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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

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

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
File
Heat storage
Photocatalysis
Latent heat
Mortar
Cleaning

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

Lucas, S. S., 2018, In : Betão. 40, p. 32-33 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access
File
nanotechnology
building
sustainability
engineering

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

Bacteria
Clay
Concretes
Cracks
Service life
1 Citation (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

ceramics
viability
physical property
silica
chemical composition

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)
2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Press / Media

The battle to curb our appetite for concrete

Sandra Simaria de Oliveira Lucas

24/10/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment