New Publication on Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Materials Crystallography via Virtual Reality

A new publication titled “Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Materials Crystallography via Virtual Reality: Role of User Comfort and Game Design” was published in Journal of Chemical Education in January 2024. 

Enhancing Learning Outcomes for Materials Crystallography via Virtual Reality: Role of User Comfort and Game Design

This article is from our group’s MS graduate Dhanush Bejjarapu. Congratulations Dhanush for this very interesting work!

New Publication on Quantifying the Global Warming Potential of Low Carbon Concrete Mixes

A new publication titled “Quantifying the Global Warming Potential of Low Carbon Concrete Mixes: Comparison of Existing Life Cycle Analysis Tools” is set to be published in Case Studies in Construction Materials in July 2024. 

Quantifying the Global Warming Potential of Low Carbon Concrete Mixes: Comparison of Existing Life Cycle Analysis Tools

This article is from our group’s MS graduate Andrew Witte. Congratulations Andrew for this very interesting work!

The article can be accessed here

Moments from 2023

A few moments from the year 2023:

Professor Garg with MS students graduating in 2023
At the May 2023 Graduation Ceremony
At the cement plant in Missouri as part of the field visit in CEE 502: Advanced Cement Chemistry
Professor Garg at Meta HQ in San Francisco
Professor Garg with his former MS advisor, Professor Kejin Wang
Selected members of Garg Group attending the International Congress on The Chemistry of Cement in Bangkok, Thailand
Friends and members of Garg Group at a dinner during the American Concrete Institute Convention
Selected members of Garg Group attending the American Ceramic Society Cements meeting at Columbia University in New York
Professor Garg with his former PhD advisor, Professor Jorgen Skibsted
Friends and members of Garg Group at a dinner in New York
Professor Garg with alumni Pablo Romero
Garg Group at the Illinois Union Bowling Alley, celebrating the end of the semester

New Publication on the Impact of C–S–H Seeds on Cementitious Hydration Kinetics

A new publication titled “Impact of C–S–H Seeds on Cementitious Hydration Kinetics: New Insights on Porosity and Microstructure” is set to be published in Materials Today Communications in March 2024. 

Impact of C–S–H Seeds on Cementitious Hydration Kinetics: New Insights on Porosity and Microstructure

This article is from our group’s PhD candidate Faisal Qadri. Additionally, MS candidate Sudharsan Kumar also contributed to this work. Congratulations Faisal and Sudharsan for this very interesting work!

The article can be accessed here

New Members Announcement

Garg Group warmly welcomes new members who started in Fall 2023. These are MS candidates: Nanzeeba Tabassum, Nischal Kanel, and Yaman Garg; and PhD candidates: Aysan Farajnia and Momina Rauf.

Additionally, MS candidates Omar Abdelrahman, Jacob Doehring, and Dhanush S. Bejjarapu successfully completed their MS thesis in Summer 2023. Omar started working at WJE, Chicago, Jacob started working at Sublime, Boston, and Dhanush started his PhD at EPFL, Switzerland. We wish them all best of luck in their future endeavors.

Group photo in the North Quad of the UIUC campus on an early Fall 2023 morning, (From left to right; Top row: AW, HJ, CK, YM, FQ, FI, AF, NK, SD, NT, BD, VK; Bottom row: BB, SR, KCP, YG, MR, NG, MO, MA, TE, HS, HK)

Several students from the group are set to graduate in Summer 2024. Hence, multiple openings for graduate students (both at MS and PhD level) are available for Fall 2024. Please apply and join us! 

A postdoc opening maybe announced by the end of 2023.

New Publication on Enhancing Phase Identification in Waste-to-Energy Fly Ashes

A new publication titled “Enhancing Phase Identification in Waste-to-Energy Fly Ashes: Role of Raman Spectroscopy, Background Fluorescence, and Photobleaching” is set to be published in The Journal of Hazardous Materials in October 2023. 

Enhancing Phase Identification in Waste-to-Energy Fly Ashes: Role of Raman Spectroscopy, Background Fluorescence, and Photobleaching

This article is is the first one from our group’s postdoctoral researcher Dr. Hamza Samouh. Additionally, Ph.D. candidate Vikram Kumar and undergraduate student Halle-Mari Santiago also contributed to this work. Congratulations Hamza, Vikram, and Halle-Mari for this very interesting work!

The article can be accessed here

New Publication on Elucidating the Size and Shape of Individual Clinker Phases via Raman Imaging

A new publication titled “Elucidating the Size and Shape of Individual Clinker Phases via Raman Imaging: Impact on Cement Hydration” was published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C in August 2023. 

Elucidating the Size and Shape of Individual Clinker Phases via Raman Imaging: Impact on Cement Hydration

This is the third article from our group’s Ph.D. candidate Krishna C. Polavaram. Congratulations Krishna for this very interesting work!

The article can be accessed here

New Publication on Early-stage Performance Enhancement of Concrete

A new publication titled “Early-stage Performance Enhancement of Concrete via Commercial C-S-H Seeds” was published in Case Studies in Construction Materials, in August 2023. 

Early-stage Performance Enhancement of Concrete via Commercial C-S-H Seeds

This is the first article from our group’s Ph.D. candidate Faisal Qadri. Congratulations Faisal for this very interesting work!

The article can be accessed here

New Publication on Rapid Prediction of Cementitious Initial Sorptivity

A new publication titled “Rapid Prediction of Cementitious Initial Sorptivity via Surface Wettability” was published in npj Materials Degradation, in July 2023. 

Rapid Prediction of Cementitious Initial Sorptivity via Surface Wettability

One of the tests to predict the durability of cement-based materials involves measurement of water uptake over time. This ‘sorptivity’ test, however, is laborious and time-consuming (continuous weight measurements over several hours to days).

Today, we report a rapid test method that exploits fundamental wetting characteristics of cementitious systems to predict their 6-hour initial sorptivity in a matter of few seconds. Enabled by computer vision, the quantification of drop spreading dynamics opens up a new pathway for rapid, automated, and affordable testing of cementitious systems.

This is the second article from our group’s Ph.D. candidate Hossein Kabir. Congratulations Hossein for this very interesting work!

The news release for this publication can be accessed here.

The article can be accessed here