Research and expertise
My research themes – low-carbon construction materials, valorising wastes into concrete matrices, self-sensing and self-healing materials, durability and early-age cracking in cement composites, rheology of binder systems, and additive manufacturing with concrete
After completing my BSc, my 12+ years career has been in research, development, and practice, accumulating fellowships and awards worth over £250K. In my current role, I am a materials and rheology specialist undertaking research and teaching, contributing to the world’s pioneering and UK-leading consortium advancing 3D concrete printing (3DCP) technology. However, the impact of my expertise is beyond 3DCP, I am currently active in the above six research themes strategically aligned with Sustainable, Resilient and Smart Infrastructure, with 40+ publications outcomes in top journals, working with international collaborators, developing innovative test methods for concrete applications, and establishing some advanced concrete science. I also consult for companies working with concrete, creating impact in enterprise and knowledge transfer.
I have worked on UK funded multimillion projects with multidisciplinary collaboration, organising across the group; successfully supervised/mentored several research students, supported international visiting researchers and participated in organising international conferences and workshops. I am actively involved in professional bodies, such as RILEM, and their technical committees developing research/industry standards on construction and concrete materials. I completed my TWAS-funded PhD investigating the roles of rheology in the plastic settlement/shrinkage cracking of early-age concrete, advancing the fundamental understanding of concrete behaviour, with four prominent awards, 6 top journal papers, 1 conference paper, and several international presentations.
Current research activity
- EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship – Healing the anisotropy of 3D printed concrete (as PI)
- UK EPSRC DfM:3DCP – Design-for-manufacture of 3D concrete printed structural composites, (as PDRA)
Recently completed research projects
- UK EPSRC 3DCP:HCP – Manufacturing integrated building components using digital hybrid concrete printing technology (as PDRA), 2022
- Stellenbosch University Consolidoc Fellowship Program, 2020
- NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowship SFH160522165795, 2017 – 2019
- Fanijo, E.O, Kolawole, J.T., Babafemi, A.J., Liu, J. 2023. A comprehensive review on the use of recycled concrete aggregate for pavement construction: properties, performance and sustainability. Cleaner Materials, 100199
- Alanazi, N., Kolawole, J.T., Buswell, R., Susmel, L. 2022. The theory of critical distances to assess the effect of cracks/manufacturing defects on the static strength of 3D-printed concrete. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 108563.
- Roussel, N., Buswell, R., Ducoulombier, N., Ivanova, I., Kolawole, J.T., Lowke, D.., Mechtcherine, V., Mesnil, R., Perrot, A., Pott, U., Reiter, L., Stefan, D., Wangler, T., Wolfs, R., Zuo, W. 2022. Assessing the fresh properties of printable cement-based materials: high potential tests for quality control. Cement and Concrete Research 158 (3).
- Buswell, R.A, Xu, J., De-Becker, D., Dobrzanski, J., Provis, J., Kolawole, J.T., Kinnell, P. 2022. Geometric quality assurance for 3D concrete printing and hybrid construction manufacturing using a standardised test part for benchmarking capability, Cement and Concrete Research, 156 (106773).
- Dobrzanski, J., Buswell, R., Cavalaro, S., Kinnell, P., Wang, W., Xu, J., Kolawole, J.T. 2022. Milling a cement-based 3D printable mortar in its green state using a ball-nosed cutter. Cement and Concrete Composites, 104266.
- Kolawole, J.T., Combrinck, R. & Boshoff, W.P. 2022. Understanding the roles of rheology in the plastic settlement and shrinkage cracking of early age concrete. RILEM Technical Letters, 7, 112-126.
- Kolawole, J.T., Combrinck, R. & Boshoff, W.P. 2022. Plastic cracking behaviour of concrete and interdependence on rheo-physical properties, Composites B: Engineering, 230 (109527).
- Babafemi, A.J., Kolawole, J.T., Oyebanjo, M., Ntumba, N., Ekosse, G.E., 2022. Performance of selected South African kaolinitic clays for limestone calcined clay cement. Applied Sciences 12 (21): 10751.
- Olalusi, O.B., Durgapershad, A., Awoyera, P.O., Kolawole, J.T. 2022. Modelling the edge breakout shear capacity of single anchors in concrete using gene expression programming. Neural Computing and Applications.
Olalusi, O.B., Kolawole, J.T. (2021). Shear strength assessment of reinforced recycled aggregate concrete member. In Structural Integrity of Recycled Aggregate Concrete Produced with Filler and Pozzolans. Elsevier, 323-347
Refereed conference proceedings
- Kolawole, J.T., De Becker, D., Xu, J., Dobrzanski, J., Cavalaro, S., Austin, S., Roussel, N., Buswell, R. 2022. Selected test methods for assessing fresh and plastic state 3D concrete printing materials. 3rd RILEM International Conference Proceedings on Digital Fabrication with Concrete (DC2022), June, Loughborough, UK.
- Xu, J., Kolawole, J.T., Provis, J., Dobrzanski, J., Kinnell, P., Cavalaro, S., Wang, W., Buswell, R. 2022. An early trial on milling 3D printed concrete geometries: observations and insights of the process. 3rd RILEM International Conference Proceedings on Digital Fabrication with Concrete (DC2022), June, Loughborough, UK.
- Kolawole, J.T., Combrinck, R. & Boshoff, W.P. (2020). Role of rheology in the plastic cracking of early-age concrete. Proceedings of 74th RILEM Week & 40th Cement & Concrete Science Conference Proceedings, 2 – 4 September, Sheffield, UK.
I contribute to the School’s teaching and learning activities including:
- CVA 106 – Engineering Materials for Construction
- CVC040 – Innovation and Advanced Construction
- CVP370 – Low Carbon Materials for Construction
My 12+ years career has mainly been in academia (research, teaching & service): research fellow (3 years), doctoral researcher & teaching assistant (3 years), lecturer (3 years), research masters candidate (2 years); and briefly in the industry as a graduate engineer (2 years).
I graduated with a First Class Honours BSc in Building in 2010 and MSc in Building Structures in 2015 at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I completed my PhD in early 2020 and became a Consolidoc Postdoctorate Fellow briefly at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, before joining Loughborough University in July 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Before my PhD, I was a lecturer at OAU, positively impacting the next generation of graduates for academic excellence.
In December 2022, I was awarded the prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Loughborough University for independent research to explore innovative solutions for overcoming the inherent lagging performance of 3D-printed concrete. Shortly afterwards, I became a Fellow of C-DICE, UK’s largest investment in postdoctoral development.
- Member, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM)
- Member, Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT)
- Member, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Minning (IOM3)
- Member, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB)
- Registered Builder, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON)
- School year’s reward for exceptional performance, 2023
- Fellow, Research England C-DICE, 2023
- EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship via Loughborough University, 2023
- Best Poster, Digital Concrete 2022, 3rd RILEM International Conference, 2022
- C-DICE Energy Storage sandpit training/attendance, 2022
- HL Reitz Medal & AECOM Prize for best Postgraduate in Civil Engineering,2020
- RILEM PhD Grant for the 74th RILEM Week and 40th Cement & Concrete Science Conference, 2020
- Stellenbosch University Consolidoc Fellowship, 2020
- RILEM Gold Medal and Award for exceptional technical content of PhD Poster, 2019
- The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and NRF PhD fellowship, 2017
- Unit for Construction Materials PhD funding, under Pretoria Portland Cement, 2017
- VolkswagenStiftung Foundation and BAM travel grant for KEYS symposium, 2015
- NYSC Certificate of National Service, Nigeria, 2012
- Faculty award of excellence for first class honours graduates, 2012
- Chief Layi Balogun Prize for best graduating student in BSc Building, 2011
- Fatai Osikoya Prize for the Best Final Year Building Student in the Faculty, 2011
- Peer reviewer, C-DICE Fellowship applications
- Consultancy on concrete materials, Cloud Cycle Ltd
- Reviewer for several journals from Elsevier, Springer, ASCE, MDPI etc.
- External examiner, PhD theses, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:
- Universities: Colleagues across several institutions in Europe, America, Asia and Africa
- Industries: SIKA Ltd, Concrenetics BVBA. Oxford Instruments etc.