Paramita Mondal

Paramita Mondal
Paramita Mondal
  • Adjunct Professor
(217) 333-3069
2114 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Primary Research Area

  • Construction Materials ARCHIVED

Research Areas

Biography

Assistant Professor Paramita Mondal earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at Jadavpur University in India (2001); her master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut (2004); and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University (2008).  Her professional experience includes working as a design engineer for M.N. Dastur, a civil engineering firm in India.

A member of the Construction Materials group, Dr. Mondal will be teaching two courses in Construction Materials: CEE 300 Behavior of Materials and CEE 401 Concrete.

She belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Ceramic Society and the Transportation Research Board. She serves on two committees within these organizations: ACI 236, Materials Science and AFN 15T, Nanotechnology-Based Concrete Materials.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, 2008
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2004
  • B.E. in Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, India, 2001

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2009 - present

Journal Editorships

  • ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, associate editor, 2009-2012

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member
  • Transportation Research Board, member and active in application of nanotechnology in construction committee
  • American Concrete Institute, member, voting member of ACI 236 committee, Participating actively in ACI 236 Nanotechnology subcommittee since beginning and contributing towards a state-of-the-art report development
  • American Ceramic Society, member, Chair of the cement division, 2011-2012

Service on Department Committees

  • Advisory Committee, 2014-2015
  • Integrated Design Course Committee since fall 2010
  • Committee on Multidisciplinary and Global Education and Research
  • Curriculum Committee, fall 2010
  • Departmental Faculty Search Committee, 2010, 2011, 2012

Other Outside Service

  • Proposal review: Cement Chemistry, 2010 FONDECYT National Research Funding Competition, National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (FONDECYT), Chile
  • Paper review: ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering (one)
  • Paper review: Journal of ASTM International (one)
  • Paper review: ACI Convention, New Orleans, Fall 2009 (two)
  • Paper review: Concrete International (one)
  • Paper review: ACI Convention, San Antonio, Spring 2009 (One)
  • Paper review: TRB First International Conference on Nanotechnology in North America (two)
  • Book review: Cement Chemistry by H. F. W. Taylor, Thomas Telford, UK
  • Paper review: ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (multiple)
  • Paper review: Materials and Structures (multiple)

Research Interests

  • Geopolymer
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Degradation at high temperature
  • Durability and degradation
  • Self-healing materials
  • Sustainability
  • Bio-mineralization
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microstructure
  • concrete and other cementitious materials

Research Statement

Dr. Mondal has research interests in various aspects of concrete microstructure, the use of nanotechnology to improve properties and performance of concrete and other cementitious materials, and the design of innovative and sustainable construction materials.

Primary Research Area

  • Construction Materials ARCHIVED

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • P. Chaunsali and P.Mondal, "Physico-chemical Interaction of Mineral Admixtures with OPC-Calcium Sulfoaluminate (CSA) Cement System and its Influence on Early-age Expansion," Cement and Concrete Research, 80 (2016): 10-20
  • P.Chaunsali and P. Mondal, "Hydration and Early-Age Expansion of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement-Based Binders: Experiments and Thermodynamic Modeling," Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, (2015): 1-9
  • B. Zhang, Z. Basaran, P. Mondal, R. D. Ferron, “Use of Biomineralization in Developing Smart Concrete Inspired by Nature,” International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity, 9 (1-3) (2015): 39-60
  • P. Chaunsali, P. Mondal, "Effect of Calcium Sulfoaluminate (CSA) Dosage on Early-age Expansion," Journal of American Ceramics Society, 1-8 (2015) DOI: 10.1111/jace.13645
  • S. Lim, P. Mondal, "Effect of Nano and Micro Silica on Carbonation of Cement Paste," Journal of Materials Science, 50 (10) (2015), 3531-3540
  • S. Puligilla, P. Mondal, “Co-existence of geopolymer and calcium silicate gel characterized through selective dissolution techniques and FTIR spectral subtraction,” Cement and Concrete Research Volume 70 (April 2015): 39–49
  • S. Lim, P. Mondal, “Understanding the Effects of Nanosilica Addition on Increased Thermal Stability of Cement-based Composite,” ACI Materials Journal Vol. 112, 1-6 (January 2015)
  • P. Stynoski P, P. Mondal, C. Marsh, “Effects of Silica-mediated Interface Strengthening on Fracture Properties of Carbon Nanotube and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Portland Cement Mortar,” Cement and Concrete Composite Volume 55 (January 2015): 232–240
  • P. Chaunsali, P. Mondal, “Influence of Mineral Admixtures on Early-Age Deformation and Hydration of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement,” ACI Materials Journal Vol. 111, (2014): 1-6
  • S. Lim, P. Mondal, “Micro and Nano-scale Characterization to Study Thermal Degradation of Cement-based Materials,” Materials Characterization Volume 92 (June 2014): 15–25

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • P. Chaunsali, S. Lim, P. Mondal and D. Tobias, “Factors Influencing the Early-age Volume Change of Expansive Cements Relevant for Bridge Deck Concrete,” Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2013
  • P. Stynoski, P. Mondal, C. Marsh, E. Wotring, “Novel Processes to Improve CNT Utility in Cement,” 4th International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction, Greece, 2012
  • S. Lim, P. Mondal; Effects of Nanosilica on Thermal Degradation of Cement Paste; 4th International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction, Greece, 2012
  • S. P. Shah, M. S. Konsta-Gdoutos, Z. S. Metaxa, P. Mondal, “Nanoscale Modification of Cementitious Materials,” Nanotechnology in Construction Proceedings of the NICOM3, Prague, Czech Republic, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, April 2009, 315-320
  • P. Mondal, S. P. Shah and L. D. Marks, “Nanomechanical Properties of Interfacial Transition Zone in Concrete,” Nanotechnology in Construction Proceedings of the NICOM3, Prague, Czech Republic, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, April 2009, 315-320
  • S. P. Shah and P. Mondal, “Advances in Concrete Technology,” International Conference, Lahore, Pakistan, December 2007
  • P. Mondal, S. Shah and L. Marks, “Atomic Force Microscopy for Cementitious Materials,” RILEM Proceedings pro045: Nanotechnology in Construction; 2006, p 179-185

Invited Lectures

  • Early-age Expansion of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cements: Experiments and Modeling
  • Panel speaker on Microbial Self-Healing of Concrete
  • Nanoscale Characterization of Construction Materials
  • Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cements: Origin, Opportunities and Obstacles
  • Incorporation of carbon fibers, carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoplatelates in cement-based materials
  • Concrete as a multiphase composite at Multiscale
  • Bottom-up Materials Design for Sustainable Construction
  • Nanotechnology for Characterization and Design of Advanced Construction Materials
  • Nanotechnology for Construction Materials
  • Nanotechnology for Construction Materials

Other Publications

  • S. Puligilla, P. Mondal, “Microstructural Changes Responsible for Hardening of Fly Ash-Slag Geopolymers Studied Through Infrared Spectroscopy,” STP 1566 ASTM Symposium on Geopolymer Binders (2013): 21-33
  • Jae Hong Kim, Paramita Mondal, and Surendra P. Shah; Cement-Based Materials Characterization at the Nanoscale: Nanoindentation and Ultrasonic AFM, ACI Special Publication, March 2010
  • Paramita Mondal, Surendra P. Shah and Laurence D. Marks; Use of Atomic Force Microscopy and Nanoindentation for Characterization of Cementitious Materials at the Nanoscale; ACI Special Publication, SP-254: Nanotechnology of Concrete: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives, October 2008, p 41-56
  • Paramita Mondal, Surendra P. Shah and Laurence D. Marks; Use of Atomic Force Microscopy and Nanoindentation for Characterization of Cementitious Materials at the Nanoscale; ACI Special Publication, SP-254: Nanotechnology of Concrete: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives, October 2008, p 41-56

Magazine Articles

  • UIUC group: Can unleashed spores heal concrete cracks? ACerS Ceramics Tech Today, January 25, 2012
  • Biomineralization: The key to self-healing concrete, CEE Winter Magazine, 2012
  • Surendra P. Shah, Paramita Mondal, Raissa P. Ferron, Nathan Tregger, and Zhihui Sun; News on Nanotechnology; Public Roads Magazine, November-December 2008

Teaching Honors

  • Named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" for CEE401-Concrete Materials (Fall 2014)
  • Named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students" for CEE401-Concrete Materials (Fall 2012)

Research Honors

  • Best Poster Award, 4th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing; American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting (with student Peter Stynoski) (Summer 2014)
  • Best Poster Award, 5th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing; American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting (with student Will Hunnicutt) (Summer 2014)
  • Top 20 most downloaded paper, "Role of slag in microstructural development and hardening of fly ash-slag geopolymer," Cement and Concrete Research, vol. 43, pp:70-80, 2013 (March-May, 2013)
  • Best Poster Award, 4th Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing; American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting, Urbana, Illinois(with Seungmin Lim, Jeevaka Somaratna and John Popovics) (Summer 2013)
  • Best Poster Award, 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing; American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee (with student Peter Stynoski) (Summer, 2011)
  • Best Poster Award, 1st Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, Indiana (with student Sravanthi Puligilla) (Summer, 2010)
  • Member of NSF sponsored US Delegates for Workshop on Sustainable Buildings in Cairo, Egypt (2010)
  • Member of NSF sponsored US Delegates for 3rd International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction in Prague, Check Republic (2009)