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 2nd International Conference on Nanotechnology of Cement and Concrete (2NCC20)
May 20 – 22, 2020
Irvine, California


FULL PAPERS & EXTENDED ABSTRACTS: Submit by September 25, 2019


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: closed June 15, 2019

Conference Overview

TRB is sponsoring 2NCC20 the 2nd International Conference on Nanotechnology of Cement and Concrete on May 20-22, 2020, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Irvine, California. Nanomodification and nanoengineering of concrete is capable of dramatically improving its tensile strength, toughness, ductility, and durability properties which is vital for modern transportation infrastructure. The conference will explore the impact of nanotechnology on behavior and performance of cement based materials and concrete. The objective of 2NCC20 conference is to advance the science and engineering of nanotechnology in modifying and monitoring the behavior and performance of cement and concrete at the nanoscale. This conference provides a unique opportunity for scientists, engineers and practitioners to help set the future direction of the use of nanotechnology in cement and concrete.

Register Here: http://trb.org/conferences/Nanotech20.aspx

Who Should Attend? 

The first TRB conference on nanotechnology for cement and concrete in 2010 was instituted to exchange the ideas and scientific results vital for the development of modern and sustainable transportation infrastructure. Following this success, the world’s leading researchers in the field of nanotechnology of cement and concrete will be brought together by 2NCC20.

This event will provide the opportunity for participants to gain exposure to the cutting-edge research conducted in the U.S., Europe, and other countries reported by the top investigators in the field.  Attendance of transportation engineers, scientists, and students is vital for the success of 2NCC20 conference: it will bring research results to the community and allow engineers and scientists to evaluate and implement the results of investigation. The global connections will lead to generation of new ideas, active collaborations, and greater interactions.


The conference will be held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Irvine (only 16.5 miles away from Disneyland, Anaheim), California.

All conference participants will be required to register. Registration information and fees will be available on TRB's Calendar website in the latter part of 2019.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS - Extended Abstracts and Full Papers

Authors of approved 250-word abstracts may submit a valid extended abstract with or without a full paper as indicated by the author when the original 250-word abstract was submitted. Extended abstracts will be peer reviewed by the 2NCC20 Scientific Committee to determine if it will be accepted as part of the conference program and the conference proceedings. Full papers will be jointly peer reviewed by the 2NCC20 Scientific Committee and the Editorial Board of the Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Guidelines for Extended Abstracts - An extended abstract is a concise summary of the research that may include implementation of new knowledge, case studies, work in progress, or experience. The extended abstract is intended to provide 2NCC20 Conference participants the key points from your study and should provide some insights into the importance and contribution of your work to the cement and concrete nanotechnology community. The extended abstract should contain a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1750 words. Supporting figures, tables and images of the results (no more than two figures and two tables) may be included in the extended abstract and are not counted in the word limit. All the tables, images and figures should be centered. Figures and images should be numbered and the caption should be placed under the figure or image. Tables should also be numbered and the table header should be placed at the top of the table. Sources (if any) for the tables, figures and images should be placed directly under the tables, figures and images in the form of author name and publication date. Each extended abstract must contain the following sections:

  • TITLE PAGE The title page does not count toward the maximum word limit. The title page must include the paper number, the title of the extended abstract, the names and affiliation(s) for the author and co-authors. You can include an acknowledgement section on your title page identifying funding sources.
  • INTRODUCTION The introduction section should (1) present the scope and objective of the paper and state the problem, (2) briefly review the pertinent literature, (3) describe the methods, and (4) provide an overview of the main results of the work. The author also should seek to answer the question “Why this research matters. Is this research making a contribution to theory and/or practice?
  • METHODOLOGY The methodology must be clearly stated and described in sufficient detail or with sufficient references. The author should concisely summarize the research framework, and the research methods applied in the study. The summary should include the identification of valid data sources used in the research.
  • FINDINGS The author shall summarize and briefly discuss any findings in this section. The author can use a combination of tables, figures, and text to provide the summary. The number of tables are figures are limited to no more than two each for the entire extended abstract.
  • CONCLUSION Conclusions should include (1) the principles and generalizations inferred from the results, (2) any exceptions, problems or limitations of the work, and (3) theoretical and/or practical implications of the work. All conclusions offered should be supported by the information provided in the “Findings” section.
  • REFERENCES (Not counted in the word limit of the extended abstract) This is any relevant information cited with the body of the extended abstract.

Guidelines for Full Papers -  The length of each paper, including the abstract, text, references, and tables, must not exceed 7,500 words. Each table counts as 250 words. There should be no more than 6 figures. Papers not meeting this requirement may be withdrawn from the peer review process at any time. Include a title page with title, authors, affiliations, and word count. Place tables and figures within the text, near the text that discusses the item. Pages must have line numbers and should start again on each page. The abstract should describe the work and findings and be no more than 250 words. Before you start, please have ready:

  • All coauthor names, affiliations, and email addresses
  • Word manuscript file
  • Table and figures embedded in text 
  • 8.5x11 page (not A4) with normal margins
  • Times Roman font, 10 pt size or larger
  • Single spaced
  • Line numbers (Restart each page)
  • Abstract (250 words max)
  • Word count (7500 max minus 250 for each table)
  • Limit of 6 figures
  • Numeric or Harvard Style (Name, Year) references are acceptable
  • View Sample Paper: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/dva/PaperFormatModel.docx


Become a Patron for this Conference and Support TRB

A patronage prospectus is available for your organization’s recognition on the registration website, printed program and conference signage plus complementary registration(s). 

Thank You to Our Patrons!

Please contact Nelson Gibson for more information and package details.

    Conference Chairs

    • Konstantin Sobolev, USA
    • Surendra Shah, USA

    Scientific Committee

    • Kejin Wang, USA, Scientific Committee Chair
    • Maria Konsta-Gdoutos, USA, Scientific Committee Co-Chair
    • Sungchul Bae, South Korea
    • Nele de Belie, Belgium
    • Bjorn Birgisson, USA
    • Klaas van Breugel, The Netherlands
    • Henri van Damme, France, USA
    • F. Dehn, Germany
    • Jorge Dolado, Spain
    • Wenhui Duan, Australia
    • Marcelo Gonzalez, Chile
    • Karin Habermehl-Cwirzen, Sweden, Finland
    • Michael Haist, Germany
    • Marwa Hassan, USA
    • P.K. Hou, China, USA
    • John Kevern, USA
    • Kamal Khayat, USA
    • Jae Hong Kim, South Korea
    • Konrad Krakowiak, USA
    • Sabine Kruschwitz, Germany
    • Kimberly Kurtis, USA
    • Wengui Li, Australia
    • Viktor Mechtcherine, Germany
    • Anol Mukhopadhyay, USA
    • Harald Müller, Germany
    • Jose Munoz, USA
    • Scott Muzenski, USA
    • Jiri Nemecek, Czechoslovakia
    • Karthik Obla, USA
    • Jan Olek, USA
    • Bekir Pekmezci, Turkey
    • Roland Pellenq, USA
    • Johann Plank, Germany
    • Chi Sun Poon, Hong Kong
    • Antonio Porro, Spain
    • Mohammad Qomi, USA
    • Farshad Rajabipour, USA
    • Laila Raki, Canada
    • Mahmoud Reda Taha, USA
    • Wolfram Schmidt, Germany
    • Surendra Shah, USA
    • Konstantin Sobolev, USA
    • Mohammed Sonebi, England
    • Dietmar Stephan, Germany
    • Franz-Josef Ulm, USA
    • Igor de la Varga, USA
    • Ya Wei, China
    • Charles Weiss, USA
    • Jason Weiss, USA
    • Huigang Xiao, China