Prof. dr. ir. Stijn Matthys

Stijn Matthys

Name: Stijn Matthys
Title: Prof. dr. ir.
Function: Full Professor, Technology/business Development Manager
T +32 9 264 55 20

Ms. Marijke Reunes (T + 32 9 264 55 35)


Stijn Matthys (industrial engineering: construction 1991, civil engineer 1994, PhD in applied science 2000) is manager at Ghent University DuraBUILDmaterials and full professor Repair and Strengthening of Structures.

He is a laureate of the Magnel prize (SECO - 2003) and member of different task groups, among which convenor of the fib task group on FRP reinforcement of concrete. He is co-author or editor of a few books and (co)author of over 250 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.
His research is situated in the following domains:

  • repair and strengthening of (concrete) structures
  • advanced composite reinforcement
  • structural behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete
  • damage diagnostics, durability, repair and monitoring
  • accidental load cases such as fire and explosion
  • prefabricated concrete
  • technologies for durable building materials and techniques among which circular concrete

As technology/business development manager he is also closely involved with multidisciplinary research and technological innovations with the construction industry, as well as stimulating entrepreneurschip (e.g. facilitating spin-off companies, and managing a patent portfolio).
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  • PhD degree, Ghent University, 2000 (Thesis: "Structural Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement"). A digital version of this dissertation can be downloaded here.
  • Civil Engineer, Ghent University, 1996
  • Industrial Engineering: Construction, Hogeschool Gent, BME, 1994


  • Study award 1994 of the Dutch Concrete Society for master dissertation
  • Award 1994 of the Belgian Producers of Hollow Core Slabs (FeBe) for master dissertation
  • Volvo-fund, travel scholarship for study stay in Sweden, June 1997.
  • JCC Best Paper Award 2000 (Basic Research Category) for "Concrete Slabs Reinforced with FRP Grids. II: Punching Resistance", ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 154-161.
  • 3th. laureate fib award 2001 – Category Research for “Structural Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement”, International Federation for Structural Concrete.
  • Laureate SECO Magnelprijs period 1998-2002 for PhD thesis, Technisch Controlebureau voor het Bouwwezen (SECO).
  • Supervisor of several rewarded master dissertations.
  • fib Fellow (awarded in 2023, International Federation for Structural Concrete)


  • Scientific researcher, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, November 1994 - December 1996
  • IWT (Vlaams Instituut voor de bevordering van het Wetenschappelijk-Technologisch Onderzoek in de Industrie) PhD scholar, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, January 1997 - December 2000
  • Post-doctoral research assistant, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, January 2001 – January 2008
  • Professor (10% hoogleraar), Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory, Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, since October 2003
  • Technology/business development manager (90%) DuraBUILDmaterials, Ghent University, since February 2008
  • Member of the Steering Council of Sanacon, since 2014

Committees and working groups

  • Convenor of fib Task Group 5.1 'FRP reinforcement for concrete', International Federation for Structural Concrete (originally called task group 9.3: secretary 1996-2008, convenor since 2008)
  • Co-chairmen of EBR (externally bonded reinforcement) working group of fib T5.1 (since 1997)
  • Member fib Task Group 5.3 'Structural Service Life Aspects' (2003-2014)
  • Member of fib Commission 5 ‘Reinforcing and Prestressing Materials and Systems’ (originally called C9; since 2010)
  • Member of fib T10.1 ‘Modelcodes’ (since 2010)
  • Member of fib T8.1 ‘Model technical specification for repairs and interventions’ (2015-2019)
  • Member of fib Commission 9 ‘Dissemination of knowledge’ (since 2015)
  • Member CUR working group C97B-1 "Design guidelines for strengthening of concrete structures with externally bonded CFRP", Civieltechnisch Centrum Uitvoering Research en Regelgeving (1998 – 2002)
  • Corresponding member ACI 440 'FRP reinforcement', American Concrete Institute (since 1999)
  • Member of CIB, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2004 - 2007)
  • Member of RILEM (since 2007)
  • Member of RILEM TC Concrete Bond in Structural Strengthening and Rehabilitation (2002-2004)
  • Member of RILEM TC Masonry Strengthening with Composite Materials (2007 - 2012)
  • Member of RILEM TC Mechanical properties of alkali-activated concrete (since 2019)
  • Member of CEN/TC250/SC2/WG1/TG1 (since 2014)
  • Member of CEN national mirror commissions (E250, E10408) (since 2016)
  • Member of ECTP, European Construction Technology Platform (since 2017)
  • Member of organising or scientific committee of several international conferences
  • Reviewer for several international scientific journals / jury member of several PhD's in Belgium or abroad / several funding bodies
  • Guest editor of MDPI Materials, Special Issue: Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Structures with Advanced Reinforcements (2021)
  • Member of BUtgb, Belgische Unie voor de technische goedkeuring in de bouw (2002-2007)
  • Member of several BCCA working groups, Belgian Construction Certification Association, since 2007
  • Member of ie-net Expert Group ‘Civiele Techniek’, Engineering Society (since 2009)
  • Member of BBG working group GTWV, Belgian Concrete Society (since 2011)
  • Member of ViBP ‘Vlaams Innovatiebouwplatform’ (since 2008)
  • Member of FWO W&T9 expert panel (since 2019)


The scientific research of Stijn Matthys is in the above mentioned domains. He was/is promoter or co-promoter of several national and international research projects, among which lead coordinator in EU projects such as the EU PhD training network DuRSAAM (2018-2023). A list of published PhDs he supervised, can be found here. Furthermore, he is technology/business development promoter in a wide range of research projects by the UGent knowledge and technology transfer centre DuraBUILDmaterials.


A publication list (1992-now) can be found at