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About Hongyan Ma

Dr. Hongyan Ma is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at MST. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013. Before joining MST in October 2015, he was a postdoctoral fellow at HKUST for two and a half years. Dr. Ma is the member of American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He is currently directing the Smart and Functional Construction Materials Lab at MST, and serving as an editorial board member for two journals, associate member of ACI Material Science Committee (236) and Nonotechnology Committee (241), grant evaluator for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and referee for more than 15 reputable journals. Dr. Ma has been devoting himself into the research and development of construction materials and functional materials for more than ten years. His previous research interests include hydration kinetics of (blended) cementitious materials, microstructure characterization and modeling, multi-scale modeling of transport properties of concrete, novel construction and repair materials, deterioration mechanisms of concrete, molecular dynamics simulation of C-S-H, and acoustics-based NDT. His research is currently focusing on magnesia-phosphate cement (MPC) and MPC-based functional materials, nano- and biological technologies in construction, phase change materials and composites, as well as optics-based NDTs.


November 2016 - Present Co-PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology INSPIRE-University Transportation Center
October 2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Curriculum Vitae



2015 - 2017 Blended cementitious materials for concrete: quantitative characterization of the hydration kinetics and computer simulation of the microstructure
National Natural Science Foundation of China - 51408365
Role: Principal Investigator
2013 - 2015 High performance magnesium phosphate cement based bipolar plate for fuel cell
Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund - ITP/033/12NP
Role: Deputy Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2008 - Present Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)
2009 - 2012 Member, Internat'l Union of Laboratories & Experts in Construction Materials, Systems & Structures (RILEM)
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Honors and Awards

  • NSF Traveling Support Award Recipient, to attend NSF Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Civil Infrastructure Design and Construction, July 2017
  • ExCEEd Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, June 2017
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Cement & Concrete Composites, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Materials Letters, 2017
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Construction and Building Materials, 2014-2016
  • Highly Cited Paper recognition [Steel corrosion in magnesium-phosphate cement concrete. Magazine of Concrete Research, 69(1), 35-45, 2017], Web of Science, 2017
  • Highly Cited Paper recognition [Realistic pore structure of Portland cement paste: experimental study and numerical simulation. Computers and Concrete, 11(4), 317-336, 2013], Web of Science, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Bronze Prize, poster competition, SBT-SEU-RILEM Doctoral Workshop, 2011
  • Outstanding Graduate, Shenzhen University, 2008
  • Excellent Master Thesis, CNKI, China, 2008
  • Namtai Scholarship, Shenzhen University, 2007
  • Outstanding Student Leader, Chongqing University, 2003, 2004


  • Composition and Properties of Concrete
  • Construction Materials: Properties and Testing


2013 Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2008 M.Eng. in Structural Engineering, Shenzhen University
2006 B.Eng. in Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Engineering, Chongqing University ‐ Building Materials
2006 Bachelor in Law, Chongqing University ‐ Law School

Contact Information

323 Butler-Carlton Hall
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409

(573) 341-6250



Research Works (62)