Prof. dr. ir. Geert De Schutter

Prof. Dr. Geert De Schutter

Name: Geert De Schutter
Title: Prof. dr. ir.
Function: Head of Department, Full Professor, ERC Advanced Grant Holder
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Geert De Schutter (Civil Engineer 1990, PhD Applied Science 1996) is full professor Concrete Technology at Ghent University, head of the Department of Structural Engineering, and former RILEM Director of Development. He is technical director of the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete. He is RILEM Fellow and ACI Fellow.

He is laureate of the Vreedenburgh Award (1998), laureate of the Royal Academy Division Natural Sciences (2000), Laureate of the RILEM Robert L’Hermite Medal (2001), and recipient of the ACI Arthur Anderson Medal (2014). In 2002 he was Invited Professor at Oita University, Japan. From 2008 to 2014, he was also Invited Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. In 2012 he was awarded the Francqui Chair at the University of Liège, Belgium. In 2016 he was invited professor at the University of Nantes, France. From 2014 to 2017 he was Invited Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

He is (co-)author of a few books, and author of more than 500 publications in journals and conference proceedings.

His research is situated in the following domains: concrete technology, hydration and microstructure development, properties of hardening concrete, durability of cementitious materials, self-compacting concrete, rheology of cementitious materials...


Scientific career

  • From 01/09/1991 to 30/09/1993 he was scientific co-worker at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, doing research concerning ‘Thermal stresses in hardening concrete’.
  • From 01/10/1993 to 30/09/1997 he was Doctoral Researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research. In this function he was doing research at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, on the topics ‘Estimation of the service life of massive concrete elements taking into account the thermal stress formation during the hardening phase’ and ‘Evolving constitutive laws for hardening concrete’.
  • From 01/10/1997 to 31/01/1999 he was Postdoctoral Researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research. In this function he was doing research at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, on the topic ‘Study of the service life of marine concrete structures by means of a probabilistic formulation of degradation mechanisms’.
  • Since 01/02/1999 he is Professor Concrete Technology at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University.
  • From 01/10/2002 to 31/10/2002 he was Invited Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering, Oita University, Japan, with research topic ‘Study on the Effects of Shrinkage Cracking on the Durability of Concrete Structures’.
  • From 2008 to 2014 (with the exception of 2012), he was Invited Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, Laboratoire de Mécanique et Matériaux du Génie Civil.
  • From 01/02/2009 to 31/01/2014, Prof. G. De Schutter was also acting as Director of Development of RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures). Since September 2013 he is RILEM Regional Convener for East-Asia.
  • In 2012, he was recipient of the Francqui Chair at the University of Liège, Belgium.
  • From 2014 to 2017 , he was Invited Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • In 2016 he was invited professor at the University of Nantes, France.
  • In 2016 he received an ERC Advanced Grant for the project 'SmartCast' (2016-2021).




  • Civil Engineer, Ghent University, 1990
  • PhD degree, Ghent University, 1996 (Thesis: Fundamental and practical study of thermal stresses in hardening massive concrete elements). A digital version of this PhD can be downloaded here.


  • Study award 1990 of the Royal Flemish Engineering Society (Belgium)
  • Study award 1991 of the Dutch Concrete Society (The Netherlands)
  • Fernand De Waele Donation 1997 (Belgium)
  • Honourable Mention A.I.G.-prize 1998 (Belgium)
  • Vreedenburgh-prize 1998 (The Netherlands)
  • Laureate of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, 2000
  • Robert L’Hermite Award 2001 of RILEM, “in recognition of the comprehensive and encompassing research work on the behaviour of concrete at early age”
  • Best Paper Award for ‘Acid attack of self-compacting concrete’, with co-authors V. Boel, K. Audenaert, G. De Schutter, International conference on concrete repair, rehabilitation and retrofitting, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2005.
  • Francqui Chair 2012 at the University of Liège, Belgium.
  • Promotor of several rewarded master theses
  • Diploma of the Romanian Engineering Society, on the occasion of the 90th birthday of the Laboratory of Resistance of Materials, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, May 2013, in recognition of the cooperation, and of the promotion of and support to laboratory activities related to Resistance of Materials.
  • Best Paper Award for the paper 'Influence of the Interfacial Transition Zone on the Transport Properties of Portland Cement Concrete’, authored by K. Wu, G. De Schutter, H. Shi, G. Ye, Y. Gao, International Conference on Concrete Sustainability, ICCS13, Augustus 2013, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Medal of the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO), in recognition of the active contribution to the activities of expert panel WT9, as member and as chairman, September 2013.
  • Recipient of ACI Arthur Anderson Award, 2014.
  • Certificate of Outstanding Reviewer, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, June 2014.
  • RILEM FEllow, RILEM, September 2015.
  • ERC Advanced Grant for the project 'SmartCast', 2016-2021
  • Best Reviewer 2015 Award, Materials and Structures, RILEM, Springer, 2016.
  • Outstanding papers published in 2016 in Materials and Strutures, award received for the paper “Changes in rheology of self-consolidating concrete induced by pumping" (DOI: 10.1617/s11527-016-0815-7), authored by D. Feys, G. De Schutter, K. Khayat and R. Verhoeven.
  • ACI Fellow, American Concrete Institute, March 2019.


  • Full Professor of Concrete Technology
  • RILEM Director of Development (2009-2014)
  • RILEM Regional Convener for East-Asia, since 2013-2016
  • Technical Director of the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research
  • Chairman of the Study Programme of Civil Engineering (2005-2015)
  • Faculty co-ordinator of the visitation of the Civil Engineering Study Programme (2007-2008)
  • Member of the Steering Council of In-Situ, Luxemburg (2005-2008)

Committees and working groups


  • Member of RILEM
  • Member of RILEM Bureau (2004-2008)
  • Member of RILEM Management Activities Committee (MAC), (2008-2013)
  • Member of RILEM Development Advisory Committee (DAC), since 2013, chairman since 2015
  • Chairman of the Belgian Normalization Committee "Concrete" (Mirror Committee CEN TC 104), since 2013.
  • Member of the ‘Editorial Advisory Committee’ of ‘Materials and Structures’, RILEM (2004-2007)
  • Chairman of RILEM Technical Committee 205-DSC ‘Durability of Self-compacting Concrete’ (2004-2007)
  • Secretary of the RILEM Technical Committee MPS 'Mechanical Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete' (2007-2013)
  • Member of several RILEM Technical Committees
  • Member of fib
  • Member of fib Committee 8 ‘Concrete’
  • Member of ACI
  • Member of ACI 231 Behaviour of concrete at early age
  • Member of ACI 237 Self Consolidating Concrete
  • Corresponding member of ACI 564 3D-Printing of Concrete
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee ("WAC"), SCK-CEN, since 2017.
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) EURIDICE (European Underground Research Infrastructure for Disposal of Nuclear Waste in Clay Environment), since 2007. Secretary since 2011.
  • Member of FWO Expert Panel W&T9 (2006-2013). Chairman in 2013
  • Member of several Technical Committees of International Scientific Conferences
  • Member of CEN/TC 104/SC 1/TG 8 (2005-2009)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Cement and Concrete Research
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society
  • Member for several international scientific journals
  • Reviewer for several international scientific journals
  • Reviewer for several international science foundations and research organizations

The scientific research of Geert De Schutter is within the following domains:

  • Concrete Technology
  • Hydratation and microstructure development
  • Properties of hardening concrete
  • Durability of cementitious materials
  • Self-compacting concrete
  • Rheology of cementitious materials
  • ...

He is promoter of several national and international research projects. Internationally he is/was having bilateral agreements with Tongji University, Shanghai (China), with Central South University, Changsha (China), with Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan (China), with the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), with Polytechnical University of Timisoara (Romania), with the University of Cluj (Romania), and with the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Furthermore, he is having co-operation with the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands).

Besides numerous master theses, Geert De Schutter also promoted several doctoral theses:

  • Anne-Mieke POPPE, ‘Influence of fillers on hydration and properties of self-compacting concrete’ (in Dutch), 2004.
  • Katrien AUDENAERT, ‘Transport mechanisms in self-compacting concrete, and relation with carbonation and chloride penetration’, (in Dutch), 2006.
  • Xian LIU, ‘Microstructural investigation of self-compacting concrete and high-performance concrete during hydration and after exposure to high temperatures’, 2006 (co-supervisor Y. Yuan, Tongji University, Shanghai).
  • Veerle BOEL, ‘Microstructure of self-compacting concrete and relation with gas permeability and durability’ (in Ducth), 2006.
  • Lin LUO, ‘Influence of corrosion inhibitors on concrete properties: microstructure, transport properties and rebar corrosion’, 2006. Lin LUO received the 2005 “Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad”.
  • Dimitri FEYS, 'Interactions between rheological properties and pumping of self-compacting concrete', 2009 (co-supervisor R. Verhoeven).
  • Qiang YUAN, 'Fundamental evaluation of test methods for the transport of chloride ions in cementitious materials', 2009 (co-supervisor C. Shi, Central South University, Changsha, China).
  • Krista VAN DEN BERGH, 'Study of the corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete by means of electrochemical methods' (in Dutch), 2009 (co-supervisor H. Terryn, VUB, Brussels).
  • Gert BAERT, 'Phyico-chemical interactions in Portland cement - (High Volume) Fly ash binders', 2009 (co-supervisor N. De Belie).
  • Bart CRAEYE, ‘Early-Age Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of Concrete Supercontainers for Radwaste Disposal’, 2009.
  • Zanqun LIU, ‘Study of the basic mechanisms of sulfate attack on cementitious materials’, 2010 (co-supervisors D. Deng and Z. Yu, Central South University, Changsha).
  • Pieter DESNERCK, ‘Compressive, Bond and Shear Behaviour of Powder-Type Self-Compacting Concrete’, 2010 (co-supervisor L. Taerwe).
  • Wei JIANG, ‘Constitutive Model of Early Age Concrete and its Structural Performance’, 2012 (co-supervisor Y. Yuan, Tongji University, Shanghai, China).
  • Song MU, ‘Chloride penetration and service life prediction of cracked self-compacting concrete’, 2012 (co-supervisor B.G. Ma, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China).
  • Peter HELINCLS, ‘Study of a lightweight steel-concrete bridge deck concept’, 2013 (co-supervisors W. De Corte and V. Boel).
  • Yun GAO, ‘Multiscale Approach to Study the Heterogeneity and Ionic Diffusivity of Ternary Blended Cement Based Composites’, 2013 (co-supervisor Prof. G. Ye).
  • Hai Dang LE, 'Etude de l’effet de la couche limite sur les profils de vitesse du béton pompé', 2014 (co-supervisors J. Vierendeels, and E.H. Kadri, S. Aggoun, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France).
  • Kai WU, 'Experimental study on the influence of ITZ on the durability of concretemade with different kinds of blended materials', 2014 (co-supervisor H. Shi, Tongji University, Shanghai, China).
  • Karel LESAGE, 'Interactions between cement and combined concrete admixtures. The influence on cement paste rheology', 2014 (co-supervisor L. Vandewalle, KU Leuven).
  • Sara KORTE, 'Experimental and numerical investigation of the fracture behaviour and fatigue resistance of self-compacting concrete', 2014, (co-supervisors V. Boel and W. De Corte).
  • Ioan POP, ‘Bond between Self-Compacting concrete and Reinforcement’, 2015 (co-supervisor T. Onet, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania).
  • Jeroen DILS, ‘Influence of vacuum mixing, air entrainment or heat curing on the properties of hardened and fresh (ultra) high performance concrete’, 2015 (co-supervisor  V. Boel).
  • Quoc Tri PHUNG, ‘Effects of carbonation and calcium leaching on microstructure and transport properties of cement pastes’, 2015 (co-supervisor G. Ye).
  • Tina SIMCIC, ‘Influence of supplementary cementitious materials on hydration, microstructure development, and durability of concrete’, 2015 (co-supervisor S. Pejovnik, Ljubljana University, Slovenia).
  • Corina SOSDEAN, ‘Experimental and numerical investigations of the influence of cracks on mass diffusion in mortar and concrete’, 2015 (co-supervisor L. Marsavina, “Polytehnica’ University of Timisoara, Romania).
  • Zhijun TAN, ‘Experimental study and numerical simulation of hydration and microstructure development of ternary cement-based materials’, 2015 (co-supervisor G. Ye).
  • Ravi PATEL, ‘Lattice Boltzmann Method Based Framework For Simulating Physico-chemical Processes in Heterogeneous Porous Media and its Application to Cement Paste’, 2016 (co-supervisor K. van Breugel,  TU Delft).
  • Serge TICHKO, ‘Hydrodynamic modelling of the flow of self-compacting concrete in formworks’,  2016 (co-supervisor P. Troch).
  • Kunpeng ZHENG, 'Investigation on the formation and evolution of alkali-silica reaction gel in a chemical model system simulating a cementitious environment’, 2017 (co-supervisors L. Taerwe and G. Ye).
  • Farid VAN DER VURST, ‘The mechanisms governing the robustness of fresh self-compacting concrete’, 2017 (co-supervisor L. Vandewalle, KULeuven).
  • Hugo EGUEZ ALAVA, 'Durability of concrete under combined attack. Frost salt scaling in carbonated concrete and chloride ingress in mechanically loaded concrete', 2017 (co-supervisor N. De Belie).
  • Yang LYU, 'Autogenous shrinkage of cement-based materials: from the fundamental role of self-desiccation to mitigation strategies based on alternative materials', 2017 (co-supervisor G. Ye).
  • Xiang HU, 'Mechanism of chloride concentrate and its effects on microstructure and electrochemical properties of cement-based materials', 2017 (co-supervisor C. Shi, Hunan University).

At this moment Geert De Schutter is supervising several doctoral students.


Geert De Schutter is (co-)author or (co-)editor of some books:boekgeert

  • H. Van Sande, J. Apers, M. De Kooning, G. De Schutter (Eds.), ‘Concrete in Japan’, Ghent University Architectural and Engineering Press, ISBN 90-7671-418-5, 2004.
  • G. De Schutter, ‘De kracht van het evenwicht. Bouwkunde in een notendop’, Uitgeverij Acco Leuven, ISBN 978-90-334-6490-4, Wettelijk depot D/2007/0543/47, 2007, pp. 191. More ...
  • G. De Schutter, K. Audenaert (Eds.), ‘Durability of Self-Compacting Concrete’, RILEM Report 38, RILEM Publications, 2007, ISBN 978-2-35158-048-6.
  • G. De Schutter, V. Boel (Eds.), ‘Proceedings of the 5th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete’, RILEM Proceedings PRO54, RILEM Publications, 2007, ISBN 978-2-35158-047-9.
  • K. Audenaert, L. Marsavina, G. De Schutter (Eds.), ‘Transport mechanisms in cracked concrete’, acco, 2007, ISBN 978-90-334-6637-3.
  • G. De Schutter, P. Bartos, P. Domone, J. Gibbs, ‘Self-Compacting Concrete’, Whittles Publishing, Caithness, UK, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Roton, USA, ISBN 978-1904445-30-2, USA ISBN 978-1-4200-6833-7, 2008, pp. 296. More ...  (This book has also been translated into Czech)
  • E. Schlangen, G. De Schutter (Eds.), ‘Concrete Modelling CONMOD’08’, Proceeding of the International RILEM Symposium,  RILEM Proceedings PRO 58, RILEM Publications S.A.R.L., ISBN 978-2-35158-060-8, 2008,  pp. 825.
  • G. De Schutter, ‘Damage to Concrete Structures’, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Ranton, USA, ISBN 978-0-415-60388-1, 2012, pp.189.
  • K. H. Khayat, G. De Schutter (Eds.), ‘Mechanical properties of Self-Compacting Concrete’, RILEM State-of-the-Art Reports, Volume 14, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-03244-3, 2014, pp.271.
  • G. De Schutter, N. De Belie, A. Janssens, N. Van Den Bossche (Eds.), '14th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components', RILEM Proceedings PRO 107, RILEM Publications, e-ISBN 978-2-35158-159-9, 2017, pp. 434.


A list with publications (1992-now) can be found at