Katerina Ioannidou, Former Research Scientist

CSHub Postdoctoral Associate Katerina Ioannidou

Email: hekate@mit.edu


  • B.S. in Physics, University of Athens, Greece, 2008
  • M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2010
  • Ph.D. in Sciences, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 2014

Research Interests

Dr. Ioannidou uses statistical physics and computational approaches to understand the interplay of structure and mechanics in amorphous materials such as cement. Her recent work of the mesoscale texture of cement hydrates provides a link between subnano chemistry and  micronscale mechanical properties. At the CSHub she has been working on durability issues such drying shrinkage, freeze-thaw and ASR reaction damage.

News Highlights

Selected Publications

  1. K. Ioannidou, E. Del Gado, F.-J. Ulm and R. J.-M. Pellenq, Inhomogeneity in cement paste: linking local packing fraction to local stresses, Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics (2017) DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NM.2153-5477.0000120
  2. K. Ioannidou, M. Kanduc, L. Li, D. Frenkel, J. Dobnikar and E. Del Gado, The crucial effect of earlystage gelation on the mechanical properties of cement hydrates, Nature Communications, 7, 12106 (2016), https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms12106
  3. K. Ioannidou, K. J. Krakowiak, M. Bauchy, C. G. Hoover, E. Masoero, S. Yip, F.-J. Ulm, P. Levitz, R. J.-M. Pellenq, and E. Del Gado, The mesoscale texture of cement hydrates, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA, 113 (8), 2029-2034 (2016), http://www.pnas.org/content/113/8/2029.abstract
  4. E. Del Gado, K. Ioannidou, E. Masoero, A. Baronnet, R. J.-M. Pellenq, F.-J. Ulm, and S. Yip, A soft matter in construction - Statistical physics approach for formation and mechanics of C–S–H gels in cement, European Physical Journal - Special Topics 223, 2285-2295 (2014)
  5. K. Ioannidou, R. J.-M. Pellenq and E. Del Gado, Controlling local packing and growth in calcium–silicate–hydrate gels, Soft Matter, 10, 1121-1133 (2014)