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Matthew Hall

Associate Professor in Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

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Dr Hall is an Associate Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Nottingham and has been an active researcher in this field for 15 years. He is Director of the Geoenergy Research… read more

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Dr Hall is an Associate Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Nottingham and has been an active researcher in this field for 15 years. He is Director of the Geoenergy Research Centre (GeRC); a joint initiative between the British Geological Survey and the University of Nottingham supported by a £3m Strategic Development Fund. In 2014 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship in 'CO2 storage and alternative hydrocarbons' sponsored by British Geological Survey. He is a Chartered Scientist (CSci), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM), who in 2007 awarded him the prestigious Silver Medal in recognition of "...outstanding contributions and promotion of the field of materials science, engineering and technology at an international level". His research activities focus on porous materials and he has expertise in micro/ macro-structural characterization techniques of porosity and transport properties including X-ray CT, electron microscopy, gas physisorption, Hg porosimetry, and thermophysical properties, as well as numerical modeling. His interests are in transport phenomena including heat and fluid transport, hygrothermal behavior, physisorption, capillarity, permeability, evaporative drying, ion diffusion, and carbonation. His work focusses on cement and concrete, soils, rocks, clays, and zeolites.

He is Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in 'Rock-Fluid Interactions in CO2 Storage and Alternative Hydrocarbons' at the British Geological Survey

He is a member of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

  • JIN, C., LANGSTON, P. A., PAVLOVSKAYA, G. E., HALL, M. R. and RIGBY, S. P., 2016. Statistics of highly heterogeneous flow fields confined to three-dimensional random porous media: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 93(1),
  • HELMI M, HALL MR, STEVENS L and RIGBY SP, 2016. Effects of high-pressure/temperature curing on reactive powder concrete microstructure formation Construction and Building Materials. 105, 554-562
  • SARCE THOMANN F, HALL MR, SANGCHOOM W, MOKAYA R, 2015. A hygrothermal modelling approach to water vapour sorption isotherm design for mesoporous humidity buffers Microporous and Mesoporous Materials.
  • HALL, M. R., RIGBY, S. P., DIM, P., BATEMAN, K., MACKINTOSH, S. J. and ROCHELLE, C. A., 2015. Post-CO2 injection alteration of the pore network and intrinsic permeability tensor for a Permo-Triassic sandstone: Geofluids Geofluids.
  • SZYMANEK, E., BLASZCZYK, T., HALL, M. R., DEHDEZI, P. KEIKHAEI and LESZCZYNSKI, J. S., 2014. Modelling and analysis of heat transfer through 1D complex granular system GRANULAR MATTER. 16(5), 687-694
  • HALL M R and NAJIM K B, 2014. Structural behaviour and durability of steel-reinforced structural Plain/Self-Compacting Rubberised Concrete (PRC/SCRC) Construction and Building Materials. 73, 490-97
  • GIANNOUKOS K, HALL M R, ROCHELLE C A, MILODOWSKI A E and RIGBY S P, 2014. Preliminary investigation on the chemical response of cementitious grouts used for borehole sealing in geologically stored CO2 Energy Procedia. (In Press.)
  • CASEY S P, HALL M R, TSANG S C E and KHAN M A, 2013. Designing a nano-composite material for rapid-response air temperature and humidity buffering in closed environments Journal of Building Performance Simulation. 6(5), 354-66
  • CASEY S P, HALL M R, TSANG S C E and KHAN M A, 2013. Energetic and hygrothermal analysis of a nano-structured material for rapid-response humidity buffering in closed environments Building and Environment. 60, 24-36
  • BECKETT C T S, HALL M R and AUGARDE C E, 2013. Macrostructural changes in compacted earthen construction materials under loading Acta Geotechnica. 8(4), 423-38
  • HALL, M.R., MOONEY S.J., STURROCK, C., MATELLONI, P. and RIGBY, S.P., 2013. An approach to characterisation of multi-scale pore geometry and correlation with moisture storage and transport coefficients in cement-stabilised soils Acta Geotechnica. 8(1), 67-79
  • NAJIM K B and HALL M R, 2013. Crumb rubber aggregate coatings/ pre-treatments and their effects on interfacial bonding, air entrapment and fracture toughness in self-compacting rubberised concrete (SCRC) Materials and Structures. 46, 2029-43
  • WANATOWSKI, D., UDDIN, S., MARRI, A. and HALL, M.R., 2013. Effects of discrete fibres on the stress-dilatancy and micromechanics of fibre-reinforced sand In: Geosynthetics 2013, 1-4 April 2013, Long Beach, California, USA. 546-554
  • HELMI M, HALL MR and RIGBY SP, 2013. Pre-treatment effects on the early age mechanical properties of reactive powder concrete In: Proceedings of the 33rd Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 2nd – 3rd September, Portsmouth, UK.
  • LACINSKA AM, STYLES MT, NADEN J, KEMP SJ, MAROTO-VALER M, HALL MR and BROWN PD, 2013. Mineralogical characterisation of serpentine minerals in the context of carbon capture and storage by mineralisation - Preliminary results In: 4th International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, April 10th – 12th, Leuven, Belgium (2013).
  • CASEY SP, HALL MR, SARCE F, TSANG SCE and KHAN AM, 2013. Physical and numerical predicted results for the hygric properties of desiccant materials. In: CMM2013 20th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics, 27th – 31st August, Poznań, Poland.
  • SARCE F, HALL MR and CASEY SP, 2013. Multi-layered hygroscopic wall assemblies for humidity buffering and improved energy efficiency in a Passivhaus standard building In: CMM2013 20th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics, 27th – 31st August, Poznań, Poland.
  • HOPFE, CHRISTINA J. and HALL, MATTHEW R., 2013. Heat and moisture: issues and applications JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION. 6(5), 335-336
  • HALL M R and SWANEY W, 2012. Chapter 23: European Modern Earth Construction. In: HALL M R, LINDSAY R, AND KRAYENHOFF M, ed., Modern earth buildings: Materials, engineering, construction and applications Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HALL M R, LINDSAY R, AND KRAYENHOFF M, ed., 2012. Modern earth buildings: Materials, engineering, construction and applications Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HALL, M., DEHDEZI, P., DAWSON, A., GRENFELL, J. and ISOLA, R., 2012. Influence of the thermophysical properties of pavement materials on the evolution of temperature depth profiles in different climatic regions Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 24(1), 32-47
  • HALL M R, NAJIM K B, AND KEIKHAEI DEHDEZI P, 2012. Chapter 9: Soil stabilisation: materials, properties, and techniques. In: HALL M R, LINDSAY R, AND KRAYENHOFF M, ed., Modern earth buildings: Materials, engineering, construction and applications Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HALL M R AND CASEY S P, 2012. Chapter 2: Hygrothermal behaviour and thermal comfort in modern earth buildings. In: HALL M R, LINDSAY R, AND KRAYENHOFF M, ed., Modern earth buildings: Materials, engineering, construction and applications Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HOPFE C J AND HALL M R, 2012. Chapter 3: Thermal insulation, acoustic response, and thermal bridging. In: HALL M R, LINDSAY R, AND KRAYENHOFF M, ed., Modern earth buildings: Materials, engineering, construction and applications Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • SANNA A, HALL M R and MAROTO-VALER M, 2012. Recent development towards mineral carbonation costs reduction: Post-processing pathways Energy and Environmental Science. 5, 7781-7796
  • NAJIM K B and HALL M R, 2012. Workability and mechanical properties of crumb rubber concrete Proceedings of ICE: Construction Materials.
  • DAWSON A R, DEHDEZI P K, HALL M R, WANG J and ISOLA R, 2012. Thermo-physical optimisation of asphalt paving materials In: Transportation Research Board 2012 Annual Meeting, January 22nd – 26th, Washington DC, USA.
  • SANNA A, DRI M, HALL M R and MAROTO-VALER M, 2012. Waste Materials for Carbon Capture and Storage by Mineralisation (CCSM) - a UK perspective Applied Energy. 99, 545-554
  • SANNA A, DRI M, WANG X, HALL M R and MAROTO-VALER M, 2012. Micro-silica for high-end application from carbon capture and storage by mineralisation Key Engineering Materials. 517, 737 - 744
  • DEHDEZI P K, HALL M R, DAWSON A R and CASEY S, 2012. Thermal, mechanical and microstructural analysis of concrete containing microencapsulated phase change materials International Journal of Pavement Engineering. 14(5), 449-62
  • DAWSON A R, DEHDEZI P K, HALL M R, WANG J and ISOLA R, 2012. Enhancing thermal properties of asphalt materials for heat storage and transfer applications Road Materials and Pavement Design. 13(4), 784-803
  • DEHDEZI P K, DAWSON A R, HALL M R, MIAO F and CASEY S, 2012. Asphalt Pavements as a Source of Heating In: 2nd International Symposium on Asphalt pavements and Environment, October 1st – 3rd, 2012, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • NAJIM K B and HALL M R, 2012. Experimental validation of plain/self-compacting rubberised concrete (PRC/ SCRC) mix designs for structural applications In: 14th International Conference: Structural Faults and Repair, 3rd – 5th July, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • HALL M R and NAJIM K B, 2012. Micro structural characterisation and mechanical/ dynamic properties of experimentally-optimized plain rubberised concrete (PRC) In: 14th International Conference: Structural Faults and Repair, 3rd – 5th July, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • UD-DIN S, MARRI A, WANATOWSKI D and HALL M R, 2012. Stress-dilatancy and micromechanics of fibre-reinforced sand In: Geosynthetics Asia 2012, 5th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, 10-14th Dec, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • DEHDEZI PK, HALL M R, AND DAWSON A R, 2011. Thermo-physical optimisation of specialised concrete pavement materials for surface heat energy collection and shallow heat storage applications Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2240, 96 - 106
  • NAJIM K B AND HALL M R, 2011. Fresh properties, porosity and thermo-physical properties of self-compacting rubberised concrete (SCRC) In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies: IC-NOCMAT 2011, 22nd – 24th September, Changsha, Hunan, China.
  • LOVEDAY D, VADODARIA K, HAINES V, HEWITT N, CRITOPH R, EAMES P, HYDE T, BANFILL P, GILLOTT M, GRIFFITHS P, DARLINGTON R, HALL M R, AND TSANG SCE, 2011. Refurbishing the UK’s ‘hard to treat’ dwelling stock: Understanding challenges and constraints – the work of Project CALEBRE In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 6th – 7th September, De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • NAJIM K B AND HALL M R, 2011. Mechanical and dynamic properties of self-compacting crumb rubber modified concrete Construction and Building Materials. 27(1), 521-530
  • DRI M, MAROTO-VALER M, HALL M R, GILLOTT M, SANNA A, WANG X, ZIMMERMANN A, 2011. Utilization of industrial waste materials for value-added permanent sequestration of CO2 In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies, 8th -12th May, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • BLASZCZYK T, KOTELA E, HALL M R, AND LESZCZYNSKI J, 2011. Analysis and applications of composed forms of Caputo fractional derivatives Acta Mechanica et Automatica. 5(2),
  • DEHDEZI PK, HALL MR, AND DAWSON AR, 2011. Thermo-Physical Optimisation of Specialised Concrete Pavement Materials for Surface Heat Energy Collection and Shallow Heat Storage Applications In: Transportation Research Board 2011 Annual Meeting, 23rd – 27th January, Washington DC, USA.
  • GUPTA A, HALL M R, HOPFE C J, AND REZGUI Y, 2011. Building integrated vegetation (BIV) as an energy conservation measure (ECM) in non-domestic building typology in UK In: IBPSA-AIRAH Conference: Building Simulation 2011, 14th – 16th November, Sydney, Australia.
  • DEHDEZI P K, HALL M R, AND DAWSON A R, 2011. Enhancement of soil thermo-physical properties using microencapsulated phase change materials for ground source heat pump applications Applied Mechanics and Materials. 110-116, 1191 - 1198
  • SANNA A, DRI M, WANG X, HALL M R, AND MAROTO-VALER M, 2011. Optimisation of carbon capture and storage by pH swing aqueous mineralisation In: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, October 9th – 13th, Oviedo, Spain.
  • WANG X, CASEY S, BOUZALAKOS S, CAMPS A, PERRY R, MAROTO-VALER MM, HALL M, AND GILLOTT M, 2010. Mineral sequestration of CO2 by aqueous carbonation of incinerator sewage sludge ash (ISSA) In: 8th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications: ECCRIA 8, 6th – 8th September, Leeds.
  • SPATARU C, GILLOTT M, AND HALL MR, 2010. Domestic Energy and Occupancy: A Novel Post-Occupancy Evaluation Study International Journal of Low Carbon Technology. 5(3), 148 - 157
  • ALLINSON D AND HALL MR, 2010. Hygrothermal analysis of a stabilised rammed earth test building in the UK Energy and Buildings. 42, 845 - 852
  • NAJIM KB & HALL MR, 2010. A review of the fresh/ hardened properties and applications for plain- (PRC) and self-compacting rubberised concrete (SCRC) Construction and Building Materials. 24(11), 2043 - 2051
  • HALL MR, ed., 2010. Materials for Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort in Buildings Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HALL, M.R. and ALLINSON, D., 2010. Evaporative drying in stabilised compressed earth materials using unsaturated flow theory Building and Environment. 45(3), 509-518
  • SPATARU C, GILLOTT M, AND HALL MR, 2010. Restoring existing buildings and slowing climate change In: SET2010 9th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, 24th - 27th August, Shanghai, China.
  • HALL MR AND ALLINSON D, 2010. Chapter 1: Heat & mass transport processes in building materials. In: HALL MR, ed., Materials for Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort in Buildings Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • HALL MR, 2010. Chapter 14: Hygrothermal materials for heat and moisture control in buildings. In: HALL MR, ed., Materials for Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort in Buildings Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge.
  • KEIKHA P, HALL MR, AND DAWSON AR, 2010. Concrete pavements as a source of heating and cooling In: Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, 13th – 15th October, Seville, Spain.
  • GILLOTT M, SPATARU C, AND HALL M, 2009. Domestic Energy and Occupancy - A Novel Post-Occupancy Evaluation Study In: Proceedings for SET2009 - 8th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Aug 31st - 3rd Sep, Aachen, Germany.
  • HALL MR & ALLINSON D, 2009. Transient numerical and physical modelling of temperature profile evolution in compressed earth walls Applied Thermal Engineering. 30, 433 - 441
  • MORI H, ALLINSON D, HALL M, GAN G AND RIFFAT SB, 2009. Feasibility Study of Modifying Soil Thermal Conductivity for Ground Source Heat Pump Systems In: Proceedings for SET2009 - 8th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, August 31st - 3rd September Aachen, Germany.
  • HALL, M. and ALLINSON, D., 2009. Analysis of the hygrothermal functional properties of stabilised rammed earth materials Building and Environment. 44(9), 1935-1942
  • HALL MR, 2009. Characterisation of dark soiling layer formation on historic unglazed terracotta substrates using SEM-EDX International Journal of Architectural Heritage. 5(2), 172 - 187
  • MORI H, ALLINSON D, HALL M, GAN G and RIFFAT SB, 2008. Enhancement of Sub-soil Thermal Conductivity for Geothermal Heat Pump Systems with Rainwater Collection In: Proceedings for the International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies SET 08, 24th - 27th August 2008, Seoul, South Korea.
  • MARSTON A, OMER S, HALL M, AND ROBINSON N, 2008. Wind Turbine Interference with Air Traffic Control – Issues and Current Research’ In: Proceedings for the 7th World Wind Energy Conference, 24th – 26th June, Ontario, Canada.
  • ALLINSON D and HALL M, 2007. Investigating the Optimisation of Stabilised Rammed Earth Materials for Passive Air Conditioning in Buildings In: Proceedings for the International Symposium of Earthen Structures, 22nd - 24th August, Bangalore.
  • HALL M, 2007. A Methodology for the Optimization of Soil Grading for Reduced Moisture Ingress and Increased Evaporative Drying in Compressed Earth Materials In: Proceedings for the International Symposium of Earthen Structures, 22nd-24th August, Bangalore.
  • HALL, M. and DJERBIB, Y., 2006. Moisture ingress in rammed earth: Part 3 - sorptivity, surface receptiveness and surface inflow velocity Construction and Building Materials. 20(6), 384-395
  • HALL M AND SWANEY W, 2005. Stabilised Rammed Earth – Now Available in the UK Building Engineer. 80(9), 12-15 (In Press.)
  • HALL, M. and DJERBIB, Y., 2004. Moisture ingress in rammed earth. Part 1, The effect of soil particle-size distribution on the rate of capillary suction Construction and Building Materials. 18(4), 269-280
  • HALL M AND DJERBIB Y, 2004. Rammed Earth Sample Production: Context, Recommendations and Consistency Construction and Building Materials. 18(4), 281-286
  • HALL M, DAMMS P & DJERBIB Y, 2004. Stabilised Rammed Earth (SRE) and the Building Regulations (2000): Part A – Structural Stability Building Engineer. 79(6), 18-21 (In Press.)
  • HALL M, 2002. Rammed Earth: Traditional Methods, Modern Techniques, Sustainable Future Building Engineer. 77(11), 22-24

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