Moro Sabtiwu


Moro is an EPSRC CASE PhD researcher in the School of Civil Engineering, and co–sponsored by Highways England. His project is on the ‘long-term performance of concretes exposed to severe environments’. He is supervised by Prof Susan Bernal (Director of the Materials and Structures Group), and co-supervised by Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah.

Moro has worked in various industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, and materials testing laboraties in Ghana and the United Kingdom. His recent study prior to joining the University of Leeds was at the University of Manchester where developed a novel correlative electrochemical and microscopic (DIC & SEM-EDX) detection of chromium-nitride precipitates in stainless steels. Moro also studied at Heriot Wat university, where he worked on ‘permeability impairment due to chemical precipitation around production wells’. His undergraduate study was at the University of Ghana, where he pioneered a project on ‘precipiation of hydated alumina from local bauxites’ towards providing insights into industrial scale viability and the use of waste(red mud) as construction materials. 

Research interests

His research centres on study of the effect of loading on durability of concrete under realistic service conditions. Under simultaneous, coupled action of loading and multiple environmental exposure conditions(eg. carbonation and freeze-thaw) this project will:

  • Study the effect of varying stress levels on mass transport (e.g. gas and water permeability) properties and microstructure evolution of concrete.
  • Study deformational characteristics  such as time dependent load induced deformation (creep) as well as how  induced micro cracking will evolve.
  • Evaluate signs of corrosion induced damage using non-destructive testing methods.
  • Create a microstructure related durability conformity criteria for concrete under realistic service conditions. 


  • MSc (Corrosion Control Engineering)
  • MSc (Petroleum Engineering)
  • BSc (Materials Science and Engineering