Morteza Khorami


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    Dr Morteza Khorami received his Bachelor and Master of civil engineering degree in Iran, achieving first-class honours in both. He obtained his Doctorate degree on Cement Composites from Coventry University, receiving the first prize for postgraduate research symposium in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Research Fellow at the same university working on the cement composite board. Between 2014 and 2015, he was Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of Middle East College in Muscat, Oman, an institution affiliated to Coventry University. Currently, he is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at Coventry University and an associate member of the Faculty Research Centre for Built & Natural Environment. In addition to teaching UG & PG modules, Dr Khorami is involved in research activities and supervising PhD students.

    He worked at the Building and Housing Research Centre in Iran as a researcher for three years (1999-2002) and subsequently became the Head of Research department for seven years (2002-2008). He was also a lecturer at Azad University, Civil Engineering Department, in Tehran for six years (2003-2008).

    Dr Khorami has over fifty publications from his scientific research including books, a patent, research reports, journal articles and international conferences. In 2006, he received the second prize of distinguished researchers from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Iran. Dr Khorami has extensive experience in research activities including acting as Principal Investigator for four research projects. He has been a member of the research team for eight other research projects funded by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Iran.

    His main research interests include; Geopolymer cement to reduce carbon footprint in the construction industry and mitigation of carbon dioxide greenhouse warming. Development of Low-carbon cement and concrete using by-products and waste materials; structural behaviour of reinforced concrete elements subjected to reinforcement corrosion, Structural design optimization techniques, application of waste materials in the production of concrete, production of cement composites using waste materials, investigation on non-traditional construction techniques, systems and materials.

    In 2019, Dr Morteza Khorami and Professor Ganjian developed novel non-Portland Cement blends with a significantly lower CO2 footprint and lower production costs. This project was one of the outstanding projects in Civil Engineering in the UK that could receive a fund (33k) from ICURe (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research) who supported researchers to turn innovation into a thriving business and commercialise of their research achievements.

    Area of Expertise:

    Cement Composite, Corrosion in Concrete Reinforcement, Structural design, Use of Waste Materials in the Construction Industry, Non-Traditional Construction Techniques, Systems and Materials, Geopolymer-based concrete. 


    Research Interests

    ·         Geopolymer Cement for mitigation of Global Warming

    ·         Development of Low-carbon cement and concrete using by-products and waste materials.

    ·         Construction materials

    ·         Retrofitting of Structural Element

    ·         Innovation on Construction techniques and structural systems 

    Vision Statement

    The growth of technology, knowledge and industries over the past two decades has led to fundamental revolution in the construction industry. Consequently, waste production that threatens the environment has increased as well. To mitigate the effect of pollution/concerns on environment, it is essential to aspire new approach to enhance the efficiency in construction techniques through the optimisation of methods, recycling and re-use of waste in the production of new materials.

    A significant part of my research agenda is devoted to increase the efficiency in sustainability of Construction Techniques, Systems and Materials (CTSM). My vision is to continually improve construction material characteristics and durability, using waste to produce construction materials and in seeking a multidisciplinary approach on improving the efficiency of non-traditional CTSMs.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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