Boral veteran Hill transitions to Solidia CTO post

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

Solidia Technologies, developer of namesake cement and concrete materials promoted for their low carbon characteristics, has named Russell Hill, Ph.D., as chief technology officer. He arrives after 25-plus years with Boral Ltd, where he most recently served as chief innovation officer and oversaw broad initiatives spanning research, new product development, venture investments, digital advancements, customer experience, plus advanced manufacturing improvements.

Russell Hill, Ph.D.

“Having devoted my career to applying technology and science to advance construction materials and building products, I am excited to join Solidia, a tech leader pushing the envelope on innovation in cement and concrete,” says Hill. “My goal is to advance Solidia’s R&D roadmap quickly, not only to deliver immediate value to customers, but also to help shift manufacturing into the digital age and demonstrate the vital potential of the global construction industry to scale solutions that benefit society both economically and environmentally.”

With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of North Texas, Hill’s areas of expertise and interests include coal combustion products, cement and fly ash chemistry, concrete technology and durability, geopolymers, mineral fillers, activated carbon, chemical admixtures, and polyurethane composites. Named inventor on 56 patents, he is a member of the American Concrete Institute, American Chemical Society and ASTM International.

Hill succeeds Nicholas DeCristofaro, Ph.D., who is retiring next month after more than a decade with Solidia Technologies and is credited with playing a vital role in its growth and intellectual property.

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