PhD Students

Pengfei REN


Pengfei REN   finished his Master from the  Taiyuan University of Technology and worked later as an assistant research fellow at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. His research focused on alkali-activated slag block and recycled concrete fine aggregate and powder. In September 2018, he Started his PhD about the  manufacture of artificial aggregate using MSWI under the guidance of Professor TC LING.

Education Background

2 018-now:  PhD of Civil Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, China.
2018-2018:  Assistant Research Fellow of University of Nottingham Ningbo,

2 014-2017:  Master of Architecture and civil engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, China.
2010-2014:  Bachelor of Civil Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, China.


Presentation of PhD work

The treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) has become a major problem in many countries, especially, where the population density is high and the landfill space is limited. MSW has caused a series of social, economic and environmental impacts and its treatment posed serious problems. Incineration is known to be a new strategy to dispose of these waste with as much as 90% volume reduction and without further problems such as leachate and odor. However, incineration requires high energy consumption and results in a large amount of fly and bottom ash waste. In addition, ash treatment remains unsolved. In fact, ash must be detoxified or decontaminated because of its significant concentrations of heavy metals, such as lead, chromium, copper, zinc, as well as organic pollutants such as dioxins. Therefore, his PhD aims to find an efficient way to solve these issues by producing original aggregate using municipal solid waste incineration ( MSWI) and other binders. This solution allows the disposal and reuse of these waste in an eco-friendly way.

Selected Papers