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Rachel Cook (Fed)

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Rachel E. Cook joined the Infrastructure Materials Group led by Dr. Aron Newman in the Fall of 2022 as an NRC postdoctoral fellow. Prior to joining NIST, Rachel completed her Ph.D. at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Ceramic Engineering in 2020. Her dissertation investigated compositional- and physiochemical- property relationships in the context of early age hydration of Portland and pure-phase (i.e., tricalcium silicate, belite, etc.) cements.

Rachel first arrived at NIST in 2021 through the NIST Professional Research Experience Program (PREP). As an NRC postdoctoral researcher, she aims to explore the viability of plastic waste as a construction material additive.

Research interests

  • Sustainable Construction Materials
  • Alternative Binders
  • Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs)
  • Waste Materials
  • Local Materials


Google Scholar

Han, T., Ponduru, S.A., Cook, R., Huang, J., Sant, G., Kumar, A., 2022. A Deep Learning Approach to Design and Discover Sustainable Cementitious Binders: Strategies to Learn From Small Databases and Develop Closed-form Analytical Models. Front. Mater. 8, 574.

Cook, R., Han, T., Childers, A., Ryckman, C., Khayat, K., Ma, H., Huang, J., Kumar, A., 2021. Machine learning for high-fidelity prediction of cement hydration kinetics in blended systems. Mater. Des. 208, 109920.

Cook, R., Ma, H., Okoronkwo, M., Sant, G., Kumar, A., 2021. Influence of water activity on belite (β-C2S) hydration. J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 104, 1831–1840.

Kittikunakorn, N., Paul, S., Koleng, J.J., Liu, T., Cook, R., Yang, F., Bi, V., Durig, T., Sun, C.C., Kumar, A., Zhang, F., 2021. How Does the Dissimilarity of Screw Geometry Impact Twin-screw Melt Granulation? Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. 157, 105645.

Cook, R., Monyake, K.C., Hayat, M.B., Kumar, A., Alagha, L., 2020. Prediction of flotation efficiency of metal sulfides using an original hybrid machine learning model. Eng. Rep. 2, e12167.

Cook, R., Ma, H., Kumar, A., 2019. Influence of sizeclassified and slightly soluble mineral additives on hydration of tricalcium silicate. J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 103, 2764–2779.

Cook, R., Lapeyre, J., Ma, H., Kumar, A., 2019. Prediction of Compressive Strength of Concrete: Critical Comparison of Performance of a Hybrid Machine Learning Model with Standalone Models. J. Mater. Civ. Eng. 31, 04019255.

Cook, R., Ma, H., Kumar, A., 2019. Mechanism of tricalcium silicate hydration in the presence of polycarboxylate polymers. SN Appl. Sci. 1, 145.

Ley-Hernandez, A.M., Lapeyre, J., Cook, R., Kumar, A., Feys, D., 2018. Elucidating the Effect of Water Content on Hydration Mechanisms of Cement. ACS Omega 3, 5092–5105.

Created August 5, 2021, Updated August 1, 2023