Ir. S. (Shizhe) Zhang


Shizhe is currently a PhD researcher working in Microlab. He studied Materials Science and Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology for his Bachelor from 2009 and in Faculty of 3mE, TU Delft from 2013. He performed 7 month part-time internship in Van Gansewinkel Minerals, followed by 11-month full time internship as R&D Engineer for graduation project on waste glass powder geopolymer, during which he received the 'Best oral presentation award' in the international ECI conference. He graduated in Sep 2015 specialized in Advanced Construction Materials and started working as a project researcher on Biomass ash characterization in Van Gansewinkel Minerals until May 2016. From June 2016, he started working as a PhD researcher in TU Delft.


The aim of the PhD project is to characterize and to convert regional wastes and industrial residuals into secondary resources to be utilized in environmentally sound high value products for alternative building materials, based on alkaline activation technology. This research focuses on the development of novel fiber reinforced geopolymer concrete with related numerical modeling on microstructural and mechanical properties.

  • Concrete 1&2 Practical, CTB2000-D2 Bouwplaats

  • Zhang, S., Keulen, A., Arbi, K., & Ye, G. (2017). Waste glass as partial mineral precursor in alkali-activated slag/fly ash system. Cement and Concrete Research, 102, 29-40.
  • Zhang, S., Ghiassi, B., & Ye, G. (2018). Experimental study on the interface properties of PVA fibers in slag/fly ash based geopolymer pastes. 4th International Conference on Service Life Design for Infrastructures, Delft, the Netherlands
  • Zhang, S., Nedeljkovic, M., Ghiassi, B., & Ye, G. (2017). A comparative study on deflection-hardening behavior of ductile alkali-activated composite. 4th International Conference on Strain-Hardening Cement-Based Composites (pp. 123-130). Dresden, Germany.
  • Zhang, S., Keulen, A., Arbi, K. & Ye, G., (2016). Characterization and preliminary processing of biomass ash for possible utilization in alkali-activated materials. The 3rd International RILEM Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites, Nanjing, China.
  • Zhang, S., Keulen, A., Arbi, K. and Ye, G., (2015). Waste glass powder as partial binder precursor in FA/BFS geopolymer paste. Geopolymers: The route to eliminate waste and emissions in ceramic and cement manufacturing, p.48. (Best Oral Presentation Award)
  • Keulen, A., Yu, Q. L., Zhang, S., & Grunewald, S. (2018). Effect of admixture on the pore structure refinement and enhanced performance of alkali-activated fly ash-slag concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 162, 27-36.
  • Sino-Dutch joint research projects on Advanced Materials: Utilization of regional wastes and industrial residuals for producing high value construction materials through alkali-activation technology, which is co-funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
  • MSWI bottom ash pre-treatment and utilization in construction materials, supported by AVR, Heroes and Rotterdam Gemeente.
  • The potential of using biomass ash as precursor for geopolymer production, supported by Van Gansewinkel Minerals.
  • Waste glass powder as partial binder precursor in alkali-activated slag/fly ash system, supported by Van Gansewinkel Minerals.

Shizhe Zhang

PhD candidate

Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3Md)

Materials and Environment

Jacqueline van Unen-Bergenhenegouwen

Ir. S. Zhang