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). Sandra’s research goal is to understand how material’s modification can alter its microstructure, how this influences the macromechanical behaviour, creating new properties – 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 buildings. She is the project leader of two NWO projects to develop smart and sustainable 3D printed concrete. 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.
Playing with materials by changing the way they behave is a fascinating game – constant search for order in chaos.
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).
Promoting the use of Fe-rich slag in construction: Development of a hybrid binder for 3D printingCement and Concrete Composites (2023)
Mechanical properties and self-sensing ability of graphene-mortar compositions with different water content for 3D printing applicationsMaterials Today: Proceedings (2022)
Incorporation and Characterization of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Concrete Composites for 3D Printing ApplicationsThird RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication (2022)
Additive manufacturing on building constructionDefect and Diffusion Forum (2021)
Thermal and environmental benefits of 3d printing on building constructionDefect and Diffusion Forum (2021)
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