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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 2010 2019

11 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
Paraffin waxes
heat storage
Heat storage
phase change materials
4 Citations (Scopus)
21 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
Heat storage
Latent heat

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Service life
2 Citations (Scopus)

Benefits of using ceramic tile waste for making sustainable concrete

Awoyera, P. O., Akinmusuru, J. O., Ndambuki, J. M. & Lucas, S. S., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management. 43, 3, p. 233-241 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

physical property
chemical composition


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

3D printers
Intelligent materials
Functional materials
Civil engineering

Activities 2018 2018

  • 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

Comm. European Communities (EEG) (External organisation)

Sandra S. Lucas (Contributor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific


Masonry structures

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

The battle to curb our appetite for concrete

Sandra S. Lucas


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