Shiho Kawashima

Associate Professor

616 SW Mudd, Mail Code: 4709

Phone: 212-854-2701

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Research Areas

Rheological behavior and fresh-state microstructure of concrete, nanomodification and nanocharacterization of cementitious materials, sustainable infrastructural materials


B.S. in Civil Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Shiho Kawashima’s work is in experimental cement and concrete research, which aims to tie nano-/microstructural behavior to macroscale structural response. She specializes in cement rheology, particularly in the development of innovative measurement techniques to further the understanding of the structural and temporal evolution of the fresh-state microstructure of cementitious systems. She is also interested in nanocomposites, including the integration of nanomodification with the use of supplementary cementitious materials to aid in the design of sustainable infrastructural materials.

Current funded research projects:

  • BRIGE: Characterizing the Rheological and Microstructural Evolution of Oil Well Cement Slurries under Elevated Temperature and Pressure Conditions (NSF EEC-1342377)
  • Mitigating External Corrosion of Pipelines through Nano-Modified Cement-Based Coatings (US DOT DTPH56-13-H-CAAP06)
  • Interaction of Admixtures and its Effect on the Evolution of Thixotropic Breakdown and Recovery of Cementitious Systems (ACI CRC #79)

List of publications:

  • Kawashima, S., M. Chaouche, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Influence of purified attapulgite clays on the adhesive properties of cement pastes as measured by the tack test,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 48(0): 35-41, 2014.
  • Li, W.G., J.Z. Xiaoz, S. Kawashima, G.S. Shekhawat, and S.P. Shah. “Experimental investigation on quantitative nanomechanical properties of cement paste,” ACI Materials Journal, In Press, 2014.
  • Fan, Y., S. Zhang, S. Kawashima and S.P. Shah. “Influence of kaolinite clay on the chloride diffusion property of cement-based materials,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 45(0): 117-124, 2014.
  • Kawashima, S., M. Chaouche, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Rate of thixotropic rebuilding of cement pastes modified with highly purified attapulgite clays,” Cement and Concrete Research, 53(0): 112-118, 2013.
  • Kawashima, S., J. Seo, D. Corr, M. Hersam and S.P. Shah. “Dispersion of CaCO3 nanoparticles by sonication and surfactant treatment for application in fly ash-cement systems,” Materials and Structures: 1-13, 2013.
  • Hou, P., S. Kawashima, D. Kong, D. Corr, J. Qian and S.P. Shah. “Modification effects of colloidal nanoSiO2 on cement hydration and its gel property,” Composites Part B: Engineering, 45(1): 440-448, 2013.
  • Hou, P., S. Kawashima, K. Wang, D.Corr, J. Qian and S.P. Shah. “Effects of colloidal nanosilica on rheological and mechanical properties of fly ash-cement mortar,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 35(1): 12-22, 2013.
  • Kawashima, S., P. Hou, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Modification of cement-based materials with nanoparticles,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 36(0): 8-15, 2012.
  • Hou P, D. Kong, S. Kawashima, J. Qian, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “A novel evidence for the formation of semi-permeable membrane surrounding the Portland cement particles during the induction period.” Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry: 1-4, 2012.
  • Li, W., J. Xiao, Z. Sun, S. Kawashima, and S.P. Shah. “Interfacial transition zones in recycled aggregate concrete with different mixing approaches,” Construction and Building Materials, 35: 1045-1055, 2012.
  • Kawashima, S., J.H. Kim, D. Corr and S.P. Shah. “Study of the mechanisms underlying the fresh-state response of cementitious materials modified with nanoclays,” Construction and Building Materials, 36: 749-757, 2012.
  • Hou, P., K. Wang, J. Qian, S. Kawashima, D. Kong, and S.P. Shah. “Effects of colloidal nanoSiO2 on fly ash hydration,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 34(10): 1095-1103, 2012.
  • Gao, X., S. Kawashima and S.P. Shah. “Influence of clays on shrinkage and cracking tendency of SCC,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 34(4): 478-485, 2012.
  • Kawashima, S.and S.P. Shah. “Early-age autogenous and drying shrinkage behavior of cellulose fiber-reinforced cementitious materials,” Cement and Concrete Composites, 33(2): 201-208, 2011.


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