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"Playing with materials by changing the way they behave is a fascinating game –  constant search for order in chaos."

Research profile

Sandra Lucas is an assistant professor in 3D printing of concrete in the research group Concrete Structures at the TU/e department of the Built Environment (unit Structural Design). She has extensive experience in the development of innovative construction materials for new and existing buildings. Sandra’s research goal is to understand how nanoparticles change the material’s microstructure, how this influences its macromechanical behaviour and thus creates a product with a new property – self-healing, self-sensing, heat storage or self-cleaning, for example. At TU/e, her research focuses on transferring this knowledge to additive manufacturing, developing fully customisable 3D printed materials and houses. Prior to this position, she was a senior lecturer in construction materials and sustainability at the University of Greenwich. She was the PI for several projects within academia and in collaboration with industry, through the Innovate UK funding agency.

Academic background

Sandra Lucas obtained a BEng in ceramic and glass engineering, an MSc in environmental management and materials and, in 2011, a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Aveiro (Portugal). She then became a Marie Curie Postdoctoral researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT (Oberhausen, Germany) for the SHeMat project. As part of this project, she was a visiting researcher at EPSI ParisTech (Paris, France) and at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 2014, she joined the University of Greenwich (London, UK) as a senior lecturer in construction materials and sustainability. In 2018, Sandra Lucas was appointed as assistant professor in 3D printing of concrete with the research group Concrete Structures at the department of the Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands).

Education/Academic qualification

Civil engineering, Doctor, University of Aveiro

Materials technology, Master, University of Aveiro

Materials technology, Bachelor, University of Aveiro

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Research Output

Minder CO₂ dankzij doorgaande sterkteontwikkeling: Onderzoek naar de invloed van ‘traag’ cement op het constructief ontwerp en de uitvoering van betonconstructies

Translated title of the contribution: Lower CO2 due to continuous strength developmentMorren, M., Wijte, S. N. M., Lucas, S. S. & Minartz, P., 24 Mar 2020, In : Cement. 2020, 2, p. 54-62 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Evaluation of latent heat storage in mortars containing microencapsulated paraffin waxes – a selection of optimal composition and binders

Lucas, S. S. & Barroso de Aguiar, J. L., Sep 2019, In : Heat and Mass Transfer. 55, 9, p. 2429-2435

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Multifunctional wall coating combining photocatalysis, self-cleaning and latent heat storage

    Lucas, S. S. & Barroso De Aguiar, J. L., 1 Feb 2018, In : Materials Research Express. 5, 2, 13 p., 025702.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Nanotecnologia na construção civil: materiais fotocatalíticos contribuem para a sustentabilidade dos edifícios

    Translated title of the contribution: Nanotechnology in civil engineering: photocatalytic materials contributing to buildings' sustainabilityLucas, S. S., 2018, In : Betão. 40, p. 32-33 2 p.

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  • Study of self-healing properties in concrete with bacteria encapsulated in expanded clay

    Lucas, S. S., Moxham, C., Tziviloglou, E. & Jonkers, H., 3 Dec 2018, In : Science and Technology of Materials. 30, suppl. 1, p. 93-98 6 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Additive manufacturing of functional construction materials on-demand

    Sandra S. Lucas (Recipient), Jos Brouwers (Recipient) & Q.L. (Qingliang) Yu (Recipient), 18 Nov 2019

    Prize: NWOOtherScientific

  • Activities

    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Membership of committee

    Symposium 3D Concrete Printing

    Freek P. Bos (Organiser), T.A.M. Salet (Organiser), R.J.M. Wolfs (Organiser), Z.Y. Ahmed (Organiser), S.M. Simaria de Oliveira Lucas (Organiser)
    22 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    European Commission (External organisation)

    Sandra S. Lucas (Contributor)
    2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Courses

    Masonry structures

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Research project

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    The battle to curb our appetite for concrete

    Sandra S. Lucas

    24/10/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Influence of sustainable cement alternatives on the design and construction of concrete structures

    Author: Morren, M., 24 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Wijte, S. (Supervisor 1), Lucas, S. (Supervisor 2) & Minartz, P. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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