Institute for Materials
Emeritus Christopher Hall
Senior Professorial Fellow
DPhil DSc (Oxford) CEng FRSC FIMMM FREng FRSE
Materials, The University of
Director of Research, School
Engineering and Electronics 2002-2008
School of Mechanical,
Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester 1994-
Visiting Scientific Advisor,
Cambridge Research 1999-2005
Visiting Fellow, Princeton
Senior Member, Robinson
Mercer Senior Award, Royal Society
Visiting Scientist, DeltaMin
Marie Curie Network 2009-2012
Scientific Advisory Board, The
REDUPP Project, EURATOM 2011-2014
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
construction materials (NMR imaging methods, measurement of transport
properties and modelling of capillary flow). At present, my research
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
in archaeology and building conservation.
transport in brick, stone and concrete, Second edition 2012,
C Hall and W D Hoff.
comprehensive research monograph]
Polymer materials [Textbook]
earlier publications 1996-1999
- IM Griffin, C
Hamilton. Unusual water transport properties of some traditional
Scottish shale bricks. Materials and Structures 2013 (online). [DOI].
- C Hall, W D Hoff, A Hamilton.
Discussion of "Learning from failure of a long curved veneer wall:
Structural analysis and repair" by Paulo B Lourenço and
Medeiros. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities 2013. [DOI]
- A Hamilton, C Hall.
Mechanics of moisture-expansion cracking in fired-clay
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2013, v46, 092003. [DOI]
- C Hall, A Hamilton and M A Wilson.
The influence of
temperature on rehydroxylation [RHX] kinetics in archaeological
pottery. Journal of Archaeological Science 2013, v40,
- M A Wilson, A Hamilton, C Ince, M A
Carter and C Hall. Rehydroxylation [RHX] dating of archaeological
pottery. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 2012, v468,
- C Hall. Comment on "Imbibition in layered
systems of packed beads" by Reyssat M et al. Europhysics Letters 2012,
v98, 56003. [DOI]
- A Hamilton and C Hall. A review of
fired-clay ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramic Society
2012, v95, 2673-2678. [DOI]
Hall and W D Hoff. Water
transport in brick, stone and concrete. Second edition.
Taylor & Francis, London and New York, 2011.
- C Hall and W D Hoff. Moisture expansivity of
fired-clay ceramic. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2012, v95,
Hall. M A Wilson and W D Hoff. Kinetics of long-term moisture expansion
in fired-clay brick. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2011, v94,
- C Hall, A
Hamilton, W D Hoff, H A Viles and J E Eklund. Moisture dynamics of
walls: Response to microenvironment and climate change. Proceedings of
the Royal Society A 2011, v467, 194-211. [DOI]
Hamilton, V Koutsos and C Hall. Direct measurement of
salt-mineral repulsion using atomic force microscopy. Chemical
Communications 2010, v46, 5235-5237. [DOI]
of materials. In Manual
of Construction Materials, Institution of Civil Engineers, ch
1, vol 1, 2010.
Hall. Engineering properties of materials. In Manual
of Construction Materials, Institution of Civil Engineers, ch
2, vol 1, 2010.
Meller, K Kyritsis and C Hall. The
hydrothermal decomposition of calcium monosulfoaluminate 14-hydrate to
katoite hydrogarnet and beta-anhydrite: an in-situ synchrotron X-ray
diffraction study. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2009, v182,
Robinet, C Hall, K Eremin, S
Fearn and J Tate. Alteration of soda silicate glasses by organic
pollutants in museums: Mechanisms and kinetics. Journal of
Non-Crystalline Solids 2009, v355, 1479-1488. [DOI]
A Wilson, M A Carter, C Hall, W D
Hoff, C Ince, S D Savage, B McKay and I M Betts. Dating fired-clay
ceramics using long-term power law rehydroxylation kinetics.
Proceedings of the Royal Society A 2009, v465, 2407-2415. [DOI]
Kyritsis, N Meller and C Hall.
Chemistry and morphology of hydrogarnets formed in cement-based CASH
hydroceramics cured at 200° to 350°C. Journal of the
Society 2009, v92, 1105–1111 [DOI]
Kyritsis, C Hall, D Bentz, N Meller and
M A Wilson. Relationship between engineering properties,
mineralogy, and microstructure in cement-based hydroceramic materials
cured at 200°–350°C. Journal of the American
Society 2009, v92, 694–701 [DOI]
Meller, K Kyritsis and C Hall. The mineralogy of the CaO–Al2O3–SiO2–H2O
(CASH) hydroceramic system from 200 to 350 °C. Cement
and Concrete Research 2009, v39, 45–53 [DOI]
D H Oswald, A Hamilton, C Hall, W G Marshall, T
J Prior and C R Pulham. In situ characterization of elusive salt
hydrates: The crystal structures of the heptahydrate and octahydrate of
sodium sulfate. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008 [DOI]
Hamilton, C Hall and L Pel. Sodium sulfate
heptahydrate: direct observation of crystallization in a porous
material. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2008, v41, 212002. [DOI]
Hall and A Hamilton. The heptahydrate of sodium
sulfate: Does it have a role in terrestrial and planetary geochemistry?
Icarus 2008, v198, 277-279. [DOI]
Savage, M A Wilson, M A Carter, B McKay, W D Hoff and C Hall.
Mass gain due to the chemical recombination of water in fired clay
brick. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2008. [DOI]
- A Hamilton
and C Hall. Sodium
sulfate heptahydrate: a synchrotron energy-dispersive diffraction study
elusive metastable hydrated salt. Journal of
Spectrometry 2008, v23,
Ioannou, A Hamilton and C Hall. Capillary absorption of
water and n-decane by autoclaved aerated concrete. Cement and Concrete
Research 2008, v38, 766-771. [DOI]
- J. Skibsted
and C. Hall.
Characterization of cement minerals, cements and their reaction
products at the
atomic and nano scale. Cement and
Concrete Research 2008, v38, 205-225. [DOI].
D Savage, M A Wilson, M A Carter, W D Hoff, C Hall and B Mckay.
Moisture expansion and mass gain in fired clay ceramics.: a two-stage
process. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2008, v41, 055402.
- C Hall and W D Hoff.
Rising damp: capillary rise dynamics
in walls. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 2007, v463, 1871-1884. [DOI].
Hamilton and C Hall. A note on the density of a calcium
silicate hydrate board material. Journal of Building Physics 2007, v31,
Hall, W D Hoff, H-W Reinhardt, A Pfingstner, M A Wilson and L
Serino. Sequential imbibition of two immiscible liquids into
concrete. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2007, v40,
C Collier, M A Wilson, M A Carter, WD Hoff, C Hall, R J Ball, A
El-Turki and G C Allen. Theoretical development and validation of a
Sharp Front model of the dewatering of a slurry by an absorbent
substrate. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2007, v40,
Robinet, K. Eremin, C Coupry, C Hall and N Lacome. Effect of organic acid vapors on the
of soda silicate glass. Journal of Non-Crystallline Solids 2007, v353,
Hall. Anomalous diffusion in unsaturated flow -- fact or
fiction? Cement and Concrete Research 2006, November 2006. [DOI]
Robinet, C Coupry, K Eremin and C Hall. Raman investigation
of the structural changes during alteration of historic glasses by
organic pollutants. Journal of Raman
Spectroscopy 2006, v37, 1278-1286. [DOI]
Robinet, C Coupry, K Eremin and C Hall. The use of Raman
spectrometry to predict the stability of historic glasses. Journal of
Raman Spectroscopy 2006, v37, 789-797. [DOI]
Vladu, C Hall and G C Maitland. Flow properties of freshly
prepared ettringite suspensions in water at 25 °C. Journal of
and Interface Science 2006, v294, 466-472. [DOI]
Marica, Q Chen, A Hamilton, C Hall, T Al and B J Balcom.
Spatially resolved measurement of rock core porosity. Journal of
Magnetic Resonance, Oct 2005, v178. [DOI]]
Robinet, K Eremin, S Fearn, C R Pulham and C Hall.
Understanding glass deterioration in museum collections through Raman
spectroscopy and SIMS analysis. Materials Research Society
Symposium Proceedings 2005, v852, OO8.8.1-8.8.
Ioannou, C Hall, W D Hoff, V A Pugsley and S D M
radiation energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction analysis of salt
distribution in Lépine limestone. The Analyst 2005, v130,
- N Meller, C Hall
and J S Phipps. A new phase diagram for the
hydroceramic system at 200 °C. Materials
Research Bulletin 2005, v40, 715-723. [DOI]
Hamilton and C Hall. Physicochemical characterization of a
hydrated calcium silicate board material. Journal of Building
Physics 2005, v29, 9-19.
L Colston, P Barnes, A C Jupe, S D M Jacques,
C Hall, P Livesey, J Dransfield, N Meller and G C Maitland. An
in situ synchrotron energy-dispersive diffraction study of
hydration of oilwell cement systems under high temperature/autoclave
conditions up to 130 °C. Cement and Concrete
v35, 2223-2232. [DOI]
Ioannou, W D Hoff and C Hall. On the role of organic
adlayers in the anomalous water sorptivity of Lepine limestone. Journal
Colloid and Interface Science 2004, v279, 228-234.
- P Meredith, A M
Donald, N Meller and C Hall. Tricalcium
aluminate hydration: Microstructural observations by in-situ electron
microscopy. Journal of Materials Science 2004, v39, 997-1005.
Meller, C Hall, A C Jupe, S L Colston, S D M Jacques, P Barnes
and J Phipps. The paste hydration of brownmillerite with and without
gypsum: a time resolved synchrotron diffraction study at 30, 70, 100
and 150 °C. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2004, v14,
- S Roels, J
Carmeliet, H Hens, O Adan, H Brocken, R Cerny, C
Hall, L Pel. A comparison of different techniques to quantify moisture
in porous building materials. Journal of Thermal Envelope and Building
2004, v2, 261-276.
Carmeliet, H Hens, S Roels, O Adan, H Brocken, R Cernik, Z
Pavlik, C. Hall. Determination of the liquid water diffusivity from
transient moisture transfer experiments. Journal of Thermal Envelope
and Building Science 2004, v27, 277-305. [DOI]
Roels, J Carmeliet, H Hens, O Adan, H Brocken, R. Cerny, Z
Pavlik, C. Hall. Interlaboratory comparison of hygric properties of
porous building materials. Journal of Thermal Envelope and Building
Science 2004, v27, 307-325.
- I Ioannou,
C Hall, M A Wilson, W D Hoff, M A Carter.
Direct measurement of the wetting front capillary pressure in a clay
brick ceramic. Journal of Physics D; Applied Physics, 2003,
A Wilson, W D Hoff, C Hall, B McKay and A Hiley. Kinetics of
moisture expansion in fired clay ceramics: a (time)1/4
Physical Review Letters 2003, v90, 125503.
Hall and A Hunt. Sensing device transported by fluid flow.
British Patent no GB 2,352,042, 5 Mar 2002.
Hall and W D Hoff. Water Transport in Brick, Stone and
Concrete, Taylor and Francis, London 2002.[more...]
Skibsted, C Hall and H-J Jakobsen. Nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging of cements and cement-based
materials. In J Bensted and P Barnes (eds) Structure and Performance of
Cements, Second edn, Taylor and Francis London 2002.
Hall and D Bosbach. Scanning probe microscopy: a new view of
the mineral/water interface. In J. Skalny (ed.) Materials Science of
Concrete, vol 6, American Ceramic Society, pp 101-128.
Barnes, A C Jupe et al. Tomographic energy-dispersive
diffraction imaging of static and dynamic systems. Nondestructive
Testing and Evaluation 2001, v17, 143-167.
C Jupe, J K Cockcroft, P Barnes, S L Colston, G Sankar
and C Hall. The site occupation of Mg in the brownmillerite
structure and its effect on hydration properties. Journal of Applied
Crystallography 2001, v34, 55-61.
Hall. Unsaturated flow. Ion and Mass Transport in Concrete,
Materials Science of Concrete Special Volume, American Ceramic Society,
2001, pp 29-57.
Hall. Material analysis. United States Patent no 6,072,853 6
June 2000. [.pdf title page]
C Taylor, C Hall, W D Hoff and M A Wilson. Partial
wetting in capillary liquid absorption by limestones. Journal of
Colloid and Interface Science 2000, v224, 351-357. [abstract]
Hall, S L Colston, A C Jupe, S D M Jacques, R
Livingston, A O A Ramadan, A W Amde and P Barnes. Non-destructive
energy-dispersive diffraction imaging of the interior of bulk concrete.
Cement and Concrete Research 2000, v30, 491-495. [abstract]
Barnes, S Colston, B Craster, C Hall, A Jupe, S Jacques,
J Cockcroft, S Morgan, M Johnson, D O'Connor and M
Bellotto. Time- and space-resolved dynamic studies on ceramic and
materials. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 2000, v7, 167-177.
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