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Elham Fini

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography: 

Elham Fini is the director of the International Innovation Network for Construction Materials, Methods and Management (ICM3), senior sustainability scientist and, associate professor of School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment at Arizona State University. She is also J. W. Fulbright Scholar of Aalborg University of Denmark. Her research focuses on bio-based construction geared toward synthesis, characterization and application of biomaterials for sustainable development. She is currently serving as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador working to promote culture of invention and innovation in academia. She is also the co-founder of Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc., a spin-off company from her research group. She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering and an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials. She has served as the president of ASCE’s North Carolina Northern Branch and a program director of the National Science Foundation. She has been an invited speaker at Kavli Frontiers of Science at the National Academy of Science. Her achievements were recognized via multiple awards including an NSF CAREER award, ASEE Gerald Seeley award, BEYA Emerald STEM Innovation award, and NC BioTech Research Excellence award.

Education: 

Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. 

Research Interests: 

Sustainable Construction, Bio-based and Bio-inspired Materials, Adhesives and Sealants for Use in Construction, Multi-scale Characterization and Modeling, Surface and Interface Characterization

Publications: 
  1. Pahlavan, F., A. I. Rajib, E. H. Fini, 2020, Using the Synergy between Lipid-rich and Protein-rich Biomass to Synthesize Effective Bio-Rejuvenators for Oxidized Asphaltenes, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01100. (IF: 6.970) (Featured on the cover page of the journal)
  2. Rajib, A.I., Pahlavan, F., E. H. Fini, 2020, Investigating Molecular-Level Factors That Affect the Durability of Restored Aged Asphalt Binder, Journal of Cleaner Production. doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122501 (IF: 6.395)
  3. Hung, A., M. Mousavi; E. H. Fini, 2020, Implication of Wax on Hindering Self-Healing Processes in Bitumen, Applied Surface Science, doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.146449. (IF: 5.155)
  4. Fini, E., A. I. Rajib, D. J. Oldham, A. Samieadel, Sh. Hosseinnezhad, 2020, Role of Chemical Structure and Composition of Recycling Agents on Their Interactions with Oxidized Asphaltene Molecules, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 32:9. (IF: 1.984)
  5. Oldham, D., X. Qu, H. Wang, and E. H. Fini, 2020. Investigating Change of Polydispersity and Rheology of Crude Oil and Bitumen Due to Asphaltene Oxidation. Energy & Fuels, doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01344 (IF: 3.280)
  6. Hung, A., and E. H. Fini, 2020, Surface Morphology and Chemical Mapping of UV-Aged Thin Films of Bitumen, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03877 (IF: 6.970)
  7. Oldham, D., and E. H. Fini, 2020. A bottom-up approach to study the moisture susceptibility of bio-modified asphalt, Construction and Building Materials, 265:120289, doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.120289 (IF: 4.69)
  8. Fini, E., A. Samieadel, A. I., Rajib, 2020, Moisture Damage and Its Relation to Surface Adsorption/Desorption of Rejuvenators, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 59 (30): 13414–13419. doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.0c02534 (IF: 2.584)
  9. Mousavi, M., A. Hung, E. H. Fini, 2020, Multifunctional zeolite nanorods as wax carriers and acid scavengers in asphalt binder, Construction and Building Materials, 264:120249, doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.120249 (IF: 4.69)
  10. Zhou, T., Sk. F.  Kabir, L. Cao, H. Luan, Z. Dong, E. H. Fini, 2020, Comparing effects of physisorption and chemisorption of bio-oil onto rubber particles in asphalt, Journal of Cleaner Production, 273:123112, doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123112 (IF: 6.395)
  11. Hung, A. M, F. Pahlavan, Sh. Shakiba, Sh. L. Y. Chang, S. M. Louie, E. H. Fini, 2019, Preventing Assembly and Crystallization of Alkane Acids at Silica-Bitumen Interface to Enhance Interfacial Resistance to Moisture Damage, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 58(47): 21542-21552. doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04890
  12. Kabir, Sk, M. Mousavi, E. H. Fini, 2019, Selective Adsorption of Bio-oils’ Molecules onto Rubber Surface and Its Effects on Stability of Rubberized Asphalt, Journal of Cleaner Production, 252(10):119856, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119856
  13. Mousavi, M., and E. H. Fini, 2019, Moderating Effects of Paraffin Wax on Interactions between Polyphosphoric Acid and Bitumen Constituents, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 7(24): 19739-19749, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05008
  14. Høgsa, B., T. H. Pedersen, M. Mousavi, A. M. Hung, E. A. Jensen, D. Yu, J. Christiansen, C. G. Sanporean, E. H. Fini, 2019, Multiscale Characterization of a Wood-Based Biocrude as a Green Compatibilizing Agent for High-Impact Polystyrene/Halloysite Nanotube Nanocomposites, ACS Omega, 4, 22, 19934-19943, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsomega.9b02871
  15. Hajikarimi, P., A. Onochie, and E. Fini, 2019, Characterizing Mechanical Response of Bio-Modified Bitumen at Sub Zero TemperaturesConstruction and Building Materials, 240(20):117940
  16. Hosseinnezhad, Sh, Sh. Shakiba, M. Mousavi, S. M. Louie, S. R. Karnati, E. H. Fini, 2019, Multi-scale Evaluation of Moisture Susceptibility of Bio-Modified Bitumen, ACS Applied Biomaterials, 2(12): 5779-5789, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.9b00765
  17. Pahlavan, F., Sh. Hosseinnezhad, A. Samieadel, A. Hung, and E. H. Fini, 2019, Fused Aromatics To Restore Molecular Packing of Aged Bituminous Materials, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 58(27):11939-11953, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b01397
  18. Hosseinnezhad, Sh., S. F. Kabir, D. J. Oldham, M. Mousavi, E.H. Fini, 2019, Surface Functionalization of Rubber Particles to Reduce Phase Separation in Rubberized Asphalt for Sustainable Construction, Journal of Cleaner Production, https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YrM63QCo9Ur36
  19. Hung, A. and E. H. Fini, 2019, Absorption Spectroscopy to Determine the Extent and Mechanisms of Aging in Bitumen and Asphaltenes, Fuel 242, 408-415. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YPLT3iH47vi5
  20. Mousavi, M., Sh. Hosseinnezhad, A. Hung, and E. H. Fini, 2019, Preferential Adsorption of Nickel Porphyrin to Resin to Increase Asphaltene Precipitation, Fuel, 236(15), 468-479.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236118315710
  21. Mousavi, M., B. Høgsaa, E. H. Fini, 2019, Intermolecular Interactions of Bio-modified Halloysite Nanotube within High-Impact Polystyrene and Linear Low-Density Polyethylene, Applied Surface Science, 473:750-760.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169433218334895
  22. Zadshir, M., Sh. Hosseinnezhad, E. H. Fini, 2019, Deagglomeration of Asphaltene Nano-aggregates As A Measure of True Rejuvenation, Construction and Building Materials. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Yk7b3O1E1GHyG
  23. Oldham, D., A. I. Rajib, A. Onochie, E. H. Fini, 2019, Evolution of Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Asphalt Containing Bio-Modified Shingles after Aging and Extended Sub-Zero Conditioning, Construction and Building Materials https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YiL73O1E1GHlC
  24. Lei, Y., H Wang, E. H. Fini, Z. You, X. Yang, J. Gao, S. Dong, G. Jiang, 2018, Evaluation of the Effect of Bio-oil on the High-temperature Performance of Rubber Modified Asphalt, Construction and Building Materials 191, 692-701. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950061818324644
  25. Samieadel, A., B. Høgsaa, E. H. Fini, 2018, Examining Implication of Wax-based Additives on Overall Sustainability of Construction Practices: Multiscale Characterization of Wax-doped Aged Asphalt Binder, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03842
  26. Hajikarimi, P. F.M. Nejad, A. Khodaii, E.H. Fini, 2018, Introducing a Stress-dependent Fractional Nonlinear Viscoelastic Model for Modified Asphalt Binders, Construction and Building Materials 183, 102-113.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950061818315630
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
CON 792Research
CON 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 593Applied Project
CON 599Thesis
CEE 792Research
CON 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 252Bldg Constr Meth, Matl, Equip
CON 598Special Topics
CON 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 598Special Topics
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation