Dr Theodore Hanein

PhD, MSc, BSc (Chemistry), BSc (Chemical Engineering), MIMM

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

Director, Centre for Experimental Thermodynamics (CETUK)

Dr Theo Hanein
t.hanein@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5464

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Dr Theodore Hanein
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Theodore Hanein (Theo) graduated with both a BSc in Chemistry (2010) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering (2011) from the University of Balamand in Lebanon. After a summer internship as a process engineering trainee in a cement manufacturing plant, he then went on to complete his Masters degree from the University of Manchester (2012) in Advanced Process Integration and Design (MSc Refinery Design and Operation). He started his doctoral studies soon after and in 2016 was awarded a PhD from the University of Aberdeen where he specialised in calcium sulfoaluminate cement technology and clinker thermodynamics. He then immediately started working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Sheffiled. In 2021, Theo was awarded the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on “Green, Circular, and Smart Cement Manufacture” worth £2.5M (£1.7M from UKRI). His ~£4M funding track record includes ~£1M from industry.

Theo is highly experienced in thermochemistry and his research centres around green, circular, and smart materials and their processing; his main area of research is in sustainable cement production. He is highly experienced in cement clinker formulation and pyro processing, including the successful scale-up and pilot demonstration of the production of novel low-carbon cement clinkers on several occasions. He is responsible for pioneering the use of atmospheric control during clinker manufacture, for quality control and to produce novel clinkers. Theo developed the first thermodynamic database that is tailored specifically for cement clinkering and is experienced in kiln heat transfer modelling. He is involved in several projects, promoting a circular economy, resource efficiency, industrial decarbonisation, industrial symbiosis, and producing novel sustainable materials (e.g., clinker, cement, and concrete) and processes; in this regard, he has also consulted for several multinational corporations. The word cloud shown summarises his research track record.

Dr Theo Hanein's expertise
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Qualifications
  • PhD Chemical Engineering (Cement Technology)
  • MSc Advanced Process Design and Integration (Refinery Design and Operation)
  • BSc Chemical Engineering
  • BSc Chemistry
Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Kinoshita H, Scammell D, Yahaya SR, Humphreys I, Hanein T & Morgan S (2021) Use of recycled concrete materials from decommissioning for integrated nuclear waste management: challenges and opportunities. DEM 2021. Avignon, France, 13 September 2021 - 15 September 2021. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rashwani A, Kadan B, Seyedian Choubi S, Alhammoudi Y, Hanein T, Guadagnini M, Akgül Ç & Provis J (2021) Strategies to optimally valorise recycled concrete aggregates from destroyed buildings in Syria. Proceedings: International Conference on “Cement-based Materials Tailored for a Sustainable Future", 27 May 2021 - 29 May 2021. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simoni M, Hanein T, Duvallet TY, Jewell RB, Oberlink AE, Robl TL, Wiseman J & Kinoshita H (2020) On cement clinker assemblages containing alinite, calcium sulfoaluminate and calcium aluminates. LowC3 2020. University of Kentucky, Centre for Applied Energy Research, 5 October 2020 - 6 October 2020. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simoni M, Hanein T, Duvallet TY, Jewell RB & Kinoshita H (2020) Continuous production of alinite in a laboratory-scale rotary kiln. 40th CCSC. Sheffield, 31 August 2020 - 4 September 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Woo CL, Hanein T, Nyberg M, Martinez JC, Quintero Mora NI & Kinoshita H (2020) Interaction of Na2CO3 and Ca(OH)2 in aqueous system for mild activation of clay materials. 40th CCSC. Sheffield, 31 August 2020 - 4 September 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao H, Hanein T & Kinoshita H (2020) The effect of sodium carbonate on the formation of magnesium silicate hydrate. 40th CCSC, 31 August 2020 - 4 September 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Stevens MM, Zhao H, Wigren V, Talling B & Kinoshita H (2020) Production of M-S-H cement using talc mine tailings as a source of magnesia. 4oth CCSC Sheffield RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao H, Hanein T, Li N, Alotaibi A, Li A, Walling S & Kinoshita H (2019) Acceleration of M-S-H gel formation through the addition of alkali carbonates. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simoni M, Ball HE, Burgos C, Garcia-Lodeiro I, Hanein T & Kinoshita H (2019) Interaction of strontium chloride solution with calcium aluminate phosphate (CAP) system. 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference 2019 Proceedings (pp 135-137). Bath, UK, 9 September 2019 - 10 September 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Isteri V, Ohenoja K, Hanein T, Tankanen P, Kinoshita H, Illikainen M & Fabritius T (2019) Alternative raw materials for the production of calcium sulfoaluminate cement: ladle slag and phosphogypsum. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Innovation in Low-Carbon Cement & Concrete Technology. London, 24 June 2019 - 26 June 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Provis J & Kinoshita H (2018) On the Sustainable Development of Cement. YRF-IV, 9 April 2018 - 9 April 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Provis J, Nyberg M, Quintero Mora NI, Tyrer M, Maries A & Kinoshita H (2017) Molten salt synthesis of compounds related to cement. Concrete for the Modern Age: Developments in materials and processes (pp 286-297), 20 November 2017 - 22 November 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Kong L, Provis J, Kinoshita H, Nyberg M, Quintero Mora NI, Tyrer M & Maries A (2017) Prospects for manufacturing cement compounds in molten salt fluxed systems. 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 11 September 2017 - 12 September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bannerman MN, Hanein T & Glasser FP (2017) Validation of a one-dimensional kiln heat transfer model against a pilot kiln. 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 11 September 2017 - 12 September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Galan I, Skalamprinos S, Elhoweris A, Glasser FP & Bannerman MN (2017) Optimising calcium sulfoaluminate cements. 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 11 September 2017 - 12 September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Imbabi MS, Glasser FP & Bannerman MN (2016) Lowering the carbon footprint and energy consumption of cement production: A novel Calcium SulfoAluminate cement production process. 1st International Conference on Grand Challenges in Construction Materials, 17 March 2016 - 18 March 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T & Bannerman MN (2015) 1D thermal model of rotary kilns used in cement production. 35th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 26 August 2015 - 28 August 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hanein T, Elhoweris A, Galan I, Glasser FP & Bannerman MN (2015) Thermodynamic data of ye’elimite (C4A3$ ) for cement clinker equilibrium calculations. 35th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 26 August 2015 - 28 August 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Post Doctoral Research Associates

  • (Post advertised) Research Associate in Green & Circular Cement Materials

PhD Students (as main supervisor)

  • (Post advertised) Effect of cooling rates on the properties of Portland cement clinker and in the presence of unconventional/minor elements
  • (Post advertised) Durability of belitic calcium sulfoaluminate cements
  • (Post advertised) Physical properties of belitic calcium sulfoaluminate cements with/out addition of calcined clay

PhD Students (as co-supervisor)

  • Douglas Scammell: Circular solutions for structural concrete waste from the UK nuclear industry (with Dr Hajime Kinoshita)    
  • Siti Rohaidah Yahaya: Recycling concrete from decommissioning nuclear infrastructure (with Dr Hajime Kinoshita)    
  • Chun Long Woo: Separation and recovery of materials for sustainable decarbonisation of limestone (with Dr Hajime Kinoshita)    
  • Han Zhao: Acceleration of M-S-H gel formation through the addition of alkali carbonates (with Dr Hajime Kinoshita)
  • Marco Simoni: Alternative low CO2 emissions limestone decarbonisation at room temperature by reaction with NaOH solution (with Dr Hajime Kinoshita)
  • Visa Isteri - University of Oulu: Production of calcium sulfoaluminate based cements from metallurgical industry residues (with Prof. Timo Fabritius)
Grants

Live Projects

  • Developing Sustainable Syrian Cement from Local Raw and Recycled Materials (CARA) - Co-investigator
  • Green, Circular, and Smart Cement Manufacture (UKRI) - Principal Investigator
  • Effect of cooling rates on the properties of Portland cement clinker in the presence of minor components (Mg, S, Na, Zn, F, P)    (Innovandi) - Principal Investigator
  • High temperature thermodynamics and phase equilibria of Portland cement clinkers (Nanocem) - Co-investigator
  • Application of molten alkaline hydroxides for low temperature decarbonation of limestone for sustainable cement manufacturing    (EPSRC)    Research - Co-investigator
  • Decarbonisation of limestone at room temperature by mixing with sodium hydroxide solutions (CEMEX) - Co-investigator
  • Separation of materials for sustainable decarbonisation of limestone (CEMEX) - Co-investigator

Competed Projects

  • Recycled concrete aggregate from destroyed buildings in Syria (CARA) - Co-investigator
  • Using molten salts in cement manufacture (CEMEX/EPSRC) - Post Doctoral Research Associate
Teaching activities

MAT2600: Materials for Structural Applications
MAT2920: Materials and Energy

Professional activities
  • Professional member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIoM3)
  • Member of RILEM (and on the technical committee 282-CCL on “Calcined Clays as Supplementary Cementitious Materials”).
  • Materials Early Career Researchers (ECRs) lead/champion representing more than 100 ECRs in the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) programme.
  • Supporting and mentoring exiled and at-risk academics through CARA (https://www.cara.ngo/).
In the media

Theo is available for public/media engagement and consultancy.

Scaling up the production of eco-efficient cements made from industrial side streams (Link)

Adjusting pH levels in drinking water: key to combatting the obesity crisis and sugar in beverages (Link)