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Stefania Manzi

Assistant professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/22 Materials Science and Technology

Research

Keywords: sustainable composite materials recycled aggregate concrete geopolymer construction and demolition waste sulfur concrete

1. Building and industrial waste carry out great disposal problems. The use of these materials, combined with matrix with suitable properties and new technologies, allows the production of new eco-sustainable composite materials with even higher characteristics compared to the traditional ones.

2. Ceramic and polymeric materials and their composites are studied for advances use in buildings and industrial engineering.

3. Diagnostics for architectural restoration: materials employed in ancient architecture and their decay are studied with the aim of restoration.

1. Fiber reinforced and particulate composites (at micro- and nano-scale) with polymeric and cementitous matrix and their civil and industrial engineering applications are studied. In these fields the growing production of by-products with different physical and mechanical properties is causing relevant and expensive disposal issues. Hence, the overall sustainability of industrial and building processes is compromised. Different cases have shown how the combined reuse of civil and industrial waste may allow the identification of appropriate new technologies for the production of high performance composite. In Italy the overall waste quantity from demolition and construction exceeds 48 Mt/year and it can lead to materials with even better performances compared to the traditional ones. Advanced methodologies to assess a quantitative sustainability of design processes and the use of materials in constructions are also studied.

 2. Ceramic, polymeric and composite materials in constructions and mechanical applications are studied in order to optimize their characteristics in different processes related to the industries demands.

 3. Materials employed in the ancient architecture and their transformation products are studied by means of destructive and non-destructive diagnostic techniques. Diagnostic outcomes are valued for materials restoration, conservation and, at the same time, ensure a higher reversibility of retrofits.

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