Elham H. Fini, Ph.D. P.E.

Associate ProfessorFini

Vita         Faculty Profile


Contact: 434 McNair Hall
Email: efini@ncat.edu
Ph: (336) 285-3676
Fax: (336) 334-7126


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
M.S. Sharif University of Technology 2003
B.S. Isfahan University of Technology 2000

Teaching Interest

Advanced Material Characterization (CIEN 786)
Construction Materials (CIEN 330)
Transportation and Pavement Design (CIEN 550)
Transportation Engineering (CIEN 350)
System Analysis (CIEN 702)
Introduction to Civil Engineering (CAEE100)
Construction Engineering (CIEN 481)
Construction Projects (CIEN 482)

Research Interest

Sustainable Infrastructure Materials, Bio-based Construction Materials, Hierarchical Material Synthesis and Multi-scale Characterization, Adhesion Mechanisms and Interface Characterization, Rheology, Constitutive Modeling, Atomistic and Multi scale Modeling Especially for Construction Adhesives, Infrastructure Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, Asphalt and Modified Binder Rheology, Advanced Material Characterization

Research Projects

  1. Center for Highway Pavement Preservation (CHPP), USDOT, 2013-2016. (PI), $187,786, (active)
  2. CAREER: Integrated Research and Education to Improve Pavement Sustainability Using Bio-Binder, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1150695, 2012-2017. (PI), $400,000 (active)
  3. STTR: Production and Scale-up of Bio-Adhesive from Animal Waste, National Science Foundation, $225,000 (PI) (active)
  4. EAGER: Application of a Bottom-up Approach to Study Bio-adhesives Molecular Conformation, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1308728, 2012-2014. (PI), $143,619(active)
  5. Producing a Sustainable and Bio-Based Alternative for Petroleum-Based Asphalt, National Academy of Science, NCHRP-IDEA, N-1497, (PI), $150,000 (active)
  6. Production, Characterization and Multi-Scale Modeling of Bio-Adhesive from Bio-Mass in collaboration with the U.K. and France, American Association for the Advancement of Science, (PI), $19,500 (active)
  7. Targeted Infusion Project Grant: Incorporation of Sustainability Concepts into Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum Using Project-Based Learning, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1238852. (PI), $300,000 (active)
  8. I-Corps: Commercialization Feasibility Research and Demonstration Preparation for Production of Bio-adhesive from Animal Waste, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1246330, (PI), $50,000 (completed)
  9. Production and Characterization of Bio-based Adhesives from Swine Manure, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1040246, 2010-2013. (PI), $220,603.00 (active)
  10. U.S. – United Kingdom Collaborative Research on Production of Bio-adhesive from Bio-mass, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1046141, 2010-2012. (PI), $19,998.00 (completed)

Invited Talks/Workshops/Webinars

  1. Physio-Chemical Characteristics of a Bio-Based Construction Adhesive, Adhesive & Sealant Convention, Oct. 23, 2013, Minneapolis, MN.
  2. Production and Characterization of Bio-based Adhesives for Construction Applications, Bruce Podwal Seminar Series, City College of New York, Oct. 29, 2013.
  3. Workshop: There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom: Nanotechnology Applications for Asphalt and Concrete Materials, January 13, 2013, Washington D.C.
  4. Swine Waste Could Figure in Asphalt Production, TV interview, North Carolina News 14 with Ed. Scannell, http://triad.news14.com/content/665541/swine-waste-could-figure-in-asphalt-production, Oct. 14, 2012
  5. Sustainable Construction Materials and Their Economic Impact, TV interview, North Carolina People With William Friday, http://video.unctv.org/video/2157218101
  6. Adhesive road asphalt from hog wastes focus of current research, Interview with Jolene Stevens, Le Mars Daily Sentinel, Le Mars, Iowa, 2012, http://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/1905162.html

Selected Publications

  • Martin-Martinez, F. J., E. H. Fini, M. J. Buehler. 2015, Molecular Asphaltene Models Based on Clar Sextet Theory, RSC Advances, 5 (1), 753 – 759.
  • Bocoum, A, Sh. Hosseinnezhad, E. Fini, 2014, Investigating Effect of Amine-based Additives on Asphalt Rubber Rheological Properties, Taylor & Francis Group, London, CRC Press 2014, ISBN 978-1-138-02693-3, Chapter 86, , pp.921-931.
  • Oldham, D., E. Fini, A.  Onochie,  2014, The Low Temperature Characterization of Bio-modified Shingles, Taylor & Francis Group, London, CRC Press 2014, ISBN 978-1-138-02693-3, Chapter 29, pp. 297–307.
  • Hill, B. D. Oldham, B. Behnia, E. Fini., and B. Buttlar, Low-Temperature Performance Characterization of Biomodified Asphalt Mixtures That Contain Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement, Transportation Research Record, volume 2371: Asphalt Materials and Mixtures, 2013, pp. 49-57, ISSN 0361-1981.
  • Aflaki, S., P. Hajikarimi , E. H. Fini, and B. Zada, 2013, Comparing Effects of Bio-binder with other Asphalt Modifiers on Low Temperature Characteristics of Asphalt, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 26(3), 429–439.
  • Fini, E., D. Oldham and T. Abu-Lebdeh, 2013, Synthesis and Characterization of Biomodified Rubber Asphalt: Sustainable Waste Management Solution for Scrap Tire and Swine Manure, 2013, Journal of Environmental Engineering,139(12): 1454–1461
  • Fini, E. H., E. W. Kalberer, G. Shahbazi, M. Basti, Z. You, H. Ozer and Q. Aurangzeb, 2012, Chemical Characterization of Biobinder from Swine Manure: Sustainable Modifier for Asphalt Binder, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000237, 23, special issue: Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Paving Materials:1506–1513.
  • Fini, E. H., I. L. Al-Qadi, Z. You, B. Zada, and J. Mills-Beale, 2012, Partial Replacement of Binder with Bio-binder: Characterization and Modification to Meet Grading System submitted to International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2012. 13 (6): 515-522. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10298436.2011.596937
  • Mills-Beale, J., Z. You; E. Fini, B. Zada, Ch. Lee, Y. Yap,  2012, Aging Influence on Rheology Properties of Petroleum-based Asphalt Modified with Bio-binder, ASCE Journal of Materials, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), 26(2): 358–366.