Konstantin Sobolev

Konstantin Sobolev

  • Lawrence E. Sivak '71 Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • PhD, Research Institute of Concrete and Reinforced Concrete (NIIZhB), Russia, 1993
  • BS/MS (summa cum laude), Moscow State Civil Engineering University (MISI-MGSU), Russia, 1988

Research Focus

  • Superhydrophobic materials
  • Photocatalytic and photovoltaic materials
  • Nanotechnology for advanced cement-based materials
  • High-strength, high-performance and ultra-high-performance composites
  • Computational modeling of particles packing


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  • Vahid H., Sobolev K. and Nosonovsky M. From superhydrophobicity to icephobicity: forces and interaction analysis. Nature Scientific Reports, 3:2194, 2013, DOI: 10.1038/srep02194
  • Flores-Vivian I., Hejazi V., Kozhukhova M.I., Nosonovsky M., and Sobolev K. Self-assembling particle-siloxane coatings for transferring concrete towards superhydrophobicity, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5(24): 2013, pp. 13284-94.
  • Ramachandran R., Sobolev K. and Nosonovsky M., Dynamics of Droplet Impact on Hydrophobic and Icephobic Concrete with Potential for Superhydrophobicity. Langmuir, 31 (4), 2015, pp.1437-1444.
  • Lanka S, Alexandrova E, Kozhukhova M, Hasan MS, Nosonovsky M, Sobolev K., Tribological and Wetting Properties of TiO2 Based Hydrophobic Coatings for Ceramics, Journal of Tribology, 141(10), 2019
  • Faraldos M., Kropp R., Anderson M.A., Sobolev K., Photocatalytic hydrophobic concrete coatings to combat air pollution, Catalysis Today, 259, 2015, pp.228-236.
  • Hosseini T., Flores-Vivian I., Sobolev K. and Kouklin N., Concrete Embedded Dye-Synthesized Photovoltaic Solar Cell, Nature Scientific Reports, 3:2727, 2013, DOI:10.1038/srep02727
  • Sobolev K. and Ferrada-Gutiérrez M., How Nanotechnology Can Change the Concrete World, American Ceramic Society Bulletin, 11, 2005, pp. 16-19.
  • Sanchez F. and Sobolev K. Nanotechnology in Concrete - A Review. Construction and Building Materials, 24(11), 2010, pp. 2060-2071.
  • Sobolev K., Lin Z., Flores-Vivian I., Pradoto R., Nano-Engineered Cements with Enhanced Mechanical Performance. Journal of American Ceramic Society, 2015, DOI:10.1111/jace.13819
  • Hoheneder J., Flores-Vivian I., Lin Z., Zilberman P. and Sobolev K. The performance of stress-sensing smart fiber reinforced composites in moist and sodium chloride environments. Composites Part B: Engineering, 73, 2015, 89-95.
  • Biernacki J.J., Bullard J.W., Sant, G., Brown K., Glasser F.P. , Jones S., Ley T., Livingston R., Nicoleau L., Olek J., Sanchez F., Shahsavari R., Stutzman P.E., Sobolev K., Prater T.P., Cements in the 21st century: Challenges, perspectives, and opportunities. J. of the American Ceramic Society 100(7), 2017, 1551-2916.
  • Strigáč J., Števulová N., Mikušinec J., Sobolev K., The fungistatic properties and potential application of by-product fly ash from fluidized bed combustion. Construction and Building Materials, 159, 2018, 351-360.
  • Flores-Vivian I., Pradoto RGK, Moini M., Kozhukhova M., Potapov V., Sobolev K., The effect of SiO2 nanoparticles derived from hydrothermal solutions on the performance of portland cement-based materials. Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering 11(4), 2017, 436-445
  • Muzenski S., Flores-Vivian I., Sobolev K., Hydrophobic Modification of Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Composites with Matrices Enhanced by Aluminum Oxide Nano-Fibers,” Construction and Building Materials, 2020, in press
  • Sobolev K., Muzenski S., Flores-Vivian I., Ultra-High Strength Cement-Based Composites Designed with Aluminum Oxide Nano-Fibers, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 220, 2019, 177-186
  • Moini M., Sobolev K., Flores-Vivian I., Muzenski S., Pham L.T., Cramer S., Beyene M., Durability of Concrete Mixtures Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Rapid Chloride Permeability Test, ACI Materials Journal, Vol.116(5), 2019
  • Muzenski S., Flores-Vivian I., Sobolev K. Durability of Superhydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composites. Construction and Building Materials, 81, 2015, 291-297
  • Muzenski S., Flores-Vivian I., Sobolev K. Hydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composites for Highway Applications. Cement and Concrete Composites, 57, 2015, 68-74
  • Arikan M., Sobolev K., Ertün T., Yeginobali A., and Türker P., Properties of Blended Cements Based on Thermally Activated Kaolin. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2009, pp. 62-70.
  • Sobolev K. and Batrakov V., The Effect of a Polyethylhydrosiloxane Admixture on the Durability of Concrete with Supplementary Cementitious Materials. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 19, No. 10, 2007, pp. 809-819.
  • Sobolev K., Mechano-Chemical Modification of Cement with High Volumes of Blast Furnace Slag. Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol. 27, No. 7-8, 2005, pp. 848-853.
  • Sobolev K., and Yeginobali A., The Development of High-Strength Mortars with Improved Thermal and Acid Resistance. Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2005, pp. 578-583
  • Sobolev K., The Development of a New Method for the Proportioning of High-Performance Concrete Mixtures. Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol. 26, No. 7, 2004, pp. 901-907.
  • Sobolev K., The Effect of Complex Admixtures on Cement Properties and Development of a Test Procedure for the Evaluation of High-Strength Cements. Advances in Cement Research, Vol. AC15, No. 2, 2003, pp. 65-75.
  • Moini M., Flores-Vivian I., Amirjanov A., Sobolev K. The optimization of aggregate blends for sustainable low cement concrete, Construction and Building Materials, 93, 2015, 627-634
  • Amirjanov A. and Sobolev K. Fractal dimension of Apollonian packing of spherical particles. Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 23, No. 7, 2012, pp. 591–595.
  • Sobolev K. and Amirjanov A. Application of Genetic Algorithm for Modeling of Dense Packing of Concrete Aggregates. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 24, No. 8, 2010, pp. 1449-1455.
  • Amirjanov A. and Sobolev K., Optimization of Computer Simulation Model for Packing of Concrete Aggregates. Particulate Science and Technology, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2008, pp. 380 – 395.
  • Sobolev K. and Amirjanov A., The Simulation of Particulate Materials Packing Using a Particle Suspension Model. Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2007, pp. 261–271.
  • Amirjanov A. and Sobolev K., Fractal Properties of Dense Packing of Spherical Particles. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 14, 2006, pp. 789-798.
  • Sobolev K., and Amirjanov A., The Development of a Simulation Model of the Dense Packing of Large Particulate Assemblies. Powder Technology, Vol. 141, No. 1-2, 2004, pp. 155-160.
  • Sobolev K. and Amirjanov A., A Simulation Model of the Dense Packing of Particulate Materials. Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2004, pp. 365-376.

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