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Sulapha Peethamparan
Associate Professor
236 Rowley Laboratories
Clarkson University
CU Box 5710
Potsdam, NY 13699-5710
Phone: 315-268-4435
FAX: 315-268-7985


Ph.D., Purdue University (2006)
M.Eng., National University of Singapore, Singapore (2001)
M.S., IIT Madras, India (1998)
B.Tech., Mahatma Gandhi University, India (1993)

Research Interests
Research in my group is primarily focused on understanding the hydration chemistry, microstructural/nanostructural property development and their influence on the early age and long term performance of sustainable infrastructural cementitious materials. Specific topics include, properties and performance of alkali activated fly ash and slag binder concrete, high volume supplementary cementitious binder concrete, cement kiln dust –slag/fly ash cement free binder concrete and other alternative binder concrete systems. We also investigate the role of nano particle addition on the hydration chemistry of these binders. Other related topics of interest are mechanism of portland and oil well cement hydration, setting kinetics of cements, and the mechanism of chemical deterioration (corrosion, alkali aggregate reaction, delayed ettringite formation ...) of novel/portalnd cementitious systems, and beneficial utilization of cement kiln dust (soil stabilization, controlled low strength concrete, CKD-activated alternative binder systems).

• National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2011)
• Albert Merrill Award (2015), CEE, Clarkson University

Teaching Interests
Properties and Performance of concrete, Cement Chemistry, Advanced Concrete Materials, Structural Analysis, Materials Science Engineering I

Feb, 2014-Present Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
July, 2008-Feb, 2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
April, 2007- July, 2008 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Jan, 2000-Dec, 2001 Research Engineer, High Performance Concrete Research Lab, Aquegen International Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore
May, 1994-May, 1995 Apprentice Trainee, FACT India Limited

• Thomas, R.J., Ye, H., Radlińska, A., and Peethamparan, S., “Alkali-Activated Slag cement Concrete; A closer look at a sustainable alternative to portland cement”, Concrete International, January, (2016) 33, 38

• Siriwardena ,P.D., and Peethamparan, S., “Quantification of CO2 sequestration capacity and carbonation rate of alkaline industrial by-products”, Construction & Building Materials 91 (2015) 216-224

• Thomas, R.J., and Peethamparan, S., “Alkali-Activated Concrete: Engineering Properties and Stress-Strain Behavior” Construction & Building Materials 93 (2015) 49-56

• Gebregziabiher B.S., Thomas R.J. and Peethamparan, S., “Very early-age reaction kinetics and microstructural development in alkali-activated slag”, Cement and Concrete Composites 55 (2014) 91-102

• Deir, E* Gebregziabiher B.S., and Peethamparan, S.,” Influence of starting material on the early age hydration kinetics and the composition of binding gel in alkali activated binder systems”, Cement and Concrete Composites, 48(2014),108-117

• Chaunsali, P., and Peethamparan, S., “Influence of cement kiln dust composition on its interaction with slag”, Cement and Concrete Research, 54,(2013), 106–113

• Chaunsali, P., and Peethamparan, S., “A novel cementitious binder incorporating cement kiln dust: strength and durability”, ACI Materials Journal, 110(3), (2013), 297-303

• Min-Hong Zhang, Jahidul Islam and Peethamparan, S., “Use of Nano-Silica to Increase Early Strength and Reduce Setting Time of Concretes with High Volumes of Slag”, Cement and Concrete Composite, 34, (2012), 650–662

• Chaunsali, P., and Peethamparan, S., “Evolution of strength, microstructure and mineralogical composition of a CKD–GGBFS binder”, Cement and Concrete Research, 41(2), (2011), 197-208

• Chaunsali, P., and Peethamparan, S., “Micro structural and mineralogical characterization of cement kiln dust activated fly ash binder”, Transportation Research Record, 2164, (2010), 36-45

• Ravikumar, D., and Peethamparan, S., and Neithalath, N., “Structure and Strength of NaOH activated concrete containing fly ash or GGBFS as sole binder”, Cement and Concrete Composite, 32(6), (2010), 399-410

• Peethamparan, S., Weissinger, E., Vocaturo, J., Zhang, J and Scherer, G. W., “Monitoring Chemical Shrinkage Using Pressure Sensors”, ACI special publication, 270, (2010), 77-88

• Scherer, G.W., Funkhouser, G.P., Peethamparan, S., “Effect of Pressure on Early Hydration of Class H Cement”, Cement and Concrete Research, 40(6), (2010), 845-850

• Zhang, J., Peethamparan, S. Weissinger, E., Scherer G.W., “Early age hydration and setting of oil well cements”, Cement and Concrete Research, 40(7), (2010), 1023-1033

• Peethamparan, S., Olek , J and Diamond , S, “Mechanism of stabilization of Na-montmorillonite clay with cement kiln dust”, Cement and Concrete Research, 39, (2009), 580–589

• Peethamparan, S., and Olek, J., “A Study on the Effectiveness of Cement Kiln Dusts (CKDs) in Stabilizing Na-montmorillonite Clay”, The ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 20 (2), (2008), 137-146

• Peethamparan, S, Olek, J and Lovell, J, “Influence of chemical and physical characteristic of cement kiln dusts (CKDs) on their hydration behavior and potential application in soil stabilization”, Cement and Concrete Research, 38, (2008), 803–815

• Peethamparan, S., Olek, J. and Diamond, S., “Physicochemical Behavior of Cement Kiln Dust Treated Kaolinite Clay”, Journal of Transportation Research Record, (2059) (2008) 80-88.

• Sulapha, P., Wong, S. F., Wee, T. H., and Swaddiwudhipong, S., “Carbonation of concrete containing mineral admixtures,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 15(2), (2003), 134-143.