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- Ph.D. in Nanoscience at Aarhus University, 2015
- M.S. in Civil Engineering Materials at Iowa State University, 2012
- B.E. in Civil Engineering at Thapar University, 2010
- Diploma in Civil Engineering at Chandigarh College of Eng. & Tech., 2007
Nishant Garg is an Assistant Professor in the CEE department working on the chemistry and characterization of construction materials.
Previously, he was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at Princeton University where he applied X-ray and neutron scattering to characterize novel and sustainable cements. He obtained his Ph.D. in Nanoscience at Aarhus University, Denmark in 2015 where he used solid-state NMR to study cements and clay minerals. With his multi-disciplinary background in chemistry, materials science, and civil engineering he has spent his research career in developing a fundamental understanding of sustainable, durable, and environment-friendly cement-based materials.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 10/2018 - Present
- Lecturer, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University, 01/2018 - 06/2018
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University, 01/2016 - 10/2018
Prof. Garg's research revolves around the fundamental and nanoscale characterization of cement-based materials using various spectroscopic and scattering techniques. His research goal is to gain a thorough understanding of novel, sustainable cements using a multi-disciplinary, materials science approach.
Graduate Research Opportunities
I'm actively looking for multiple graduate students (MS & Ph.D.) to join my research group. If you're interested, please apply online and mention your interest to work with me in your formal application.
- Development of Low-CO2 and Sustainable Cements
- Solid Waste Management and Sustainability
- Impact of Nuclear Radiation on Concrete Microstructure
- Nano- and Atomic-scale Characterization of Cement-based Materials
Selected Articles in Journals
- Kumar, V. and Garg, N.; “The chemical and physical origin of incineration ash reactivity in cementitious systems.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 177:106009, 2022.
- Abdelrahman, O. and Garg, N.; “Impact of Na/Al Ratio on the Extent of Alkali-Activation Reaction: Non-linearity and Diminishing Returns.” Frontiers in Chemistry, 9:806532, 2021.
- Polavaram, K. C. and Garg, N.; “Enabling phase quantification of anhydrous cements via Raman imaging.” Cement and Concrete Research, 150:106592, 2021.
- Kumar, V. and Garg, N.; “National and regional waste stream in the United States: conformance and disparity.” Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability, 1.3:031002, 2021.
- Polavaram, K. C. and Garg, N.; “High-fidelity and high-resolution phase mapping of granites via confocal Raman imaging.” Scientific Reports, 11.1: 1-10, 2021.
Conferences Organized or Chaired
- Co-chair of 10th Advances in Cement-based Materials Conference, of American Ceramic Society, Cements Division scheduled in Urbana, Illinois for June 2019.
- Co-organizer of the session on cementitious materials in the division of Geochemistry at 253rd American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, California, April 2017
- Member, American Society of Testing and Materials, 2022 - Present
- Member, American Society of Civil Engineering, 2022 - Present
- Member, The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), 2021 - Present
- Member, American Concrete Institute, 2019 - Present
- Member, American Ceramic Society, 2016 - Present
Service on Department Committees
- Member, NSEL Advisory Committee (2020 - 2021)
- Member, CEE Advisory Committee (2020 - Present)
- Princeton ''Writing in Science & Engineering'' Teaching Fellowship (2017)
- Stephen Brunauer Award, American Ceramic Society (2021)
- Journal of European Ceramic Society (JECS) Trust Grant (2018)
Recent Courses Taught
- CEE 300 (TAM 324) - Behavior of Materials
- CEE 502 - Advanced Cement Chemistry
- CEE 595 EWS - EWES Seminar