Dr Brant Walkley

PhD, BE(Hons), BSc, AMIChemE
Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Email: b.walkley@sheffield.ac.uk

Brant joined the University of Sheffield in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He completed a combined BE(Hons)/BSc in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2016.

Research Interests

Brant’s research focuses on development of sustainable and advanced materials for a wide variety of applications in infrastructure and energy industries. Particular focus is centred on investigation of composition-structure-property relationships, reaction mechanisms and kinetics in advanced low-CO2 cements and concretes via advanced spectroscopic and microstructural analytical techniques, including solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Additional research interests include design, characterisation and exploitation of oxide-based functional ceramics for thermoelectric, dielectric, solid electrolyte and mixed conductor applications.

Research Centres

Professional activities and recognition

    Membership
    Affiliate Member of RILEM (Member of TC-267 TRM and TC-CCC)
    Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
    Member of the Royal Society of Victoria
    Member of the Australian Nanotechnology Network

    Peer review responsibilities
    Reviewer for Cement and Concrete Research, Materials and Structures, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids and Green Materials

    Awards
    Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor Award, The University of Sheffield, 2018
    Environmental Mineralogy Group Early Career Researcher Bursary recipient, 2017
    Learned Society Fund Awards recipient, 2017
    The Deal Recognition Awards recipient, 2017
    The University of Melbourne MATS scholar, 2015
    Best Tutor Award, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2015
    The University of Melbourne PORES scholar, 2014
    Australian Ceramic Society Bursary recipient, 2014
    Best Paper - First Prize, 34th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 2014
    Australian Research Council Special Research Centre PFPC Travel Grant recipient, 2013 and 2014
    Australian Research Council APA scholar, 2012 – 2016

 Key publications

Book chapters

Walkley, B. (2018) Geopolymers in Marker, B. and Bobrowsky, P. T. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology, Earth Sciences Series, Springer, Heidelberg (accepted and in press)

San Nicolas, R., Walkley, B., van Deventer, J. S. J. (2017) Fly ash based geopolymer chemistry and behaviour in Robl, T. L. and Oberlink, A. (Ed.) Coal combustion By-products: Characteristics, Utilization, Beneficiation and Risk Assessment. Woodhead Publishing. Link

Journal Articles

Kashani, A., Ngo, T. D., Walkley, B., Mendis, P. A. (2017) Thermal performance of calcium rich alkali activated materials: A microstructural and mechanical study. Construction and Building Materials, 153 225-237. Link

Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Sani, M. –A., van Deventer, J. S. J., Provis, J. L., (2017) Structural evolution of synthetic alkali-activated CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O materials is influenced by Mg content. Cement and Concrete Research, 99 155-171. Link

Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Sani, M. –A., Rees, G. J., Hanna, J. V., van Deventer, J. S. J., Provis, J. L., (2016) Phase evolution of C-(N)-A-S-H/N-A-S-H gel blends via alkali-activation of synthetic precursors. Cement and Concrete Research, 89 120-135. Link

Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Sani, M. –A., Gehman, J. D., van Deventer, J. S. J., Provis, J. L., (2016) Synthesis of stoichiometrically controlled reactive aluminosilicate and calcium-aluminosilicate powders. Powder Technology, 297 17-33. Link

Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Sani, M. –A., Gehman, J. D., van Deventer, J. S. J., Provis, J. L., (2016) Phase evolution of Na2O–Al2O3–SiO2–H2O gels in synthetic aluminosilicate binders. Dalton Transactions, 45(13) 5521-5535. Link

Walkley, B., Provis, J. L., San Nicolas, R., Sani, M. –A., Gehman, J. D., van Deventer, J. S. J., (2015) Stoichiometrically controlled C-(A)-S-H/N-A-S-H gel blends via alkali-activation of synthetic precursors. Advances in Applied Ceramics, 114(7) 372-377. Link

Bernal, S. A., Provis, J. L., Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Gehman, J. D., Brice, D. G., Kilcullen, A. R., Duxson, P., van Deventer, J. S. J. (2013) Gel nanostructure in alkali-activated binders based on slag and fly ash, and effects of accelerated carbonation. Cement and Concrete Research, 53 127-144. Link

Conference proceedings

Walkley, B., Rees, G. J., San Nicolas, R., van Deventer, J. S. J., Hanna, J. V., Provis, J. L., (2017) Molecular structure of alkali-activated cements as determined by solid state 27Al and 23Na MQMAS NMR, Proceedings of the 37th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, London, UK, 11-12 Sept

Kashani, A., Ngo, T. D., Walkley, B., Mendis, P. A. (2017) Thermal performance of calcium rich alkali activated materials: A microstructural and mechanical study. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Chemically Activated Materials, Gold Coast, Australia, 8th – 13th Aug

Walkley, B
., San Nicolas, R., Bernal, S. A., Provis, J. L., van Deventer, J. S. J. (2015) The role of MgO in the phase assemblage of alkali-activated synthetic precursors within the system CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2, Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, Beijing, China, 13th Oct - 16th Oct

Walkley, B., San Nicolas, R., Bernal, S. A., Provis, J. L., van Deventer, J. S. J. (2015) Effect of MgO incorporation on the structure of synthetic alkali-activated calcium aluminosilicate binders, Concrete 2015: Proceedings of the 27th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 30th Aug - 2nd Sept

Walkley, B., Provis, J. L., San Nicolas, R., van Deventer, J. S. J (2014) Stoichiometrically controlled C-A-S-H/N-A-S-H gel blends via alkali-activation of synthetic precursors, Proceedings of the 34th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 14th Sept - 16th Sept

Walkley, B., Provis, J. L., San Nicolas, R., van Deventer, J. S. J. (2014) Structural analysis of biphasic stoichiometrically controlled geopolymers, Non Traditional Cement and Concrete Conference, Brno, Czech Republic, 16th June - 19th June

Reports

Rethinking Cement, Zero Carbon Industry Plan, Beyond Zero Emissions, 2017. Link.

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