Dr Moray Newlands

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Dr Moray Newlands is the Associate Dean for Industrial Engagement in the School of Science and Engineering. 

Moray undertook both undergraduate and postgraduate level degrees at the University of Dundee and continued as a research student within the Concrete Technology Unit for his PhD under the guidance of Professor Ravindra Dhir and Rod Jones.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering with a remit as employability and industry liaison, having been the recent Chair for UG programmes in Civil Engineering.

His research expertise lies in concrete and cementitious materials, recycling and sustainability and the development of test methods for physical modelling the mechanical and durability performance of concrete.  In addition, he is also working in the area of renewable energy with a focus on using concrete as a primary construction material for marine energy devices and novel construction methods including additive manufacturing as a means of reducing construction costs

This research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and various industry partners and bodies including Wave Energy Scotland and the Energy Technology Partnership.

Since 2007 he has been secretary and member of a Technical Working Group in European Standards Committee (CEN TC51/WG12/TG5), to define reference test methods for assessing concrete chloride and carbonation resistance.  The work, involving academic and industry experts from 10 EU countries, has allowed interaction which has fed directly into concrete technology research at the University and has ensured that research work at Dundee is being discussed at a European level.

In addition, he has been Secretary for the Dundee Concrete Conference, a triennial event which has been running since 1990 as well as organising and running numerous international symposia held in Dundee.

Moray is also involved in internationalisation with the University, travelling to countries including India, to develop links for research and teaching. 

Academic background

2001    PhD Concrete Technology, University of Dundee
Thesis title: Development of a Simulated Natural Carbonation Test and Durability of CEM II Concretes

1996    MSc in Concrete Technology, Construction and Management, University of Dundee

1995    BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering


2014-               Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee

2008-2012       Lecturer in Civil Engineering and Academic Business Development Manager, University of Dundee

2005-2008       Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee

2001-2005       Research/Teaching Fellow and CPD/Consultancy Manager, Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee

Professional memberships

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (Graduate Member)

Professional roles

  • Secretary to CEN TC51/WG12/TG5: Corrosion of reinforcement – Performance-related test methods  (since 2007)


Recycling and Sustainability of Concrete and Blacktop

Research in this area has focussed on examining a range of cementitious materials and their use in concrete as well as determining the suitability of other waste streams to reduce primary resource consumption and enhance structural and durability performance. Particular areas of interest are:

  • Use of innovative cement combinations (fly ash, ggbs, metakaolin, silica fume) for concrete performance
  • Utilising recovered toner powder as an integral pigment to enhance solar reflectance and as a water proofing agent in concrete.
  • Early age heat and shrinkage performance of sustainable concretes.

Key projects:

  • Examining Hydrophobicity of Concrete with Waste Toner (Moock Environmental and Scottish Environmental Technology Network)
  • Collaborative Research: Sustainable High Performance Concrete Infrastructure (UK India Education Research Initiative)
  • Development of Cold Mix Bituminous Mixtures (Knowledge Transfer Partnership/Tayside Contracts)

Physical Modelling of Concrete for Mechanical and Durability Performance

Research here focusses on physical modelling and developing test methods to assess performance of new concrete materials.  Work also examines durability in terms of chloride and carbonation resistance as well as freeze/thaw performance.

Key projects:

  • Freeze Thaw Performance of Concrete for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (Energy Technology Partnership/Mineral Products Association)
  • Creep Testing of High Performance Concrete (Laing O’Rourke / Bouyges)
  • Modelling of Carbonation Resistance (EPRSC Dorothy Hodgkin Award /industry partners)

Concrete for Marine Renewable Energy Devices

Research here is focussed on the material performance and construction methods associated with concrete as the primary material for marine renewable energy devices.  The work examines key issues such as concrete/concrete joint mechanical performance, durability modelling and the use of additive manufacturing to reduce manufacturing time and costs.   This work utilised the SMART Lab at the University of Dundee with a focus on micro computed tomography to examine joint performance.

Key projects:

  • Digital Design and 3D Additive Manufacture of UHMWPE-Reinforced Concrete Composite Structures (AD-CON), (SuperGen/EPSRC/UKCMER)
  • Advanced Concrete Engineering – WEC: ACE-WEC (Wave Energy Scotland with Quoceant, Black and Veatch, Innosea Ltd, David Kerr)
  • Design, Implementation and Production of Concrete Offshore Wave Energy Machines (Knowledge Transfer Partnership / Pelamis Wave Power)
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PhD Projects

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