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School of Engineering

Institute for Materials and Processes

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Professor Emeritus Christopher Hall

Professorial Fellow


Professor of Materials, The University of Edinburgh 1999-2010
Director, Centre for Materials Science and Engineering 2000-2010
Director of Research, School of Engineering and Electronics 2002-2008
Visiting Professor, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester 1994-
Visiting Scientific Advisor, Schlumberger Cambridge Research 1999-2005
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University 1998
Senior Member, Robinson College, Cambridge
Brian Mercer Senior Award, Royal Society 2001
Visiting Scientist, DeltaMin Marie Curie Network 2009-2012
Scientific Advisory Board, The REDUPP Project, EURATOM 2011-2014

*** I am no longer accepting applications for PhD, PDRA or internship positions.

Research interests

My main scientific interests are in the chemistry and physics of materials and geomaterials used in construction and oilfield engineering, and the application of several advanced experimental methods. I have worked extensively on capillary liquid transport in porous construction materials (NMR imaging methods, measurement of transport properties and modelling of capillary flow). At present, my research activities are in experimental methods for studying reactive transport and chemomechanical processes in complex inorganic materials such as rocks and cement-based materials. Our recent work includes the development of synchrotron-based diffraction tomography; the application of scanning probe microscopy to mineral/water reactions; the hydrothermal chemistry of materials under deep borehole conditions; and engineering analysis and chemistry in archaeology and building conservation.


Materials: A Very Short Introduction  [October 2014]

Water transport in brick, stone and concrete, Second edition 2012, C Hall and W D Hoff.  [Research monograph]

Polymer materials

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Publications and citations

Recent publications

Some earlier publications 1996-1999


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