include below, but are not limited to)

Agricultural by-product for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Various by-product for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Canal based by-product for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Clay based Eco-Materials; Low Cost Construction System; Drainage system; Earth based Materials; Saving eco-systems; Materials containing fired systems; Gravels for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Highways with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Housing with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Infrastructure with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Lime for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Low-cost housing/infrastructure system; Prototyping & Manufacturing; Marginal materials; Natural materials; Pavements with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Cementless Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Roads with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Silts for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Soil for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Stabilization with Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Unfired systems for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Vernacular materials; Various waste for Earth-Based Eco-Materials; Sustainability.

Professor Mohd Arif Agam (Accepted)

Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Arif Agam completed his PhD from Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham, UK in 2006. Awarded as Best Malaysian-UK student in 2005 by Malaysian government and published more than 60 research papers in reputed journals. His research interest span from polymer resists to functional nanomaterials especially for environment preservation. Focus more on overexposure of doped polymers in direct fabrication of graphitic materials such as Diamond like Carbon for advance materials research and applications.

Title: Laser Irradiation as Second Manipulation Strategies in Fabricating Tunable Energy Gap of Polymer Metal Composites


Zwitter characteristic of polymer resist material such as Polystyrene (PS) is the shifting of polymer chemical characteristic from positive to negative polymer resist behavior, or vice versa. Investigation of the molecular restructuring due to laser irradiation and beyond its Zwitter characteristic point have led to the ability to tune the PS (doped and undoped metal composite) into carbonaceous nanostructure, such as graphene, graphene oxide and diamond like carbon. Polystyrene nanospheres of 500 nm (doped or undoped with metal nanoparticles) were drop coated on silicon wafer before laser treatment was introduced to systematic investigated the structural transformation of irradiated PS and PS metal (Argentum) nanocomposite (PS AgNCs). The relationship between the parameters used and the structural changes of PS, especially for its surface chemistry and the morphological, structural properties were characterized with Attenuated total-reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Field emission electron microscopy (FESEM). The Energy gap of the irradiated PS and PS Ag NCs are found in the range of 1.5-4.0 eV and XRD combine with Raman Spectroscopy confirmed the graphitic materials fabricated through laser irradiation of PS/PS Ag NCs, such as the formation of diamond like carbon. These tunable properties of laser irradiated polymers could serve 3 in 1 material; as insulator, semiconductor and conductor material, which could have potential in Solar cell and electronic device fabrication.

Keywords: Zwitter characteristic; Irradiated polymers; Nanocomposite.

Mini Symposium on Doping Polymers: New Trend in Fabrication of Advanced and Smart Materials

Principal Guest Editor: Professor Mohd Arif Agam

Description of Mini Symposium on Doping Polymers: New Trend in Fabrication of Advanced and Smart Materials

Doping Polymers are the new trend in fabricating Advance and Smart Materials as it let polymer matrix to bound with organic or inorganic doping materials to create Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs). The Physical, Chemical and Electrical properties of these PMCs, are first able to be tuned with the doping materials concentration. The second tuning capabilities of the PMCs properties, can be made realized through other secondary manipulation techniques such as Electron beam, Laser or Ultra-Violet radiation. This mini symposium addresses these issue that can be explored through types of polymers, inorganic and organic doping agents and secondary manipulation such as laser and ultra-violet irradiation. Many new advance and smart materials are produced from these PMCs such as Diamond like Carbon, Graphene sheets and Carbon Nanotube due to the interaction between the doping agents, polymers matrix and irradiation sources. The potential of these PMCs are huge especially in fabricating advance and smart materials, devices, sensors, photonic and embedded catalysts where huge potential for aircraft advance materials, coating and electronic devices are already being applied in today’s industries.
List of Topics (include below, but are not limited to)

Polymer Matrix Composites, Inorganic and Organic Doping, Advance and Smart Materials, Embedded Catalyst, Photonic Materials, Diamond Like Carbon, Graphene, Graphite.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online as instructed in ICESCM-3

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available at  ICESCM-3

Invited Keynote Speakers (Alphabetical Name List)

Professor Fouad El Haj Hassan (Accepted)

Fouad El Haj Hassan received the Ph.D. degree in 2000 in condensed matter Physics, from Metz University, France. He joined Lebanese University-Faculty of sciences (I) in 2001, where he is currently a Professor of Physics and condensed matter. Prof. El Haj Hassan is the director of Platform for research and analysis in Environmental Sciences (PRASE – EDST - UL) since October 2015. Coordinator of the Faculty of sciences 4 - annex Baalbek between 2009 and 2013. Prof. El Haj Hassan is a holder of a Lebanese Research Chair in computational Physics; he is founder and TPC of several international conferences such as the MEDGREEN-LB 2011, ICM2013 IEEE and ICM2015 IEE. He is plenary speaker in many international conferences and editor board of "Condensed matter physics" and "the scientific world journal". He is referee for more than 11 international journals. Prof El Haj Hassan published more than 90 peer reviewed journal papers with about 1500 citations and one book chapter. He is author of “Electronic and vibrational theory of crystals” lecture in English and French. His research is presently focused on semiconductor and solar cell. Prof. El Haj Hassan is winner of the price of best paper published by a Lebanese scientist in 2005 which was supported by the UNESCO as world physics year and organized in Lebanon by CNRS, French Embassy and St Esprit University. He is Winner of the CNRS Research Excellence Award 2016 in Energy & efficient energy use technology. He got an award from the rector of the Lebanese University Dr. Zouhair choker in 2006 for his research efforts. Prof. El Haj Hassan was a Lebanese Associate member to the ICTP (International Center for Theoretical Physics), Trieste-Italy (2006-2014). He is invited professor more than 15 times to French Universities and also to others countries. He is invited speaker for a plenary talk in many international conferences.

Title: Density functional theory Silica as Catalyst Support for Biomass Upgrading

The material world of everyday experience, as studied by chemistry and condensed-matter physics, is built up from electrons and a few kinds of nuclei. The electrons must be described by quantum mechanics. Density functional theory (DFT) has long been the mainstay of electronic structure calculations in solid-state physics, and has recently become popular in quantum Physics. This is because present-day approximate functionals provide a useful balance between accuracy and computational cost, allowing much larger systems to be treated than traditional ab-initio methods, while retaining much of their accuracy. DFT is a completely different way of approaching any interacting problem, by mapping it exactly to a much easier-to-solve non-interacting problem. Its methodology is applied in a large variety of system, with the ground-state electronic structure problem simply being the most ubiquitous. Pyrolysis of lignin, derived from lignocellulosic biomass, produces bio-oils with high oxygen content (20-45 wt.%). Those bio-oils are upgraded by hydrodeoxygenation HDO, a thermal catalytic process under H2 pressure, to obtain more valuable oxygen-free products. HDO includes two deoxygenation routes: Hydrogenation of aromatic ring before C-O bond cleavage (HYD) or Direct C-O bond cleavage - Direct Deoxygenation (DDO). This investigation aims to promote the DDO route in order to decrease H2 consumption by increasing aromatics production.  

Professor Margareth da Silva MAGALHÃES (Accepted)

Margareth da Silva Magalhães is Assistant Professor of Construction materials in the State University of Rio de Janeiro and Professor of advanced technology of the concrete and new technologies in cement-based materials (fiber reinforced cementitious composites, high performance concrete and self-compacting concrete) in the Civil Engineering Postgraduate Program, PGECIV, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Graduate at Engenharia Civil from Federal University of Paraiba (1996), master's at Civil Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1999) and Ph.d. at Civil Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2010). Post-doctoral researcher fellowship at COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in partnership with Technische Universitat, Dresden-Germany, from 2010 to 2011, and at University of Padova, Italy, from 2016 to 2017. Selected for several research grant and fellowships (2010-2018). Participant in national and international research projects (2010-2018). Author of over 40 scientific publications, Supervisor of 22 Monographs and theses in Civil Engineering, State University of Rio de Janeiro. Peer-reviewer for scientific Journals: Construction & Building Materials, Materials Research Ibero-american Journal of Materials, Matéria (UFRJ), International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Engevista (UFF) and American Chemical Science Journal. She has experience in the field of Civil Engineering with emphasis in construction materials. Her main research interests include fiber reinforced concrete;performance and durability of strain hardening cementitious composites (SHCC), optimization of SHCC and the potential of their application for repair and more durable structures. More recently, her research interests have been extended to include sustainability of building materials and structures. This includes investigations into industrial by-products with respect to their potential of reducing cement consumption.

Professor Moncef L. NEHDI (Accepted)

Dr. Moncef L. Nehdi is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, and the Founder and Principal of NCS Inc. He was previously the Technical Director for Imasco Minerals Inc. and BCS. A fellow of the American Concrete Institute, he is a recipient of many awards, including the Horst Leipholz Medal from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, the Bill Curtin Medal from the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers, the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement. A prolific author with more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, he ranked in the world’s most cited civil engineers in the 2016 Shanghai Ranking of World Universities and Academic Subjects. He has been active in several technical committees of ACI, CSA and CSCE and is a member of the editorial boards of several technical journals. Moncef is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada has been providing consulting services for high profile construction projects in Canada and abroad.

Professor Said KENAI (Accepted)

Said KENAI is currently a Professor of concrete technology and building materials at the civil engineering department, University of Blida1, Algeria. He obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in 1988. He is the chairman of the civil engineering research laboratory, a member of ACI, a founding member of MRS-Africa and a member of RILEM TC-ISC. His main research interests include concrete durability, cement replacement materials, reuse of waste, earth constructions, SCC and repair and strengthening of structures.

Title: Effect of Curing and Mineral Additions on the Performance of Self-Compacting Concrete under Hot Climate

Abstract: The performance of self-compacting concrete (SCC) can be affected by climatic conditions especially hot climate. The use of mineral additions could mitigate some of the adverse effects. This paper analyses the combined effects of various types of mineral additives and hot-dry environment on the properties of self-compacting mortar (SCM). Some mixtures were prepared and tested at fresh and hardened states. The minerals additions include glass blast furnace slag and metakaolin. Specimens were stored in water for an initial curing period of 0, 1, 3, 7 and 28 days (T=20±2 °C and RH=100%), before being exposed to natural hot-dry climate in a North African desert region (T=22-42 °C and RH=8-33%). The fresh properties were investigated by mini slump flow and mini V-funnel. Compressive strength, flexural strength and ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) were measured at 28 days. The results show an enhancement in hardened properties of SCM with increasing water curing period. A water-curing period for 7 days appears to be necessary for improving compressive and flexural strengths and UPV. Metakaolin seems to exhibit the best performance.

Keywords: Self-compacting mortar; Mineral additive; Hot-dry climate; Hydration; Curing; Strength.

Professor Suppachai Sinthaworn (Accepted)

Acting Sub Lt. Suppachai Sinthaworn obtained D.Eng (Structural Engineering) from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has been head of research unit in Sustainable Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering (SICEE), Srinakharinwirote University. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on materials testing, concrete technology, structural analysis, structural repair and strengthening, and also fundamental of disaster management. He has published more than 25 papers and has been serving as an editorial board member, a Conference Committee, a reviewer of journals and conferences.

Professor Umberto BERARDI (Accepted)