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Professor John Kinuthia is the head of the Advanced Materials Testing Centre. His research is into the development of sustainable building and construction materials by utilising natural, industrial and agricultural waste and by-product materials. He has special expertise in soil and cement-based cementitious systems, incorporating emergent concepts technologies such 3D printing, smart concrete, as well as nano- and geo-polymer materials. Engagement with industry and enthusing teaching enhances satisfaction in these research interests. Professor Kinuthia was awarded the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation on unfired scaly systems. The deployment of these novel materials into Africa, to provide new homes at lower cost, was supported by UNESCO. 

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Engineering Materials, PhD, Effects and mechanisms of lime-stabilised kaolinite in the presence of common metal sulphates, University of Glamorgan


Award Date: 20 Dec 1997

Highway Engineering, MSc, Effects of grading on the compliance of asphalt mixes, University of Birmingham


Award Date: 21 Oct 1988

Civil Engineering, BSc, Civil Engineering, University of Nairobi


Award Date: 23 Apr 1983

External positions

External Examiner, University of Ulster


External Examiner, University of Zambia



  • TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • materials
  • soil stabilisation
  • lime
  • cement
  • fly ash
  • slag
  • metakaolin
  • sili fume
  • sulphate soils
  • expansion
  • heave
  • sustianability
  • TH Building construction
  • materials
  • sustainability
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • materials
  • soil
  • stabilisation
  • lime
  • cement
  • roads
  • sustianbility
  • recycling
  • waste
  • sulphate
  • sulfate
  • slag
  • fly ash
  • silica fume
  • transportation
  • construction


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