Mr. A. McIntosh



School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering
David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd., BT9 5AG
Room: Off-Campus (Part-time)
Tel 028 70344349



HND Biochemistry, University of Ulster, Jordanstown. 1995 to 1997

Professional qualifications

City & Guilds Concrete Technology & Construction Parts 1 and 2, Norfolk Construction College, King’s Lynn. 1999 and 2003


Best oral presentation prize – second place. 34th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Sheffield. September 2014.

PhD Title

Development of a Geopolymer Binder from the Interbasaltic Laterites of Northern Ireland

PhD project Description

Geopolymers are new class of cements that can offer increased durability and reduced CO2 emissions when compared to Portland cement. One of the main raw materials that can be used in the manufacture of geopolymers can be found in the geology of Northern Ireland. This project looks at the effect of variation in mineralogy on the performance of the final geopolymer, with particular reference to variations seen in the geological material found in Northern Ireland. The microstructure of the various geopolymers are examined and a screening process developed.


Prof Marios Soutsos, Dr Sreejith Nanukuttan, Prof David Clelland


McIntosh J. A., Lawther S. E. M., Kwasny J., Nanukuttan S., Soutsos M. N., Cleland D., (2015), ‘Selection and Characterisation of Geological Materials for use as Geopolymer Precursors’, Advances in Applied Ceramics, under review.

Poster(s)/ Presentation(s)

McIntosh J., Soutsos M., (2014), ‘Development of a Geopolymer Binder from the Interbasaltic Laterites of Northern Ireland’, in Nanukuttan S. and Goggins J. (eds), CERI 2014 Civil Engineering Research Ireland, 28-29 August 2014, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, pp. 143-8

McIntosh J. A., Kwasny J., Soutsos M., (2014) ‘Evaluation of Northern Irish laterites as precursor materials for geopolymer binders’, in Provis J. L. and Bernal S. A. (eds), 34th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, 14-16 September 2014, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, pp. 187-192