Prof. dr. ir. Stijn Matthys

Stijn Matthys

Name: Stijn Matthys
Title: Prof. dr. ir.
Function: Full Professor, Technology/business Development Manager
T +32 9 264 55 20

Ms. Marijke Reunes (T + 32 9 264 55 35)


Stijn Matthys (industrial engineering: construction 1991, civil engineer 1994, PhD in applied science 2000) is manager at Ghent University DuraBUILDmaterials and full professor Repair and Strengthening of Structures.

He is i.a. laureate of the Magnel prize (SECO - 2003) and member of different task groups, among which convenor of the fib task group on FRP reinforcement of concrete. He is co-author or editor of a few books and (co)author of over 250 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.
His research is situated in the following domains:

  • repair and strengthening of (concrete) structures
  • advanced composite reinforcement
  • structural behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete
  • damage diagnostics, durability, repair and monitoring
  • accidental load cases such as fire and explosion
  • prefabricated concrete
  • technologies for durable building materials and techniques among which circular concrete

As technology/business development manager he is also closely involved with multidisciplinary research and technological innovations with the construction industry, as well as stimulating entrepreneurschip (e.g. facilitating spin-off companies, and managing a patent portfolio).
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  • PhD degree, Ghent University, 2000 (Thesis: "Structural Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement"). A digital version of this dissertation can be downloaded here.
  • Civil Engineer, Ghent University, 1996
  • Industrial Engineering: Construction, Hogeschool Gent, BME, 1994


Study award 1994 of the Dutch Concrete Society for master dissertation

  • Award 1994 of the Belgian Producers of Hollow Core Slabs (FeBe) for master dissertation
  • Volvo-fund, travel scholarship for study stay in Sweden, June 1997.
  • JCC Best Paper Award 2000 (Basic Research Category) for "Concrete Slabs Reinforced with FRP Grids. II: Punching Resistance", ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 154-161.
  • 3th. laureate fib award 2001 – Category Research for “Structural Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement”, International Federation for Structural Concrete.
  • Laureate SECO Magnelprijs period 1998-2002 for PhD thesis, Technisch Controlebureau voor het Bouwwezen (SECO).
  • Supervisor of several rewarded master dissertations.


  • Scientific researcher, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, November 1994 - December 1996
  • IWT (Vlaams Instituut voor de bevordering van het Wetenschappelijk-Technologisch Onderzoek in de Industrie) PhD scholar, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, January 1997 - December 2000
  • Post-doctoral research assistant, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, January 2001 – January 2008
  • Professor (10% hoogleraar), Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory, Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, since October 2003
  • Technology/business development manager (90%) DuraBUILDmaterials, Ghent University, since February 2008
  • Member of the Steering Council of Sanacon, since 2014

Committees and working groups

  • Convenor of fib Task Group 5.1 'FRP reinforcement for concrete', International Federation for Structural Concrete (originally called task group 9.3: secretary 1996-2008, convenor since 2008)
  • Co-chairmen of EBR (externally bonded reinforcement) working group of fib T5.1 (since 1997)
  • Member fib Task Group 5.3 'Structural Service Life Aspects' (2003-2014)
  • Member of fib Commission 5 ‘Reinforcing and Prestressing Materials and Systems’ (originally called C9; since 2010)
  • Member of fib T10.1 ‘Modelcodes’ (since 2010)
  • Member of fib T8.1 ‘Model technical specification for repairs and interventions’ (2015-2019)
  • Member of fib Commission 9 ‘Dissemination of knowledge’ (since 2015)
  • Member CUR working group C97B-1 "Design guidelines for strengthening of concrete structures with externally bonded CFRP", Civieltechnisch Centrum Uitvoering Research en Regelgeving (1998 – 2002)
  • Corresponding member ACI 440 'FRP reinforcement', American Concrete Institute (since 1999)
  • Member of CIB, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2004 - 2007)
  • Member of RILEM (since 2007)
  • Member of RILEM TC Concrete Bond in Structural Strengthening and Rehabilitation (2002-2004)
  • Member of RILEM TC Masonry Strengthening with Composite Materials (2007 - 2012)
  • Member of RILEM TC Mechanical properties of alkali-activated concrete (since 2019)
  • Member of CEN/TC250/SC2/WG1/TG1 (since 2014)
  • Member of CEN national mirror commissions (E250, E10408) (since 2016)
  • Member of ECTP, European Construction Technology Platform (since 2017)
  • Member of organising or scientific committee of several international conferences
  • Reviewer for several international scientific journals / jury member of several PhD's in Belgium or abroad / several funding bodies
  • Guest editor of MDPI Materials, Special Issue: Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Structures with Advanced Reinforcements (2021)
  • Member of BUtgb, Belgische Unie voor de technische goedkeuring in de bouw (2002-2007)
  • Member of several BCCA working groups, Belgian Construction Certification Association, since 2007
  • Member of ie-net Expert Group ‘Civiele Techniek’, Engineering Society (since 2009)
  • Member of BBG working group GTWV, Belgian Concrete Society (since 2011)
  • Member of ViBP ‘Vlaams Innovatiebouwplatform’ (since 2008)
  • Member of FWO W&T9 expert panel (since 2019)


The scientific research of Stijn Matthys is in the above mentioned domains. He was/is promoter or co-promoter of several national and international research projects, among which lead coordinator in EU projects such as the EU PhD training network DuRSAAM (2018-2023). A list of published PhDs he supervised, can be found here. Furthermore, he is technology/business development promoter in a wide range of research projects by the UGent knowledge and technology transfer centre DuraBUILDmaterials.


A publication list (1992-now) can be found at