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 Fei Jin

Fei Jin


029 2087 5760
C/4.16, Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I obtained my Batchlor's Degree at Southeast University, China and joined the University of Cambridge to pursue my PhD in 2010. After graduation, I worked as a Research Associate on two EPSRC-funded projects on the use of MgO-bearing cementitious materials in land remediation and energy infrastructure. Before joining Cardiff University in July 2020, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Glasgow in its Singapore campus.

I am dedicated to tackling geoenvironmental engineering challenges mainly via material and process innovations. Specifically my research interests include:

  1. Magnesia-bearing cements and alkali-activated cements;
  2. Carbon sequestration and storage in waste and construction materials;
  3. Clay minerals/Biochar and their modifications for sustainable water/soil remediation. 

I am a Charted Engineer (CEng) and Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM). I serve on a number of committees and actively review for journals and funders. I published widely across materials engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering subjects (please see Publications section). Prospective students are more than welcome to contact me via email (please see Supervision section for more information).

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  • 2010 - 2014     PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2005 - 2009     BEng. in Civil Engineering, Southeast University, China

Honours and awards

  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal Fredlund Award (2019)
  • Travel grant to the Global Young Scientist Summit, Singapore (2017)
  • Excellence in reviewing for Chemosphere (2016)
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society research grant (2014)
  • Best paper award in the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies, Japan (2013)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2022-present)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Professional Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM) (2018-present)
  • Committee Member, BSI EH/4 on Soil Health (2020-present)
  • Council Member, International Society of Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG) (2020-present)
  • Associate Member of the British Society of Soil Science (2021-present)
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College and UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College (2021-present)
  • Member of Geotechnical Society of Singapore (2018-2020)
  • Member of Cambridge Philosophical Society (2011-2018)

Academic positions

  • Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Singapore Campus (2017-2020)
  • Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK (2014-2017)

Speaking engagements

  • Invited speaker at International Webinar Series on Geoenvironmental Engineering: Polluted Land, Waste Management & Sustainability/Resiliency (2021)
  • Keynote speaker at International Conference on Civil Engineering Fundamentals and Applications (ICCEFA’20) (Virtual conference)
  • Invited speaker at 3rd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology 2019 (BEEM2019), Hong Kong, China
  • Invited speaker at 2nd Tsinghua Forum on Environmental Remediation, Beijing, China (2019)
  • Invited speaker for seminars at Tsinghua U, Southeast U and Nanjing Tech U in China (2018)
  • 37th Annual Cement Concrete Science Conference, UCL, UK (2017)
  • Innovation in Low-carbon Cement and Concrete Technology, University College London, UK (2016)
  • 34th Annual Cement Concrete Science Conference, University of Sheffield, UK (2014)
  • 2nd International Conference on Chemically Activated Materials, Hunan University, China (2014)
  • 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies (SCMT3). Kyoto, Japan (2013)
  • International Conference of Geotechnical Engineering. GeoShanghai, China (2010)

Committees and reviewing

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Materials (Feb. 2022-present)
  • Editorial board member, ICE-Environmental Geotechnics (Jan. 2019-present)
  • Guest Editor, Environmental Pollution Virtual Special Issue (VSI): Global Soil Pollution, Elsevier (Dec. 2018-Dec. 2020)
  • Scientific Committee Member, 5th & 6th International Conference on Civil Engineering, Singapore (2021 & 2022), 5th International Conference on Geotechnical Research and Engineering (ICGRE’20), 3rd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology 2019 (BEEM2019), 2nd Tsinghua Forum on Environmental Remediation.
  • Grant reviewer, EPSRC (UK), Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, Czech Science Foundation, The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, National Science Centre of Poland, United Arab Emirates University and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • Journal reviewer, Cement and Concrete Research, Geotechnique, Environmental Science & Technology, PNAS Nexus, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Journal of Cleaner Production, Cement and Concrete Composites, Journal of CO2 Utilisation, Environmental International, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Pollution, Chemosphere, Geoderma, RSC Advances, Royal Society Open Science and many others (see
















  • Engineering Analysis
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratories
  • Soil and Groundwater Chemistry
  • BEng/MSc projects
  • Field Course


Please refer to my research expertise for potential topics to work on together but I am always open to new ideas. Potential research projects can be: 

  • functional biochars for water/soil remediation; 
  • biochar for soil health improvement;
  • carbon dioxide removal using alkaline wastes and their applications in cement/concrete;
  • low-carbon and waste-based cementitious materials.

Please contact me if you are interested in geoenvironmental research at Cardiff. Informal enquiries can be made to

Prospective students should investigate potential funding and/or scholarships (self-fund students are welcome) before getting in touch. 

Past projects