Institution name and department

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Position held


Assoc. Prof.



Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engng,

Technion City



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Key words (up to 5)


·         Mechanochemistry



·         Building binders



·         Using industrial residues in construction



·         Purification from chemical and radioactive contaminants


Areas of Research/Expertise 

 High-performance building materials; non-destructive testing; durability; shrinkage and creep of concrete; early age concrete; internal curing of concrete, gypsum of improved water resistance; gypsum-cement interaction; supplementary cementitious materials; advanced and non-traditional chemical admixtures; fiber-reinforced materials; natural stone; recycling industrial residues in construction (including by means of mechano-chemistry); radioactivity of building materials and radon mitigation.

5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

·         Mezhov, A., Pott, U., Stephan, D. and Kovler, K., Influence of mechanical activation of fly ash in presence of polynaphthalene sulfonate superplasticizer on the rheology and hydration kinetics of cement-fly ash pastes, Construction & Building Materials, 2019, V. 210, 380-390. 

·         Mezhov, A., Pott, U., Stephan, D. and Kovler, K., Blended binders based on ordinary Portland cement and mechanochemically activated fly ash with a polymer-based admixture, Proc. The 15th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, 16-20 September 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.

·         Kovler, K., Dashevsky, B., Kosson, D. and Reches, Y., System and methods for removing impurities from phosphogypsum and manufacturing gypsum binders and products, PCT/US2015/024061, Published 08.10.2015, WO/2015/153873, US Patent 9,868,647, 2018.

·         Shvarzman, A., Kovler, K., Grader, G. and Shter, G., The effect of dehydroxylation/amorphization degree on pozzolanic activity of kaolinite. Cement & Concrete Research, 2003, V. 33, No. 3, pp. 405-416. 

·         Shvarzman, A., Kovler, K., Schamban, I., Grader, G. and Shter, G., Influence of chemical and phase composition of mineral admixtures on the pozzolanic activity. Advances in Cement Research, 2002, V. 14, No. 1, pp. 35-41. 

5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry 

1.  Tsapalov, A., Kovler, K., Shpak M., Shafir, E., Golumbic, Y., Peri, A., Ben-Zvi, D., Baram-Tsabari A., Maslov, T. and Schrire, O., Involving schoolchildren in radon surveys by means of the “RadonTest” online system, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 2020, V. 217, 106215. 

2.  Mezhov, A., Ulka, S., Gendel, Y., Diesendruck, C.E. and Kovler, K., The working mechanisms of low molecular weight polynaphthalene sulfonate superplasticizers, Construction & Building Materials, 2020, V. 240, 117891. 

3.  Kovler, K., The national survey of natural radioactivity in concrete produced in Israel, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 2017, V. 168, pp. 46-53. 

4.  Kovler, K., Does the utilization of coal fly ash in concrete construction present a radiation hazard? Construction & Building Materials, 2012, V. 26, No. 4, pp. 158-166. 

5.  Kovler, K., Testing system for determining the mechanical behaviour of early age concrete under restrained and free uniaxial shrinkage. Materials & Structures, 1994, V. 27, pp. 324-330. 

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Primary focus in mechanochemical research 

·         Extraction of radioactive and chemical contaminants from undustrial residues for their use in construction

·         Development of novel building binders using mechanochemistry


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