Dr. Mateusz Wyrzykowski

Mateusz Wyrzykowski is Group Leader at the Early-age Concrete group. His research is devoted to deformations and corresponding stresses development in concrete at early ages, with the overall goal of understanding and mitigating cracking of concrete. His current studies focus in particular on understanding creep of concrete and its relation to shrinkage. In addition to fundamental studies of the mechanisms of shrinkage and cracking of concrete, he has also worked on the practical methods of avoiding deformations and cracking of concrete at early ages by means of internal curing.

Besides the research work and teaching (ETH Zurich), Mateusz Wyrzykowski also actively contributes to the scientific publishing process, in particular to the efforts focused on open access. In 2015 he took part in creation of the open access journal RILEM Technical Letters and has been the managing editor of the journal ever since. In years 2015-2019, he served as the managing editor of the prestigious journal Materials and Structures published by SpringerNature.

Research interests and expertise

- Creep, shrinkage and cracking of concrete, in particular at early age;

- Internal curing of high performance concrete;

- Applied statistics in engineering sciences (Diploma of Advanced Studies ETHZ in Applied Statistics);

- Poromechanics

- Scientific publishing, open access.


Curriculum vitae


2019 – present  Group Leader Early-age Concrete, Concrete and Construction Chemistry Laboratory, Empa, Switzerland

2017 – present  External Lecturer, Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2015 – present  Managing Editor, RILEM Technical Letters, http://letters.rilem.net

2015 – 2019     Managing Editor, Materials and Structures (SpringerNature)

2013 – 2019     Research associate, Concrete and Construction Chemistry Laboratory, Empa, Switzerland

2017 – 2018     Visiting collaborative researcher, Department of Physics (Prof. P. McDonald), University of Surrey, UK

2016 – 2018     Visiting researcher, Laboratory of Construction Materials (LMC, Prof. K. Scrivener), EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

2010 – 2013     Postdoc, Concrete and Construction Chemistry Laboratory, Empa, Switzerland

2006 – 2010     PhD student and Teaching Assistant, Department of Building Physics and Building Materials, Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Awards and Grants

2015 – 2018     Ambizione - Career Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Project 161414 - Role of water redistribution in creep of concrete, 501 kCHF

2014                 Journal Materials and Structures (SpringerNature) – Best Reviewer Award

2007                Award of Minister of Infrastructure of Poland for the Master Thesis

Membership of scientific societies

2010 – present  Member of RILEM , The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (regular member of four technical committees, since 2014 deputy chair of the technical committee TC 260-RSC).

2013 – present Member of the Nanocem consortium

2019 – present Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

2014 – 2018     Swiss national coordinator, Core Group member and Work Group leader (WG2 – modelling) of the COST Action TU1404 towards the next generation of standards for service life of cement-based materials and structures


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