Kemal Celik ,
Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering NYUAD

  • Global Network Assistant Professor NYU

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Kemal Celik

Kemal Celik is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at New York University in Abu Dhabi and holds an appointment with New York University, Tandon School of Engineering as Global Network Assistant Professor. Professor Celik is the director of the Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab) at NYU Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials, and two minors in Geoengineering and Material Science & Engineering. He holds MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from Istanbul University.

Prior to joining New York University Abu Dhabi, Celik was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) program, an international collaboration led by University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Celik’s work focuses on construction materials and building energy efficiency to develop sustainable and multi-functional structural materials. To this end, he conducts multi-scale and interdisciplinary research. His research interest includes characterization and development of sustainable and energy-efficient construction materials, low carbon cements, alkali-activated cementitious material, multi-functional building envelopes, and prediction and evaluation of daylight distribution through complex fenestration system with a hybrid-simulation integrating physical- and computational- based data.

His selected and recent achievements are the University of California, Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley Conference Grant, SCMT3 Outstanding Paper Award, Ministry of National Education of Turkey Scholarship, and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) fellowship.

Research Interests: Construction Materials, Green Concrete

University of California, Berkeley, 2015
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering


New York University, New York
Global Network Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
2017 to present

New York University, Abu Dhabi
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
2017 to present

Berkeley Education Alliance Research in Singapore
Postdoctoral Scholar
2016 - 2017

University of California, Berkeley
Research and Development Engineer
2014 - 2015

University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Researcher & Instructor
2010 - 2014


Journal Articles

  1. Hay, R., Dung, N.T., Khalil, A., Lesimple, A., Unluer, C., Celik, K.Mechanical and microstructural changes in reactive magnesium oxide cement-based concrete mixes subjected to high temperaturesCement and Concrete Composites, 118, (2021), 103955
  2. Hay, R., Kashwani, G., Celik, K.Carbonation, strength development, and characterization of calcined limestone as a potential construction materialCement and Concrete Research, 139, (2021), 106263 
  3. Dung, N.T., Hay, R., Lesimple, A., Celik, K., Unluer, C.,  Influence of CO2 concentration on the microstructural and mechanical development of reactive MgO cement-based formulationsCement and Concrete Composites, 115, (2021), 103826
  4. Hay, R., Li, J., Celik, K.Influencing factors on micromechanical properties of calcium (alumino) silicate hydrates C-(A-)S-H under nanoindentation experiment, Cement and Concrete Research, 134, (2020), 106088
  5. Khalil, A., Wang, X., Celik, K.3D printable magnesium oxide concrete: towards sustainable modern architecture, Additive Manufacturing, 33, (2020), 101145
  6. Hay, R.,  Celik, K.Hydration, carbonation, strength development and corrosion resistance of reactive MgO cement-based compositesCement and Concrete Research, 128, (2020),  105941
  7. Hay, R.,  Celik, K.Accelerated carbonation of reactive magnesium oxide cement (RMC)-based composite with supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2),  Journal of Cleaner Production, 248, (2020), 119282
  8. Khalil, A., Celik, K.Optimizing reactivity of light-burned magnesia through mechanical milling, Ceramics International, 45, (2019), 22821-22828
  9. Dung, N.T., Lesimple, A., Hay, R., Celik, K., Unluer, C., Formation of carbonate phases and their effect on the performance of reactive MgO cement formulations, Cement and Concrete Research, 125, (2019), 1-12
  10. Celik, K., Hay, R., Hargis, W. C., Moon, J., Effect of volcanic ash pozzolan or limestone replacement on the hydration of Portland cementConstruction and Building Materials, 197 (2019), 803-812
  11. Rheinheimer, V., Wu, Y., Wu, T., Celik, K., Wang, J., De Lorenzis, L., Wriggers, P., Zhang, M.-H., Monteiro, P. J.M., Multi-scale study of high-strength low-thermal-conductivity cement composites containing cenospheres, Cement and Concrete Composites, 80, (2017), 91-103 [manuscript]
  12. Celik, K., Meral, C., Gursel, P.Y., Horvath, A., Mehta, P.K. & Monteiro, P.J.M., Mechanical properties, durability, and life-cycle assessment of self-consolidating concrete mixtures made with blended portland cements containing fly ash and limestone powder, Cement and Concrete Composites, 56, (2015), 59-72 [manuscript]
  13. Moon, J., Bae, S., Celik, K., Yoon, S., Kim, K-H., Kim, K.S., & Monteiro, P.J.M., Characterization of natural pozzolan-based geopolymeric binders, Cement and Concrete Composites, 53, (2014), 97-104 [manuscript]
  14. Celik, K., Jackson, M.D., Mancio, M., Meral, C., Mehta, P.K. & Monteiro, P.J.M., High-volume natural volcanic pozzolan and limestone powder as partial replacements for portland cement in self-compacting and sustainable concrete, Cement and Concrete Composites, 45 (2014) 136-147 [manuscript]
  15. Celik, K., Meral, C., Mancio, M., Mehta, P.K. & Monteiro, P.J.M., A comparative study of self-consolidating concretes incorporating high-volume natural pozzolan or high-volume fly ash, Construction and Building Materials, 67, Part A (2014), 14-19 [manuscript]

Other Publications

  1. Wang, X., Wambura, V.D., Ashmawy, D., Singh, I., Celik, K., Improving buildability of limestone calcined clay-based cementitious materials  by incorporating nanoclay, 11th Advances in Cement-Based Materials (Cements 2021), June 23-25, 2021, Virtual Conference
  2. Hay, R., Otchere, C., Celik, K., Phase Composition, Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Recycled Reactive MgO Cement (RMC)-Based Composites under Carbonation, Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2021 (EMI/PMC 2021), May 25-28, 2021, Virtual Conference
  3. Wang, X., Celik, K., 3D printable lightweight reactive magnesium oxide cement composite with improved thermal insulation, Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2021 (EMI/PMC 2021), May 25-28, 2021, Virtual Conference
  4. Hay, R.,  Singh, I., Celik, K., Synthesis of brucite from reject brine and its direct carbonation for possible use as construction material, Goldschmidt Virtual 2020, June 21-26, 2020, Virtual Conference
  5. Hay, R., Celik, K., Accelerated carbonation of reactive MgO cement (RMC)-based composite for potential industrial application, Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Gordon Research Conference, February 23-28, 2020, Ventura, California, USA
  6. Hay, R., Celik, K., Performance and characterization of limestone calcined clay cement (LC3) with low reactivity clay and limestone of different particle sizes, Limestone Calcined Clay Cements (LC3) Information Day, February 5, 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  7. Hay, R., Li, J., Celik, K., Influence of conditioning, pressing and nanoindentation test parameters on micromechanical properties of calcium (alumino) silicate hydrates, 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (ICCC 2019), September 16-20, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Hay, R., Li, J., Celik, K., Effects of carbonation on structural and nanomechanical properties of calcium aluminosilicate hydrates C-(A-)S-H, 73rd RILEM Annual Week & International Conference on Innovative Materials for Sustainable Civil Engineering (IMSCE), August 25-30, 2019, Nanjing, China
  9. Hay, R., Khalil, A., Celik, K., Durability and sustainability consideration for structural use of reactive MgO cement, The first international conference on Innovation in Low-Carbon Cement and Concrete Technology (ILCCC-2019),  Jun. 24 - 26, 2019, London, UK
  10. Khalil, A., Hay, R., Celik, K., Enhancing reactivity of light burned magnesia through morphological and microstructural modification, Caltech Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2019, June 18-21, 2019, Pasadena, California, USA
  11. Hay, R., Celik, K., Supercritical CO2 for accelerated carbonation of reactive MgO-based cement, 10th Advances in Cement-Based Materials, Jun. 16-18, 2019, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
  12. Zemberekci, L., Aldulaimi, W. A. S., Hay, R., Akaoglu, C., Davis M. A., Celik, K., Akbulut, O., Rheological Control Enables Printing of Ultra-Lightweight Cement Composite for Warmer Climate, 35th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society(PPS-35), May 26-30, 2019, Izmir, Turkey 
  13. Hay, R., Celik, K., Supercritical CO2 for accelerated carbonation of reactive MgO-based cement, The Third Annual Graduate & Postdoctoral Research Showcase, February 13, 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  14. Hay, R., Celik, K., Carbonation and corrosion resistance of reactive MgO cement, The Second Middle-Eastern Materials Science Conference, November 12-14, 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  15. Celik, K., Mead, A. R., Mosalam, K.M., Hybrid Simulation for Daylighting of Complex Fenestration Systems for Building Envelopes, Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, September 26-28, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  16. Hay, R., Celik, K., The effect of supplementary materials on structure and electrochemical properties of passive film on carbon steel in concrete and pore solution, Conference in honor of Centennial of Laboratory of Construction Materials and 60th Birthday Prof. Karen Scrivener, August 19-22, 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland
  17. Lesimple, A., Dung, N. T., Hay, R., Unluer, C., Celik, K., Formation of hydrate and carbonate phases within reactive magnesia cement systems,  9th Advances in Cement-Based Materials (Cements 2018), organized by The American Ceramic Society, June 11-12, 2018, Pennsylvania,  USA
  18. Hay, R., Celik, K., Effect of aluminum inclusion on morphology and mechanical properties of calcium aluminosilicate hydrate, 2nd Workshop on C-S-H containing aluminum: C-A-S-H II, April 23,-24, 2018, Empa, Dubendorf, Switzerland
  19. Celik, K., Monteiro, P.J.M., Padjama, K., Rheinheimer, V., Taylor, R., Wu, Y., Yu, L., Zhang, M-H., Development of Multi-Functional Energy-Efficient Structural Materials, The 1st International Conference on Construction Materials for Sustainable Future, 19-21 April 2017, Zadar, Croatia
  20. Celik, K., Mead, A.R., Mosalam, K.M., Measuring diffuse daylight at SinBerBEST Testbed, CREATE Symposium 2017, 11 January 2017, Singapore
  21. Nguyen, W., Hernández-Cruz, D., Celik, K., Duncan, J.F., Monteiro, P.J.M., Ostertag, C.P.,     In-Situ tensile and corrosion damage characterization of fiber-reinforced cementitious composites using x-ray micro-computed tomography, 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, 22-25 May 2016, Berkeley, USA
  22. Rheinheimer, V., Taylor R., Celik, K., Monteiro, P.J.M., Zhang, M-H, Imaging characterization of ultra-lightweight cement composites with low thermal conductivity, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July 2015, Singapore
  23. Günay, S., Celik, K., Hay, R., Casquero-Modrego, N., Mosalam, K.M, Developing the Manufacturing Technique of the Translucent Concrete Panels, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July 2015, Singapore
  24. Günay, S., Celik, K., McHale, A., Kreiger, B., Casquero-Modrego, N., Mosalam, K.M., and Monteiro, P.J.M., Mass Production of Translucent Concrete Panels with White Ultra-Lightweight Cement Composites, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July 2015, Singapore
  25. Yoon, S., Galan, I., Celik, K., Glasser, F.P., & Imbabi, S.B., Characterization of Micro-Pore Structure in Novel Cement Matrices, 2014 Material Research Society Spring Meeting, 21-25 April 2014, San Francisco, USA
  26. Celik, K., Meral, C., Mancio, M., Mehta, P. K., & Monteiro, P., A comparative study of self-consolidating concretes incorporating high-volume natural pozzolan or high-volume fly ash,  The Third International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT3) 18-21 August 2013, Kyoto, Japan (Awarded as one of the best 15 papers among the 560 papers to publish in the special edition of Construction and Building Materials Journal)
  27. Celik, K., Tosun, K, Meral, C., Moon, J., Itty, P-A, Parkinson D. McDowell, A.A., & Monteiro,  P.J.M. Investigation of DEF and ASR in Cement Based Material by Microtomography, 2012 Advanced Light Source User Meeting, 8-10 October 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA
  28. Celik, K., Kilinckale, F.M., “Effect of Pozzolanic Materials on The Durability of Blended Cements”, The First International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology (RAC07), 19-21 September 2007, Washington DC, USA
  29. Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., “Comparison between Strength Properties of Separate Grinding Blended Cements and Intergrinding Blended Cements”, Ninth CANMET/ACI International Conference on Fly Ash, Silica fume, Slag and Natural Pozzolans in Concrete, May 27-June 1 2007, Warsaw, Poland
  30. Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., A. Madak, “ The Effects of Polycarboxylate-Based Plasticizers on Properties of Cement Paste”, XX. National Chemistry Congress, 4-8 September 2006, Kayseri, Turkey
  31. Celik, K., F.M. Kilinckale, “The Effects of Mineral Admixtures and Physical Properties of Cement on Strength Performance of Mortars”, MBGAK 2005, 17-19 November 2005, Istanbul, Turkey
  32. Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., Kaya, H. “Effects of Type of Mineral Admixtures on the Properties of Mortars”, XVIII. National Chemistry Congress,1-5 July 2004 Kars, Turkey