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Building Materials and Building Technology

Welcome at the website of the Building Materials and Building Technology Division, in short MAT, which is part of the Civil Engineering Department of KU Leuven. Research at MAT focuses on building materials, structural components and structures, from the viewpoint of innovation, retrofitting and conservation.  




The research pages give an overview of the research activities of the Building Materials and Technology Division.



Several courses are taught by prof. Vandewalle, prof. Van Balen, prof. Cizer and prof. Verstrynge

Reyntjens Laboratory


The Reyntjens Laboratory has a wide range of test facilities to support academic research, consultancy and industry. 



Overview of the people active at the Building Materials and Building Technology Division.



Our research activities have led to major expertise on several fields on which consulting services are offered.



The publications, covering the main research themes, are listed in this section: journals, conferences, books,  MSc. and Ph.D. Theses.








Recent news from mat:

14 Dec. 2016 - Els Verstrynge and Martine Wevers have won the IIIAE paper award for an excellent paper which was presented at the International conference on Acoustic Emission in Kyoto, Japan.

13 Oct. 2016 - Maure De Smedt has won the ‘BBG Studieprijs 2016’ of the Belgian Concrete Group for her master thesis "experimental and analytical analysis of the shear capacity of prestressed steel fibre reinforced concrete". The prize was rewarded on the Belgian Concrete Day 2016, which was attended by a large group of MAT researchers and students (picture)

19 Sept. 2016 - Researchers from MAT and RLICC organized the well attended SAHC 2016 conference. ( (picture of the team)

20 Aug. 2016 - Céline Van Bunderen has won the bronze award with her poster entitled “Early-age and long-term properties of concrete recycling calcined clay-rich dredging Sediments” at the DTU-COST-RILEM Doctoral Course, Denmark, August 15-19, 2016

1 Mar. 2016 - Dr. Kristof De Wilder is on a 3-month research stay at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is involved in testing prestressed steel fibre reinforced concrete beams (picture).

12 Jan. 2016 - Koen Van Balen, Aziliz Vandesande and Nathalie van Roy attended a very succesful 3-day meeting in Delft, in the framework of the recently started JPI project "Changes".

9 Dec. 2015 - Nathalie Van Roy and Aziliz Vandesande present their ongoing PhD work in the framework of the PRECOM³OS Unesco chair: "Preventive conservation of the historic built environement", at the Arenberg Youngster Seminar in Leuven.

17 Nov. 2015 - Newly appointed assistant professor at MAT, Els Verstrynge, gives an inaugural lecture on "A multi-scale approach for assessing time-dependent mechanical damage in masonry constructions".

13 Nov. 2015 - Start-up meeting of the new FWO project "AE-FracMasS", with partners from KU Leuven MAT, KU Leuven NDT and VUB MEMC (picture).

13 Nov. 2015 - the new research pages of MAT are online! Check out the MAT research pages to see which topics we are currently working on.

15 Oct. 2015 - MAT researchers and students attend the Belgium Concrete Day 2015 in Anderlecht (picture).



Photo Album SAHC 2016

On 12-16 September, over 375 participants joined the RLICC pre-conference, SAHC 2016 conference and site visits. We would like to thank all participants, authors, reviewers and sponsors for contributing to this succesful event!

A selection of the pictures taken during the events and site visits is now available.