The University of Sheffield
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor John L Provis

Professor John L Provis

BE(Hons), BSc, PhD, CEng, MIChemE
Professor of Cement Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5490
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943


John Provis joined the Department in 2012 with a Chair in Cement Materials Science and Engineering. He took a combined BE(Hons)/BSc in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2002, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 2006. From 2006 to May 2012 he was research fellow then senior research fellow, manager (2006-8) and leader (2009-12) of the Geopolymer and Minerals Processing Group and holder of APD and DORA fellowships, in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne, before joining the University of Sheffield.

John was awarded the 2013 RILEM Robert L’Hermite Medal “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the research and development of geopolymers and other construction materials”, and holds funding from the European Research Council (Starting Grant “GeopolyConc”), as well as UK Research Councils, industry, and international sources. He is Chair of RILEM Technical Committee 247-DTA, and Associate Editor of the leading journals Cement and Concrete Research and Materials and Structures.

Research interests

His research centres on the development, characterisation and exploitation of advanced and non-traditional cement and concrete technology. Many projects involve alkali-activated and geopolymer binders, for use in construction, infrastructure and waste immobilisation applications. The range of topics covered include:-

Key projects and research impacts

Professional activities and recognition

    1. Secretary, Technical Committee 224-AAM (2009-2012)
    2. Member, Technical Committee 238-SCM (2011-)
    3. Chair, Technical Committee 247-DTA (2012-)

Key publications


Journal articles

Research group

Research fellow:
Susan Bernal

PhD students:
Florian Abraham (Geography, lead supervisor M. Watson; Nuclear futures and the politics of scale)
Mehul Chavda (lead supervisor H. Kinoshita; Phosphate-modified calcium aluminate cements)
Razie Hanafi (Controlling steel corrosion in alkali-activated concretes)
Alireza Kashani (University of Melbourne; Rheology of alkali-activated binders)
Xinyuan Ke (Chloride transport in alkali-activated concretes)
Andrew MacArthur (lead supervisor H. Kinoshita; Electrically accelerated leaching of cements wasteforms)
Neda Mobasher (lead supervisor H. Kinoshita; Barium-rich alkali-activated binders for sulphate-bearing nuclear waste immobilisation)
Sima Mohammadnejad (University of Melbourne; Gold-silica interactions in hydrometallurgy)
Rupert Myers (Modelling calcium-alkali aluminosilicate hydrate chemistry in cements)
Ross Peel (lead supervisor K. Whittle; Alternative nuclear fuels)
Becky Sanderson (Nuclear EngD with NNL; Future-proofing cement powder supply)
Diego Velandia (Civil & Structural Eng., lead supervisor C. Lynsdale; Sustainable concretes from local resources)
James Vigor (Moisture movement in cemented wasteforms)
Brant Walkley (University of Melbourne; Synthetic routes to pure geopolymer binders)
Sam Walling (Magnesium silicate-based cements)
Syet Li Yong (University of Melbourne; Surface and interface chemistry in geopolymers)

Research technician:

Oday Hussein

Research centres

Immobilisation Science Laboratory

Centre for Cement & Concrete