Director of civil engineering and geo-environment laboratory- LGCgE

LGCgE, Polytech’Lille. University of Lille. Cité Scientifique. Avenue Paul Langevin. 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq. France.

Room : 4th floor, Building ESPRIT, LGCgE. University of Lille.

Phone : 03 62 26 89 76 / Secretary : 03 62 26 89 82

Short bio


Scientific activites

Research summary

Professor Ali Zaoui’s multidisciplinary research has been mainly dedicated to the modeling and simulation methods based on first-principles, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo. They cover a wide range of materials including geo-materials, minerals, clays, cement, asphalt, nano-composites, nanomaterials, polymers, semiconductors and metals. He has published over 200 papers in international journals with high impact factor.

Selected publications

Research interests and topics

1. ‘Playing selfy’ in cementitious materials

2. Nanomaterials in concrete

3. Bending and wetting of Clays: Water, contaminants and heating effects

4. Clays and future of radioactive waste storage

5. Cleaning polluted air and soil from CO2 and radionuclides

6. Rocks and Minerals

7. Self-healing of asphalt


9.Polymers: crystallization of polyethylene

10.Prediction of new materials

11.Other topics (nanoindentation, spintronics, semiconductors, magnetic materials, metal/ceramics, energetic materials, superheating-freezing,..)

Main collaborations


University of Ankara, Turkey. Prof. Gencer since 15 years.


Beihang University, Beijing, China. Prof. Cong since 10 years.


USTO, Oran, Algeria. Collaboration with Professor Ferhat. Since more than 35 years ago, Prof. Ferhat is a friend and collaborator… and we are still fiends and collaborators !


Institute of Soil Science at BUKO, Vienna, Austria. Collaboration with Prof. Daniel Tunega since 16 years.


University of Uppsala, collaboration with Prof. Ahuja since 20 years ago.


KTH-Stockholm. Collaboration with Prof. Belonoshko since around 15 years.

Stony Brooks

University of Stnoy Brooks, NY, USA. Collaboration with Prof. Oganov, since 12 years.


University of York, UK. Collaboration with Prof. Probert since 12 years.

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