Bio

Cristina Zanotti joined the Civil Engineering Department at UBC as Assistant Professor in July 2016. She earned a PhD degree in “Structural Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Ancient and Modern Buildings” and a MASc degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Brescia in Italy, and enrolled as postdoctoral fellow at UBC in 2013.

Cristina’s research aims at developing constructions and repairs that are durable, sustainable, and compatible with social and physical environment. Her current projects are focused on durable infrastructure repair, prevention of delamination in concrete repairs, alterative cementitious materials, and construction materials/technologies for sustainable communities.

Research Interests

Infrastructure repair and durability, sustainable construction materials, alternative cementitious materials, durability of concrete structures, historical heritage structures, concrete-concrete bond, numerical analysis of reinforced concrete structures, early-age thermal cracking, fiber reinforced concrete.

Courses

CIVL 320 Civil Engineering Materials
CIVL 420 Concrete Technology
CIVL 422 Project Based Learning in Civil Engineering Materials

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2019, 1st Place – Most Popular Presentation, Annual Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete
  • 2018, Best Technical Paper Award, 1st International Conference on Durability of Building and Infrastructures
  • 2017, Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Journal of Construction and Building Materials
  • 2010, Best Numerical Analysis – International DIsplacement ANAlyzer (DIANA) Student Award, DIANA FEA
  • 2007, Best Graduate Thesis, Student Thesis Award, Italian Concrete Society

Student Research Opportunities

For students interested in research opportunities, please visit Dr. Zanotti’s research webpage.

Publications

  • G. Rostagno, Tingley, B., and Zanotti, C., “Bond strength of steel FRC repairs to concrete substrate: investigation on adhesion strength, friction, and bond enhancing mechanisms”, fib Symposium. Maastricht, In Press.
  • C. Zanotti, Randl, N., P. Gar, S., B. Far, K., and Steiner, M., “Comparability of bond tests for repair and retrofit of concrete structures with Fiber Reinforced Concrete”. In Press.
  • M. Farooq, A, B., Borges, P. H. R., Zanotti, C., and Banthia, N., “Flexural behavior and single fiber-matrix bond-slip behavior of macro fiber reinforced fly ash-based geopolymers”, fib Symposium. Maastricht, In Press.
  • F. Pargar, Talukdar, S., Pak, K., and Zanotti, C., “Hemp waste valorization as biofuel and cement replacement in cement and concrete production”, Waste and Biomass Valorization, 2020.
  • F. Pargar, Talukdar, S., Pal, K., and Zanotti, C., “Hemp Waste Valorization as Biofuel and Cement Replacement in Cement and Concrete Production”, Waste and Biomass Valorization, vol. 4687261113471582610256910590215417237335232155846, no. 81421316212241, 2020.
  • C. Zanotti and N., R., “Are concrete-concrete bond tests comparable?”, Cement and Concrete Composites, vol. 99, pp. 80-88, 2019.
  • C. Zanotti, Randl, N., Steiner, M., P. Gar, S., and B. Far, K., “Bond between concrete substrates and high performance repair layers”, Annual Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete. Krakow, Poland, p. 8, 2019.
  • K. B. Far and Zanotti, C., “Concrete-FRC bond in Mode-I: A crack growth resistance analysis”, Annual Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete . Krakow, Poland, p. 8, 2019.
  • K. B. Far and Zanotti, C., “Concrete–Concrete Bond in Mode-I: A study on the Synergistic Effect of Surface Roughness and Fiber Reinforcement”, Applied Sciences, 2019.
  • B. Kabiri Far and Zanotti, C., “Concrete–Concrete Bond in Mode-I: A study on the Synergistic Effect of Surface Roughness and Fiber Reinforcement”, Applied Sciences, vol. 91111052Volume 2342241072, no. 12, p. 2556, 2019.
  • V. A. Nunes, Borges, P. H. R., and Zanotti, C., “Mechanical compatibility and adhesion between alkali-activated repair mortars and Portland cement concrete substrate”, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 215, pp. 569 – 581, 2019.
  • V. A. Nunes, Borges, P., and Zanotti, C., “Mechanical compatibility and adhesion between alkali-activated repair mortars and Portland cement concrete substrate”, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 215, 2019.
  • N. Randl and Zanotti, C., “Concrete to Concrete bond – a critical review on methods for bond strength determination”, 5th International fib Congress: Better – Smarter – Stronger. Melbourne, p. 8, 2018.
  • C. Zanotti, Rostagno, G., and Tingley, B., “Further evidence of interfacial adhesive bond strength enhancement through fiber reinforcement in repairs”, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 160, pp. 775-785, 2018.
  • M. A., S., C., Zanotti, C., and E., G., “Improved natural hydraulic lime mortar slab for compatible retrofit of wooden floors in historical buildings”, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 158, pp. 801-813, 2018.
  • C. Zanotti, Borges, P. H. R., Bhutta, A., and Banthia, N., “Bond Strength between Concrete Substrate and Metakaolin Geopolymer Repair Mortar: Effect of Curing Regime and PVA Fiber Reinforcement”, Cement and Concrete Composites, vol. 80, pp. 307–316, 2017.
  • A. Bhutta, Borges, P. H. R., Zanotti, C., and Banthia, N., “Flexural behavior of geopolymer composites reinforced with steel and polypropylene macro fibers”, Cement and Concrete Composites, vol. 80, pp. 31–40, 2017.
  • B. A, P.H.R., B., Zanotti, C., and Banthia, N., “Flexural behavior of geopolymer composites reinforced with steel and polypropylene macro fibers”, Cement and Concrete Composites, 2017.
  • A. Bhutta, Farooq, M., Zanotti, C., and Banthia, N., “Pull-out behavior of different fibers in geopolymer mortars: Effects of alkaline solution concentration and curing”, Materials and Structures , vol. 50, no. 80, pp. 1–13, 2017.
  • C. Zanotti, Borges, P. H. R., Bhutta, A., Du, Y., and Banthia, N., “Bond strength of PVA fiber reinforced geopolymer repair to Portland cement concrete substrate”, 9th RILEM Intl. Symp. on Fiber Reinforced Concrete, BEFIB. Vancouver, Canada, 2016.
  • E. Sala, Zanotti, C., Passoni, C., and Marini, A., “Lightweight natural lime composites for rehabilitation of Historical Heritage”, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 125, pp. 81-93, 2016.
  • C. Zanotti and Banthia, N., “Modified Slant Shear Cylinder (MSSC) Test for Inherent Characterization of Bond in Concrete Repairs”, Indian Concrete Journal, vol. 90, no. 8, pp. 1–8, 2016.
  • C. Zanotti and Banthia, N., “Modified Slant Shear Cylinder (MSSC) Test for Inherent Characterization of Bond in Concrete Repairs”, Indian Concrete Journal, vol. 90, 2016.
  • A. Reggia, Sgobba, S., Macobatti, F., Zanotti, C., Minelli, F., and Plizzari, G. A., “Strengthening of a Bridge Pier with HPC: Modeling of Restrained Shrinkage Cracking”, Eight Intl. Conf. on Concrete Under Severe Conditions, Environment and Loading (CONSEC16). Milan, Italy, 2016.
  • A. Reggia, Sgobba, S., Macobatti, F., Zanotti, C., Minelli, F., and Plizzari, G. A., “Strengthening of a Bridge Pier with HPC: Modeling of Restrained Shrinkage Cracking”, Key Engineering Materials, vol. 711, pp. 1027-1034, 2016.
  • C. Zanotti, “Thematic Issue: Durability of Repairs (Editorial)”, Innovations in Corrosion and Materials Science, Guest Editor: C. Zanotti, vol. 6, no. 2, 2016.
  • C. Zanotti, “Enhancement of substrate-repair bond strength and durability in concrete structures”, Banthia-Basheer Intl. Symp. on Advances in Science and Technology of Concrete at the 2nd R N Raikar Intl. Conf. 2015.
  • F. Macobatti, Zanotti, C., Meda, A., and Plizzari, G., “Jacketing of existing piers: evaluation of the risk of cracking due to hydration heat when different types of application techniques are used”, 7th RILEM Conf. on High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites (HPFRCC-7). Stuttgart, Germany, 2015.
  • N. Banthia, Bindiganavile, V., Azhari, F., and Zanotti, C., “Curling Control in Concrete Slabs using Fiber Reinforcement”, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 390–397, 2014.
    C. Zanotti, “High Performance FRC for RC Structure Strengthening”, ARACNE editrice s.r.l., 2014.
  • C. Zanotti, Talukdar, S., and Banthia, N., “A State-of-the-Art on Concrete Repairs and Some Thoughts on Ways to Achieve Durability in Repairs”, in Infrastructure Corrosion and Durability – A Sustainability Study, OMICS Group EBook, 2014.
  • C. Zanotti, Banthia, N., and Plizzari, G., “A Study of Some Factors Affecting Bond in Cementitious Fiber Reinforced Repairs”, Cement and Concrete Research, vol. 63, no. 2014, pp. 117–126, 2014.
  • N. Banthia, Zanotti, C., and Sappakittipakorn, M., “Sustainable Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Repair Applications”, International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Special Issue on Concrete Sustainability, vol. Vol. 67, no. Part C, pp. 405-412, 2014.
  • N. Banthia, Zanotti, C., and Sappakittipakorn, M., “Sustainable Rehabilitation with Fiber Reinforced Concrete”, The Indian Concrete Journal, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 95–104, 2014.
  • C. Zanotti, Banthia, N., and Plizzari, G., “Towards Sustainable Repairs: Substrate-Repair Interface Mode-I Fracture Analysis”, Int. J. of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 265–281, 2014.
  • N. Banthia, Zanotti, C., and Sappakittipakorn, M., “Sustainable Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Repair Applications”, First Intl. Conf. on Concrete Sustainability. Tokyo, Japan, 2013.
  • C. Zanotti, Banthia, N., and Plizzari, G., “Crack growth resistance of concrete-HPFRCC interface”, Proc. of the 2nd RILEM Intl. Conf. on Strain Hardening Cementitious Composites (SHCC). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011.
  • A. Meda, Plizzari, G., Zanotti, C., and Cangiano, S., “Crack risk analysis in structural elements exposed to hygrothermal phenomena”, Seventh Intl. Conf. on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete & Concrete Structures (FraMCoS-7). Jeju, Korea, 2010.
  • C. Zanotti, Meda, A., Plizzari, G., and Cangiano, S., “Crack risk minimization in concrete structures undergoing hygrothermal phenomena”, Third fib Intl. Conf. and Exhibition. Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • C. Zanotti, Meda, A., Plizzari, G., and Cangiano, S., “Evaluation of the risk of cracking in thin concrete walls due to hydration heat”, Sixth Intl. Conf. on Concrete Under Severe Conditions, Environment and Loading (CONSEC10). Merida, 2010.
  • C. Zanotti, Meda, A., Plizzari, G., and Cangiano, S., “FE Analysis of shrinkage and thermal cracking in concrete walls”, Studies & Research – Polytechnic University of Milan, Specializing Program in Reinforced Concrete Structures, no. 30, pp. 131-151, 2010.
  • A. Marini, Plizzari, G., and Zanotti, C., “Seismic enhancement of existing buildings by means of Fiber Reinforced Concrete diaphragms”, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, vol. 4, no. 3:28, pp. 6-14, 2010.
  • C. Zanotti, “Thin Fiber Reinforced Concrete floor diaphragms for the seismic enhancement of existing buildings”, 8th fib PhD Symp. Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 2010.
  • A. Meda, Plizzari, G., Zanotti, C., and Cangiano, S., “Analisi agli elementi finiti per il controllo della fessurazione nei muri in c.a. soggetti a fenomeni di ritiro”, 20th IGF Convention. Torino, 2009.
  • C. Zanotti, Marini, A., and Plizzari, G., “Nonlinear FE analysis of fiber reinforced concrete floor diaphragms undergoing seismic actions”, International Conference on Protection of Historical Buildings (PROHITECH 09). Rome, 2009.
  • C. Zanotti, Cangiano, S., Meda, A., and Plizzari, G., “Problematiche legate al rischio di prematura fessurazione delle opere in calcestruzzo”, AICAP Conference. Pisa, 2009.
  • A. Marini, Plizzari, G., and Zanotti, C., “Seismic enhancement of existing buildings by means of Fiber Reinforced Concrete diaphragms”, ASCE Proc. of the ACT & SEI Conf. on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures. San Francisco, 2009.
  • A. Marini, Zanotti, C., Cominelli, S., Gasparotti, A., and Giuriani, E., “Strengthening of wooden floors by means of natural lime mortar slabs”, International Conference on Protection of Historical Buildings (PROHITECH 09). Rome, 2009.
  • S. Cangiano, Meda, A., Morbi, A., Plizzari, G., and Zanotti, C., “Calcestruzzo a ritiro controllato per la limitazione dei fenomeni fessurativi”, 17th C.T.E. Conference. Rome, 2008.
  • A. Marini, Zanotti, C., and Plizzari, G., “Seismic strengthening of existing structures by means of fibre reniforced concrete floor diaphragms”, Seventh International RILEM Symposioum on Fibre Reinforced Concrete. Chennai, 2008.

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