Dr Ali Kashani

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: C414
  • Building: Engineering Block C
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • 3D printing, construction materials, valorisation of recycled materials, composites, geopolymer and lightweight concrete (also rheology, fire-resistant materials, polymers, paint and coatings)


Dr Alireza Kashani is a Research Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He obtained his PhD from The University of Melbourne. He is a Material Engineer with extensive experience in research, development, and commercialization of advanced materials in industry and academia. He is a member of ARC-Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (ARC-CAMPH) under the management of Prof. Priyan Mendis and Prof. Tuan Ngo. His main area of research is developing materials such as concrete, metal and composites for 3D printing (additive manufacturing) for next generation of structures. His other main area of research is valorisation of municipal wastes such as recovered glass and waste tyre in construction and civil engineering applications which he has been closely worked with the Victorian government and Sustainability Victoria. He also currently leads an R&D program funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) for the novel applications of recycled tyre in prefabricated concrete. His other research interests are concrete rheology, geopolymer (alkali-activated materials), lightweight concrete foam composites and coatings. ResearchGate profile for publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alireza_Kashani2

Recent publications

  1. Ngo T, Kashani A, Imbalzano G, Nguyen T, Hui D. Additive manufacturing (3D printing): A review of materials, methods, applications and challenges. COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 143. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.02.012
  2. Kashani A, Ngo T, Hemachandra P, Hajimohammadi A. Effects of surface treatments of recycled tyre crumb on cement-rubber bonding in concrete composite foam. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 171. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.03.163
  3. Walkley B, Kashani A, Sani M, Ngo T, Mendis P. Examination of alkali-activated material nanostructure during thermal treatment. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE. Springer. 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-018-2270-z
  4. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Kashani A. Glass waste versus sand as aggregates: The characteristics of the evolving geopolymer binders. Journal of Cleaner Production. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 193. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.086
  5. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Kashani A. Sustainable one-part geopolymer foams with glass fines versus sand as aggregates. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 171. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.03.120
  6. Kashani A, Ngo T, Mendis P. The effects of precursors on rheology and self-compactness of geopolymer concrete. Magazine of Concrete Research. ICE Publishing. 2018. DOI: 10.1680/jmacr.17.00495
  7. Kashani A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Black J, Hajimohammadi A. A sustainable application of recycled tyre crumbs as insulator in lightweight cellular concrete. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 149. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.154
  8. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Kashani A, Van Deventer J. Alkali activated slag foams: The effect of the alkali reaction on foam characteristics. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 147. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.134
  9. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Nguyen T, Kashani A, Van Deventer J. Pore characteristics in one-part mix geopolymers foamed by H2O2: The impact of mix design. MATERIALS & DESIGN. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 130. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.05.084
  10. Kashani A, Ngo T, Walkley B, Mendis P. Thermal performance of calcium-rich alkali-activated materials: A microstructural and mechanical study. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 153. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.07.119
  11. Kashani A, Provis J, Van Deventer BBG, Qiao G, Van Deventer J. Time-resolved yield stress measurement of evolving materials using a creeping sphere. RHEOLOGICA ACTA. Springer Verlag. 2015, Vol. 54, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1007/s00397-015-0839-x
  12. Kashani A, Provis J, Xu J, Kilcullen A, Qiao G, Van Deventer J. Effect of molecular architecture of polycarboxylate ethers on plasticizing performance in alkali-activated slag paste. Journal of Materials Science. Springer. 2014, Vol. 49, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-013-7979-0
  13. Kashani A, San Nicolas R, Qiao G, Van Deventer J, Provis J. Modelling the yield stress of ternary cement-slag-fly ash pastes based on particle size distribution. Powder Technology. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 266. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2014.06.041
  14. Kashani A, Provis J, Qiao G, Van Deventer J. The interrelationship between surface chemistry and rheology in alkali activated slag paste. Construction and Building Materials. Elsevier BV. 2014, Vol. 65. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.04.127
  15. Kashani A, Provis J, Van Deventer J. Effect of Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag Particle Size Distribution on Paste Rheology: A Preliminary Model. Powders & Grains 2013. American Institute of Physics. 2013, Vol. 1542. DOI: 10.1063/1.4812126

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