Robert J. Flatt Professor of Physical Chemistry of Building Materials Institute of Building Materials, ETH Zürich

Robert J. Flatt is Professor for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials at ETH Zürich since 2010.

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Before that he was Principal Scientist at Sika Technology AG for 8.5 years and postdoctoral researcher at the Princeton University for 2.5 years. He owns a master in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from EPFL (Switzerland).

A main research topic is the working mechanisms of chemical admixtures. On this front, he is laying the scientific basic for the molecular design of compounds that reduce the environmental footprint of concrete. An additional area of intensive research is digital fabrication with concrete. This activity is developed with this Swiss National Competence Centre on Digital Fabrication in Architecture for which Prof. Flatt is currently Deputy Director.

Recently, Prof. Flatt co-edited the book “Science and Technology of Concrete Admixtures” with Prof. Pierre-Claude Aïticn. He has also received several awards including the 2016 Swiss Technology Award, two Concrete Innovation Awards (2014, 2017), the RILEM Medal and the Sandmeyer Award from the Swiss Chemical Society for outstanding contribution to industrial and applied chemistry. He was recently elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.