Dr. Jialai Wang

  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 2013F SERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-6786
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Nanotechnology and its applications in advanced structural composites
  • Structural renewal/rehabilitation
  • Thermal active materials
  • Deterioration science at bi-material interface


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Akron, 2003
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, China, 1996
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Anhui University of Science and Technology, China, 1993


Dr. Wang’s main research efforts focus on material innovations to enhance the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems. His current research topics include:
1) Synthesis and characterization of innovative sustainable materials, including low and non-clinker construction materials, fiber reinforced polymer composites, smart materials and nanocomposites
2) Multi-scale mechanical characterization and modeling of novel materials, including interfacial fracture mechanics/chemistry, nanoindentation, AFM, SEM, and TEM
3) Microwave initiated carbon nanotube growth (MiCNT) method, an in-line, fast, inexpensive, and scalable nanoengineering technique for structural composites
4) Durability and service-life modeling/prediction of composite materials/structures