R. Douglas Hooton

Professor Emeritus

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


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News Mentions

Meet our CivMin summer student: Sheen Patel

Undergrad summer student research positions explored The following is part of a series introducing CivMin’s undergraduate summer students to the Department and our greater community. We explore the students’ projects, motivation and challenges, while providing insights into who they are, and what motivates them, beyond academia. It also highlights the multitude of ways summer research […]

CIV1260 Returns after a five-year hiatus

An international audience returns to U of T for the week-long course in concrete After a five-year hiatus, the course CIV1260 Chemistry of Cement and Concrete returns the week of May 15-19, 2023. The pandemic interrupted the course’s intended 2020 iteration, allowing no opportunity to hold the in-person course until this year.Led by CivMin’s Professor Emeritus Doug Hooton, the […]

Professor Emeritus Doug Hooton awarded RILEM Honorary Membership

CivMin’s Professor Emeritus Doug Hooton has been awarded Honorary Membership to the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, known as RILEM (from the French name Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Matériaux, systèmes de construction et ouvrages). The news came via announcement during the General Council meeting in Kyoto, Japan on Thursday, […]


Douglas Hooton
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
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