Prof John Kinuthia known as Professor John Mungai Kinuthia
Chartered Engineer – Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK (CEng)
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (FICE)
PhD. (Materials) Glamorgan, UK (1997),
MSc. (Highway Eng.) Birmingham, UK, (1988),
BSc. (Civil Eng. Hons.) Nairobi, Kenya, (1983).
I am a Professor of Innovation and Engagement in Civil Engineering within the School of Engineering, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, of the University of South Wales. I am also Head of the Advanced Materials Testing Centre (AMTeC) that deal with knowledge transfer by way of consultancy, innovation and industrial engagement. I have working experience in highway design and construction, and also a wide and varied research experience in sustainable soil- and cement-based cementitious materials. I hold a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), a MSc. Degree in Highway Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a PhD from the University of Glamorgan on properties and mechanisms of lime-stabilised sulphate-bearing clay soils. This research study led to the innovative use of blastfurnace slag in lime-stabilisation of soils, and the first application of lime-slag soil-stabilisation for roads in the UK. The novel technology has been tested in a road trial on the A421 Tingewick By-pass, west of Buckingham. The advantage of the technique is the elimination of expansive behaviour associated with lime-stabilisation of sulphate-bearing clay soils, that has lead to failure and reconstruction of even major highways including the M40.
I was born in Kiambu, Kenya and educated in Kenya up to University undergraduate level. I have working experience in both public and private sectors, before joining Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, where for some time I headed the Civil Engineering department. I then joined the University of South Wales (then University of Glamorgan) for PhD study. Currently, I am involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and research supervision, and I am currently the Postgraduate Course Leader in Civil Engineering and supervises various PhD research programmes. The experience working in both public and private sectors at the international level has been an added advantage, and has strengthenned the development of collaborative linkages for training and research, where I have researched on various waste materials from Europe and Africa, including agricultural waste from coffee, sugar cane, pineapple and from palm oil processing, among other waste materials. This is with a view to empowering local communities in the achievement of sustainable infrastructure development, for example by way of roads and low-cost housing.
- Sustainable Development and waste management – Development of sustainable civil engineering materials, by way of utilising natural, industrial and agricultural waste for development of infrastructure.
- International Development;
- Appropriate Technology;
- Transportation, Highway engineering, Soil stabilisation; Road construction and maintenance;
- Training in all above.
CAREER SUMMARY (After BSc graduation)
2013 – Present: Professor of Innovation and Engagement in Civil Engineering, and Head of The Centre for Engineering, Research and Enviornmental Applications (CEREA), University of South Wales
2011 – 2013: Reader/Principal Lecturer in Sustainable Civil Engineering Materials, Civil Engineering Postgraduate Programmes Leader, and Head of The Centre for Engineering, Research and Enviornmental Applications (CEREA), University of Glamorgan
2004 – 2010: Senior Lecturer, University of Glamorgan (UK).
2002 – 2004: Lecturer, University of Glamorgan (UK).
1998 – 2001: Post-Graduate Research Fellow, University of Glamorgan (UK).
1993 – 1997: PhD Research Student-Post.Grad. Research Fellow-Lecturer, University of Glamorgan (UK).
1990 – 1993: Head of Department, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya.
1989 – 1990: Short Course, University of Brussels, Belgium. (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB))
1987 – 1988: MSc Student, University of Birmingham, UK.
1989 – 1990: Highways Engineer, C. A. Liburd Consulting Engineers & Planners, Nairobi, Kenya.
1983 – 1989: Roads Engineer, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Nairobi, Kenya
Consultancy and knowledge transfer: Head of Centre for Engineering, Research and Environmental Applications (CEREA)
Teaching: Advanced Civil Engineering Materials; Apropriate Development & Sustainable Technology; Soil Mechanics; Geo-Technology; Geo-Environment; Highway & Traffic Engineering; Transportation Engineering.
Research and Research admin: Member – Faculty Research Programmes Committee (FRPC); Director of studies; Mentor.
J.M. KINUTHIA (2014). The durability of compressed earth-based masonry bricks and blocks, Chapter 17 of Book title: Eco-efficient Masonry Bricks and Blocks: Design, Properties and Durability, Edited by Dr. F. Pacheco-Torgal, Professor P.B. Lourenço, Dr. J.A. Labrincha, Dr. V.M. John and Professor N.P. Rajamane, Woodhead Publishers.
J.M. KINUTHIA (2015). Unfired clay materials and construction, Chapter 11 of Book title: Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials Characterisation, Properties and Applications, Edited by Kent Harries, Bhavna Sharma and Gwen Jones, Woodhead Publishers.
J.M. KINUTHIA (2015). Waste paper in construction, Chapter 26 of Book title: Sustainability of Construction Materials Edited by Jamal Khatib. Woodhead Publishers.
Refereed journal publications
OTI J. E, KINUTHIA J.M, ROBINSON R, DAVIES P. (2015) Heating and Cooling Scenario of Blended Concrete Subjected to 780 Degrees Celsius. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index 100, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, 9(4), 407 – 413.
ABID I. ABU-TAIR, GAVIN M. WILDE and JOHN M. KINUTHIA (2015) Urban Search and Rescue and Rapid Field Assessment of Damaged and Collapsed Building Structures, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Civil, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering Vol:9, No:4, 2015
OTI J, KINUTHIA J, ROBINSON R, DAVIES P., 2015. The Use of Palm Kernel Shell and Ash for Concrete Production. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index 99, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, 9(3), 263 – 270.
J. E. OTI, J. M. KINUTHIA and R. B. ROBINSON (2014). The development of unfired clay building materials using brick dust waste and Mercia mudstone clay. Applied Clay Science, 102, 148 – 154.
JONATHAN E OTI and JOHN M KINUTHIA (2014). Development of stabilised brick and mortar using biomass waste. Journal of Construction Materials, Vol. 168, Issue 5, pp. 241 – 250.
MIQUELEIZ L, RAMIREZ F, OTI J.E. SECO A, KINUTHIA J.M , OREJA I. AND URMENETA P (2013). Alumina filler waste as clay replacement material for unfired brick production, Engineering Geology Volume 163, pp. 68-74
J. M KINUTHIA and J. E. OTI (2012). Designed non-fired clay mixes for sustainable and low carbon use. Applied Clay Science, 59/60, 131-139. doi:10.1016/j.clay.2012.02.021
JONATHAN E OTI, JOHN M KINUTHIA (2012). Stabilised unfired clay bricks for environmental and sustainable use. Applied Clay Science, 58, pp. 52 – 59, ISSN 0169-1317 – doi:10.1016/j.clay.2012.01.011.
L. Miqueleiz, F. Ramírez , A. Seco, R.M. Nidzam, J.M. Kinuthia, A. Abu Tair, and R. Garcia (2012). The use of stabilised Spanish clay soil for sustainable construction materials, Engineering Geology, 133-134, 9–15.
DAVID HARRISON JENKINS, ANTHONY HARRIS, ABDUL ABU TAIR, HILARY THOMAS, RICHARD OKOTEL, JOHN KINUTHIA, LINUS MOFOR AND MARGA QUINCE (2011) Community-based resilience building: normative meets narrative in Mbale, Environmental Hazards, 2012, 1–13. DOI:10.1080/17477891.2012.738641
J.M KINUTHIA and R. M. NIDZAM. (2011) Towards zero industrial waste:Utilization of brick dust waste in sustainable construction. Waste Management (2011). 31 (2011) 1867–1878; doi: 10.1016/J.wasman.2011.03.020.
MOHAMAD NIDZAM RAHMAT, NORSLALISMA ISMAIL, and JOHN M. KINUTHIA (2011) The Potential of Utilising Industrial Waste as Lightweight Building Components– A Preliminary Investigation, Journal of Modern Applied Science, Vol. 4, No. 10; October 2010, pp. 35 – 46.
MOHAMAD NIDZAM, and JOHN MUNGAI KINUTHIA, (2011) Compaction of fills involving stabilisation of expansive soils. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 164, Issue GE2, pp. 113-126. Doi:10.1680/geng.2011.164.2.113.
NDIGUI BILLONG A,B, U.C. MELO A,B, E. KAMSEU A,B, J.M. KINUTHIA C, D. NJOPWOUO B. (2011) Improving hydraulic properties of lime–rice husk ash (RHA) binders with metakaolin (MK). Construction and Building Materials Journal, Elsevier Ltd., Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 2157-2161. doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2
NIDZAM, R. M. and KINUTHIA J. M, (2011) Effects of mellowing sulfate-bearing clay soil stabilized with wastepaper sludge ash for road construction. Engineering Geology, 117, pp. 170-179. ISSN 0013-7952.
OBUZOR, G. N. KINUTHIA, J. M. and R. ROBINSON, R. B. (2011) Enhancing the durability of flooded low-capacity soils by utilizing lime-activated ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS); Engineering Geology; Volume 123, Issue 3, pp. 179-186
OBUZOR,G. N. KINUTHIA, J. M. and R. ROBINSON, R. B. (2011) Utilisation of lime activated GGBS to reduce the deleterious effect of ﬂooding on stabilised road structural materials: A laboratory simulation. Engineering Geology; Volume 122, Issue 3-4, pp. 334-338
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2010) Freeze-thaw of stabilised clay brick. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Waste and Resource Management. Vol. 163, Issue WR3, pp. 129-135, DOI: 10.1680/warm.2010.163.3.129.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2010) Sustainable masonry mortar for brick joint and plaster in the UK. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Construction Materials, Vol. 163, Issue CM2, pp. 87 – 96. DOI: 10.1680/coma.2010.163.2.87.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2010) Unfired clay masonry incorporating slate waste. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Waste and Resource Management. Vol. 163, Issue WR1, pp. 17-27, DOI: 10.1680/warm.2010.163.1.17.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2010) Design Thermal Values for Unfired Clay Bricks. J. Materials and Design. 31 (2010) 104–112, (DOI- 10.1016/j-matdes.2009.07.011)
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2010) Engineering properties of concrete made with slate. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Construction Materials, Vol. 163, Issue CM3, pp. 131-142, DOI:10.1680/COMA-2010.163.3.157.
NIDZAM, R. M. and KINUTHIA J. M, (2010) Sustainable soil stabilisation with blastfurnace slag (GGBS) – a review. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Construction Materials, Vol. 163, Issue CM3, pp. 157-165, DOI: DOI:10.1680COMA-2010.163.3.157.
SNELSON, D.G., KINUTHIA, J.M (2010) Characterisation of an unprocessed landfill Ash for application in concrete. Journal of Environmental Management. JEMA-D-08-00157R1, 91, pp. 2117-2125.
SNELSON, D.G., KINUTHIA, J.M (2010) Resistance of mortar containing unprocessed pulverised fuel ash (PFA) to sulphate attack. Cement and Concrete Composites. doi.10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2010.03.001. 32, pp. 523-531.
SNELSON, D.G., KINUTHIA, J.M., DAVIES, P.A., and CHANG S.-R. (2009) Sustainable construction: Composite use of tyres and ash in concrete. Waste Management Journal, 29, pp. 360 – 367.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, D.G Snelson, and J. BAI (2010) Applications of slate waste material in the UK. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Waste and Resource Management. Vol. 163, Issue WR1, pp. 9-15, DOI: 10.1680/warm.2010.163.1.9.
E. MOZAFFARI, J. M. KINUTHIA, J. BAI, S. WILD (2009) An Investigation into the Strength Development of Wastepaper Sludge Ash Blended with Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag. Cement & Concrete Research, 39, 942 – 949.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2009) Compressive Strength and Microstructural Analysis of Unfired Clay Masonry Bricks. J. Engineering Geology. (doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2009.08.010) 109, 230 – 240.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2009) Unfired clay bricks: from laboratory to industrial production. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Engineering Sustainability, Vol. 162, Issue ES4, pp. 229-237, DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2009.162.4.229.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2009) Design Thermal Values for Unfired Clay Bricks. J. Materials Design (DOI- 10.1016/j-matdes.2009.07.011)
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2009) Engineering properties of unfired clay masonry. Engineering Geology, DOI- 10.1016/j.enggeo.2009.05.002, Volume 107, Issue 3-4, August 2009, Pages 130-139
JOHN KINUTHIA, DAVID SNELSON, and ALBINUS GAILIUS, A. (2009). Sustainable medium-strength concrete (CS-Concrete) from colliery spoil in South Wales UK. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 15(2): 149–157. SSN 1392-3730 print/ ISSN 1822-3605 online, DOI:10.3846/1392-1370.2009.14.149-157.
LINUS MOFOR, JOHN KINUTHIA, UPHIE CHINJE MELO DEMETRI DJIALLI (2009) Energy in Cameroon: The potential for transporting waste to riches. Materials Solutions, Vol. 1, No. 1, 18 – 21.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2008) Developing unfired stabilized building materials in the UK. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Engineering Sustainability, Vol. 161, Issue ES4, pp. 211-218, DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2008.161.4.211.
J.E OTI, J.M KINUTHIA, and J. BAI (2008) Using Slag for Unfired-Clay Masonry-Bricks. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Journal of Construction Materials, Vol. 161, Issue CM4, pp. 147 – 155. DOI: 10.1680/coma.2008.161.4.147.
E. MOZAFFARI, M. O’FARRELL, J. M. KINUTHIA and S. WILD (2006) Improving strength development of wastepaper sludge ash by wet-milling. Cement & Concrete Composites, 28, 2006, 144 – 152.
JIPING BAI ; KINUTHIA JOHN, and TANN DAVID (2005) Concrete materials research for sustainable development. The Concrete Society Magazine – Concrete for the construction industry. Focus on academia issue – Vol. 39, No. 8, Aug. 2005. 37-39. ISSN 0010-5317 CODEN : CCRTAA.
BAI, J., CHAIPANICH, A. KINUTHIA, J. M., LEWIS, M. H., O’FARRELL, M., SABIR B. B. and WILD S. (2003) Compressive strength and hydration of wastepaper sludge ash (WSA) – ground granulated blastfurnace slag (WSA-GGBS) blended pastes. Cement and Concrete Research, 33, 2003, 1189 – 1202.
KINUTHIA J. M. and WILD S. (2001). Effects of some metal sulfates on the strength and swelling properties of lime-stabilised kaolinite. International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE). Vol. 2, No. 2. July 2001, pp. 103-120.
BAI, J., SABIR, B., WILD, S. and KINUTHIA, J. (2000). Strength development in concrete incorporating PFA and Metakaolin, Magazine of Concrete Research. 12, No. 3, June, pp. 153-162.
KINUTHIA J. M., WILD S., SABIR B. B. and BAI J. (2000). Self-compensating autogenous shrinkage in Portland Cement – Metakaolin – Fly Ash (PC – MK – PFA) pastes. Advances in Cement Research, 12, No. 1, Jan., 35-43.
KINUTHIA J. M., WILD S. and JONES G. I. (1999). Effects of monovalent and divalent metal sulphates on consistency and compaction of lime-stabilised kaolinite. Applied Clay Science, 14, pp. 27 – 45, ISSN 0169-1317.
BAI J., WILD S., SABIR B. B. and KINUTHIA J. M. (1999). Workability of concrete incorporating PFA and metakaolin. Magazine of Concrete Research, 15, No. 3, June. 207-216.
WILD S., KINUTHIA J. M., JONES G. I. and HIGGINS D. D. (1999). Suppression of swelling associated with ettringite formation in lime-stabilised sulphate-bearing clay soils by partial substitution of lime with ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS). J. Engineering Geology, 51, 257 – 277.
WILD S., KINUTHIA J. M., JONES G. I. and HIGGINS D. D. (1998). Effects of partial substitution of lime with ground granulated blastfurnace slag (ggbs) on the strength properties of lime–stabilised sulphate bearing clay soils. J. Engineering Geology, 51, 37-53, ISSN 0013-7952.
WILD S., KINUTHIA J. M., ROBINSON R. B. and HUMPHRIES, I. (1996). Effects of ground granulated blastfurnace slag (ggbs) on the strength and swelling properties of lime-stabilised kaolinite in the presence of sulphates. J. Clay Minerals, 31, 423-433, ISSN 0009-8558.
- Chartered Engineer – Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (CEng),
- Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (FICE),
- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK (SFHEA),
- Member, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, UK (MCIHT),
- Committee Member – Wales (Cymru) Region – CIHT, UK
Recognition in Research:
– Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation;
– Innovator – Registered Patent No. PCT/GB2002/000708: Novel cement utilising Wastepaper Ash and Blastfurnace Slag.
- External Examiner – University of Zambia (UNZA)
- External Examiner – University of Ulster
Member of Editorial Boards:
– Applied Clay Science Journal, Elsevier
– Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, USA
– International Journal of Bridge and Pavement Engineering, Baltic Region
– Journal of Materials Solutions, Africa
– International Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, Lithuania
– Guest Editor – The Scientific World Journal (TSWJ), USA
– Chinese Journal of Engineering, China
Manager and Head of the Centre for Engineering, Research and Environmental Applications (CEREA). The centre is charged with United Kingdom Accreditation System (UKAS) – accredited materials testing, and is a EU Notified Body (NB) for testing of lintels for construction. The centre also undertakes a wide range of consultancies construction and material-related problem diagnosis and analysis, R & D, regeneration, civil engineering project design and management. These activities are besides normal teaching and research duties.
Sustainable low-carbon footprint in building and construction, by developing soil- and/or cement-based cementitious materials. Further focus on marginal materials, from natural, industrial and agricultural waste streams. Applications are in International Development; Appropriate Technology; Building; Transportation; Road construction and maintenance; Oil industry. Current engagement: Research and Consultancy in these areas; PhD research supervision; Organising international conferences such as the latest one in Ankara, Turkey (16-18th September 2013) on energy and renewable materials (RENEWBUILD2013), in joint collaboration with Gazi University, Turkey; Development of a Low-Impact Materials NETwork (LIMNET) jointly with Universities of Bangor and Swansea in the United Kingdom. Overall research output – over 100 publications in peer refereed journals and conferences.
- PhD Research Supervision – 14 PhDs
- Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation
- Innovator – Registered Patent No. PCT/GB2002/000708: Novel cement utilising Wastepaper Ash and Blastfurnace Slag.
Areas of Expertise
- Materials testing and development in civil engineering;
- Low-carbon technologies for civil engineering applications (including utilisation of natural, industrial and agricultural waste and by-product materials) in building and construction.
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