Guest lecture in Conservation Science
Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt, Chair of Physical Chemistry of Building Materials at ETH Zürich, will give a lecture on the topic: “Salt damage: What is it? What to do about it? And how to test for it?”.
About the speaker:
Robert J. Flatt has been Professor for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials at the Institute for Building Materials of ETH Zürich since 2010. He previously worked as Principal Scientist Head of Inorganic Materials in Corporate Research at Sika Technology AG. Before joining Sika, he worked as postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Dr. George W. Scherer at Princeton University on the fundamental aspects of salt crystallization in porous media and on particle-modified consolidants. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Materials Science Department (1999) and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1994) from EPFL.
Flatt is the recipient of several prestigious international honors and awards: the Sandmeyer Award from the Swiss Chemical Society (2016), the Stephan Brunauer Award (2010) and the Ross Cuffin Purdy Award (2007) from the American Ceramic Society, to name only a few. He is also the RILEM Robert L’Hermite Medalist for 2003 for his “…contributions to the basic understanding of the mechanisms of dispersants in concrete…”.
Robert J. Flatt is author of more than 200 papers on international scientific journals and conference proceedings and has a h-index of 37 (source: Google Scholar).
His research interests includes the areas of: materials science of conservation and repair of built cultural heritage, colloidal and interfacial science applied to construction materials, and processing of construction materials.