Moe Pourghaz


  • Fitts-Woolard Hall 3235

Dr. Pour-Ghaz earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Tabriz University, Iran, in 2003. Before pursuing his MS in Civil Engineering, he practiced as a research engineer in the area of nondestructive testing of composites and concrete in a research and development company in Concord, Canada. After receiving his MS degree in 2007 from Carleton University, Canada, he attended Purdue University where he earned his PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in concrete materials in 2011. While at Purdue, he received the William L. Dolch award for outstanding research in material science and the Magoon award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Pour-Ghaz’s current research interests includes:

Durability of cementitious materials including: corrosion kinetics of steel in concrete, mass transport in concrete, fracture and damage mechanics of concrete, chemical degradation of cementitious materials

Understanding the microstructure and nanostructure of inorganic polymers

Electrical imaging of cementitious material

Simultaneous X-ray, neutron, and electrical imaging of materials

Large-area sensors (sensing skins)

Electromagnetic sensors and sensing techniques

Durability of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites


Ph.D. 2011

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

M.S. 2007

Civil Engineering

Carleton University

B.S. 2003

Civil Engineering

Tabriz University

Research Description

Dr. Pour-Ghaz studies the durability of reinforced concrete materials and structures, the long-term durability Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites for civil infrastructure, and electromagnetic sensors and sensing techniques. The overall goal of his research program is to contribute to the development of mechanistic service life prediction models that integrate measurement techniques (structural health monitoring and nondestructive testing) for model updating.


Critical Bending Strain and Mechanical Properties of Corroded Reinforcing Bars
Calderon, V., Pourghaz, M., & Kowalsky, M. (2023), ACI MATERIALS JOURNAL, 120(2), 77–86.
Investigating the use of electrical capacitance tomography to image rapid transient moisture flow through cracks in concrete
Dalton, L. E., Rasanen, M., Voss, A., Seppanen, A., & Pourghaz, M. (2023), CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES, 140.
A new monitoring approach for sustainability assessment of subsurface utilities gasket materials against gasoline and chlorinated solvents: Field evaluation and model development
Faeli, Z., Hosseini, P., Gabr, M. A., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2022), Journal of Environmental Management, 323, 116217.
Diffusion of benzene and tetrachloroethylene through saturated cement paste
Hosseini, P., McElroy, A., Knappe, D. R. U., Gabr, M., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2022), Construction and Building Materials, 329, 127196.
Does ITZ Influence Moisture Transport in Concrete?
Dalton, L. E., LaManna, J. M., Jones, S., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2022, July 24), TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA.
Quantifying moisture damage in asphalt concrete using axisymmetric flexural vibration technique
Rashetnia, R., Kusam, A., Yadav, S., Pour-Ghaz, M., & Tayebali, A. (2022), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING, 23(3), 523–535.
Supercritical, liquid, and gas CO2 reactive transport and carbonate formation in portland cement mortar
Dalton, L. E., Crandall, D., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2022), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL, 116.
Assessment of Mitigation Measures against Benzene Breakthrough into Subsurface Concrete Pipe
Alhomair, S., Faeli, Z., Hosseini, P., Gabr, M., Pour-Ghaz, M., & Parker, C. (2021), JOURNAL OF PIPELINE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND PRACTICE, 12(1).
Deep learning surrogate interacting Markov chain Monte Carlo based full wave inversion scheme for properties of materials quantification
Rashetnia, R., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2021), JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, 497.
Effects of MgSO4 on Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate
Jativa, F. W., Hosseini, P., Gabr, M., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2021), Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 10(1), 20210013.

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Modified T-FAST Test for Quantifying the Risk of ASR in Hardened Concrete
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/23 - 12/31/25)
Reinforced Concrete Repair by an Evolving Visualized Internal Vascular Ecosystem (RC-REVIVE)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(1/23/23 - 1/22/25)
Performance of Materials and Methods for Concrete Crack Sealants
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 1/31/24)
Condition Dependent Performance-Based Seismic Design – Phase 1
State of Alaska, Department of Transportation(1/05/22 - 6/30/25)
Harkers Island Bridge Replacement: Material Characterization and Structural Performance
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/24)
Integration of Repair and Remediation Methods into Pipe Material Selection Approach
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/21 - 7/31/23)
Repair Strategies for Waste Transfer Station Concrete Overlays
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(3/01/20 - 7/31/23)
Understanding the FOG deposit adhesion mechanism on different sewer line surfaces
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Field Evaluation of Hardening Methods for Subsurface Utilities and Drainage Pipes
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Fiber Reinforcement for Latex Modified Concrete Overlays
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 4/30/22)