R. Douglas Hooton


NSERC/CAC Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability


Research Interests







January 2012


Professor Doug Hooton is the NSERC/CAC Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability. His research involves finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with concrete infrastructure. He investigates the use of materials such as supplementary cementitious materials and ground limestone to produce a stronger and more durable concrete product. His research has informed the specification codes associated with the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Standards Association and ASTM standards.

Research Interests

Concrete durability and service life: permeability, pore structure, chloride ingress, and moisture content

Alkali aggregate reactions

Sulfate resistance

De-icer salt scaling resistance

Properties of ancient concrete materials

Physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of Portland cements, supplementary cementing materials, admixtures

Cement-admixture interactions

Performance standards and specifications for concrete


Presentations & Projects

Technical Publications


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV209HWinter 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Fall 2019Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Winter 2020Wednesday14:0017:000101

News Mentions

Big builders thinking small: Conference examines microscopic details of building materials

By Phill Snel We know civil engineers are involved in building tall buildings, long bridges and large stadiums, but just how much detail do civil engineers delve into? Surprisingly, they’re examining building materials down to the microscopic level. Sharing research and discoveries is big part of this small world (pun intended) within the engineering community…. Read more »

Prof. R. Doug Hooton Elected an Honorary Member from ACI

The American Concrete Institute has elected Prof. R. Douglas Hooton as an Honorary Member, specifically “for contributions to ACI and the concrete industry in the areas of concrete materials, concrete durability, and sustainability of concrete construction particularly through research, teaching, and development of standards and code”. Honorary Member is the Institute’s highest honor. R. Douglas Hooton,… Read more »


Douglas Hooton
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


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