Recent Progress in Materials  (ISSN 2689-5846) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.3 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 12.6 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7.5 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Wastes, Residues and Byproducts for the Production of Construction Materials

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Paulina Faria, PhD

Associate Professor, CERIS and Department of Civil Engineering, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal.

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Research Interests: low embodied energy construction materials, products and technologies; wastes as building materials; construction pathology; building durability and conservation

About This Topic

Construction is one of the most consuming industries in the world. Raw materials are explored to be used directly as construction materials and they are also incorporated in the formulation of different construction products, such as mortars, concrete, insulation boards or bituminous mixtures. Energy is consumed to extract, prepare and transport the materials and products to the construction products producing company and to the construction site. Simultaneously, construction and several other industries generate high volumes of wastes, residues and byproducts. In many cases, those volumes are landfilled, associated to high environmental and economic costs.

Thus, there is an urgency in using wastes, residues and byproducts, generated by the construction industry but also by agriculture and other industries, replacing virgin raw materials for the construction industry. One example is earth, that needs to be managed when high volumes are excavated in construction sites; earth construction presents good examples of using this material. Several biological wastes generated by agriculture can be incorporated as natural fibers and aggregates or, after being used to produce heat, as bio-ashes, eventually with pozzolanic reactivity, for composite construction materials. Insulation cork boards are a good example of using aggregate cork waste. The construction industry itself generates construction and demolition wastes (CDW) that can also be used, replacing raw materials. The list of examples can go on almost indefinitely, listing examples of other industries, such as mining, ceramics and others, which wastes and byproducts can replace raw materials in construction products. However, several aspects need to be addressed, such as the energy needed to prepare the wastes to be used (to cut, to thermal treat, to extract or immobilize compounds, to mill, to sieve), and if eventual toxicity that can exist on those wastes. The latter may depend on the previous, and its importance may depend on the construction product application, namely if it will be encapsulated by other elements in the construction or exposed.

This special issue welcomes articles which contribute, in different ways, for: the collecting, characterization and preparation of wastes and byproducts with the aim of being used replacing raw materials in construction; the design and overall performance of construction products produced with wastes, residues and byproducts, from mechanical-physical to indoor air quality, environmental and economic; the classification and certification of those materials and products. Original research articles, review articles and case studies are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published totally free of charge.


wastes, residues, byproducts, construction materials, building products, raw material replacement, eco-efficiency

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Original Research

Influence of Recycled Concrete Aggregate Type on Rheological Behaviour of Mixtures Proportioned Using the Equivalent Volume Method

Received: 11 July 2022;  Published: 07 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2203017


The ever-growing urgency to combat climate change has led the civil construction industry to develop and adopt sustainable construction materials and methods. The so-called recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) emerges as an alternative to decrease the carbon footprint of new concrete construction, the disposal of waste concrete, and the use of [...]
Open Access Original Research

Pozzolanic and Cementing Activity of Raw and Pyro-Processed Saudi Arabian Red Mud (RM) Waste

Received: 28 September 2021;  Published: 29 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2104047


This paper investigates the composition, properties and reactivity of a red mud waste generated in Saudi Arabia with a view to find alternative materials to replace construction binders of high environmental impact. The phase transformation triggered by the
Open Access Research Article

Assessment of AAR and Sulfate Attack on Wadi Gravel Concrete after 4 Years in Service

Received: 18 April 2021;  Published: 26 September 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103038


Wadi gravel is a local aggregate in Qatar that could contribute to enhanced sustainability by replacing expensive imported gabbro. The material needs to be processed before use to reduce sulfate content to acceptable levels. The paper presents the performance assessment of three full-scale buildings, variously made with 50% and [...]
Open Access Research Article

Utilization of Upgraded Recycled Concrete Aggregates and Recycled Concrete Fines in Cement Mortars

Received: 11 February 2021;  Published: 17 August 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103035


Waste concrete is the most predominant constituent material among construction and demolition waste. Current waste concrete recycling is limited to the use of recycled concrete aggregates as a road-base material and less as aggregates in new concrete mixes. Further, the production of recycled concrete aggregates results in the [...]
Open Access Original Research

Effect of Recycled Rubber Particles on the Deicing Salt-Scaling Durability of Concrete

Received: 27 March 2021;  Published: 09 August 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103033


The present study investigated the effect of reused rubber particles (RRP) on the deicer salt durability of ordinary concrete. Four mixtures were designed, a control concrete (CC) and three other rubber concretes obtained by partial substitution of natural dune sand aggregate with reused rubber particles with 0%, 3%, 6%, and 9 [...]
Open Access Original Research

Experimental and Statistical Evaluation of the Interaction Effect of Recycled Aggregate and Water/Cement Ratio on Concrete Compressive Strength

Received: 07 March 2021;  Published: 28 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103032


The production of concrete using recycled aggregates, obtained from the processing of construction and demolition waste, is extensively practiced worldwide. However, the effect of simultaneous adding fine recycled aggregate and the recycled coarse aggregate on the mechanical properties of concrete is still unfamiliar. This work [...]
Open Access Original Research

Influence of Biopolymers on the Mechanical Behavior of Earth-Based Building Materials

Received: 09 March 2021;  Published: 26 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103031


Currently, the largest among the earth excavation sites in Europe are located in the Paris region. The soils excavated from these sites are often considered waste and are not valorized. With an increasing focus on sustainable development, the demand for low-carbon building materials is rising. Although construction using raw earth [...]
Open Access Research Article

Drainage in a Screw Press and Utilization of the Recovered Fibres after Thermo-Hydrolytic Disintegration of Waste Fibreboards

Received: 15 March 2021;  Published: 22 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103029


A thermo-hydrolytic disintegration process qualifies as a promising option for recycling the waste MDF and preserving the fibrous morphology of the recovered lignocellulosic fibre material. This study aims to include a drainage process between the thermo-hydrolytic disintegration and the further utilization of the recovered fibres [...]
Open Access Original Research

Suitability of Steel Making Slag as a Construction Material Resource

Received: 24 February 2021;  Published: 16 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2103028


One of the largest problems facing the steelmaking industry is the high amount of waste currently produced and the low amount of waste that is currently recycled. This study aims to look at the suitability of 3 different samples of basic oxygen steelmaking (BOS) slag as a construction material, in concert with their carbon capture [...]
Open Access Original Research

Feasibility Study on the Use of Modified Copper Slag as a Sustainable Fine Aggregate in Mortar

Received: 09 March 2021;  Published: 02 June 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102022


Depending on the availability of aggregate sources pertaining to their geographic locations, the concrete industry utilizes conventional aggregates such as marine sand, dredged gravel, or crushed rocks. This method requires high energy and high processing costs for washing and grinding. The objective of this work is to use Modified [...]
Open Access Original Research

The Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction Potential of Carbon-Dioxide-Cured Alternative Binder Concrete

Received: 12 January 2021;  Published: 13 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102018


Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest issues plaguing human life at present. Hence, immense attention is being paid to developing methods that can potentially reduce carbon dioxide emission. With the help of carbon-negative concrete, manufactured from alternative binders and cured with waste carbon dioxide, a [...]
Open Access Original Research

Assessment of Durability of Bio-based Earth Composites

Received: 12 March 2021;  Published: 07 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102016


Bio-based earth composites present various environmental benefits, such as usable wastes, coproducts, abundant or renewable materials, etc. Moreover, the incorporation of bioaggregates in the earth matrix allows the buildings to act as an effective carbon sink. A growing number of studies are now focusing on the mechanical and [...]