Dr Shujian Chen

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 344 31359


Dr Shujian Chen started his research on nanomaterial modified cement and concrete in 2011. He is also dedicated to developing and adapting new nano/micro-scale characterisation and simulations techniques for developing new cement and concrete-based construction materials via emerging technologies. Since 2014, he extended his research to apply 3D printing technology in advanced manufacturing of multifunctional, high-performance cement-based materials.

Research Impacts

With the aid of nanoengineering and carbon-based nanomaterials, Dr Chen's research develops new routes for more efficient and sustainable production, manufacturing and design of cement and concrete-based materials and structures. Over the years, He contributed to developing the carbon-based nanoengineered cement, which can significantly reduce Portland cement usage and associated cost and greenhouse gas emissions. Using advanced nano-characterisation and AI, he invented new techniques to understand the behaviour of cement and concrete up from the nanoscale, which helps accelerate the development of better construction materials. Via the application of nanoengineering and advanced characterisation with 3D printing, his research generates novel light-weight multifunctional cement and concrete-based materials that could be life-saving under extreme earthquake and impact events. These new materials have twice the strength as traditional counterparts and can still carry the load under extreme deformation.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Liu, Yanming, Lin, Ren, Chen, Shujian and Duan, Wenhui (2020). FEM simulation of ocarina-shaped piezoelectric wind energy harvester. The 25th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), Brisbane, Australia, 4-7 December 2018. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7603-0_101

  • Wang, Wei, Qiu, Chengyu, Chen, Shu Jian and Duan, Wenhui (2020). Role of multifunctional sulfonated graphene oxide in foam concrete system: reinforcement and surfactant. 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), Brisbane, QLD, Australia, December 2018. Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7603-0_74

  • Duan, Wen Hui, Chen, Shu Jian and Hubler, Mija (2013). Water sorption hysteresis in cement nano slits. 9th International Conference on Creep, Shrinkage, and Durability Mechanics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 22-25 September 2013. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/9780784413111.012

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision