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 2021Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
NOT OFFERED for Winter 2021Wednesday14:0017:00LEC 9101 SYNC

News Mentions

CivMin profs online: A new digital world

Just as students have had to adapt to new ways of learning, professors in the Deparment of Civil & Mineral Engineering have been adept at delivering their online lectures and providing academic continuity. A few professors are sharing their new methods of delivering via the following images.             ~ ~… Read more »

Prof. Doug Hooton awarded Fellow of the Society with CSCE

  Prof. Doug Hooton has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the Society, with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).  An official announcement was made in the April 1 edition of the CSCE E-Bulletin. Though the honour was to be presented at the CSCE’s annual conference in Saskatoon May 27-31, the event has been… Read more »

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 »


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


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