Dr Sandra Lucas Faculty of Engineering & Science

Dr Lucas obtained her MSc in environmental management and materials and her PhD in multifunctional mortars for sustainable construction from the University of Aveiro, Portugal in 2011 with a thesis focused on cement, lime and gypsum based mortars with innovative properties – latent heat storage and photocatalytic activity. From this work resulted one international and two national patents.

Following this she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral researcher at Fraunhofer Institute in Germany in the SHeMat project (self-healing materials training network). During this project she studied methods for quantification of self-healing properties in concrete, polymers, composites, ceramics and coatings. As a part of the SHeMat programme she worked as a visiting researcher in ESPCI (École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris) studying self-healing behaviour in polymers and at TU Delft (Delft University of Technology) where she studied the properties of self-healing ceramics (MAX phase and ceramic oxides).

Dr Lucas joined the University of Greenwich in August 2014 and is currently responsible for lecturing, research and other academic activities. She is involved in the coordination of the programme Science Without Borders (SWB) Brazil.