Matthew P. Adams

Contact Info

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Colton 237
Phone: 973-596-3681
Dept: John A. Reif, Jr. Dept. of Civil and Env. Engr.

About Me

Matthew P. Adams completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University where he was the Kerneos Aluminate Technologies Graduate Fellow. Prior to his graduate study, Dr. Adams worked as a structural designer for a multi-discipline engineering and design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an internationally recognized expert on the use of recycled concrete as a replacement for natural aggregate in new concrete, an eco-friendly alternative that conserves natural resources and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction. Dr. Adams was recently awarded the 2015 Young Member Award for Professional Achievement from the American Concrete Institute. He is also interested in educational initiatives within STEM education, particularly matters of inclusivity and mentoring of young professionals.  

Dr. Adams examines the link between the chemistry of cement-based materials and their long-term durability and resiliency. His research interests include early-age properties of concrete and long-term durability, with a specific focus on alternative cements and sustainable concrete materials. His research group is focused on developing scientific understanding of construction materials in order to better understand how they perform in the field. He is experienced in both advanced scientific techniques (X-ray diffraction, ICP-OES, SEM Imaging, energy dispersive x-ray analysis) as well as accelerated laboratory testing and long-term field performance of concrete materials.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 2015 
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 2014
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 2012 
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2006


CE 465 Green and Sustainable Civil Engineering – Fall ‘15


Research Interests

Dr. Adams’s research interests revolve around testing and development of cement based materials including: long-term durability, recycled construction materials, sustainable construction materials, innovative materials, rapid repair materials, testing methods, innovative analysis techniques, and materials characterization.



Peer Reviewed Publications

Matthew P. Adams, Angela Jones, Sean Beauchemin, Robert Johnson, Benoit Fournier, Medhat Shehata, Jennifer E. Tanner, Jason H. Ideker; “Applicability of the ASTM C1260 Accelerated Mortar Bar Test for Alkali-Silica Reactivity Testing of Recycled Concrete Aggregates,” Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 2013, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, Vol. 2, No. 1. Pp. 78-96.

Conference Proceedings

Matthew P. Adams, Jason H. Ideker; “Pore Solution Chemistry of Calcium Aluminate Cement Systems Undergoing Accelerated Conversion;” For The 14th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement; to be held in Beijing, China, October 13-16, 2015.

Tengfei Fu, Matthew P. Adams, Jason H. Ideker; “A Preliminary Study on Calcium Aluminate Cement Concrete Maturity Theory in Predicting Conversion;” For The 14th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement; to be held in Beijing, China, October 13-16, 2015.

Matthew P. Adams, Ideker, J.H.; “Volume Stability of Calcium Aluminate Cement and Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement Systems,” For Calcium Aluminates: Proceedings of the International Conference, Eds. C.H. Fentiman, R.J. Mangabhai, K.L. Scrivener, Avignon, France, May 18-21, 2014, IHS BRE Press.

Matthew P. Adams, Gray, B., Ideker, J.H., Tanner, J.E., Jones, A., Fournier, B., Beauchemin, S., Shehata, M., Johnson, R., “Applicability of Standard Alkali-Silica Reactivity Testing Methods for Recycled Concrete Aggregate” for the Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Alkali-Aggregate Reaction, Austin, Texas, May 20-25, 2012.

Professional Magazine Articles

Matthew P. Adams, Ideker, J.H., “Concrete Recycling: RCA’s Better Picture,” Roads and Bridges Magazine, February 2012.