[May 10, 2024, 1-5 pm, Leacock 232] Mining and Materials Research Day

Published: 29 April 2024

10 May 2024, 1 pm - 5 pm, Leacock Building Room- 232

We kindly invite you to join us for our second Mining and Materials Research Day, a hybrid onsite and online event. The event will feature a seminar by Professor Amir Masic (MIT), who will present his work on the Multifunctional Future of Concrete. The event will start at 1 pm. Prof. Admir Masic's seminar will begin at 1:30 pm and continue until 3:30 pm in the Leacock Building, Room 232. It will be followed by a graduate student awards ceremony and a poster session with a reception showing research from our department and beyond!

The registration of this event can be done here:

Admir Masic


Prof. Admir Masic is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Torino, Italy. After completing his PhD, he worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface in Potsdam, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow, and later as an independent group leader. In 2015 he accepted a position at MIT as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and in 2018 he was appointed DMSE Faculty Fellow in Archaeological Materials at the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. The Masic Lab investigates nano-chemo-mechanical and mineralization processes in a wide range of anthropogenic and biological materials. At the core of the lab’s expertise are in situ and operando spectroscopy techniques that permit resolving in time and space out-of-equilibrium processes in heterogeneous materials. With examples spanning from ancient Roman concretes to modern Portland cement, from nacre to pathological microcalcifications, and from ancient pigments to the Dead Sea scrolls, the goal of the Masic Lab is to translate the knowledge gained from investigating these complex material systems to solve fundamental engineering challenges related to construction, energy, health, and the environment.


Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, and because of its carbon- and energy-intensive production, it is responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions. For this reason, we need to entirely rethink concrete’s future and develop new methods to reduce its carbon footprint. In this talk, I will discuss recent innovations in the production of “multifunctional concrete,” ranging from new formulations that act as carbon sinks, to Roman-inspired self-healing concretes, and electrically-conductive cements. These science-enabled developments all aim to make this multifunctional material part of the solution for the sustainable development of our built environment in an ever-changing world.


1:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Opening + Networking
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Seminar
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Poster exhibition and networking.

The event is co-sponsored by the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI), the McGill Institute for Advanced Materials (MIAM) and the McGill Centre for Innovation in Storage and Conversion of Energy.

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